July 2022 | Year in Review
Our third year was filled by hope for a return to normalcy while marked by the need for flexibility as the COVID-19 pandemic ebbed and flowed.
Central to the mission of our Center is developing a space to foster community and build engagement – between our alumni, students and the judiciary and among our cohort of alumni clerks – while enhancing support for our students and alumni pursuing clerkships.
We are grateful to our alumni community for their incredible support, including the FLAA Alumni Board, our Judicial Council, Faculty Clerkship Committee, Alumni Clerk Council, Peer Clerkship Council and all of the members of the judiciary and clerks who volunteered their time to participate in our initiatives and events.
Engaging the Judiciary: Our Events
We invite you to read on about the judges who engaged with our community virtually and in-person from our Jurists in Residence to our View from Chambers and First to the Bench.
We were also pleased to host a virtual film screening spotlighting the remarkable legacy of the late Judge Harry Pregerson (9th Cir.).
Judge Stephen A. Higginson (5th Cir.) Visits as Jurist in Residence
In March as the Omicron variant subsided, Judge Stephen A. Higginson of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit visited the law school as the CJEC's Spring 2022 Jurist in Residence, co-teaching classes and informally meeting with faculty and students.
Judge Higginson capped off his two-day visit with a lecture: Judicial Dilemmas After Ten Years on the Bench: "Curious Judge" Seeks Law Student Advice.
Judge Denny Chin ’78 (2d Cir.) Named Inaugural Lawrence W. Pierce Distinguished Jurist in Residence
In August, Judge Denny Chin ’78 of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit was named the inaugural Lawrence W. Pierce ’51 Distinguished Jurist in Residence.
The role honors Judge Pierce, who served on the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York from 1971 to 1981 and on the Second Circuit from 1981 to 1995.
Judge Diane Humetewa (D.Ariz.) Visits as the CJEC's 2022 “First to the Bench” Speaker
In February, Judge Diane J. Humetewa, U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona, virtually visited the law school as the CJEC's First to the Bench speaker. This annual fireside chat is the capstone event for the CJEC's first-generation initiative.
Judge Humetewa is the first Native American woman and enrolled tribal member to serve on the federal bench.
First Generation Community Building Event featuring Judge Denny Chin '78 (2d Cir.) and Alumni Clerks
In the brief window between the Delta and Omicron variants the CJEC hosted its first in-person event since the start of the pandemic.
The event, “Judges and Clerks’ Roles in the Courts: Perspectives from First-Generation Alumni”, was part of the Center’s first-generation initiative developed in partnership with the Fordham First Generation Students Group.
Special Event Honoring the Legacy of Judge Harry Pregerson
On October 29, the CJEC and Reed Lecture Series co-hosted a virtual event on the life and legacy of Judge Harry Pregerson. The two-part event opened with a screening of the documentary film titled “9th Circuit Cowboy: The Long, Good Fight of Judge Harry Pregerson” followed by a discussion with two-time Academy Award-winning filmmaker Terry Sanders and Judge Dean Pregerson, U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, and son of the late Judge Harry Pregerson.
View from Chambers Series Welcomes a Diverse Slate of Judges
This series is part of CJEC’s judicial engagement through education initiative. It shines a spotlight on a diverse slate of judges from a range of courts on the federal and state levels and provides invaluable opportunities for Fordham Law students to learn about the inner workings of particular courts and the role of judges.
This year’s judicial visitors included: Judge Patrick DeAlmeida ’89 of the New Jersey Superior Court, Appellate Division; Judge Wynne Kelly ’05 of the U.S. Immigration Court (Executive Office for Immigration Review within the Department of Justice); Judge Andrea Masley ’91 of the New York State Supreme Court, Commercial Division; Magistrate Judge Christopher Ray ’94 of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Georgia; and Judge Karen Williams of the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey.
Integral to our mission is bolstering the clerkship culture at the law school.
We encourage our students and alumni to consider clerking. We provide unparalleled support. We foster an inclusive and vibrant clerk alumni community.
CJEC Peer Clerkship Council Expands Programming and Initiatives to Strengthen Clerkships-Oriented Culture
Launched last year the CJEC welcomed a new cohort of 3Ls as part of its peer leadership initiative - the Peer Clerkship Council.
The Peer Clerkship Council initiative was launched in recognition of the importance of peer engagement to fostering a clerkships-oriented culture at the law school. In year two it has become a mainstay for the CJEC infusing the Center with a dynamic set of student-led initiatives. It has also been a wonderful opportunity to watch our students grow professionally and give back as mentors.
Clerkship Outcomes Snapshot
In the coming year we are pleased to have more than 95 of our alumni clerking on federal and state courts across the country. Our most recent graduating class, J.D. 2022, thus far has secured 35 clerkships for upon graduation and future terms; among them are 9 appellate clerkships on the 2d, 3d and 10th circuits and one on the Alaska Supreme Court.
Our clerks will assist in the work of chambers on the 2d Cir., 3d Cir., 5th Cir., 10th Cir., D.Conn., S.D.Fla., S.D.Ga., D.N.J., E.D.N.Y., S.D.N.Y., D.Mass., N.D.Okla., D.S.C., W.D.Tenn., S.D.Tex., W.D.Va. and state courts in Alaska, Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey and New York.
We would especially like to acknowledge our colleagues on the Faculty Clerkship Committee - Associate Dean Clare Huntington, Associate Dean Joseph Landau, and Professor Aaron Saiger - for their incredible support of our clerkship candidates. In the coming year we welcome Clinical Professor Paul Radvany to our Committee.
Faculty Director - Professor Daniel J. Capra
Faculty Director Transition
We have been incredibly fortunate to have Dan at our helm during the Center's formative years. His tireless work on our judicial engagement and clerkship platforms has helped us become a centerpiece at the Law School.
As he transitions from the faculty leadership role of our Center, we thank him for his tremendous service to the Center, the School, and the countless students and alumni who have engaged with us.
Current and Upcoming Scholarship
“THE” Rule: Modernizing the Potent, But Overlooked, Rule of Witness Sequestration, 63 Wm. & Mary L. Rev. 1 (2021) (with Liesa L. Richter)
Circuit Splits on Evidence, and What To Do About Them, --U.C. Davis law review (forthcoming 2022)
To see a full listing of Professor Capra's scholarship, click here.
Welcoming Our New Faculty Director
In the coming academic year we welcome James J. Brudney, Joseph Crowley Chair in Labor and Employment as our new Faculty Director.
Professor Brudney clerked for a federal district court judge and also a Supreme Court justice. His teaching and scholarship are in the areas of Legislation and Regulation; Labor and Employment Law; and International Labor/Human Rights.
Thank you again for helping make our third year a success!
Stay safe. Stay well. Enjoy your summer!
Daniel J. Capra, Reed Professor of Law and CJEC Faculty Director
Suzanne M. Endrizzi ’96, Assistant Dean, CJEC
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