For Immediate Release For Further Information Contact:
July 1, 2013 Kathleen Arberg (202) 479-3211


            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 Virginia School of Law in 1993.