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Northwestern Alum Selected for Sotomayor Clerkship

August 26, 2010

Northwestern Law alumnae Abby Mollen JD '08 was recently selected to serve as a law clerk for newly appointed Associate Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor for the 2010 term.

Abby previously clerked for Judge David S. Tatel of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. While at Northwestern Law, Abby was a Wigmore Scholar and a Senior Articles Editor of the Law Review. Abby also completed a Senior Research project with Professor Marty Redish. The project resulted in a co-authored article titled, Understanding Post’s and Meiklejohn’s Mistakes: The Central Role of Adversary Democracy in the Theory of Free Expression, which appeared in the Northwestern Law Review in 2009.

Additionally, 50 Northwestern Law students and alumni secured judicial clerkships this past year.  This represents the Law School's highest number of clerkships ever and includes 41 in federal courts (38 with Article III judges and 3 with Article I judges), 2 in international supreme courts (Israel and South Africa), and 7 in state courts.

Northwestern Law strongly supports post-graduate clerkships. The experience gained by working with a federal or state judge is beneficial for any career path—whether in transactional work, litigation, business, or public service—and will broaden career opportunities for our students.  These results are a testament to the hard work by many throughout our community, including our Career Strategy Center staff, the faculty clerkship committee, and numerous faculty members who provided recommendations.

Congratulations to Abby on her achievement as well as all of our students, alumni, faculty, and staff who have played a part in attaining these wonderful accomplishments.

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