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Share The Wealth Clerkship Program

Federal District Court Clerkship Interview Opportunities (2021–2022 Term)

 

Applications are now open!

 

This message is to inform you of a special opportunity to be considered for seven federal district court clerkships, one bankruptcy court clerkship, and one federal magistrate court clerkships – in one interview, and to encourage you to apply. District Judge Raymond Jackson and several of his colleagues feel that it is important to encourage more minorities to compete for federal judicial clerkships. These judges accept and consider law clerk applicants from all backgrounds, and this opportunity is merely an effort in addition to, not in lieu of, traditional application channels. Rising 3Ls, as well as law school graduates, interested in federal clerkships should apply. Unfortunately, rising 2Ls are not allowed to apply for 2021-2022 term clerkships.

The Share the Wealth Judicial Law Clerk Program is a referral program run by judges. Participating judges screen qualified law student, applicants conduct panel interviews with fourteen students and consider them for full-time clerkship positions. At the conclusion of this initial process, students who are not extended an offer by one of the judges may have their application packages shared with additional judges who have requested information on applicants through JTB.

Nine federal judges will be conducting a round of interviews in connection with Just the Beginning–A Pipeline Organization’s Share the Wealth Judicial Law Clerk Program. Fourteen students will be selected to interview; you may not attend unless you are specifically invited to do so. The interview will occur using Zoom on August 15, 2020. The selected students will be notified of the exact location of the interview and their time slot.

The following federal judges will be participating in the 2020 law clerk interview session: District Judge Raymond Jackson (EDVA.); Chief Judge Mark Davis (EDVA); Chief Bankruptcy Judge Frank Santoro (EDVA); Magistrate Judge Ivan Davis (EDVA); District Judge Brian Jackson (MDLA); District Judge Benita Pearson (NDOH); District Judge Linda Parker (EDMI); District Judge Victoria Roberts (EDMI); and District Judge Stephanie Dawkins Davis (EDMI). Please note that most clerkships are for a one-year term starting in 2021.

Each judge will review applications and participate in deciding which students to invite to this special round of interviews. You must submit a separate application package via OSCAR to each judge whom you would like to consider your application. Please see below for further clarification on application deadlines and submission guidelines for specific judges. The panel will only interview candidates who will agree to be considered for a clerkship by at least three of the eight participating judges. The application deadline is July 10, 2020.

The remainder of this announcement contains instructions for submitting your clerkship application materials online via OSCAR. If you are considering applying to these judges, it is of the utmost importance that you begin to gather your application materials now.

Share the Wealth Judicial Clerkship Online Application Instructions

Follow the instructions below to apply to the participating judges through OSCAR. All application materials must be submitted through OSCAR by Friday, July 10, 2020.

  1. Log into your OSCAR account.
  2. Click on “My Profile.”
  3. Click on the “Edit Profile” box above the “Contact Information” section.
  4. Scroll down to the “Professional Organization” section.
  5. Type “Just the Beginning – A Pipeline Organization” in the box as shown below:

For questions or concerns please contact:
Pamela Thorbs
Judicial Administrator & Assistant to the Honorable Raymond A. Jackson
U.S. District Court
Eastern District of Virginia, Norfolk Division
Tel. (757) 222-7003
Pamela_Thorbs@vaed.uscourts.gov

View a PDF of this announcement HERE