What would happen if the judge you're clerking for dies?

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What would happen if the judge you're clerking for dies?

Postby Anonymous User » Fri Nov 12, 2010 5:25 pm

(God forbid). This is a legitimate concern for me. Senior judge on a decent Fed. Cir. court. 1Ls, 2Ls, feel free to speculate, but really appreciate if there are any 3Ls or post grads who have been in a similar situation/experienced similar concerns.

Thanks in advance.

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Re: What would happen if the judge you're clerking for dies?

Postby 2LLLL » Fri Nov 12, 2010 5:31 pm

You throw yourself on his burning funeral pyre like an Indian bride.

Actually a good question- since such a judge would have to be confirmed by the Senate, I'd presume you'd work with other judges in the circuit who would need additional clerks to handle the increased caseload

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Re: What would happen if the judge you're clerking for dies?

Postby Anonymous User » Fri Nov 12, 2010 5:45 pm

2LLLL wrote:You throw yourself on his burning funeral pyre like an Indian bride.

Actually a good question- since such a judge would have to be confirmed by the Senate, I'd presume you'd work with other judges in the circuit who would need additional clerks to handle the increased caseload


OP here. I'm pretty sure senior judges are already "replaced" (a new judge is nominated when a judge moves to senior status). Of course IF I accepted, and IF this happened, I would contact every judge on the circuit to see if they would help out.

Also, as a side note: I understand clerking for a senior judge may not carry the same amount of prestige, but what about bonuses? i.e. $50K bonus for a circuit clerkship regardless if a senior or active judge?

I wish lawclerkaddict.com was more active right now.

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Re: What would happen if the judge you're clerking for dies?

Postby Unemployed » Fri Nov 12, 2010 6:09 pm

You get assigned to a different judge, and that judge makes a joke about how s/he never would have hired you in the first place. For God's sake, you went to Ohio State!

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Re: What would happen if the judge you're clerking for dies?

Postby Kohinoor » Fri Nov 12, 2010 6:27 pm

You take his place.

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Re: What would happen if the judge you're clerking for dies?

Postby reasonable_man » Fri Nov 12, 2010 6:31 pm

Kohinoor wrote:You take his place.


This.

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Re: What would happen if the judge you're clerking for dies?

Postby OGR3 » Fri Nov 12, 2010 6:35 pm

This isn't that rare. William Rehnquist was dead for 2 1/2 years before his official "death". The clerks just operated an animatronic replica from behind a curtain.

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Re: What would happen if the judge you're clerking for dies?

Postby St.Remy » Fri Nov 12, 2010 6:43 pm

OGR3 wrote:This isn't that rare. William Rehnquist was dead for 2 1/2 years before his official "death". The clerks just operated an animatronic replica from behind a curtain.


You were supposed to pay no attention to them.

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Re: What would happen if the judge you're clerking for dies?

Postby Big Shrimpin » Fri Nov 12, 2010 7:10 pm

When I read OPs post, all I could think about was Weekend at Bernie's...

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Re: What would happen if the judge you're clerking for dies?

Postby vamedic03 » Fri Nov 12, 2010 8:32 pm

Anonymous User wrote:
2LLLL wrote:You throw yourself on his burning funeral pyre like an Indian bride.

Actually a good question- since such a judge would have to be confirmed by the Senate, I'd presume you'd work with other judges in the circuit who would need additional clerks to handle the increased caseload


OP here. I'm pretty sure senior judges are already "replaced" (a new judge is nominated when a judge moves to senior status). Of course IF I accepted, and IF this happened, I would contact every judge on the circuit to see if they would help out.

Also, as a side note: I understand clerking for a senior judge may not carry the same amount of prestige, but what about bonuses? i.e. $50K bonus for a circuit clerkship regardless if a senior or active judge?

I wish lawclerkaddict.com was more active right now.


As to prestige - my understanding is that it really depends on the judge. Example - Judge Ellis of the EDVA is senior status but extremely prestigious (he's known for extremely high GPA's, esp for D.Ct.)

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Re: What would happen if the judge you're clerking for dies?

Postby Borhas » Fri Nov 12, 2010 11:11 pm

Anonymous User wrote:(God forbid). This is a legitimate concern for me. Senior judge on a decent Fed. Cir. court. 1Ls, 2Ls, feel free to speculate, but really appreciate if there are any 3Ls or post grads who have been in a similar situation/experienced similar concerns.

Thanks in advance.


do not pass go, do not collect $200, go directly to jail for murder

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Re: What would happen if the judge you're clerking for dies?

Postby Kohinoor » Sat Nov 13, 2010 8:31 pm

reasonable_man wrote:
Kohinoor wrote:You take his place.


This.

It actually leads to pretty fucked up incentives for SCOTUS justices. In good health, they just choose the clerks that pose the least threat to them in hand to hand combat. It's only in their later years that they start selecting ideologically aligned clerks that are also prime physical specimens. Scalia is in a particularly tough spot. Whichever clerk he chooses has to be a paragon of textualism and originalism. If he fails to elucidate the necessary qualities during the vetting process, then he has to kill that guy and then survive at all costs until the next clerking season since if he dies without a suitable clerk, Obama will just insert a liberal minority in his spot.

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Re: What would happen if the judge you're clerking for dies?

Postby totalidiot » Sat Nov 13, 2010 8:40 pm

I would have thought the answer to this question would be obvious:

http://www.theonion.com/articles/suprem ... lia,18426/

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Re: What would happen if the judge you're clerking for dies?

Postby James Bond » Sat Nov 13, 2010 9:29 pm

Kohinoor wrote:You take his place.


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Re: What would happen if the judge you're clerking for dies?

Postby Renzo » Sat Nov 13, 2010 9:33 pm

Happened someone who spoke at my 1L orientation. He hit the clerkship market again and worked the intervening year

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Re: What would happen if the judge you're clerking for dies?

Postby CanadianWolf » Sat Nov 13, 2010 10:17 pm

May depend upon the cause of death.

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Re: What would happen if the judge you're clerking for dies?

Postby Borhas » Sun Nov 14, 2010 12:03 am

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