Anonymous User wrote:
traydeuce wrote:It is true that most district judges handle their criminal docket themselves. I don't know which district judges give you a lot of crim work.
I don't know what information you have to back this up. I'm currently a district court clerk, and my judge has us just as involved in the criminal docket as the civil docket. We write memos and recommendations on pretrial motions, attend arraignments and pleas, prepare jury instructions, sentencing memos, etc. The only thing we don't give recommendations on is sentencing.
From what I understand in our District, the practice varies widely from judge to judge, and is something best asked in interviews.
Nothing that you've said is inconsistent with what I said. Most, I believe, handle their criminal docket themselves; I don't know which give clerks a lot of crim work, but I knew, I implied, that some did - and yes, the practice varies widely from judge to judge, from no involvement to a great deal. Consider, though, the impact that your "something best asked in interviews" line could have on our would-be crim prof. He applies to a lot of district judges, not knowing which ones give their clerks crim work, not knowing where to begin as far as calling ex-clerks and asking, schedules interviews at times that may conflict with COA interviews, especially if he applies on-plan, and then discovers that the judges he interviews with don't give him any crim! Then maybe he gets an exploding offer, at which point he feels compelled to accept even though ultimately he probably needs to COA clerk to get a prof job, forestalls his ascension to the professorial ranks by a year, possibly foregoes $100,000 or so in earnings, spends a year doing something he's not that interested in and that doesn't much advance his career, etc. So if doing crim during his clerkship is really so important to him, he probably should do a lot of asking around as to who gives their clerks crim work. Unless he's on the bubble for COA, in which case a district clerkship would be useful either way.