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Who are some of the more famous law clerks?

There have been many Supreme Court law clerks who have achieved great prominence in the legal profession. Here are just a few of the many:

Kenneth Starr: Former federal appeals court and independent counsel who investigated President Bill Clinton (leading to his impeachment); clerked for Chief Justice Warren Burger.

Richard Posner: Longtime judge on the Seventh U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and author of more than forty books; clerked for Justice William Brennan.

Robert O’Neil: Former president of the University of Virginia and the founder of the Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection of Free Expression; clerked for Justice William Brennan.

Alan Dershowitz: Harvard Law professor and well-known author/legal commentator; clerked for Justice Arthur Goldberg.

Laura Ingraham: Popular syndicated radio host, author, and political analyst; clerked for Justice Clarence Thomas.

Kenneth Starr, center, began his law career as the law clerk for Supreme Court justice Warren Burger; Starr became well known as the independent counsel who investigated President Bill Clinton prior to his impeachment. Luke Frazza/AFP/Getty Images.

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