32 Graduates Garner Prestigious Judicial Clerkships

Thirty-two recent law graduates have secured judicial clerkships. These prestigious positions are with U.S. Courts of Appeals judges for the Fifth, Sixth, Seventh, Eighth, and Eleventh Circuits; with U.S. District Court judges in California, the District of Columbia, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, Oregon, Puerto Rico, and West Virginia; with a state Supreme Court Justice in Mississippi; and with judges on a number of other federal and state courts. 

The clerkships are in 17 different states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. Despite a difficult job market, the total number of Washington University law graduates securing clerkships rose by more than 40 percent over 2010. Several of the clerkships are two-year positions; a few others begin in 2012. 

“The increasing number of clerkships obtained by Washington University law students is proof positive of the growing reputation of this law school and its student body,” said Associate Professor Adam Badawi, the Faculty Judicial Clerkships advisor. “That our students were able to garner so many positions in the midst of an exceptionally competitive hiring environment shows that judges are aware of the high caliber of our students and seek to hire them.” 

Graduates who secured clerkships this year are: Zachary P. Boren, JD ’06, the Hon. Theresa L. Springmann, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana; Eric H. Bronner, JD ’09, the Hon. Stephen C. Williams, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois; Whitney R. Cale, JD ’09, the Hon. William D. Keller, U.S. District Court for the Central District of California; Coretta L. Catlin, JD ’11, Chief Judge Fernando J. Gaitan, Jr., U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri; Jocelyn Halbert Win Chien Chong, JD ’10, the Hon. Cecilia Maria Altonaga, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida; Stephen M. Cole, JD ’11, Chief Justice William L. Waller, Jr., Mississippi Supreme Court; 

Kevin Patrick Conrad, Jr., JD ’10, the Hon. Michael W. Mosman, U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon; Laura E. Crane, JD ’09, the Hon. James Emanual Boasberg, U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia; Benjamin M. Daniels, JD ’08, the Hon. John M. Rogers, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit; Jonathan S. Drucker, JD ’07, the Hon. Daniel R. Dominguez, U.S. District Court for the District of Puerto Rico; Alexander S. Elson, JD ’09, the Hon. Charles Ronald Norgle, Sr., U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois; Sophie Leona Fortin, JD ’11, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit (staff attorney); Alexandra So-Yun Haar, JD ’11, the Hon. Kathianne Knaup Crane, Missouri Court of Appeals, Eastern District; Eliott M. Hedin, JD ’00, the Hon. Patricia A. Seitz, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida; Amanda Marie Katz, JD ’11, Chief Judge Catherine D. Perry, JD ’80, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri;  

Brett Randel Larson, JD ’10, U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Central District of California; Joseph A. Litman, JD ’11, the Hon. Eileen W. Hollowell, U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Arizona; Elizabeth Erin McDonald, JD ’09, the Hon. Amy Berman Jackson, U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia; Katherine Elaine McRobbie, JD ’11, the Hon. S. James Otero, U.S. District Court for the Central District of California; Christopher R. Mills, JD ’11, the Hon. Leslie H. Southwick, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit; Kevin James Moore, JD ’09, the Hon. Robert H. Jacobvitz, U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of New Mexico; Michelle J. Parthum, JD ’11; the Hon. Edward Charles Prado, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit; 

Stephanie Ann Quick, JD ’09, the Hon. Nancy Joseph, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin; Jarrod Daniel Reece, JD ’11, the Hon. Kenneth F. Ripple, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit; Wesley Austin Roberts, JD ’10, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit (staff attorney); Jessica A. Silverman, JD ’11, the Hon. Henry Jack Boroff, U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Massachusetts; Kelly Lynn Snyder, JD ’09, Chief Judge David R. Herndon, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois; James Edward Stanley, JD ’11, the Hon. Bobby E. Shepherd, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit; Yen-Shyang Tseng, JD ’11, the Hon. Joseph Robert Goodwin, Chief Judge, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia; Jacob A. Vanzin, JD ’11, the Hon. Patricia L. Cohen, Missouri Court of Appeals, Eastern District; Amber Rose Woodward, JD ’11, the Hon. Eric Lee Clay, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit; and Alison Austen Yewdell, JD ’10, the Hon. Anna Blackburne-Rigsby, District of Columbia Court of Appeals.