Northwestern Law Alum Selected for Scalia Clerkship

December 13, 2012

Northwestern Law alumnus Kevin King JD ’10 will serve as a law clerk for Associate Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia for the 2013 term.

Currently an associate at Covington & Burling LLP in Washington, DC, King previously clerked for Judge A. Raymond Randolph of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. Prior to that, he had a one-year clerkship with Judge Paul Niemeyer of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. 

While a student at Northwestern Law, King was involved in the Student Funded Public Interest Fellowship Program, served on the board of the Northwestern University Law Review, and was on the board of the Student Admissions Committee.  He cites Professor James Speta’s Administrative Law class and Professor Steven Calabresi’s Constitutional Law class as two of the courses that proved to be most helpful in successfully navigating his post-graduate positions. He also cites Professor Marshall Shapo and Dean Rodriguez as an important help in navigating the application process.

King states that securing this clerkship would not have been possible without tremendous support from Northwestern Law community. “I owe a tremendous debt of gratitude to Northwestern Law alumni, faculty, and staff, ” said King. “I never would have expected to go into law school and end up with an opportunity like this. I feel very fortunate and honored to be able to clerk for Justice Scalia.”

King’s clerkship marks three consecutive Northwestern Law classes in which a graduate has successfully landed a Supreme Court clerkship. In 2011-12, a total of 45 Northwestern Law students and alumni secured judicial clerkships. This total includes 40 in federal courts (38 with Article III judges and two with Article I judges), one in an international supreme court (South Korea), and five in state courts.