Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court
Anthony Kennedy: In a way, I was a little ahead of the curve because of my experience with my father and being basically a law clerk in his chambers. So, I was a little ahead of the curve in that respect. I think it's a mistake to go on the appellate bench too young, and I might have been too young, because it's very important that you bring to each case a new energy, a new commitment, because what you do is very important to the litigants, and so I was very careful to watch myself for the signs of burnout or disinterest. And so, I've always taught, and I continue to teach, which I thought was important to do. But, as I said, I wanted to be a trial judge. Watergate had come along; they weren't making new trial judges, and there was an opening in the Court of Appeals. And then Governor Reagan asked if I would like to be considered for that, and I thought, "Well, you know, the merry-go-round goes around, and there's an empty horse, and if you don't get on it, the next time it goes around somebody is on the horse." So, I thought maybe I should take this opportunity.
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