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 clerkship or a 2021-2022 state appellate court clerkship. In our initial year, all scheduled events will take place virtually. Conference details may be found here: Conference Details.

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 Judicial Clerkship Opinion Writing.

The faculty for the event includes the following:

U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals 
Judge Kyle Duncan, Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals
Judge Paul Matey, Third Circuit Court of Appeals
Judge Chad Readler, Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals
Judge Lawrence VanDyke, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals

U.S. District Court and Court of Federal Claims 
Judge James Boasberg, U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
Judge Dabney Friedrich, U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
Judge John Gallagher, U.S. District Court for the E.D. Pennsylvania
Judge Joseph Leeson, U.S. District Court for the E.D. Pennsylvania
Judge Edward Meyers, U.S. Court of Federal Claims


Biographies of the faculty are here: Faculty.

Attendees will be 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 January 31, 2021. Application information is located here: Application Information

Direct all questions about the conference to Professor A.G. Harmon, Faculty Director of Bench and Bar Relations, at harmon@law.edu.