LSU Law Center alumna Michelle Shamblin Stratton is now the first LSU law graduate to clerk for the U.S. Supreme Court.

Stratton, a 2009 LSU Law Center graduate, was selected to serve as a law clerk to Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas for the 2011-12 term.

“This is a proud moment for Michelle and an equally proud moment for LSU Law,” said LSU Law Center Chancellor Jack Weiss in a prepared statement.

Stratton is a 2006 graduate of Louisiana College in Pineville.

“Michelle was a stellar law student,” Weiss noted. “She’s set the bar for the future.

She graduated first in her class at LSU.

“To be the first LSU law student to receive a Supreme Court clerkship is special to me, particularly because I get to play a role in continuing and enhancing the traditions of excellence that characterize an LSU law education,” Stratton said in the announcement.

“I hope that my clerkship at the Court encourages LSU law students, professors, judges and employers to recognize the potential of LSU students to compete nationally and that it opens doors for more LSU law students to be successful,” she continued.

“In honor of the occasion, perhaps I can convince Justice Thomas to let me slip ‘geaux’ into an opinion draft. …”

In the fall, Stratton was named to one of only four Bristow Fellowships in the Office of the Solicitor General of the United States. She was the first LSU Law graduate to receive the fellowship.