The Columbus School of Law at The Catholic University of America welcomes applications to its first annual Judicial Clerkship Opinion Writing Conference, to be held February 26-27, 2021. The conference is open to individuals who have accepted a 2021-2022 federal or state judicial clerkship.  In our initial year, all schedule events will take place virtually. 

Over the course of the conference, attendees will receive opinion writing instruction from some of our country's most distinguished members of the judiciary. They will also be guided through writing an appellate court opinion and will receive individual review and commentary on their work by our faculty, all judges or former judicial clerks themselves. Finally, each attendee will be eligible for the CSL Prize in Opinion Writing. Information about the CSL Prize is available here: CSL Prize in Judicial Clerkship Opinion Writing

Biographies of the speakers and faculty are here: Speakers and Faculty.

Applications are competitive and the number of available slots is limited to twenty-five. Applicants will be notified of their acceptance until the limit of attendees is reached. Applications must be received no later than _____________. The application form and submission address are located here: Application.

Direct all questions about the conference to Professor A.G. Harmon at