Three NYU Law alumni to clerk at Supreme Court in upcoming term

During the 2012-13 term, three NYU School of Law alumni will hold clerkships at the U.S. Supreme Court. In total, the Court’s nine active justices each have four clerks, while the three retired justices have one apiece.

Brian BurgessBrian Burgess ’09 will clerk for Justice Sonia Sotomayor. Currently serving as special assistant to the U.S. solicitor general, Burgess previously clerked for Judge David Tatel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit and Judge Guido Calabresi of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. At NYU Law, he was a Furman Academic Scholar and received the University Graduation Prize for highest overall academic average after five semesters. He earned an A.B. in philosophy from Dartmouth College.


Ian SamuelIan Samuel ’08 will clerk for Justice Antonin Scalia. He is presently on the appellate staff of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Division, after serving as a Bristow Fellow in the Office of the Solicitor General. Samuel previously clerked for Chief Judge Alex Kozinski of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. He was a Furman Academic Scholar at the Law School. Samuel earned a B.S. in computer science from Truman State University, where he was a national parliamentary debate champion.


Charlotte TaylorCharlotte Taylor ’08 will clerk for Justice Sotomayor. Most recently an academic fellow at Columbia Law School, she previously clerked for Judge Robert Katzmann of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and Judge Jed Rakoff of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. Before attending NYU Law as a Furman Academic Scholar, Taylor was a visiting assistant professor in letters at Wesleyan University. She holds a Ph.D. in English from Yale University and an A.B. in English and French from Duke University.


In the current term, Rebecca Stone ’09 is clerking for Justice Stephen Breyer. She previously clerked for Judge Richard Posner of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. At NYU Law, Stone was a Furman Academic Scholar. Before law school she worked in behavioral economics and was an assistant professor of economics at the University of Leicester. She holds both an M.Phil. and D.Phil. in economics from the University of Oxford as well as a B.A. in politics, philosophy, and economics.

Posted on March 1, 2012