Judicial Clerkship Section

The Judicial Clerkship Section is for NALP members who have an interest in or responsibility for preparing law students for judicial clerkships or for managing the departure and return from employer organizations of associates who pursue judicial clerkships. This Section serves as a clearinghouse for judicial clerkship information important to the NALP membership.

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2017-18 Section Chair: Maureen Kieffer, Loyola University Chicago School of Law, mkieffer1@luc.edu

November 2017 Board Report (PDF)
July 2017 Board Report (PDF)


Work Groups:

OSCAR
Support and work in collaboration with the Administrative Office of the Courts on the continued implementation and use of OSCAR. The OSCAR Work Group will coordinate with the NALP staff on an annual post card to be sent to federal judges in conjunction with the Administrative Office’s outreach schedule.

State Courts
Continue to prepare a “best practices” guide for career counselors as a complementary resource to the Vermont Law School Guide to State Court Clerkships. The guide will include general counseling advice, a discussion of how to get faculty and alumni to encourage state court opportunities, and methods for successfully marketing schools and students to judges. Solicit additional volunteers and cover additional jurisdictions. Monitor whether (and, if so, how) changes in the timing for applying to federal positions is affecting the state court clerkship process. Explore implementing PSJD as a resource for state court clerkship postings.

Judicial Clerkship and Employer Relations Work Group
Monitor trends in the timing of clerkship applications in a post-Hiring Plan clerkship world. Update members as necessary using NALPconnect, NALP website, Bulletin Articles, NALPNow announcements and Annual Conference sessions. Revise online materials as necessary to adapt to changes in clerkship hiring. Produce resources relevant to employers recruiting/hiring current, former and future clerks. Spearhead and annual conference call with the Recruiting Section.

Programming and Resources Work Group
Brainstorm with Section membership on programming/speakers for the 2018 Annual Education Conference and ideas of NALP Bulletin articles. Assist members through the completion of the RFP processes and seek opportunities to collaborate and submit joint proposals with other sections. In developing ideas for programming and articles, give careful consideration to those dealing with creating greater diversity among the ranks of clerks (and in the clerkship applicant pool). Review Section’s web-based resources and update as needed.



2016-17 Section Chair: Maureen Kieffer, Loyola University Chicago School of Law, mkieffer1@luc.edu

April 2017 Board Report (PDF)
February 2017 Board Report (PDF)
November 2016 Board Report (PDF)
July 2016 Board Report (PDF)


Work Groups:

OSCAR
Support and work in collaboration with the Administrative Office of the Courts on the continued implementation and use of OSCAR.

State Courts
Continue to prepare a “best practices” guide for career counselors as a complementary resource to the Vermont Law School Guide to State Court Clerkships. The guide will include general counseling advice, a discussion of how to get faculty and alumni to encourage state court opportunities, and methods for successfully marketing schools and students to judges. Solicit additional volunteers and cover additional jurisdictions. Monitor whether (and, if so, how) changes in the timing for applying to federal positions is affecting the state court clerkship process. Explore implementing PSJD as a resource for state court clerkship postings.

Federal Clerkship Hiring Timing
Monitor trends in the timing of clerkship applications in a post-Hiring Plan clerkship world. Update members as necessary using NALPconnect, NALP website, Bulletin Articles, NALPNow announcements and Annual Conference sessions. Revise online materials as necessary to adapt to changes in clerkship hiring.

Programming and Resources Work Group
Brainstorm with Section membership on programming/speakers for the 2017 Annual Education Conference and ideas of NALP Bulletin articles. Assist members through the completion of the RFP processes and seek opportunities to collaborate and submit joint proposals with other sections. In developing ideas for programming and articles, give careful consideration to those dealing with creating greater diversity among the ranks of clerks (and in the clerkship applicant pool). Review Section’s web-based resources and update as needed, including the ALJ Clerkship Guide and diversity-related resources.


2015-16 Section Chair: Amy Killoran, Georgetown University Law Center, alk59@law.georgetown.edu

April 2016 Board Report (PDF)
February 2016 Board Report (PDF)
November 2015 Board Report (PDF)
July 2015 Board Report (PDF)


Work Groups:

OSCAR
Support and work in collaboration with the Administrative Office of the Courts on the continued implementation and use of OSCAR.

