rpupkin wrote:Anonymous User wrote:Is it common to have former clerks call/drop a note to the judge/current clerk telling them to give your app a second look? When this does happen, is it a huge plus to your chances for an interview?
If by "second look" you mean that chambers has already considered and rejected your application once, then, no, a call/note from a former clerk is unlikely to make a difference. It's hard to get out of a reject pile.
A "former clerk" recommendation is helpful around the time you send in your application, because it might prod the judge (or the judge's clerks or JA) to pull your app from the pile for a look. And a call or email is especially helpful right at the time that the judge is turning his or her attention to clerkship apps. But it can be hard to know when that point occurs, so it's probably best to ask the former clerk to put in a good word at the time that you're applying.
D. ct. clerk.
I agree that you should contact a former clerk to put in a good word ASAP.
But if I had passed on someone and a former clerk (esp the few I'm friends with) got in touch and said "Hey, this person applied, you really should consider him/her if you haven't," I'd certainly give that person another look. But only if the former clerk had good reason to know the applicant would be a good fit and did good work. Unless the applicant's application had something glaringly wrong, I'd be inclined to at least suggest an interview.