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Kagan’s ‘Shrewd’ Tactic: One of Her New Clerks Worked for Swing Voter Kennedy

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It didn’t take long for the U.S. Supreme Court’s newest justice to hire law clerks.

Elena Kagan was sworn in Saturday, and by Tuesday she had hired four clerks, three of them outgoing clerks for other justices and three of them Harvard law grads, Above the Law reports. Justice Sonia Sotomayor also hired former Supreme Court clerks for her first year to help ease the transition, the story says.

One of the clerks is Allon Kedem, a 2005 Yale law grad who clerked for Justice Anthony M. Kennedy. Comments ATL, “Very shrewd of Justice Kagan to hire someone who knows how AMK thinks and how the swing justice will approach cases.”

ATL lists the other clerks as:

• Trisha Anderson, Harvard, working in the Office of Legal Counsel and a former clerk for Judge Jeff Sutton of the Cincinnati-based 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. ATL describes Sutton as “a former Scalia clerk who comes from the right side of the aisle.”

• Elizabeth Prelogar, Harvard 2008, a former clerk for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

• Andrew Crespo, Harvard 2008, a former clerk for Justice Stephen G. Breyer.

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