Pepperdine hosted the 11th annual Wm. Matthew Byrne, Jr., Judicial Clerkship Institute March 17 to 19 at the School of Law. Through the Byrne JCI, students who have been accepted into federal judicial clerkship positions have the opportunity to gain distinctive, comprehensive training by federal judges.
Hailing from across the country, 113 students and 19 judges participated in the program. Judges spoke on topics such as the role of the law clerk, litigation of high-profile cases, judicial clerkship ethics, and handling habeas corpus petitions. In one panel discussion, Dean Erwin Chemerinksy of UC Irvine and President Ken Starr of Baylor University spoke on important recent and pending U.S. Supreme Court Cases.
“The purpose of the Byrne Judicial Clerkship Institute is to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of judicial clerks,” said Tom Bost, former interim dean of the School of Law. “In consultation with several of the most highly respected judges in the United States, we have identified the subjects that new clerks most need to learn. The judicial faculty of the institute gives students much of the practical knowledge needed by every law clerk.”
Learn more about the Byrne Judicial Clerkship Institute.