5ky wrote:The fact that you seemingly made a profile - or an alt - to complain about a staff member doesn't reflect well on you.
And yet he is 100% correct. There are numerous--numerous--anecdotes of Ruth Payne actually being counter-productive to UVA students' clerkship efforts, including discouraging individuals from applying to clerkships that they actually received. In another instance, she failed to simply talk to a federal judge alum at a law school event who had made overtures indicating that he wanted to start a pipeline. The judge was understandably confused and offended. I am not aware of a single member of the clerkship-competitive segment of the class that has a positive view of her. They feel they got clerkships despite her, not because of her.
These are the reasons that the law school should move on from her--not this unfortunate mistake. But as has been said, if this is the catalyst, then so be it. The major profs can continue to serve as the CoA/scotus pipelines, but we need a vague-add at that position for district judges and the like, not just someone who is good at spreadsheets.