A professor at Gettysburg College last week said she had heard that the Justice Scalia had never hired a single female law clerk. On several radio shows, I’ve been asked about Scalia and Opus Dei. Then there’s the assertion I hear constantly that Justices Scalia and Clarence Thomas vote in lockstep.
On many controversies (duck-hunting with Dick Cheney, for example), Justice Scalia is guilty as charged. But not on those above:
1. Justice Scalia has, in fact, hired several women clerks over the years, some of whom have gone on to prominent positions in academia, such as Joan Larsen at the University of Michigan. It is true, however, that clerks for a majority of the justices, including Scalia, have been overwhelmingly male (and white) through the years.