Welcome to Original Jurisdiction, the latest legal publication by me, David Lat. You can learn more about Original Jurisdiction by reading its About page, and you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. This is a reader-supported publication; you can subscribe by clicking on the button below. Thanks!
Being a federal judge is a dream job for many lawyers. Why would anyone want to leave it behind?
And yet that’s what several high-profile, highly regarded judges have been doing in recent months. One of them is Gary Feinerman, who stepped down as a judge of the U.S. District Court of the Northern District of Illinois at the end of last year, then joined the Chicago office of Latham & Watkins just last month.
Why on earth did Judge Feinerman leave the bench? I asked him that and much more—including what it was like to clerk for Justice Kennedy alongside two future Supreme Court justices, how he became a federal judge, how he funneled his clerks into SCOTUS clerkships as a “feeder judge,” and what type of practice he plans to build at Latham & Watkins—in this latest episode of the Original Jurisdiction podcast.
Gary Feinerman bio, Latham & Watkins LLP
On The Retirement Of Miles Ruthberg And The Rise Of Litigation At Latham & Watkins, by David Lat for Above the Law
Prefer reading to listening? For paid subscribers, a transcript of the entire episode appears below.