Scalia Clerk: Gorsuch is Just Right
Evan Young, a former clerk to the late Justice Antonin Scalia, has an op-ed in Forbes extolling the virtues of his former boss and explaining why Judge Gorsuch is a perfect choice to fill the renowned seat.
Young writes, "Justice Scalia, just past 50 when President Reagan nominated him in 1986, was only months older than Gorsuch is now. The seat became vacant because of then-Justice William Rehnquist’s promotion to Chief Justice. Rehnquist, a brilliant lawyer and later a prolific author, had been only 47 when President Nixon nominated him to take over from Justice John Marshall Harlan II.
Justice Harlan—a gracious, generous, old-style conservative—was the grandson of Justice John Marshall Harlan I, famous as the lone dissenter in Plessy v. Ferguson, the 1896 case that stained American legal history with the phrase “separate but equal.” Harlan (the grandson) replaced Justice Robert Jackson, whom Rehnquist once had served as a law clerk, and who remains one of the greatest thinkers and writers in Supreme Court history. Reminiscent of Scalia’s term beginning with Rehnquist’s elevation, Jackson took the seat when Harlan Fiske Stone (a former Columbia Law School dean and U.S. Attorney General) vacated it to became Chief Justice."