Forty judges, 15 current law clerks, and 135 students joined together for a night in the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law’s Westminster Hall on November 2nd for the 4th Annual Judicial Reception.
(From left to right: Judge Getty, Dean Tobin, Judge Fader, William Rice, Gita Sankano, Daniel Moore)
Since its start in 2014, the Judicial Reception has grown into one of the marquee events of the Maryland Carey Law school year offering a unique opportunity for both students and faculty to meet with members of the bench in an informal setting. Jennifer Pollard, Director of Judicial Clerkships, voiced her enthusiasm for the event saying, “The Judicial Reception is a great opportunity to foster a positive long term relationship between students, faculty, and members of the local judiciary. It both encourages students to consider judicial internships and clerkships and judges to consider Maryland Carey Law students.”
Placing students in judicial clerkships is a priority for the Office of Career Development and they have had great success this year. As Dean Donald Tobin announced in his remarks, “Although we are still collecting data on our most recent grads, we know that in 2017, at least sixty-six of our alumni will serve as judicial clerks. Approximately 30% of the 2017 graduating class are clerking.”
(From left to right: Judge Greene, Christopher Harris, Joelys Gonzalez Mendez, Ashley Fellona)
Judge Catherine Blake of the US District Court of Maryland and Judge Clayton Greene, Jr. ‘76, of the Maryland Court of Appeals generously offered their experience to the assembled guests. They highlighted the importance of clerkships from the perspective of the bench and offered glimpse into the selection process for aspiring clerks.
Additional photos from the event can be found here.