Anonymous User wrote:I’m interviewing for a permanent pro se law clerk position in the western district of Texas. But I can’t find anyone that clerked in this district or knows much about the position to help with my interview. I was hoping to find some luck here. Has anyone clerked in the Western District of Texas, particularly the Austin or San Antonio division? What was your sense of the pro se staff attorneys? What was their level of interaction with the Court? Anything at all that might be helpful in preparing for an interview?
I clerked in the W.D. Tex. I apologize for not seeing this sooner. Here's what I can tell you:
1. The pro se law clerks in the district handle all habeas petitions but ICE detention, as well as pro se cases filed by prisoners (ex. prisoner civil rights, but those are normally sent to MJs for R&Rs first). Other pro se cases (like lawsuits filed by random citizens) are not handled by the pro se law clerks.
2. The level of interaction with the court doesn't seem overly high. Judges will keep track of you for the purposes of monitoring where you are on the cases on their docket. Beyond that, there isn't much interaction from what I could tell (that might differ from courthouse to courthouse). I was social with the pro se law clerk in our courthouse, but that was more because we were friendly than anything.
3. If you have the choice, I'd choose Austin. There's some acrimony between the judges in SA, the courthouse is old and dreary (might be getting a new one soonish), and I like the judges in Austin better as people.
4. Terees Jenkins seems to be the de facto chief of the pro se law clerks. Keep that in mind. She has Chief Judge Garcia's ear.
Do you know who is interviewing you?