UVA Law Graduate Hired by Justice Scalia Will Now Clerk for Justice Samuel Alito
University of Virginia School of Law graduate Nicole Frazer ’15 will clerk for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito for the 2016 term.
Frazer was originally slated to clerk for the late Justice Antonin Scalia starting in the fall. An offer for an interview was later extended by Alito.
"Several weeks after Justice Scalia passed away, Justice Alito reached out to me and asked if I would be interested in coming in for an interview," Frazer said. "It was incredibly kind of him to do so; I'm enormously grateful that he thought of me. And I'm also very thankful that he hired me for the same term; it will be a very interesting year to be at the Supreme Court.
"I can tell from reading [Alito's] opinions and talking to him that he cares immensely about carefully considering legal questions and getting them right. I'm excited to learn from someone who cares so deeply about finding the right answers to difficult legal questions."
Frazer is currently clerking with Judge Jeffrey Sutton of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit in Columbus, Ohio. Frazer, a former member of UVA Law's Supreme Court Litigation Clinic, earned her undergraduate degree in government with an international relations emphasis from Patrick Henry College in Purcellville, Virginia.
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