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Way to Go, Charlie!

Charlie Dameron1.jpgMy favorite undergraduate writer since the Review’s Joe Rago ‘05 — winner of the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Writing — is Charlie Dameron ‘11. I only rarely read the bylines of student writers, but in the case of Rago and Dameron I invariably paused in the middle of articles to wonder just who could write and reason (almost the same thing, really) so well. A peek at the author’s name led to the quick conclusion that we still have very fine students in Hanover.

Charlie transferred to Dartmouth from Duke, and his comparison of the two schools was illuminating: his detailed description led me to see that despite the College’s many weaknesses, we still treat undergrads with more respect here than at most peer institutions. After graduation, Charlie was off to Yale Law, following the path of other Review alumni like Michael Ellis ‘06 and Scott Glabe ‘06. He must have done well there, and also in his subsequent clerkship with Judge Raymond Kethledge on the Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, because last month it was announced that starting this October Charlie will be clerking for Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts. Way to Go, Charlie!

Addendum: Roberts is someone who both writes well and thinks intelligently about the act of writing.

Addendum: In a flight of undergraduate enthusiasm, Charlie once expressed admiration for President Kim. I trust that he has seen the error in his evaluation.

Addendum: Former petition Trustee Stephen Smith ‘88 clerked for Clarence Thomas, as did Wendy Long (née Stone) ‘82, Laura Ingraham ‘85, Erik Jaffe ‘86, Matthew Berry ‘94, and Dartblog alumna Jenn Bandy ‘09. Other SCOTUS clerks from the College include Mark Yohalem ‘02 (Anthony Kennedy), Brian Burgess ‘05 (Sonia Sotomayor), Kevin C. Walsh ‘98 (Antonin Scalia), Michael Scodro ‘93 (Sandra Day O’Connor), Arthur Fergenson ‘69 (Warren Burger), Gregory Garre ‘87 (William Rehnquist), Gregg Costa ‘94 (William Rehnquist), Neal Katyal ‘91 (Stephen Breyer) and Alex Azar ‘88 (Antonin Scalia).

Any other post-1980 clerks that you can recall?

Addendum: A proud fraternity brother writes in:

Stephen Menashi ‘01 clerked for Justice Alito. Menashi is a Sigma Nu, as are Katyal, Smith, Ellis and Glabe. :-)

Addendum: Of the sixteen Dartmouth alumni SCOTUS clerks listed above, only two clerked for Justices on the left wing of the court: Neal Katyal ‘91 for Stephen Breyer and Brian Burgess ‘05 for Sonia Sotomayor.


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