Panel On Clerkships Features U.S. District and Appeals Court Judges

Jan. 28 Event Aims to Educate Students About Clerkship Process
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James O’Neill 212-854-1584 Cell: 646-596-2935
January 25, 2008 (NEW YORK) – Columbia Law School will host a panel of federal judges on Monday, Jan. 28, 2008 who will speak to students about the benefits of clerkship programs. This is the first of a series of clerkship events designed to help students understand the process for applying, how best to burnish their resumes to compete for a clerkship, and to understand the benefits and challenges of holding a clerkship.
``The panel will provide a wonderful opportunity for all of our students to learn more about judicial clerkships from an interesting and engaging panel of federal judges,’’ said Ilene Strauss, Columbia Law School’s Executive Director of Judicial Programming and Academic Counseling.
WHAT: Columbia Law School Clerkship Panel
WHEN: Monday, Jan. 28, 2008, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
WHERE: Columbia Law School, Jerome Greene Hall, Drapkin Lounge, 435 W 116 Street, between Amsterdam Ave. and Morningside Drive, New York City. Via subway: #1 train to 116 Street (Broadway)/Columbia University.
SPEAKERS: Judge Ann Williams U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit; Judge Denny Chin, U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York; and Judge Stephen Robinson, U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York.
Dean David Schizer will open the event with welcoming remarks.
The judges will each speak for about 10 minutes, followed by questions. A reception will close the session. The judges on the panel have all chosen Columbia Law School graduates as clerks. Adrienne Harris ’06 currently clerks for Judge Robinson, and Sarah Seo ’07 clerks for Judge Chin. Judge Williams has selected Uzoma Nkwonta ’08 for a clerkship beginning this September.
The event is co-sponsored by BLSA, LALSA, APALSA, CLWA, and the law firm Heller Ehrman.
This is the first in a series of clerkship-related programs. On Feb. 28, Anita Brody ’58 will give a lunchtime panel on tips for clerkship applicants. And on March 10, Judges Debra Livingston and Kenneth Karas ’91 and their clerks will give a lunchtime roundtable to educate students about the clerkship process.