William K. Suter, the clerk of the U.S. Supreme Court, will retire at the end of August after 22 years of service.
Suter, the 19th person to serve as clerk, joined the Court in 1991. Before taking that position, he was an Army judge advocate who retired with the rank of major general. While in the Army, he served in numerous positions around the world, including, appellate judge, deputy staff judge advocate of the U.S. Army in Vietnam, staff judge advocate of the 101st Airborne Division, commandant of the JAG School, and the assistant judge advocate general of the Army. His military awards include the Distinguished Service Medal, the Bronze Star Medal, and the Parachutist Badge.
Suter, 75, joined the Army in 1962 and last year marked his 50th year in public service. He will step down as clerk on August 31.
"My colleagues and I are grateful to Bill Suter for his exceptional service to the Court," said Chief Justice John Roberts Jr. in a statement announcing the retirement. "His retirement later this year will mark the completion of an exemplary career of public service in both the military and civilian life."
Suter is a graduate of Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas, and the Tulane University Law School. He attended Trinity on a basketball scholarship and Tulane on an academic scholarship. He was on the Tulane Law Review and was elected to the Order of the Coif. He is a graduate of the Judge Advocate General’s School Graduate Course, the Command and General Staff College, and the Industrial College of the Armed Forces.