From The Blog of Legal Times:
The Supreme Court today quietly helped shatter a glass ceiling you may not have known existed by appointing the first female special master in the Supreme Court’s history. She’s Kristin Linsley Myles of San Francisco, litigation partner in the firm Munger, Tolles & Olson and a former law clerk to Justice Antonin Scalia. Myles could not be reached for comment.
She was named special master in the case of South Carolina v. North Carolina, which comes to the Court under its original jurisdiction. That little-known category of cases involves disputes between states, in which the dispute goes to the Supreme Court first, not last, and without the factfinding or review of any lower court. As a result, the Court appoints a special master to review facts, hear testimony, and report to the Court with recommendations, which the justices accept, reject or modify. The Court has been naming special masters since 1791. …