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Judicial Placements

Federal Courts

 

11th Circuit Court of Appeals: Judge Jill A. Pryor                                                              Atlanta

Students clerk for Judge Jill A. Pryor of the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals. Students work under the supervision of other law clerks and have regular direct contact with the Judge. Students observe oral arguments, participate in discussions of cases, and assist in preparing bench briefs for use by the Court in oral arguments.

Criteria: Top 25% of class; writing sample required if selected for an interview.

Part-time only

 

U.S. District Court: Judge Batten                                                                                        Atlanta

Students work as law clerks for United States Federal District Court Judge Timothy C. Batten. Sr. Students observe trials and other proceedings, and engage in research and writing under the direct supervision of law clerks and the judge.

Criteria: Top 1/3 of class; law review or journal preferred; short writing sample.

            Full-time or part-time

 

U.S. District Court: Judge Jones                                                                                         Atlanta

Students work as law clerks for United States Federal District Court Judge Steve Jones. Students observe trials and other proceedings, and engage in research and writing under the direct supervision of law clerks and the judge.

Criteria: Top 1/3 of class; transcript and writing sample of 10 pages or less.

Full-time or part-time

 

U.S. District Court: Judge May                                                                                           Atlanta

Students work as law clerks for United States Federal District Court Judge Leigh Martin May. Students observe trials and other proceedings, and engage in research and writing under the direct supervision of law clerks and the judge.

Criteria: Top 15% of class; law review / law journal; transcript & writing sample of 10 pages or less.

            Full-time or part-time

 

U.S. District Court: Judge Story                                                                                          Atlanta

Students work as law clerks for United States Federal District Court Judge Richard Story. Students observe trials and other proceedings, and engage in research and writing under the direct supervision of law clerks and the judge.

Criteria: Demonstrated excellence in research and writing.

Full-time or part-time

 

U.S. District Court: Judge Totenberg                                                                                  Atlanta

Students work as law clerks for United States Federal District Court Judge Amy Totenberg. Students observe trials and other proceedings, and engage in research and writing under the direct supervision of law clerks and the judge.

Criteria: Top 20% of class; transcript and writing sample required.

Part-time only

 

US Bankruptcy Court: Judge Bonapfel                                                                              Atlanta

Students work as law clerks for United States Bankruptcy Court Judge Paul Bonapfel. Students observe trials and other proceedings, and engage in research and writing under the direct supervision of law clerks and the judge.

Criteria: Demonstrated excellence in research and writing; writing sample of 10 pages or less

Full-time or part-time

 

U.S. District Court: Judge Walker                                                                                      Atlanta

Students work as law clerks for United States Chief Magistrate Court Judge Linda Walker. Students observe trials and other proceedings, and engage in research and writing under the direct supervision of law clerks and the judge.

Criteria: Demonstrated excellence in research and writing.

Part-time only

 

United States Immigration Court                                                                                         Atlanta

Students work as law clerks for the U.S. Immigration Court in Atlanta. Students provide research and writing assistance on the full range of immigration issues that come before the court in the region served by the Atlanta office, including asylum, removal, and other cases. Students will work with different judges and have the opportunity to observe and discuss proceedings within chambers.

            Criteria: Demonstrated excellence in research and writing.

            Part-time only

Georgia Appellate Courts

 

Georgia Supreme Court: Justice Blackwell                                                                         Atlanta

Students clerk for Justice Blackwell of the Georgia Supreme Court. Students work under the supervision of other law clerks, and have regular direct contact with the Justice. Students observe oral arguments, participate in discussions of cases, and assist in preparing bench briefs for use by the Court in oral arguments.

Criteria: Top 15% of class; law review / law journal.

Full-time or part-time

 

Georgia Supreme Court: Justice Hines                                                                               Atlanta

Students clerk for Justice Hines of the Georgia Supreme Court. Students work under the supervision of other law clerks, and have regular direct contact with the Justice. Students observe oral arguments, participate in discussions of cases, and assist in preparing bench briefs for use by the Court in oral arguments.

Criteria: Demonstrated excellence in research / writing.

            Full-time or part-time

 

Georgia Supreme Court: Justice Nahmias                                                                         Atlanta

Students clerk for Justice Nahmias of the Georgia Supreme Court. Students work under the supervision of other law clerks, and have regular direct contact with the Justice. Students observe oral arguments, participate in discussions of cases, and assist in preparing bench briefs for use by the Court in oral arguments.

 

Criteria: Top 25% of class; transcript and writing sample of 10 pages or less.

            Full-time or part-time

Georgia Supreme Court Chief Justice Hugh Thompson                                                   Atlanta

Students clerk for Chief Justice Hugh Thompson of the Georgia Supreme Court. Students work under the supervision of other law clerks, and have regular direct contact with the Justice. Students observe oral arguments, participate in discussions of cases, and assist in preparing bench briefs for use by the Court in oral arguments. Strong academic credentials preferred.

Criteria: Top 20% of class, transcript and writing sample.

Part-time only

 

Georgia Court of Appeals: Judge Bethel                                                                            Atlanta

Students clerk for Judge Charlie Ray of the Georgia Court of Appeals. Students work under the supervision of other law clerks, and have regular direct contact with the Judge. Students observe oral arguments, participate in discussions of cases, and assist in preparing bench briefs for use by the Court in oral arguments.

Criteria: Strong research and writing skills.

Part-time only

 

 

Georgia Court of Appeals: Judge McFadden                                                                     Atlanta

Students clerk for Judge Christopher McFadden of the Georgia Court of Appeals. Students work under the supervision of other law clerks, and have regular direct contact with the Judge. Students observe oral arguments, participate in discussions of cases, and assist in preparing bench briefs for use by the Court in oral arguments.

