Bloomberg Law
Oct. 7, 2022, 12:31 AM

Judge Ho’s Yale Clerk Ban Is ‘Ugly,’ Third Circuit Judge Says

Madison Alder
Madison Alder

A US appeals court judge criticized fellow jurist James Ho’s decision to no longer hire law clerks from Yale, calling the policy “horrendous.”

“It’s ugly, it’s nasty, and I guess it just goes to show you the weakness of merit selection—that everybody who gets selected isn’t meritorious of the selection,” Theodore McKee, a senior judge on the US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, said at a Thursday event.

Ho, a prominent conservative judge on the Fifth Circuit, said in a recent speech to Federalist Society chapters in Kentucky that he wouldn’t consider Yale students for law clerk positions ...