State Court Judicial Hiring
A state court clerkship is a prestigious, paid position for a law graduate, who is employed by a judge to assist with research, writing, and review of opinions and orders, usually for a one- or two-year period.
At times, the judicial clerk first will have completed a judicial externship for the particular judge, who then hires the law student for the law clerk position upon graduation. A judicial clerkship is a great way to begin your legal career.
In Florida, each supreme court justice employs two elbow clerks. Most often the two clerks serve staggered two-year terms. Florida’s courts of appeal are divided into five districts with one court in each district, and each district has about a dozen judges. State trial courts, the circuit courts, and the county courts, also employ judicial clerks.
State supreme court justices and state appellate court judges typically select their clerks one year in advance. Applications are now being accepted for coveted two- year positions as a judicial law clerk/staff attorney for two Florida Supreme Court Justices, Chief Justice R. Fred Lewis, and Justice Raoul G. Cantero III, beginning August 2007. The primary selection criteria for this opening is class rank; law review or comparable; writing and research experience. To apply, submit a cover letter with a statement of interest, a resume that in- cludes your GPA and class rank, a writing sample, a list of references, and both law school and undergraduate transcripts.
For full details, go to UF Law’s job bank in Symplicity or to the Florida Supreme Court website at www.floridasuprem- ecourt.org/employment/index.shtml.
For information about other states’ courts, check out the Vermont Law School, 2007 Guide to State Judicial Clerkship Procedures at vermontlaw.edu/career. This 130-page directory is available in PDF for download after you contact the CCS for the password.
Pro Bono Focus
The mission of the Eighth Judicial Circuit’s Guardian ad Litem (GAL) Program is to advocate for the best interests of children who are alleged to be abused, neglected or abandoned and who are involved in court proceedings. The Guardian ad Litem Program is a volunteer-based, state program in which volunteers, supervised by GAL staff, represent abused and abandoned children in court, investigate and monitor the child’s situation, and make a report with recommendations to the court as to the best interests of the children.
Approximately 30 hours of training is required before you can become a GAL. The first orientation this fall begins on Sept. 11, and the second will be near the end of October. This program is in great need of student volunteers. To become involved, contact Roxanna Garcia by calling her at (352) 359-2885, or emailing her at firstname.lastname@example.org.