Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh has become the first justice on the high court to hire an all-women group of law clerks, a milestone he foreshadowed while defending himself against sexual misconduct allegations during his confirmation process.
Shannon Grammel, Kim Jackson, Megan Lacy, and Sara Nommensen will work with Kavanaugh over the course of his inaugural term on the bench, the New York Times reported Sunday evening. Jackson was previously recruited by the justice when he sat on the federal appeals court, while the other women clerked for other Republican-nominated appellant judges, the Washington Post reported.
Kavanaugh told the Senate Judiciary Committee in September, while addressing Christine Blasey Ford's accusation that he sexually assaulted her in 1982 when they were teenagers, that he was set to make history with the contingent.
"Before this allegation arose two weeks ago, I was required to start making certain administrative preparations for my possible transfer to the Supreme Court, just in case I was confirmed," he said during his opening statement.
"I did so, and contingently hired four law clerks. All four are women," he said. "If confirmed, I'll be the first justice in the history of the Supreme Court to have a group of all-women law clerks. That is who I am."
Diversity among Supreme Court clerks has historically been low, according to a National Law Journal study published in December. The research found clerkships between 2005 and 2017 were “dominated by white men.”
President Trump and Kavanaugh will attend a public swearing in ceremony Monday night at the White House. The justice was privately sworn in Saturday evening.