Professor Mary Hoopes's Article, "Law Clerk Selection and Diversity: Insights from Fifty Sitting Judges of the Federal Courts of Appeals," Featured in Jotwell
Professor Mary S. Hoopes's article, "Law Clerk Selection and Diversity: Insights from Fifty Sitting Judges of the Federal Courts of Appeals," (SSRN) is featured twice in Jotwell for the best scholarship in courts and also in the legal profession. The article is co-authored with Judge Jeremy Fogel of the Berkeley Judicial Institute and California Supreme Court Associate Justice Goodwin Liu.
Excerpt from "Diverse Judges and Their Diverse Law Clerks: A Rare Window into Appellate Law Clerk Hiring" by Aliza Shatzman
The study fosters honest dialogue among judges about diversifying law clerk hiring. A “norm of silence” pervades courthouses; no judge wants to intrude into colleagues’ deeply personal hiring decisions. Yet many judges want to hire more diverse applicants and are interested in their colleagues’ hiring strategies. While judges might not respond well to “being told what to do” by outsiders, they listen to their peers.
The complete article may be found at Diverse Judges and Their Diverse Law Clerks
Excerpt from "A Better Understanding of How to Improve Demographic Diversity in the Federal Appellate Law Clerk Hiring" by Veronica Root Martinez
As legal educators, we need to think about the part we play in the story of our students. Are we encouraging them? All of them? Or are we telling them, either implicitly or explicitly, to opt out early? And what are we doing to proactively put our students in positions where they can exceed the expectations they have for themselves? How can we position them to excel? Fogel, Hoopes, and Liu tell us quite a bit about what goes on in law clerk hiring—and it is now on us as legal educators to do something meaningful with it.
The complete article may be found at A Better Understanding of How to Improve Demographic Diversity