I just wanted to tag in as a 3L AnBrycer-- I hope to be helpful at some point and look forward to meeting everyone in New York!
I read through the thread and totally agree. I just wanna add a few things to what was asked/mentioned--
I think our clerkship rate probably tops HYS. I know at least 5 of our 2013 class are clerking (of I'm not sure how many, but can't be more than 10), and for awesome judges at that. That rate is higher than HYS (17.1%, 34.5%, and 24.1% respectively), though granted that's just one year. I'm clerking next year and happy to talk via PM about why I think that is.
As far as AB outside of NYC, I spent last fall semester at the FTC and was really happy to find that I was still part of the network there. The founders went out of their way to include us in great events they were a part of in the city and several alum are in the area as well. The program at this size is relatively new (10 years ago it was just a scholar per year), but the alumni network is growing very quickly and is strong!