State Courts
Continue to prepare a “best practices” guide for career counselors as a complementary resource to the Vermont Law School Guide to State Court Clerkships. The guide will include general counseling advice, a discussion of how to get faculty and alumni to encourage state court opportunities, and methods for successfully marketing schools and students to judges. Solicit additional volunteers and cover additional jurisdictions. Monitor whether (and, if so, how) changes in the timing for applying to federal positions is affecting the state court clerkship process.

Federal Clerkship Hiring Timing
Monitor trends in the timing of clerkship applications in a post-Hiring Plan clerkship world. Update members as necessary using NALPconnect, NALP website, Bulletin Articles, NALPNow announcements and Annual Conference sessions. Revise online materials as necessary to adapt to changes in clerkship hiring.

Programming and Resources Work Group
Brainstorm with Section membership on programming/speakers for the 2016 Annual Education Conference and ideas of NALP Bulletin articles. Assist members through the completion of the RFP processes. In developing ideas for programming and articles, give careful consideration to those dealing with creating greater diversity among the ranks of clerks (and in the clerkship applicant pool). Review Section’s web-based resources and update as needed, including the ALJ Clerkship Guide. Review the brochure entitled: The Courts: An Excellent Place for Attorneys of Color to Launch Their Careers. Determine if brochure should be retired or replaced with a new NALP produced resource.


2014-15 Section Chair: Amy Killoran, Georgetown University Law Center, alk59@law.georgetown.edu

April 2015 Board Report (PDF)

February 2015 Board Report (PDF)
Addendum (PDF)

November 2014 Board Report (PDF)

July 2014 Board Report (PDF)

Work Groups:

OSCAR
Support and work in collaboration with the Administrative Office of the Courts on the continued implementation and use of OSCAR. Vice Chair: Susan Staab, University of Chicago Law School.

State Courts
Continue to prepare a “best practices” guide for career counselors as a complementary resource to the Vermont Law School Guide to State Court Clerkships. The guide will include general counseling advice, a discussion of how to get faculty and alumni to encourage state court opportunities, and methods for successfully marketing schools and students to judges. Solicit additional volunteers and cover additional jurisdictions. Monitor whether (and, if so, how) changes in the timing for applying to federal positions is affecting the state court clerkship process. Vice Chair: Molly Stafford, McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific.

Federal Clerkship Hiring Timing
Monitor trends in the timing of clerkship applications in a post-Hiring Plan clerkship world. Update members as necessary using NALPconnect, NALP website, Bulletin Articles, NALPNow announcements and Annual Conference sessions. Revise online materials as necessary to adapt to changes in clerkship hiring. Vice Chair: Michele Hoff, University of Connecticut School of Law and Greta Trakul, University of Michigan Law School.

Programming and Resources Work Group
Brainstorm with Section membership on programming/speakers for the 2015 Annual Conference and ideas of NALP Bulletin articles. Assist members through the completion of the RFP processes. In developing ideas for programming and articles, give careful consideration to those dealing with creating greater diversity among the ranks of clerks (and in the clerkship applicant pool). Review Section’s web-based resources and update as needed, especially: a) the brochure entitled: The Courts: An Excellent Place for Attorneys of Color to Launch Their Careers; and b) the ALJ Clerkship Guide. Vice Chair: Sheila Driscoll, The George Washington University Law School and Shannon Schaab, The John Marshall Law School.

Long Range Strategic Planning
Solicit Section members and coordinated input for the Long Range Strategic Planning process. Vice Chair: Kirsten Solberg, Harvard Law School.


2013-14 Section Chair: Amy Perez, University of Miami School of Law


2012-2013 Section Chair: Melissa Lennon, Temple University Beasley School of Law


2011-2012 Section Chair: Melissa Lennon, Temple University Beasley School of Law


2010-2011 Section Chair: Sheila Driscoll, The George Washington University Law School


2009-2010 Section Chair: Sheila Driscoll, The George Washington University Law School


2008-09 Section Chair: Kirsten Solberg, Harvard Law School


2007-08 Section Chair: Kirsten Solberg, Harvard Law School

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