Yes, kids, now you can try this at home! The 2001 edition of the trivia quiz that possible SCOTUS nominee Chief Judge Danny J. Boggs (6th Cir.) administers to his clerkship applicants is available here. And this year's quiz can be downloaded by clicking here (pdf).
As A3G said before, the Boggs quizzes are pretty tough!* You can read all about the quiz, and Chief Judge Boggs's record as a feeder judge -- to Who Wants To Be a Millionaire, a show on which several of his clerks have appeared -- in this great New Yorker piece. (Jonathan Kay's article notes, by the way, that Judge Boggs does not like to use the word "trivia"; he prefers to call his quiz a "general knowledge test.")
After A3G blogged about Chief Judge Boggs, a number of people wrote in to praise him (although Judge Boyce F. Martin, Jr., was not among them).** Here are a few fun facts about the Honorable Danny Julian Boggs:
--his clerks, current and former, adore him (see, e.g., here);
--the "J" that begins his middle name, "Julian," is pronounced like an "H," in the Spanish manner (translation: "Juez Boggs es muy Latino!");
--he is "a wonderful man, and he would be in heaven if he could read and think and discuss interesting random things all day long" (sounds like a good SCOTUS fit to A3G);
--Danny Boggs's daughter, Rebecca Boggs, "went to Harvard, sojourned in England on a Rhodes Scholarship, and is married to another Rhodes Scholar, Mike Wenthe" (it seems like brilliance runs in the Boggs family);
--Chief Judge Boggs's well-dressed wife, Judy, was a Robing Room Report runner-up, in the category of "Best-Dressed Judicial Spouse"; and
--Mrs. Judy Boggs "could not be more kind or generous," doing "everything she can for his clerks as they move to Louisville -- housing advice, help finding dentists, etc."
Based on the foregoing, Judge and Mrs. Boggs sound like fabulous folks. Article 3 Groupie wishes Chief Judge Boggs the best of luck in making it to One First Street!
* In remarking upon the quiz's difficulty, A3G intended no criticism of the quiz or of Judge Boggs. As explained by one UTR correspondent, "the trivia quiz is, in my humble opinion, a way for him to find out if his prospective clerks have interests unrelated to the law, and to give him something to chat about at the interview."
** During the pendency of the Grutter case in the Sixth Circuit, Chief Judge Boggs and another SCOTUS short-lister, Judge Alice M. Batchelder, traded bench-slaps with Judge Martin and other Sixth Circuit liberals. If either Chief Judge Boggs or Judge Batchelder is nominated to the Court, their involvement in Grutter is certain to come under close scrutiny from the Senate Democrats.
The Grutter case was decided by the Supreme Court over two years ago, but the ill will the case generated in the Sixth Circuit lives on. According to one UTR source, "To date, Chief Judge Boggs and Judge Batchelder are not on speaking terms with Judge Martin." And, according to rumor, at one point in time -- although no longer true today, A3G is told -- "Judge Martin's clerks [were] instructed not to talk to Judge Batchelder's and Chief Judge Boggs's clerks." Ouch!
(Photo credit: Foundation for Research on Economics and the Environment (FREE), whose website also has a detailed bio of Chief Judge Boggs.)