Anonymous User wrote:Anonymous User wrote:Anonymous User wrote:Are calls to judges from politicians a pro or a con? My family has close ties with both a (national) congressman and senator from our state who are willing to make calls to a (newly appted) COA judge from the same state on my behalf. They're of the same political leaning. I'm hesitant, however, since I know that judges like to distance themselves from the political process.
GTL: Your input on this one would be especially appreciated
Have you already interviewed with this judge? If not, and unless the congressman and senator knoww you well personally, I think you'd do a lot better by having a partner or prof well-regarded in the community put in a call.
N.B. I'm not GTL but did get an offer from a recent COA appointee and used this method to help get a foot in the door.
Thanks! No, I do not have an interview yet so figured it might help me get a foot in the door. They know me well enough that they could at least speak to some of my credentials, so it might be worth the shot. I just didn't know if the judge would view it as putting political pressure on him.
Your resume speaks to your credentials. Phone calls should have a value-added quality. Don't you have a professor who actually knows you and can speak to your qualities, personality, writing ability, etc.? I just don't see how there is any value in having some Senator call and read your resume to the judge.
ETA two points: (1) if you don't have the credentials, no phone call is going to help. (2) a new appointee is probably going to be putting a lot of weight on prior clerkships/work experience.