October 28, 2020

Those preparing to work with or write for judges have the important yet challenging task of judicial opinion writing. The Columbus School of Law at The Catholic University of America will help guide those in the field during its first annual Judicial Clerkship Opinion Writing Conference, to be held virtually on Feb. 26-27, 2021. 

The two-day conference will consist of virtual presentations and breakout sessions for accepted attendees. Attendees will receive opinion writing instruction, guidance through writing an appellate court opinion, and individual reviews and commentary on their work from some of our country's most distinguished members of the judiciary and Catholic Law faculty, all judges or former judicial clerks. 

The conference is open to individuals who have accepted a 2021-2022 federal clerkship or a 2021-2022 state appellate court clerkship. Applications must be received no later than Jan. 31, 2021. There is no fee to apply or attend the conference. 

At the end of the conference, each attendee will be eligible for the CSL Prize in Judicial Clerkship Opinion Writing

The law school's Director of Bench and Bar Programs, Professor A.G. Harmon, points out that "this ambitious program — which serves the bench, the bar, and law students alike — is being initiated in times when so many events and opportunities are being postponed or cancelled. The conference provides a welcome exception to the present circumstances."

For more information on the virtual conference and schedule of events, please visit the conference website.

MEDIA: To schedule an interview or attend the conference, contact the Office of Marketing and Communications at communications@cua.edu or 202-319-5600.