Meet the First-Known Native American SCOTUS Clerk
Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch has selected Tobi Merritt Edwards Young, a citizen of the Chickasaw Nation originally from Midwest City, Oklahoma, as a Clerk for the upcoming term. The Dartmouth grad, who has a Juris Doctor from the University of Mississippi School of Law, is thought to be the first enrolled citizen of a Native American tribe to serve as Supreme Court clerk. She will serve at the Court for a year, starting in July 2018. Young is currently the General Counsel in the Office of former President George W. Bush, as well as the General Counsel and Board Secretary for the George W. Bush Presidential Center. Prior to that, Tobi worked in the George W. Bush Administration as a Special Assistant to the President and Associate White House Counsel. She also served as Counsel to DOJ’s Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights, Law Clerk to Judge Jerome A. Holmes on the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals, and as Press Secretary to former Congressman J.C. Watts, Jr. “I hope that if other Chickasaws read about my experiences, they will recognize that nothing stops them from pursuing any dream that they have too. Somebody from where they are from is going to be working every day at the Supreme Court, and there’s no reason that there shouldn’t be many more to come,” Young said. Congrats! More here.