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Judicial Clerkship Institute Continues Annual Event in Virtual Format

From March 18 to 19, more than 1,700 judicial clerks and federal attorneys took part in the 21st Annual Judicial Clerkship Institute Conference, which was held virtually this year. The event was presented by the Federal Judicial Center in cooperation with the William Matthew Byrne, Jr. Judicial Clerkship Institute at Caruso Law. At the Judicial Clerkship Institute, sitting federal law clerks and students who have been accepted into future federal judicial clerkships gain distinctive, comprehensive training from federal judges. The program is dedicated to promoting justice and the federal judiciary. The wisdom shared by the judges during the program is truly invaluable.

Although this was an asynchronous event (per the Federal Judicial Center's guidelines on online security for judges), everyone who registered still had the chance to view the presenters' materials in advance in order to submit questions. The federal judges generously dedicated their time to provide current and future federal law clerks with the skills they need to become effective law clerks, allowing the 2021 Judicial Clerkship Institute to remain a unique and important learning event, even in a virtual format.

Caruso Law Professor Barry McDonald and U.C. Berkeley Law Dean Erwin Chemerinsky presented an engaging review of recent United States Supreme Court opinions. Several judges collaborated in order to make presentations together, even from different cities. Another highlight was Judge Kevin Newsom of the Eleventh Circuit interviewing his career clerk on the best ways to succeed in judicial chambers.

Thank you to all those who made this year's event possible. We hope to see you back on the Pepperdine Caruso Law campus in Malibu in 2022.