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Oct. 18, 2022, 8:45 PM

Is Judge’s Yale Boycott A Sign of ‘Supreme’ Ambitions? (Podcast)

David Schultz
David Schultz
Audio Producer

Judge James Ho said his new policy of refusing to hire clerks who attended Yale University was about combating cancel culture. But it may also be a sign that the Trump appointee is angling for a promotion.

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Of course, since Ho is currently serving on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, that means there’s only one final rung to climb on the judicial career ladder: the Supreme Court.

On this episode of our weekly legal news podcast, On The Merits, Bloomberg Law columnists Lydia Wheeler and Vivia Chen speculate on what motivated Ho’s decision. They say Ho’s headline-grabbing move is likely an attempt to ensure that his name is at or near the top of a future Republican President’s Supreme Court nominee shortlist.

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