Neil McGill Gorsuch is an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. He was appointed by President Donald Trump to succeed Antonin Scalia following a year-long vacancy and took the oath of office on April 10, 2017.
The appointment of Neil Gorsuch to fill the empty Supreme Court spot. Was a master class move and only time will tell how big help it would be in the future!
In an apparent first at the U.S. Supreme Court, Justice Neil Gorsuch has hired a Native American clerk for the 2018 term.
The clerk, Tobi Merritt Edwards Young, is an enrolled citizen of the Chickasaw Nation from Midwest City, Oklahoma, and has worked for Gorsuch since the early days of President George W. Bush’s administration.
“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,” Young said in a Chickasaw Nation press release. “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.”
Tobi Merritt Edwards Young, a citizen of the Chickasaw Nation originally from Midwest City, Oklahoma, recently accepted a position as a law clerk for Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch. Young is thought to be the first enrolled citizen of a Native American tribe, and the first woman from Oklahoma, to serve as Supreme Court clerk. She will serve at the Court for a year, starting in July 2018.
Chickasaw Nation Governor Bill Anoatubby said that the selection of Tobi Young marks an important milestone.
“It is difficult to overstate the significance of having a well-qualified, experienced Chickasaw such as Ms. Young serving as Supreme Court clerk,” Gov. Anoatubby said. “Justice Gorsuch is well respected by tribal leaders for his understanding of tribal sovereignty and Indian law. His decision to select a Native American to serve as clerk underscores his appreciation of the importance of the Native perspective on Indian law.”
There are approximately 60,000 enrolled Chickasaw in 2018. The tribe was among the five Native American societies forcibly moved from the east bank of the Mississippi River on the trail of tears.
A National Law Journal study found that 85 percent of Supreme Court clerks since 2005 are white, and approximately two-thirds are male.