Former Clerk to Supreme Court Chief Justice to Return to TU College of Law

Friday, May 21, 2010

Jamie McDonald will return to The University of Tulsa College of Law for Fall 2010 after completing a term as law clerk for the Honorable John Roberts, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. McDonald will serve as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Law, the same position he held during Spring 2009.

Jamie McDonaldMcDonald spent the U.S. Supreme Court's 2009 Term working in the coveted position of law clerk for Chief Justice Roberts. He said it was an awe-inspiring experience that never became ordinary.

“The experience never became routine, even after a year,” McDonald said. “Every time I walked into the building I was struck by the remarkable institution I was entering. I am deeply appreciative of the opportunity I was given to work for such an institution.”

This experience at the highest level of constitutional law was another chapter in McDonald’s brilliant career, during which he has served in some of the public sector’s most powerful legal offices.

Before his first teaching experience at TU, McDonald served as a deputy associate counsel in the White House Counsel’s office, handling issues including congressional matters, financial issues, and issues involving foreign affairs. During 2007-2008, McDonald clerked for the Honorable Jeffrey S. Sutton on the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.

“We are fortunate to have Professor McDonald return to the TU classroom. He is an excellent lawyer who will again make lasting impressions on our students and colleagues,” said Janet K. Levit, Dean and Dean John Rogers Endowed Chair. “He gained remarkable perspective and experience on the cutting edge of constitutional law while working with the Chief Justice. I am confident he will integrate that experience into his instruction.”

Levit also noted that McDonald received high praise from students, faculty and administrators during his first stint as a visiting professor.

A native Tulsan and graduate of Booker T. Washington High School, McDonald earned a bachelor’s degree with honors in economics from Harvard College and his J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law. While in law school he served as the articles development editor of the Virginia Law Review and was awarded the Roger & Madeleine Traynor Award for the most outstanding written work for his note, “Democratic Failure and Emergencies: Myth or Reality?” in the Virginia Law Review. He was elected to the Order of the Coif and also to the Raven Honor Society, which recognizes academic and scholarly excellence. 

Jimmy Hart