Clerkship Information Teleseminar – Audio

Many thanks to those of you who participated in yesterday’s clerkship information teleseminar!

I’m thrilled to share with you audio of the teleseminar in case you missed it yesterday. Although we stopped recording during the Q&A period at the end, I’m still happy to answer any questions that you have about judicial clerkships and the clerkship application process. Post your questions in the comments here for all to see (there are probably others who want the same information) or e-mail us separately (info@judicialclerkreview.com) if you would like a private response.

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At Judicial Clerk Review (JCR), we provide tailored support to law students and lawyers in applying for judicial clerkships. JCR offers a multi-level review and revision of written application materials and mock interviews. E-mail us today (info@judicialclerkreview.com) for a FREE consultation.

Call to Action for Law Clerks – Federal Courts in Crisis

As a law clerk for the U.S. District Court in 2003, I saw firsthand just how taxed the federal judicial system is, and I witnessed the need then for significant additional resources. Today, in 2013, because of sequestration, the burden on the federal judiciary has grown tremendously. While the federal caseload has increased, resources available to meet the needs of such an increase have been slashed. Between this and the President’s growing list of judicial vacancies, the nation’s federal judicial system, a critical part of a healthy democracy, is crippled.

There is officially a bipartisan chorus of judges, lawyers, journalists, and others who are sounding off about the federal courts’ financial crisis that is a result of the bizarre political wrangling that brought us the sequestration cuts. It is time that former law clerks add their voices to that chorus. The new American Bar Association President, James R. Silkenat, issued a call to action yesterday for ABA lawyer members to reach out to Congress and let Members know of the devastating effects these cuts are having on the judicial process. This is my call to action for former law clerks to take a stand too. We are a privileged few who know just how heavy the caseload is for our federal trial and appellate jurists. With dwindling resources and thus fewer alternatives to trial available, law clerks will fill what gaps they can and they will watch as their judges suffer under the load, as federal public defenders limp toward an ever-elusive finish line for their clients, as criminal defendants are warehoused in detention facilities and their constitutional assurances of a speedy trial wither and die on the vine, and as parties to civil litigation wait and wait for fair adjudication of their claims.

Former law clerks from all political backgrounds can follow the lead of the 86 U.S. District Court chief judges who stood up to Congress this month and said, “Enough!” Call on your Congress Members to restore funding cuts to the judiciary, post your comments here, contact your judge to offer moral support. Let’s lend our unique experience as law clerks to the groundswell that is building to protect the integrity of the federal judiciary.

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At Judicial Clerk Review (JCR), we provide tailored support to law students and lawyers in applying for judicial clerkships. JCR offers a multi-level review and revision of written application materials and mock interviews. E-mail us today (info@judicialclerkreview.com) for a FREE consultation.

FREE! Clerkship Information Teleseminar

Join us on Tuesday, August 27, at noon for a one-hour FREE! clerkship information teleseminar.
Clerkship application season is upon us. Judges have posted for the 2015-2016 term already. Get a jump on the action with this one-hour, info-packed telephone session about judicial clerkships. We’ll talk about whether and how to apply for clerkships, the most common application mistakes, preparing for the clerkship interview, and more. We’ll also answer your questions. Send us your questions beforehand at info@judicialclerkreview.com to ensure we get to yours.
E-mail us at info@judicialclerkreview.com with Clerkship Teleseminar in the subject line to register and receive the call-in information.

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At Judicial Clerk Review (JCR), we provide tailored support to law students and lawyers in applying for judicial clerkships. JCR offers a multi-level review and revision of written application materials and mock interviews. E-mail us today (info@judicialclerkreview.com) for a FREE consultation.

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At Judicial Clerk Review (JCR), we provide tailored support to law students and lawyers in applying for judicial clerkships. JCR offers a multi-level review and revision of written application materials and mock interviews. E-mail us today (info@judicialclerkreview.com) for a FREE consultation.

Incarceration, Second Chances, and Clerkships

Shon HopwoodShon Hopwood’s rebirth continues. Judge Janice Rogers Brown of the “second highest court in the land,” the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, has hired Mr. Hopwood to serve as a law clerk in her chambers beginning next term. For Mr. Hopwood, this is another in a string of victories in his legal career. Sweet victories within this story of redemption, for Mr. Hopwood is a former convict.

Because I do what I do – advising and supporting law students and lawyers through the clerkship application process, I can’t help but be curious about Mr. Hopwood’s clerkship applications. Sure, he has successful petitions for certiorari to the U.S. Supreme Court under his belt (and a unanimous Supreme Court win in one of those cases) and support from some of the most familiar names in the legal profession, Adam Liptak and Seth Waxman, making him an atypical and ideal clerkship candidate. I still wonder whether and how he disclosed his criminal past in his cover letter and resume. Did it come up during his clerkship interview? What other judges called him in for an interview? Will the Supreme Court entertain his clerkship application the way it entertained his petitions for cert?

Judge Brown hasn’t spoken publicly about the hire, and no one should expect her to do so, but since the announcement of her decision to hire Hopwood, Judge Richard G. Kopf, the judge who sentenced Hopwood to 147 months in prison, has blogged about his sentencing instincts, which he says must suck in light of this development. There is quite an interesting exchange between Judge Kopf and Hopwood in the comments section of the blog. Certainly, it can be useful to reflect on the past, though not to dwell, and I can’t help but wonder what this means for the future of clerkships. Will Shon Hopwood’s success mean that the doors will open a little wider for other non-traditional clerkship candidates? Will it mean that judges will take Judge Brown’s lead and allow themselves to look for clerks in the recesses of the legal playing field? Only time will tell and we’ll have to have patience to await the larger implications of this clerkship hire, probably another lesson we can take from Mr. Hopwood.

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At Judicial Clerk Review (JCR), we provide tailored support to law students and lawyers in applying for judicial clerkships. JCR offers a multi-level review and revision of written application materials and mock interviews. E-mail us today (allison@judicialclerkreview.com) for a FREE consultation.