The annual Judicial Clerkship and Internship Panel is held every year during the month of October. Invitations are extended to all three 1L, 2L, and 3L classes. The purpose of the event is to expose Howard University School of Law students to the benefits associated with clerking and interning for a state or federal judge.
A judicial clerkship is considered one of the most prestigious and competitive career opportunities available to law school graduates. It is an excellent way to enhance basic legal skills and thus further prepares a student for the practice of law. Judicial law clerks at the various court levels obtain unequaled access to and knowledge of the judicial process. They are exposed to a wide range of legal issues and are able to actually contribute to the process of judicial decision-making. These experiences and opportunities are clearly attractive to potential employers who traditionally hire former clerks for their enhanced legal knowledge, understanding of the particular court system as well as their personal knowledge and relationships that are developed during their clerkship experience.
Working as a judicial intern or extern provides a law student with a great learning experience because working with judges and law clerks exposes a student to different aspects of the law that cannot be adequately taught in a classroom setting. Seeing attorneys actually arguing in court will help bring legal doctrines, arguments and judicial opinions to life. As a result of the work in chambers, a student is better able to comprehend what goes into deciding a legal issue and what kind of advocacy is best suited for a particular matter. Internships improve both the students’ skills and strengthen their abilities, whether they intend to clerk for a judge, become a litigator or work as a transactional lawyer.
This year, 11 Howard Law graduates (former federal, state, appellate and trial court) were in attendance – ten of whom spoke on the panel:
- Nicole Grant (J.D. ’12), trial attorney, U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Division, Office of Immigration Litigation
- Aurelia Moore (J.D. ’12), associate, WilmerHale, LLP
- Lauren Pruitt (J.D. ’09), corporate counsel, Danone North America
- David Clunie (J.D. ’05), managing director, managing director, Corporate Responsibility Engagement, JPMorgan Chase & Co.
- Charles C. Moore (J.D. ’98), associate, White & Case
- Orton Ndau (J.D. ’11), corporate counsel, Amazon Web Services
- Charles F.J. Pierre (J.D. ’16), mid-level associate, Reed Smith LLP
- Monique Peterkin (J.D. ’17), Kaplan Hecker & Fink
- Katrenia Shelly (J.D. ’18), law clerk to criminal magistrate judges, Superior Court of the District of Columbia
- Lakeisha Mays (J.D. ’18), judicial law clerk for the Hon. Phyllis D. Thompson, District of Columbia Court of Appeals
About 80 students were in attendance at the event.