Former Bolch Student Fellow John Macy to Clerk for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito

Mar 21, 2024Latest News

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John Macy (Duke Law JD ’22) has been selected to clerk for U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Samuel Alito for the upcoming term that starts in October.

“It was like winning the lottery. It was amazing,” Macy said of his acceptance call from the justice’s office, admitting that he checked his phone repeatedly to make sure it had really occurred.

During law school, Macy served for two years as a research assistant for the Bolch Judicial Institute, where he contributed to several articles published in Judicature magazine, the Institute’s scholarly journal about the judiciary.

“John has a terrific legal mind, mature judgment, and is wonderful to work with,” said David F. Levi, who served as dean of the Law School from 2007 to 2018 and inaugural director of the Bolch Judicial Institute until his retirement.

Levi said Walter E. Dellinger, the renowned constitutional lawyer and longtime Duke Law faculty member who died in 2022, also thought highly of Macy’s contributions to their section of the final report of the Presidential Commission on the Supreme Court of the United States.

“Both of us were so impressed with John’s responsiveness, care, and overall writing, analytic, and research abilities,” Levi said. “John is a star and a good guy. It is wonderful that Justice Alito was able to see these qualities in John and bring him to the Court for October term 2024.”

Read the full Duke Law news release here.