Big Judicial News: Michael Luttig Resigns

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9 Responses

  1. A. Plant says:

    It appears that Luttig was getting off the “short list” one way or another. What sort of compensation package do you suppose he got to leave the Fourth Circuit? I don’t know what “general counsel” officers make at Fortune 100 companies, so I have no frame of reference. At least he will make as much as his former clerks now; that’s not a bad trade if you can’t get your dream job.

  2. Rex says:

    Looks like he’ll earn something in the low seven figures.

  3. anon says:

    It’t not about the money. He’s not that kind of guy, and, besides, given his family resources, he doesn’t need to work anywhere.

    It’s about the challenge.

    While it may be less likely that he will be picked from a job where he is serving as a productive member of the private sector (and why is that anyway? and how in the world can movement conservatives unthinkingly adopt the socialist viewpoint that working for pay makes you unfit for public service?) the experience would only make him a better Justice if the opportunity ever does come.

  4. Bubba says:

    “While I do not have hard numbers on this, I believe that for at least the last six or seven years, all – or virtually all – Luttig clerks have landed Supreme Court clerkships.”

    Here are some, slightly outdated, statistics on clerk ascension from the October Term 1999 to the October Term 2003:

    1. Luttig (4th Cir.) (15) [yup – that’s 3 per year, AKA 100%]

    2. Wilkinson (4th Cir.) (11)

    3. Boudin (1st Cir.) (10)

    3. Calabresi (2d Cir.) (10)

    3. Kozinski (9th Cir.) (10)

    6. Edwards (D.C. Cir.) (7)

    6. Silberman (D.C. Cir.) (7)

    6. Tatel (D.C. Cir.) (7)

    9. Williams (D.C. Cir.) (6)

    10. Garland (D.C. Cir.) (5)

    10. O’Scannlain (9th Cir.) (5)

    10. Posner (7th Cir.) (5)

    Statistics taken from the (formerly awesome) judicial gosip rag, Underneath Their Robes…

  5. Stuart Buck says:

    As of 2005, Luttig had sent 39 of his clerks on to the Supreme Court. That’s 13 years worth of clerks (except for the one year that Luttig had four clerks). Given that Luttig started as a judge late in 1991, I’d be surprised if more than one or two Luttig clerks from all time had failed to secure Supreme Court clerkships.

  6. ambimb says:

    Even if Bush gets two chances….

    God forbid!

  7. David S. Cohen says:

    Movement conservatives may be unhappy; movement progressives are not!

  8. Mark H says:

    Luttig was totally incompetent. He was apparently so occupied with his press clippings last fall that he failed to even read a brief and rendered a colossally uneducated decision that perverted Federal trademark law. His resignation can only be addition by subtraction. See

  9. jlspruill says:

    Was Luttig the jurist using his position on the Circuit Judicial Council to cover up a felony conspiracy of a District Court judge?