Anonymous User wrote:Totally anecdotal rough ranking of a sample of SDNY judges from bad to better based on my second-hand experience clerking for a judge on that court:
- Berman is incredibly demanding and fires a clerk about every other year. Probably worst clerkship in SDNY.
- Woods demands BigLaw hours or worse.
- Forrest, Nathan and Caproni aren't far behind. Sometimes it's like they and Woods have a 4-way competition. They all seek out cases where they can make precedent, rarely refer discovery disputes to magistrates, set strict deadlines for work product, etc. They seem nicer than Woods, though, but maybe that's just reverse misogyny speaking.
- Swain is a slavedriver.
- Koeltl's chambers also have pretty bad hours. He's kind of mercurial but otherwise seems okay to work for.
- Rakoff is a busy clerkship, but then you're likely in for a pretty easy year with Katzmann.
- Hellerstein is a pretty chill clerkship, but he has fired at least one clerk in the past few years.
- Daniels is really nice but takes forever to decide stuff.
- McMahon is very relaxed.
- Crotty, Kaplan, Marrero are all pretty chill chambers and are great to work for.
Can confirm re: Koetl. 10-10 every day (at least during year I was there). Allows for clerks to not come in whenever he doesn't but gives absolutely no notice as to when that will be so it serves only as a reprieve, not a chance to see friends/family. (Not chastising this, how many judges are)