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How could I become a judge one day after starting in transactional?

Postby Anonymous User » Sun Dec 18, 2016 1:02 pm

Kind of a life career goal for me. Got placed into a transactional group (finance) at my biglaw firm because that's what was hot, wasn't really my choice (though I do like the work and wouldn't mind doing this for a while). If, eventually, I'd like to find my way to the bench, what is the best career path from now on to make that as likely as possible? (Note: My LS grades were pretty meh so jumping into a clerkship isn't terribly likely).

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Re: How could I become a judge one day after starting in transactional?

Postby Anonymous User » Sun Dec 18, 2016 1:28 pm

Try your best to quickly jump to lit group, either at current firm or as a lateral.
A lot of government and public service experience. Then community goodwill.
Kozinski has some advice on this (try google).

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Re: How could I become a judge one day after starting in transactional?

Postby Jchance » Sun Dec 18, 2016 1:29 pm

^oops, that's me.

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Re: How could I become a judge one day after starting in transactional?

Postby Br3v » Sun Dec 18, 2016 1:33 pm

Yeah I'd try to get to lit. You could go into a type of lit that is similar to your transactional group, and that would tell a coherent story. But if you do transactional for a few years that'll be fine, people bounce around at the start of their career all the time.

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Re: How could I become a judge one day after starting in transactional?

Postby Anonymous User » Sun Dec 18, 2016 2:20 pm

Anonymous User wrote:Kozinski has some advice on this (try google).

Is this what you were referring to?

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Re: How could I become a judge one day after starting in transactional?

Postby Jchance » Sun Dec 18, 2016 2:42 pm

^Yes.

It's also helpful to browse judicial bios to see how they got there. After 100 entries or so, you'll see a pattern/trend emerged.

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Re: How could I become a judge one day after starting in transactional?

Postby MCFC » Sun Dec 18, 2016 4:02 pm

Like, any sort of judge?

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Re: How could I become a judge one day after starting in transactional?

Postby mvp99 » Sun Dec 18, 2016 4:33 pm

Befriend a GOP/Dem senator

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Re: How could I become a judge one day after starting in transactional?

Postby foregetaboutdre » Sun Dec 18, 2016 5:31 pm

mvp99 wrote:Befriend a GOP/Dem senator

lol or just win a local election

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Re: How could I become a judge one day after starting in transactional?

Postby Anonymous User » Mon Dec 19, 2016 2:03 pm

MCFC wrote:Like, any sort of judge?


Like the type of judge you want to be one day. For instance, look at bios of fed. district judge if your goal is to be a federal district judge.

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Re: How could I become a judge one day after starting in transactional?

Postby favabeansoup » Mon Dec 19, 2016 2:38 pm

mvp99 wrote:Befriend a GOP/Dem senator


Live in Indiana, be friends with Mike Pence, get appointed to be a judge.

http://www.salon.com/2016/11/25/mike-pe ... ty-leader/

Hell, you don't even need to be a practicing attorney apparently.

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Re: How could I become a judge one day after starting in transactional?

Postby Anonymous User » Mon Dec 19, 2016 3:57 pm

favabeansoup wrote:Live in Indiana.

Whoa whoa I don't want to be a judge that bad let's be real

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Re: How could I become a judge one day after starting in transactional?

Postby Catsinthebag » Mon Dec 19, 2016 4:01 pm

favabeansoup wrote:
mvp99 wrote:Befriend a GOP/Dem senator


Live in Indiana, be friends with Mike Pence, get appointed to be a judge.

http://www.salon.com/2016/11/25/mike-pe ... ty-leader/

Hell, you don't even need to be a practicing attorney apparently.




You thought being an attorney was a prereq? This is Republican politics we're talking about here, c'mon man!

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Re: How could I become a judge one day after starting in transactional?

Postby abogadesq » Wed Dec 21, 2016 3:17 am

One word: roots. Live and practice in the same circuit for many years, preferably in prosecution and then private practice. Network and become friends with someone in your state's judicial nominating committee. And probably just as important, be of the same political party as the governor.



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