Anonymous User wrote:I apologize if this is a stupid question. But does OSCAR provide the Judge's emails? If so where would I find it.
I am most definitely posting this anon so as to not ruin my clerkship chances ... but it's really not that hard to figure out a judge's email address. (NOTE: I would be VERY careful using this technique. Some judges will appreciate your deductive skills. Others will hit the Delete button immediately because you didn't follow their "process" of filtering all clerk resumes through either a staff attorney or a current clerk.)
The entire federal district court system -- and I *think* the circuit courts as well, though I haven't confirmed it -- uses the following address protocol (WITH EXCEPTIONS - SEE BELOW):JudgeFirstName_JudgeLastName@twoletters ... courts.gov
To use two actual examples:Lee_Rosenthal@txs.uscourts.gov
(short for U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas)firstname.lastname@example.org
(short for U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois)EXCEPTIONS:
1. As the Judge Rosenthal example illustrates, some districts leave out the "d" at the end of their subdomain
. This can vary even intrastate; the domain for the Northern District of Texas, for instance, is @txnd.uscourts.gov.
2. If a judge has more than two names, like example #2, place an underscore in-between each one
3. Some judges -- and no, I don't know which, aside from a few examples -- use "Judge" as their "first name" in their email address. Two more actual examples:Judge_Grimm@mdd.uscourts.govJudge_Rosenthal@txnd.uscourts.gov
4. The above example illustrates how you write email addresses for states like Maryland with only a single district: "mdd" in this case.
Finally, some words of advice, speaking as someone interning for a federal judge this semester (which I HIGHLY recommend btw if you don't get a federal internship during 1L summer), though with the caveat that I'm talking about federal district judges, not appellate: to state the obvious, every federal judge gets a shitload of resumes. To state the hopefully obvious, federal judges in major cities get the most, even though major cities have vastly more district judges total (in most cases). I go to school in a top-five city/region in terms of population, and my judge has received roughly 300 resumes thus far. I haven't read the whole thread, so apologies if people have already stated these suggestions, but here's what I'd recommend for getting to the top of the stack:
1. First of all: I don't know if this is protocol throughout the country, but in my district every judge makes a point of reading every inbound resume. (Okay, sort of: *someone* in a judge's office reads every CV, though in larger districts it's probably a clerk or staff attorney.) At the very least, take comfort in the fact that your resume was at least considered (even if it was rejected).
2. If you have a personal tie of some sort with the judge, USE IT AT THE VERY BEGINNING OF YOUR COVER LETTER
. If you're BFFs with one of his recent clerks, SAY IT (particularly if you know the judge really liked said clerk). If you interned for another federal judge in the same district, SAY SO; it will likely guarantee you a phone call to your internship judge at the very least. If your judge has a unique interest that you happen to share, MENTION IT. I know at least one major judge who, for instance, is a huge animal-rights aficionado, and any applicant who's volunteered for, say, a no-kill animal shelter goes to the top of her stack.
3. Don't send out f'ing form letters: TAILOR YOUR APPLICATIONS FOR EACH JUDGE
. Get on Lexis or Westlaw and actually READ some of their opinions. Go to the judge wiki and READ their bio. If you can, OBSERVE the judge in court.
That's all for now - I'm off to work...