Judicial Clerkship: Meet Hanna Monson (JD ’19)

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Photo of Hanna Monson (JD '19) interviewing Judge Jimmie Reyna as part of the 2019 "Conversation With" series event.

Hanna Monson (JD ’19) will develop her research and writing skills as a judicial law clerk for the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin.

Where is your clerkship located?

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin in the 7th Circuit

In which state is your clerkship located?

Wisconsin

What does this opportunity mean to you?

I am incredibly excited to be pursuing a clerkship after graduation from Wake Forest. After participating in the D.C. Summer Judicial Externship with Professor Perdue after my 1L year, I knew that clerking was something I wanted to do after graduation. I am excited to have a hands-on experience working behind the scenes of the federal judiciary and learning from my judge.

Who have been some of your greatest mentors throughout law school?

My professors at Wake Forest were incredibly supportive of my desire to clerk and really helped me navigate the process. I felt confident going into interviews, because I knew that my professors had prepared me well. I am very thankful for all of my professors who instilled in me a desire to keep improving my writing and research skills post-law school, and I know clerking is going to be a fun and exciting way to pursue that goal.

How will your clerkship experience help you meet your career goals?

Strengthening my legal writing and research skills through clerking will inevitably make me a better lawyer in the future. I will also have many opportunities to observe court proceedings and read briefs or motions, so I will learn more about what effective advocacy looks like and does not look like.