Courtiers & Kings

"An excellent book.... It's interesting for many different reasons, not the least of which as a reminder of how much of a bastion of elitism the Court has always been."—Atlantic Monthly

"The best parts of the book are the behind-the-scenes descriptions of life at the court.... [A]n impressive and comprehensive book."—Associated Press

"Of Courtiers and Kings paints a fascinating picture of how the Supreme Court clerkship, an extremely important but often opaque institution, has evolved over time. This carefully curated collection of rich historical essays will enlighten and delight both Supreme Court obsessives and readers who are new to the Court and the critical role it plays in our democracy."David Lat, Managing Editor of "Above the Law"

Nobody knows more about Supreme Court clerkships than Todd Peppers. Nobody has a better bird’s-eye view of the Supreme Court than Clare Cushman. All the essays in this book go to show why Supreme Court clerks play an important and intriguing role in the judicial process. J. Harvie Wilkinson III, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, author of Serving Justice: A Supreme Court Clerk's View