There are few more elite ranks in law than those young graduates who become clerks for members of the U.S. Supreme Court.

Michelle Shamblin Stratton, a 2009 graduate of LSU’s Paul M. Hebert Law Center, now joins that elite company, having been selected to clerk for Associate Justice Clarence Thomas. She is the first Supreme Court clerk from LSU. It is a tribute to her efforts and the investment of Louisiana taxpayers in higher education that has raised the national reputation of LSU’s law school.

“This is a proud moment for Michelle and an equally proud moment for LSU Law,” Chancellor Jack Weiss said. We also would add congratulations to Louisiana College in Pineville, where Stratton gained her undergraduate degree.

Stratton’s rise has included being one of only four Bristow fellowships in the office of the solicitor-general, the lawyer who argues for the government in cases before the high court.

Many clerkships on the court go to young lawyers who have attended elite institutions such as Harvard, Yale or Stanford. So Stratton’s clerkship, as a student from a public institution, is all the more notable.

We congratulate her and the Louisiana institutions that helped make this achievement possible.