Although the hiring of the clerks is kept confidential until right before the beginning of the new term, it is common for the Justices to have confirmed hiring all of their clerks long in advance of the next term. As of now, Justice Stevens has only confirmed one hiring for the 2010-11 session. In the past this has been a sign of a pending retirement on the part of the Justice. Justice Souter held off on hiring any clerks at all just prior to his announcement of retirement.
Justice Stevens is the head of the liberal wing of the Court. He has supported such causes as abortion rights, affirmative action and protections for accused criminals since his appointment to the Court in 1975.
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