Anonymous User wrote:
This is the poster above this one, lol. Used to there were clerk positions for 1 or 2 years. They have been moving out the 1-year clerkships and making them all two years with half coming available each year. That is why there were more positions in previous years. If I remember correctly, as of this year they have completely phased out the 1-year positions. That accounts for some of the number change from past years. It would definitely make sense that if there are 9 judges there would be more than one clerk. I work at a court with 3 judges and one AA, and we are currently docketing cases for 2015. If they do cut it down to one AA per court, that would suck really bad. I would almost be worried about IJ retention rates if that happens.
It would completely suck, but again, the issue is money, not functionality. If you look at the other DOJ departments, they are getting only two or three Honors attorneys a piece and I'm sure they could really use the extra people, too. But, my assumption could very well be based on faulty information, and I hope it is. I'm just saying that it's a possibility, but the only way to find out for sure, would be to ask an ARC (and even then, we might not get the info).
If there's anything positive to take from the hiring situation this year is that when budgets do increase and freezes lift, there will be a TON of hiring done at the DOJ. You're right, the cuts in hiring are devastating to these departments, so hopefully there'll be a time when hiring picks back up drastically and we can all benefit from it.