Howard Law 3L Student Lands Clerkship For Sen. Kamala Harris

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (September 4, 2020) —Hayden Smith, Howard University School of Law 3L student and managing editor of the Howard Human & Civil Rights Law Review, has landed the role of fall 2020 law clerk for Sen. Kamala Harris, who is running for vice president of the United States.

Smith first learned about the opportunity through an announcement that Howard Law’s Office of Career Services posted, and submitted an application. 

“There are a few Senate and House offices that reach out to us regularly,” said Carmia N. Caesar, assistant dean of Career Services. “Howard is an ideal institution for a student who intends to pursue a career in public policy or public office. Not only do we have a robust history as an institution that has produced numerous influential Black scholars and leaders, we are also ideally situated just minutes from the Supreme Court, Capitol Hill, and K Street.”

Smith’s duties will include drafting floor vote recommendation memos, including vote recommendations for Federal Judicial Nominees; conducting legal and factual research on upcoming Bills; and drafting questions for Harris to ask at upcoming Judiciary Committee Hearings. 

Howard Law has adequately prepared Smith for a role like this.

“Howard University School of Law is the perfect place for someone coming straight out of undergrad, but also for an experienced and talented student like Hayden who arrived at Howard having worked on the Hill, at the Department of Justice, and for one of the nation’s top law firms,” Caesar said.

Other stops along Smith’s professional path have included positions at Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP; the United States Attorney’s Office; Covington & Burling LLP; and the United States House of Representatives.

“I am very excited to be working for Sen. Harris and looking forward to representing HUSL to the best of my abilities,” Smith said. “Overall, this externship will provide me with the opportunity to gain better insight into the legislative process around criminal justice reform, which will assist me in my goal of becoming a social engineer through progressive prosecution.” 

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Founded in 1867, Howard University is a private, research university that is comprised of 13 schools and colleges. Students pursue studies in more than 120 areas leading to undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. The University operates with a commitment to Excellence in Truth and Service and has produced one Schwarzman Scholar, three Marshall Scholars, four Rhodes Scholars, 11 Truman Scholars, 25 Pickering Fellows and more than 70 Fulbright Scholars. Howard also produces more on-campus African-American Ph.D. recipients than any other university in the United States. For more information on Howard University, visit