Professors – who are former SCOTUS clerks – available for interviews about Justice Kennedy’s retirement, legacy

June 27, 2018

Contact: Gilien Silsby at (213) 740-9690 or gsilsby@law.usc.edu; USC Media Relations at (213) 740-2215 or uscnews@usc.edu

Sam Erman, USC law professor and constitutional law expert, clerked for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, who announced on Wednesday that he retiring from the bench, effective July 31, 2018.

“As a justice, it was obvious that he wanted to get the case right and wanted to be sure that he’d thought broadly about the material and arguments,” Erman told The Hill earlier today.

Erman can discuss Kennedy’s ideology, demeanor and record. He can also share stories and anecdotes about his time clerking for Kennedy.

Erman also clerked for U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens and former Supreme Court nominee Merick Garland at the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. He is an expert on constitutional law, race and religion.

Erman can be reached at (734) 717-2642 or serman@law.usc.edu; or contact Gilien Silsby at (213) 740-9690 or gsilsby@law.usc.edu

Photo available for use, courtesy of Sam Erman: Sam Erman with U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy

Orin Kerr and Justice Anthony Kennedy (Photo courtesy of Orin Kerr)Legal expert Orin Kerr also clerked for retiring Kennedy

Criminal procedure, internet surveillance, computer crime law expert Orin Kerr of the USC Gould School of Law also clerked for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy. Kennedy’s retirement announcement came at the end of the court’s term on Wednesday.

Kerr, who can be found on Twitter @OrinKerr, was cited nine times in Justice Kennedy’s dissenting opinion in Carpenter v. United States handed down earlier this week. Full amicus curiae submitted to the court here.

Kerr is the Frances R. and John J. Duggan Distinguished Professor of Law at the USC Gould School. Before becoming a professor, Kerr was a trial attorney in the Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section at the U.S. Department of Justice and a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Eastern District of Virginia. He is also a former law clerk for Judge Leonard I. Garth of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.

Kerr can be reached (after 1:30 p.m. PST) at (213) 740-5617, (213) 740-9690 okerr@law.usc.edu

Photo available for use, courtesy of Orin Kerr: Orin Kerr with U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy