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19th Annual Byrne Judicial Clerkship Institute

March 14-15, 2019

Message from the Director

Professor Naomi Goodno

We invite you to join us for Pepperdine's 19th 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 dedicate their time to providing current and future federal law clerks with the skills they need to become effective law clerks. The wisdom they share during the program is invaluable.

We look forward to continuing to work with the American Bankruptcy Institute and Federal Judicial Center, who sponsor bankruptcy and career clerks to attend the conference. 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 deeply appreciate the continued support of judges, professors, clerks, and students who have helped make this conference a success for nearly two decades. We look forward to meeting you.

Amy Levin
Associate Professor of Legal Research and Writing 
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
Former Pepperdine Law 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.