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17th Annual Byrne Judicial Clerkship Institute

March 16 - 17, 2017

Message from the Director

Professor Naomi Goodno

We are excited to invite you to join us for Pepperdine's 17th annual Wm. Matthew Byrne Jr. Judicial Clerkship Institute, a program dedicated to promoting justice and the federal judiciary through training federal judicial law clerks. Every spring, federal judges and professors from across the country gather at Pepperdine and generously give of their time to provide current and future federal law clerks with the skills they need to become effective and successful law clerks. The wisdom they share during the program is invaluable.

We invite term law clerks who will be beginning federal clerkships to enroll. Through the kindness of former law clerks and other friends of Judge Byrne, and also through Pepperdine University, we have travel scholarships available for a limited number of new clerks who would like to attend. We look forward to continuing to work with the American Bankruptcy Institute (ABI) and Federal Judicial Center (FJC), who sponsor bankruptcy and career clerks to attend the conference.

We deeply appreciate the continued support of judges, professors, clerks and students who have helped make this conference a success for almost two decades. We look forward to meeting you.

Naomi Harlin Goodno
Associate Professor of Law
Co-Director, Wm. Matthew Byrne, Jr., Judicial Clerkship Institute

Event Information


"The goal of this institute is to equip law clerks to make significant and valuable contributions to the judges for whom they work and the judiciary as a whole."

Deanell Reece Tacha
Duane & Kelly Roberts Dean
Former Chief Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit



Any law student or law graduate who has been selected for or has entered a clerkship is eligible to attend. Bankruptcy law clerks are eligible to attend an additional program track designed by the American Bankruptcy Institute. The deadline for application and fees is February 10, 2017.