Gift & Thank You Note to Judge AFTER Offer & Acceptance

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Gift & Thank You Note to Judge AFTER Offer & Acceptance

Postby Anonymous User » Mon Oct 14, 2013 9:47 pm

I was offered (& accepted) a clerkship position.

I was wondering whether it was appropriate to send the judge a small "gift" of appreciation, along with a thank you note. Since the judge graduated from the same law school that I did (& is a big fan), I was wondering if it was OK to send him something from the Law School Store, along with a thank you note.

Any insight is appreciated!

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Re: Gift & Thank You Note to Judge AFTER Offer & Acceptance

Postby A. Nony Mouse » Mon Oct 14, 2013 10:00 pm

No no no no no. Don't send a gift. For one thing, judges often can't accept gifts under ethics rules, and for another, it's a professional transaction, not a personal one. You don't need to give someone a gift for hiring you, even if it's a judge - that just looks wrong. They're not doing you a favor, they're getting an employee.

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Re: Gift & Thank You Note to Judge AFTER Offer & Acceptance

Postby atcushman » Mon Oct 14, 2013 10:09 pm

I don't know if its necessarily a ethics question as A. Non says, but I do agree it's weird.

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Re: Gift & Thank You Note to Judge AFTER Offer & Acceptance

Postby Anonymous User » Mon Oct 14, 2013 10:15 pm

OK. I really appreciate your responses. Then I won't. Thanks!!

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Re: Gift & Thank You Note to Judge AFTER Offer & Acceptance

Postby A. Nony Mouse » Mon Oct 14, 2013 10:17 pm

(Congrats on the clerkship! A thank you note will be more than sufficient.)

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Re: Gift & Thank You Note to Judge AFTER Offer & Acceptance

Postby Anonymous User » Mon Oct 14, 2013 10:21 pm

Thanks!

Also, is a "thank you note" a requirement?

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Re: Gift & Thank You Note to Judge AFTER Offer & Acceptance

Postby A. Nony Mouse » Mon Oct 14, 2013 10:56 pm

No, I don't think so. People here go back and forth on thank yous. I was sort of assuming (because offers often come quickly after clerkship interviews) that the OP* hadn't written a thank you at all before getting the offer; if they already wrote one, I wouldn't write another. If they haven't written any, they could write one now, but it probably wouldn't matter if they didn't.

*or you, if this is the OP :D

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Re: Gift & Thank You Note to Judge AFTER Offer & Acceptance

Postby Anonymous User » Tue Oct 15, 2013 12:14 am

Thank you very much!




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