June 01, 2014

“The General” Retires as U.S. Supreme Court Clerk and “the Colonel” Pays a Visit

Judge Francis J. Larkin (Ret.)

As readers of this publication will know, a recent issue of Experience magazine, entitled “Representing Veterans: What You Can Do for Your Country,” featured articles on military veterans and the various ways their lives can be impacted affirmatively by members of the legal profession. Pursuing that theme and almost as a “coda” preceding retirement, I visited my friend and former commander, General William Suter—another veteran—who is the first person drawn from the ranks of the military to serve as clerk of the U.S. Supreme Court. On this occasion, General Suter discussed his role and duties at the Court, as well as its early history and the long quest for (and here I bow to Virginia Woolf) a home “of its own.”

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