Anonymous User wrote:1. About 4-5 pages back, GTL said not to call judges just because you're in the city. Someone posted a little later giving a slightly more nuanced answer. I guess my question is, does it matter where the clerkship is located? For example, let's say... one of the COA judges in Alaska. I believe Kleinfeld generally only interviews when he's in San Francisco, and I believe Christen was willing to do interviews via videoconference for her first round of clerkships, but would giving a call be (un)advisable if I'm going to be in Anchorage/Fairbanks for other, personal reasons (not for another clerkship interview)?
I was in a similar predicament (had to be in a city but not for another interview) and did get to schedule an interview after calling chambers and asking if I could set something up while I was there. I doubt calling and asking generally if she would be open to interview someone while in town on date X would be problematic. Worse comes to worst, you find out that the answer is no.
Anonymous User wrote:2. If I am already doing a district court clerkship, would doing a second one reflect badly on my resume in the future? The first one is in a flyover district with a great judge to work for; the second one would be in a highly competitive district, in which I'd like to work later on, and the judge hears a significant number of cases that would be highly relevant to my desired practice area.
I would think not, especially if both are only for one year.
Anonymous User wrote:3. Finally, it's generally accepted that a call from a recommender/professor is highly desirable. I've read through the last ~10 pages or so, but feel like I should still ask (a) whether it's still desirable to have someone call when you're an alumni applicant and not a 2/3L, and (b) how have you guys asked your professors to make a call? Is it basically just "hey, I'm applying to x clerkships, I was wondering if you would be willing to make a few calls on my behalf" even if they didn't clerk for those judges? (I think) I have a pretty good relationship with the particular professors that I'm thinking of asking to put in a call, but I'm always afraid of asking for such help. Just a personal thing.
Edit and addition to 3: Is there a practical limit to how many professors/recommenders you should have calling a judge (like, 1)? I'd assume you wouldn't want to annoy the crap out of them by having a million people call about you, but it just randomly popped into my head right after I posted, since the last paragraph I wrote mentions professors (plural).
Did you just graduate this year, or have you been working for a while? If the latter, the best advice I can give you, particularly at the district level, is to try to find someone you've worked with who knows the judge(s) you're targeting to put in a call for you. Unless the profs who are willing to go to bat for you are big names, I think a good word from a well-regarded local practitioner could get you further. As for how many, I think one should be enough to do the trick.