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Post-Graduate Judicial Clerkships

Why Clerk?

Judicial clerkships are among the most prestigious and competitive employment opportunities available to recent graduates. Usually lasting one to two years, a judicial clerkship is an excellent way to bridge the gap between law school and the practice of law. Judicial clerkships experiences are also highly valued by employers, who hire clerks because of the clerk’s in depth legal knowledge of the court system and the ability to view court cases from a judge’s perspective. Law clerks work in a variety of court settings, including in federal and state trial and appellate courts, administrative law courts, and tribal courts.

2019-2020 Federal Clerks

Leila Abu Orf: Hon. Jane Triche Milazzo, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana

Alec Andrade: Hon. Ivan L.R. Lemelle, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana

Perry Graham: Hon. Carl J. Barbier, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana

Jeffrey Surprenant, Hon. Jay C. Zainey, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana

Shienna Normand, U.S. Department of Labor  

Rachel Waters-Hilty, U.S. Department of Labor  

Allison Payne, Department of Veterans Affairs, Board of Appeals

2019-2020 State Court Clerks

Meaghan Jeansonne, Hon.  J. Sterling Snowdy, 40th Judicial District Court, Louisiana   

Kamal Packer, Louisiana Fourth Circuit Court of Appeal, Central Staff Office

2018-2019 Federal Clerks

Chynna Anderson: Hon. Kurt D. Engelhardt, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit 

Sheri Corales: Hon. Kurt D. Engelhardt, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

Jessica Hidalgo: Hon. Lee Romero, U.S Department of Labor

Courtney Harper: Hon. Carl J. Barbier, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana

Korby Kazyak: Hon. Kathleen Kay,  U.S. District Court, Western District of Louisiana 

Patrick Murphee: Hon. Elizabeth Erny Foote, U.S. District Court, Western District of Louisiana (2017-19) 

Erica Sensenbrenner: Hon. Lance M. Africk, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana 

Allison Sickle: U.S. Immigration Court in New Orleans, U.S. Department of Justice

2018-2019 State Court Clerks

Kyle Anderson: Hon. Fredericka Wicker, Louisiana Fifth Circuit Court of Appeal

Mollie Highstreet, Hon. Nakisha Ervin-Knott, Orleans Parish Civil District Court 

Bethany Breaux: Hon. Gerald Caswell, 27th Judicial District Court of Louisiana

Ainsely Fagan: Hon. James Doherty, 27th Judicial District Court of Louisiana 

James Domengeaux: Hon. Patrick Michot, 15th Judicial District Court of Louisiana

Annie Lemoine: Hon. Bernadette D'Souza, Orleans Parish Civil District Court

Timeline for Clerkship Applications

Federal Clerkships

Under the new federal hiring clerk plan effective this year, class of 2020 students (this year's 2Ls) will not be permitted to register on OSCAR until February 6, 2019. However, not all federal judges use OSCAR and some many hire later than this deadline and some may hire earlier. Therefore, 2L students intending to apply for post-graduate clerkships should be readying application materials and requesting letters of recommendation during the fall semester so that they can be ready to apply in February all at once to those judges who are using OSCAR and to those who are not using OSCAR. We encourage students to come speak to us early in fall semester so that we can identify whether an earlier application is warranted and to discuss the application process. 

State Clerkships 

State court hiring varies from state to state and court to court. Generally, however, students should plan to apply to state Supreme Court positions in the summer after the 2L year, appellate courts in the summer after 2L year/Fall of 3L year, and trial courts in fall/spring of the 3L year. We have many resources about state court hiring in other states, as well as Louisiana and encourage students interested in state court clerkships to come see us by the end of 2L Spring semester, at the latest, to plan an individualized application strategy. 

The CDO pays postage and provides resume paper and envelopes for all paper clerkship applications. 

To Learn More

To learn more about what clerks do, where to find courts/judges, and how to apply, please contact us at or call us at (504) 861- 5562.

For additional information about federal clerkships, please go to OSCAR.