Thursday, May 14, 2020
Karen Sloan (Law.com), Federal Judicial Clerkship Hiring Process Revamped Due to COVID-19:
The federal clerk hiring process, like so many other things, will get a COVID-19 remodeling this summer.
Federal judges have been encouraged to ditch paper applications and interview clerk candidates only by phone or video—negating the need for hot prospects to crisscross the country on last-minute flights to meet with judges in person.
The Ad-Hoc Committee on Law Clerk Hiring, which was created in 2018 and is composed of the three chief judges of federal circuit courts plus Judge Merrick Garland of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, this month released a letter to all federal judges reiterating that the latest version of the Law Clerk Hiring Plan remains in effect during the coronavirus pandemic but that judges should modify their hiring process to limit exposure to the virus and circumvent travel issues for candidates. The clerk hiring plan, which is heading into its second year, seeks to make the clerk hiring process more uniform and transparent by establishing national dates for judges to receive applications, conduct interviews and extend offers. It also pushes clerk hiring back until the end of students’ second year of law school.
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