Student to Clerk for Supreme Court of Israel

Lauren Worsek
Lauren Worsek

First-year law student Lauren Worsek has been awarded a prestigious clerkship with the Supreme Court of Israel. She will serve as a foreign law clerk in the chambers of President Dorit Beinisch during summer 2007.

Worsek will assist the Court by conducting comparative law research and drafting legal memoranda to support President Beinisch’s decisions.

“It is such an incredible honor and a tremendous opportunity to be able to clerk for Israel’s highest court,” Worsek said. “The Supreme Court of Israel often relies upon comparative law analysis with other judicial systems when rendering decisions. I look forward to being a part of that analysis and helping to contribute to Israel’s growing body of jurisprudence.”

Worsek likely will focus on several areas of law, including public international law, criminal law, civil procedure, tort law, constitutional law, corporate law, and contract law.

She said the clerkship opportunity combines a number of her interests – clerking for a judge, international law, and Israeli affairs.

“Clerking for the President of the Supreme Court of Israel will allow me to not only learn more about the inner workings of the judicial system, but also to do so in an international setting,” she said. “After taking a trip to Israel last January, I also made a vow to myself to spend an extended period of time in the country at some point in my life. The Foreign Law Clerk Program is a perfect fit for me.”

At the law school, Worsek has served as a student coordinator for the Refugee and Asylum Seeker’s Project and is a member of the School’s chapters of the American Civil Liberties Union and Jewish Legal Society. Prior to law school, she held several legal internships for child advocacy clinics and worked as a research and project assistant for several law firms.

Worsek said she was thankful for the assistance of Michael Peil, assistant dean for international programs, and the School of Law’s Whitney R. Harris Institute for Global Legal Studies in helping her navigate the clerkship application process.

 “I recognized that this was an unusual opportunity that required a substantial knowledge of foreign legal employment procedure,” she said. “I am extremely grateful for all the guidance I received.”