Criteria: Demonstrated excellence in research and writing; writing sample of 10 pages or less.

Full-time or part-time

 

Georgia Court of Appeals: Judge McMillian                                                                      Atlanta

Students clerk for Judge Carla Wong McMillian of the Georgia Court of Appeals. Students work under the supervision of other law clerks, and have regular direct contact with the Judge. Students will prepare fact and issue statements, perform legal research, prepare memoranda for oral arguments, attend oral arguments; and offer support in drafting orders and opinions.

Criteria: Strong research and writing skills; transcript; writing sample of 10 pages or less.

Full-time or part-time

Trial Courts

 

Students provide research and writing support for Superior Courts judges. Students do not perform trial advocacy, but have exposure to trials through observation and discussion with the trial judges and the permanent clerks. Students will gain full exposure to the workings of a Georgia trial court, and will gain insight into the decision-making processes of trial courts in contested cases.

Criteria:          Dedication to meeting deadlines. Efficiency in delivering research work. Demonstrated maturity and commitment to work. Clinic director screens; site supervisor interviews and selects.

            Part-time only

 

Available Courts (each line is a separate placement; apply separately to each judge)

Judge Stephens           Athens                        Judge Tusan                Fulton County

Judge Sweat                Athens                         Judge Ozburn              Covington

Judge Norris               Athens                         Judge Wynne              Covington

Judge Gosselin            Gainesville                  Judge Hodges             Elberton

Judge Glanville           Fulton County             Judge Motes                Jefferson

 

 

Fulton County Superior Court: Judge Wendy Shoob                                                        Atlanta

Students work as law clerks for Fulton County Superior Court Judge Wendy Shoob. The Superior Court is the trial court of general jurisdiction, hearing all types of civil matters. It has exclusive jurisdiction over felonies and divorces. Students observe trials and other proceedings, and engage in research and writing under the direct supervision of law clerks and the judge.

Criteria: Top 50% of class; transcript; writing sample of 10 pages or less.

Full-time or part-time

 

The State Court handles a wide range of civil and criminal matters, in a fluid and active trial litigation setting. Students will have hands-on exposure to court administration.

Criteria:          Site supervisor and clinic director select.

Part-time only

 

Available Courts (each line is a separate placement; apply separately to each judge)

Clarke County State Court      Judges Simpson & Auslander

Fulton County State Court      Judge Bessen (Early enrollment)

 

Other Circuits

We have also had students working occasionally with judges in other circuits, including the following counties: Gwinnett; Fulton; Dekalb; Laurens; and Washington. We remain open to proposals for other circuits, including both state and superior courts.

 

Fulton County Business Court                                                                                            Atlanta

Established as a pilot program in 2005, and now a permanent division of Fulton County Superior Court, the Business Court provides a specialized venue for complex commercial litigation.  Eligible cases include cases with damages in excess of one million dollars and those that involve contractual disputes, commercial litigation, alleged securities violations or questions of corporate, limited liability company or partnership law.  The intern will research substantive matters, review case files, attend business court hearings, participate in ruling conferences and assist with case management duties.

Criteria:  Second semester second year or third year. Business Associations (must be completed).  Also recommended: Securities, Commercial Torts, UCC courses and other business and commercial law courses.

            Part-time only

 

Athens / Clarke County Magistrate Court                                                                           Athens

Students provide research and writing for Judge Barron of the Athens / Clarke County Superior Court. Students will gain exposure to trials and hearings through observation and discussion with the trial judge. Students will gain full exposure to the workings of a Georgia magistrate=s court, and will gain insight into the decision-making processes of trial courts in contested cases.

Criteria: Dedication to meeting deadlines. Efficiency in delivering research work. Demonstrated maturity and commitment to work. Clinic Director and site supervisor interview and select.

            Part-time only

 

Athens / Clarke County Probate Court, Judge Susan Tate                                                Athens

Students work for Probate Judges in Athens-Clarke or Cobb Counties. The Probate court handles a wide range of essential community issues, from wills and trusts, to guardianships and commitments, to boundary disputes, to a wide range of public records and licenses. Students will have hands-on exposure to court administration, and to the process of managing family and neighborhood disputes.

Criteria: Site supervisor and clinic director select.

            Part-time only

 

Athens / Clarke County Juvenile Court, Judge Robin Shearer                                          Athens

Students work for the Juvenile Court in Clarke County. The Juvenile Court handles two distinct categories of cases, both relating to children: cases seeking protection of children from abuse and neglect; and cases in which children are charged with crimes. Student interns will provide research and case support directly to the Juvenile Court Judge, as well as policy and project assistance on efforts to reform and to improve the juvenile justice process.

Criteria: Site supervisor and clinic director select.

Part-time only

 

Athens / Clarke County Municipal Court, Judge Leslie Jones                                           Athens

Students work for the Municipal Court in Clarke County. The Municipal Court handles distinct categories of cases, including traffic offenses and violations of municipal ordinances. Student interns will provide research and case support directly to the Municipal Court Judge.

Criteria: Site supervisor and clinic director select.

Part-time only

 

EEOC - Hearings Officer: Judge Layton                                                                                     Atlanta

EEOC Administrative Judge Layton hears and decides cases involving a variety of claims, with specific stress on employee claims against governmental agencies. Students work directly with Judge Layton in preparing cases for hearing and decision, including file review, fact organization and development and legal research.

Full-time or Part-time