Graduates Begin Clerkships at the Supreme Court

Spring 2014

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Three Columbia Law School graduates will soon begin prestigious clerkships at the U.S. Supreme Court. Jennifer B. Sokoler ’10, a legal fellow at the Center for Reproductive Rights in New York City, will serve as a law clerk to Supreme Court Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor. Mark Musico ’11, an associate at Susman Godfrey, will clerk for Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg ’59, and James W. Crooks ’13 will spend the term as a clerk for Associate Justice Anthony M. Kennedy.

Sokoler previously served as a clerk for Judge Robert A. Katzmann of the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals, as well as Judge Denise L. Cote ’75 of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. “I feel very fortunate to be clerking again after having had a few years of practicing law,” she says. “What I’ll take from the experience will be different now that I feel like I have a much better understanding of how a record gets developed.”

Musico also boasts clerking experience at the circuit and district court levels. He clerked for Judge Michael Boudin of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 1st Circuit and for Judge Douglas P. Woodlock of the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts. Musico won the John Ordronaux Prize for highest academic average when he graduated from the Law School in 2011.

Crooks, who most recently clerked for Judge Alex Kozinski of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, was the recipient of Columbia Law School’s Ruth Bader Ginsburg Prize, which is awarded annually to J.D. degree candidates who earned James Kent academic honors for all three years of law school. He also served as the articles editor of the Columbia Law Review during his time in Morningside Heights.

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