Dr. Todd C. Peppers
Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia. Ph.D. in Political Science. 2003.
University of Virginia School of Law, Charlottesville, Virginia. J.D., 1994.
Washington & Lee University, Lexington, Virginia. B.A., 1990 (summa cum laude).
Research & Teaching Interests
Supreme Court, Judicial Institutions, Civil Liberties, Death Penalty
Courtiers of the Marble Palace: The Rise and Influence of the Supreme Court Law Clerk. Stanford University Press (April 2006).
Anatomy of an Execution: The Life and Death of Douglas Christopher Thomas. With Laura Anderson. Northeastern University Press (November 2009).
Todd C. Peppers and Artemus Ward, Editors. In Chambers: Stories of Supreme Court Law Clerks and Their Justices. University of Virginia Press (February 2012).
Todd C. Peppers and Clare Cushman, Editors. In Chambers: More Stories of Supreme Court Law Clerks and Their Justices. University of Virginia Press [under contract, anticpated publication date of 2014].
“The Etiology of the Occurrence of En Banc Review in the U.S. Court of Appeals.” With Micheal W. Giles, Virginia Hettinger, and Christopher Zorn. American Journal of Political Science. 51 (July 2007): 449-463.
“Research Note: Picking Federal Judges: A Note on Policy and Partisan Selection Agendas.” With Micheal W. Giles and Virginia Hettinger. Political Research Quarterly. 54 (September 2001): 623-641.
“Justice Hugo Black and His Law Clerks: Match Making and Match Point.” Journal of Supreme Court History (forthcoming, 2011).
“The Supreme Court and the Curse of the Gypsy: The Tragic Tale of Clarence Melville York.” The Green Bag 2d. Vol. 13, No. 2 (Winter 2010): 173-186.
“The Mystery of Charles Kennedy Poe.” Supreme Court Historical Society Quarterly Vol. XXXI, No. 3 (2009): 6-9.
“Isaiah and His Young Disciples: Justice Brandeis and His Law Clerks.” Journal of Supreme Court History Vol. 34, No. 1 (2009): 75-97.
“A Justice By Any Other Name: The Case of Louis D. Brandeis.” Supreme Court Historical Society Quarterly Vol. XXIX, No. 2 (2008): 8-9.
“William Thaddeus Coleman, Jr. – Breaking the Color Barrier at the United States Supreme Court.” Journal of Supreme Court History Vol. 33, No. 3 (2008): 353-370.
“Birth of An Institution: Horace Gray and The Lost Law Clerks.” Journal of Supreme Court History Vol. 32, No. 3 (2007): 229-248.
“Law Clerk Influence on Supreme Court Decision Making.” With Christopher Zorn. DePaul Law Review Vol. 58, No. 1 (2008).
“Inside Judicial Chambers: How Federal District Court Judges Select and Use Their Law Clerks.” With Micheal W. Giles and Bridget Tainer-Parkins. Albany Law Review Vol. 71, No. 2 (2008): 623-645.
“Undue Influence? Ideology and Supreme Court Law Clerks.” JURIST: Legal News & Research. March 3, 2006.
“‘Junior Justices?’ Kagan’s Confirmation Hearing Should Shine a Light on the Role of Law Clerks and the Possibility They Improperly Exercise Article III Powers.” The National Law Journal. June 21, 2010.
“Hiding Behind The Robes: If Law Clerks Do Not Exercise Undue Influence, Why All the Secrecy?” With Artemus Ward. The National Law Journal. August 10, 2009.
Todd C. Peppers. “The Modern Clerkship: Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Her Law Clerks.” In Chambers: Stories of Supreme Court Law Clerks and Their Justices University of Virginia Press (February 2012).
Todd C. Peppers and Beth See Driver. “Half-Clerk, Half-Son: Justice Felix Frankfurter and His Law Clerks.” In Chambers: Stories of Supreme Court Law Clerks and Their Justices University of Virginia Press (February 2012).
Todd C. Peppers and Micheal W. Giles. “Of Potted Plants and Political Images: The Supreme Court and the State of the Union Address.” Kansas Journal of Law and Public Policy Volume XXII, No. 1 (2012): 49-81.
Todd C. Peppers. “Of Leakers and Legal Briefers: The Modern Supreme Court Law Clerk.” Charleston Law Review Volume VII (2012): 95-109.
Todd C. Peppers. “Leaks at the Supreme Court.” The National Law Journal. August 20, 2012.
Courtiers of the Marble Palace: http://bit.ly/Courtiers
Anatomy of an Execution: http://bit.ly/AnatomyExecution
Law and Court links: http://bit.ly/LawandCourts
Law School information: http://bit.ly/LawSchool
Available as a Media resource for the following topics
Supreme Court, law clerks, death penalty
Willing to speak to professional, social or civic groups on
Supreme Court, law clerks, death penalty