Scott Harris: The Next Clerk of the Supreme Court

July 1st, 2013

Based on tweets from SCOTUSBlog, it looks like this is the next clerk of the Court:

Update: Nope, not that Scott Harris. It’s the Scott Harris that is the Court Counsel.

Update 2: SCOTUSBlog links to the press release:

Scott S. Harris, Legal Counsel at the Supreme Court of the United States, has been named
the Court’s new Clerk, effective September 1,2013. Harris will be the 20th Clerk of the Court.
He will replace William K. Suter, who will retire on August 31, 2013 , after serving 22 years in
that position.
Harris has served as the Supreme Court’s Legal Counsel for 11 years. In that role, he has
managed the Court’s Legal Office, which provides support to the Justices on a variety of case­
related issues and legal services for the Court as an institution. In announcing the appointment,
Chief Justice Roberts stated, “Scott brings pertinent experience and proven judgment to his new
position. I am confident that he will continue the tradition established by our past Clerks of
professionalism and dedicated service to the Bench and Bar.”
Before joining the Court in 2002, Harris was an Assistant United States Attorney in
Washington, D.C., representing federal agencies and officials in civil litigation in the federal
courts. He was previously an associate at the law firm then known as Wiley, Rein & Fielding,
and he also served as a law clerk to the Honorable Paul V. Niemeyer of the United States Court
of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.
Harris earned his B.S. from Yale University in 1988, and his J.D. from the University of
V irginia School of Law in 1993.

Scott Blake Harris, Managing Partner

Scott Blake Harris is a Managing Partner of the firm. Mr. Harris has practiced law in Washington D.C. for thirty-seven years both in the private sector and in government. He has had extensive litigation, telecommunications, technology, trade, energy, administrative, and national security law experience.

Mr. Harris joined the firm after having served two years as Senior Vice President and General Counsel of Neustar, Inc., a technology company headquartered in Virginia, and two years as General Counsel of the United States Department of Energy. At Neustar, Mr. Harris was responsible for the company’s legal, policy, communications, corporate marketing, and corporate social responsibility functions. Mr. Harris was nominated for his position at the Department of Energy and was unanimously confirmed by the United States Senate in May 2009. At Energy, Mr. Harris was the chief legal officer for the entire department and, among other things, began the first systematic effort to enforce the Department’s energy efficiency regulations and created its first enforcement office. He also changed the rulemaking process to allow more public access and greater transparency, and played a key role in the Department’s efforts to tackle the legal and policy issues raised by the implementation of smart grid technologies. Mr. Harris also served as Co-Chair of the Broadband Subcommittee of the White House National Science and Technology Council.