Pepperdine Law Hosts 13th Annual Judicial Clerkship Institute

The Pepperdine School of Law hosted the thirteenth annual Wm. Matthew Byrne, Jr., Judicial Clerkship Institute (Byrne JCI) in March, continuing a tradition as the only law school in the country to sponsor such a conference.

The two-day event welcomed 133 clerks and 20 judges, representing federal courts throughout the country. The group gathered at the Malibu campus for the continuing education of career clerks and for sessions directed to those entering clerkships for the first time. There were several plenary sessions in addition to various specialized sessions geared toward career and bankruptcy clerks.

“We are so grateful to the JCI faculty,” said Naomi Goodno, director of the Byrne Judicial Clerkship Institute and associate professor of law. “Federal judges from across the country took time out of their schedule to come to Pepperdine to teach new and career federal law clerks We appreciate the time spent from all the judges and professors and all who participated.”

Current students also benefited from the event

“The Byrne JCI gave me insight into how to take the skills that I have learned in law school and use them as a judicial clerk,” then third-year student Michael Wood (JD ’13, MDR ’13, MPP ’13) said. “While many law students travel from across the country to come to Byrne JCI, as a Pepperdine law student who will begin a clerkship next fall, I was very fortunate to have the opportunity to attend this great program and meet judges and career law clerks from across the county.”

Clerks in attendance at the Byrne JCI, which Pepperdine has provided as a service to the federal judiciary since 2001, were sponsored in part by a Pepperdine endowment fund created by Judge Byrne’s former law clerks, the American Bankruptcy Institute, and the Federal Judicial Center.

“The Pepperdine University School of Law is privileged to host some of the most distinguished judges in the nation at its Matthew Byrne Judicial Clerkship Institute,” said Dean Tacha. “As we train the law clerks who will take their places as leaders of the future in the legal profession, we partner with the federal judges in strengthening the federal judiciary for years to come. The Federal Judicial Center, the American Bankruptcy Institute, and the Pepperdine School of Law are in the forefront of bringing legal education together with leaders in the judiciary for our mutual benefit. We are so grateful to all those judges and law professors who were part of this significant institute.”

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