Professor Abigail Perdue participates in webinar focusing on judicial clerkships

Photo of Wake Forest Law Professor Abigail Perdue posing outside the Worrell Professional Center

Professor Abigail Perdue

Professor Abigail Perdue is participating in a webinar, “Judicial Clerkships: Why you may want to consider applying for one,” sponsored by the Federal Circuit Bar Association’s Membership Committee on Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017.

Professor Perdue joins a panel of former clerks to discuss the benefits of clerking for federal district courts and courts of appeals, including gaining insight into the judicial process, improving legal skills, learning new areas of law, forming mentoring relationships with judges and building a network of former clerks. The panelists will also discuss their experiences in applying and interviewing for clerkships, including offering suggestions on ways to stand out in a competitive field.

Other panelists include Seth Heller, an attorney at Axiin, Veltrop & Harkrider and former clerk at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, U.S. Court of Federal Claims, and the Supreme Court of Israel; Farheena Rasheed, Associate Solicitor at USPTO and former clerk at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland; and Beth Laughton, an attorney at Munger Tolles & Olson, former clerk at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

The panel moderator will be Emily Johnson, Senior Counsel at Amgen, former clerk at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

“I was asked to participate because of my clerkship experience, the D.C. Summer Judicial Externship Program that I founded and my new book, ‘The All-Inclusive Guide to Judicial Clerking,’ which is forthcoming this spring from West Academic Publishing,” Professor Perdue explained.

Professor Perdue’s book is a comprehensive new resource that is ideal for current and prospective law clerks as well as law professors who teach judicial drafting courses or direct judicial externship programs. Based on Professor Perdue’s experience in clerking and teaching, the Guide enables students to put their knowledge into practice via accessible reading assignments, effective exercises and simulations, and a series of short legal writing assignments. A one-stop shop for current and prospective judicial clerks, the Guide explores the purpose and function of a judicial clerk, the nature and structure of the judiciary, how to apply for and obtain a clerkship, and more importantly, how to perform well during and after the clerkship.

Among other things, it explains how to draft opinions, bench memos, professional emails, and orders as well as how to prepare for oral argument, hearings, and trials. It also discusses judicial ethics, professionalism, confidentiality, social media, courtroom decorum, judicial drafting, docket management, and other issues that judicial clerks commonly encounter. The Guide breaks down complex assignments, such as bench memo drafting, into a series of simple, concrete steps and provides checklists, graphical illustrations, annotated judicial opinions, and sample emails, cover letters, resumes, bench memos, etc. The Guide even shares practical, real-world advice gleaned from judicial law clerks who have served at courts across America.

Prior to joining the faculty, Professor Perdue worked as an attorney at Proskauer Rose and clerked at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and the U.S. Court of Federal Claims.