1/ An interesting and important piece by @whignewtons for @politico about the trend of having multiple lower-court clerkships before clerking for the Supreme Court — and how it’s contributing to the lack of diversity among #SCOTUS clerks. #appellatetwitter
2/ I tend to agree with @whignewtons that this emerging preference among the justices for multiple feeder-judge clerkships is hurting diversity — especially gender diversity — among #scotus clerks. #appellatetwitter
3/ Sure, there can be advantages to having more-experienced clerks at #scotus. It can be helpful to have clerked at both the trial and appellate levels, or state and federal (although the latter is uncommon). #appellatetwitter
4/ But is the experiential advantage of two or more pre-#scotus clerkships worth the hit to law clerk diversity? Like @whignewtons, I’m not so sure. #appellatetwitter
5/ And I don’t see much value to doing two federal appellate clerkships before clerking for the Supreme Court. When students/clerks ask for me advice on this, I generally discourage it (unless the person is “#SCOTUS clerkship or bust”). #appellatetwitter

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4 May
1/ THREAD. For legal nerds wondering if Bill and Melinda Gates have a prenuptial agreement aka prenup, apparently the answer is no. From the petition for divorce that @melindagates filed against @BillGates:
2/ Here’s the full petition for divorce, via @TMZ.

The @nytimes reported that Bill Gates and Melinda Gates are believed to have a prenup, but question 11 seems pretty clear to me — there’s a separation agreement but no prenup.

3/ The Gates divorce petition refers to a separation agreement under RCW 26.09.060, which is “a written separation contract providing for the maintenance of either of them, the disposition of any property,” etc.

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22 Apr

After a life-threatening case of #covid19, and more than a month after shot #2 of the #COVID19Vaccine, I’m barely positive for antibodies.👇👇👇

In this thread, some background and a few thoughts.

#covid #coronavirus
2/ As some of you might recall, I was hospitalized from 3/16/20-4/1/20 at @nyulangone with a critical case of #covid19, spending almost a week on a ventilator.

In 6/20 and 9/20, I tested positive for #covid antibodies, in decreasing amounts — 4.3 and 3.2:
3/ In 11/20, my last #covid19 antibody test before this one, I was still positive, but not strongly so — titer of 2.3, where above 1.4 is positive.
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1/ THREAD. Today, about 7 months after my last visit and a year after getting out of the hospital, I went to the pulmonologist for a check-up (a new pulmonologist who works with many post-Covid patients). #covid19 #covid #coronavirus #longcovid
2/ One of the @nyulangone pulmonologists who treated me while I was in the ICU on a ventilator last March dropped by to say hello — and I got a little teary as I thanked her. #Covid #covid19 #coronavirus #longcovid
3/ The good news is that my lungs have continued to improve since my last visit in September (which my pulmonologist said is consistent with what they’re seeing with many post-Covid patients a year out). #covid #covid19 #coronavirus #longcovid
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20 Apr
1/ Justice Amy Coney Barrett has landed a $2 million advance for her first book. #SCOTUS #appellatetwitter #books
2/ ACB's advance is more than the $1.5 million that Justice Clarence Thomas received for his memoir, My Grandfather's Son (but that was back in 2007). CT's book went on to become a #1 bestseller.

bit.ly/32tQT1n #SCOTUS #appellatetwitter #books
3/ ACB's advance is also more than the $1.2 million that Justice Sonia Sotomayor received in 2010 for her memoir, My Beloved World, which also went on to become a #1 bestseller.

on.wsj.com/3egKkVe #SCOTUS #appellatetwitter #books
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9 Apr
1/ Will Justice Breyer retire from the Supreme Court sometime soon?

His law clerk hiring says, to quote the Magic 8 ball: "Most likely."

bit.ly/3t4GXqt #SCOTUS #appellatetwitter
2/ In this lengthy post for Original Jurisdiction, I take a deep dive into the clerk hiring patterns of the past four #SCOTUS justices to retire, as well Justice Breyer's own past practice, and conclude that there's an 80-20 percent chance he'll retire soon.
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8 Apr
1/ High-profile Yale Law professor Amy Chua, aka the "Tiger Mother," has been stripped of certain teaching duties after allegations of misconduct (which she forcefully denies).

My story for Original Jurisdiction:

bit.ly/3mthy7C @AmyChua @YaleLawSch
2/ In an open letter (linked to in my story), Professor Chua raises issues of due process and possible breaches of confidentiality by @YaleLawSch.

See also this tweet by @AmyChua herself (part of a longer thread):

3/ Some of her allies claim that @AmyChua is being "canceled" for holding unpopular positions (e.g., having supported Brett Kavanaugh).

Here's lawyer turned journalist @MegynKelly:

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