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I ended up with a window seat on my flight out to Los Angeles to interview with Judge Stinson. Since I had booked on short notice, I was stuck near the back of the plane, close enough that I could smell the lavatories’ mix of cleanser and other substances. But at least I wasn’t stuck in a middle seat; in fact, the middle seat next to me was empty, a rare thing these days. The relative comfort allowed me to concentrate for most of the flight, reading print-outs of newspaper articles about Judge Stinson, her most noteworthy opinions, and the generally glowing clerkship reviews from the Yale career services office written by former Stinson clerks, which only made me want the position more than I already did. (One line that stuck in my mind: “The worst part about clerking on the Ninth Circuit and for Judge Stinson is that I probably won’t have a job that’s this interesting, and a boss who’s this awesome, until many years later in my legal career — if ever.”)

An elderly Asian woman in a red sweater set was in the aisle seat of my row. After the beverage service — water for me (too early for Diet Coke), hot tea for her — she looked over at me and smiled.

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“I have three interviews,” Jeremy said. “First up is Paul Kenote.”

“You applied to a district court judge?”

“I’m willing to make an exception for a Yale Law grad who clerked for the Supreme Court. And who’s a genius — which, of course, Kenote is, as a Yalie who clerked for SCOTUS. And, most importantly, who’s the first openly gay man appointed to the federal bench.”

In addition to serving as an articles editor of the Journal, Jeremy was president of the Yale chapter of OutLaws. He was a cheerleader for all things gay.

“Fair enough,” I said. “Who else are you interviewing with?”

“Sheldon Gottlieb, in Pasadena.”

“Oh nice, congrats — your hero!”

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