Posted: September 9th, 2015 | By: Lisa Snedeker
Elizabeth Dahl (JD ’16) has accepted an offer to clerk with the Office of Special Masters (“OSM”) in the United States Court of Federal Claims in Washington, D.C., according to the Wake Forest Law Faculty Clerkship Committee. The OSM handles cases brought under the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act of 1986.
Dahl externed at the OSM during the summer of 2014 when she participated in Professor Abigail Perdue‘s Washington, D.C., Summer Judicial Externship Program. She also earned a CALI award in Professor Perdue’s Legal Analysis, Writing and Research (LAWR) course.
“I have always enjoyed researching and writing and knew that I wanted to further develop these skills in a clerkship after graduation,” Dahl says. “The Wake in Washington Program provided a lot of great practical experience that prepared me for this clerkship.”
Dahl is the Executive Editor of the Wake Forest Journal of Law and Policy.
The Washington, D.C., Summer Judicial Externship Program is an exciting opportunity that places rising second-year and third-year law students into unpaid externships at some of the most vibrant and influential courts in Washington, D.C. As part of the program, students spend approximately 35 hours per week for eight weeks during the summer externing at a participating court. Students also attend a weekly class session that is tailored to judicial clerking. Among other things, the course explores professionalism, courtroom decorum, confidentiality, judicial ethics, docket management, bench memo writing, oral argument preparation and judicial opinion drafting.
“Elizabeth performed extremely well during the externship program, and we are so thrilled for her,” Professor Perdue says.