Columbus, OH – Summer 2019 Externship Program – Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor

AkronLawJobs No. 9889 Overview: Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor of the Supreme court of Ohio is accepting applications for judicial externs for the 2019 summer term. All students, including students of color, LGBT students, women, first-generation college graduates, and “non-traditional” law students, are welcome in chambers.

Dates: The externship commences with a mandatory orientation program on Friday, May 17, 2019, and will run through Friday, July 19, 2019. Students accepted into the program may seek academic credit but are not required to do so.

Duties: The primary focus of your work will be e the review and analysis of parties’ arguments for a discretionary review of intermediate appellate court decisions. Judicial externs will prepare memoranda that summarize the relevant facts, claims, and the law of particular cases and make recommendations as to the disposition of those discretionary appeals, including a suggestion on whether the Ohio Supreme court should accept the appeal. (The process is similar to the analysis undertaken on petitions for certiorari to the United States Supreme Court.)  Research projects may also be assigned to the extern. The student may also work on merit opinions.

Qualifications: 1L, 2L. Excellent research, analytical, writing, and interpersonal skills. Due to the sensitive and confidential nature of the work involved, the successful applicant must also be mature, responsible, reliable, and discrete. A background check is required for this position.

Time Commitment: Externs must be available for at least 16 hours weekly and attend oral arguments held by the court over the summer session. Those dates include May 21 and June 11 and 12.  Externs will also be expected to attend bi-weekly meetings with attorneys and judges who participate in the networking and mentoring components of the externship program, as well as weekly supervision sessions.

How to Apply:  Please submit a resume, law school transcript, and a brief cover letter setting forth your interest in the position. Letters of recommendation are accepted but not required. Please address your applications to: Theresa M. Dean, Judicial attorney to Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor, Supreme Court of Ohio, 65 South Front Street, Columbus, OH 43215, Applications may be sent in electronic form.

DEADLINE: Due to the competitive selection process, early applications are encouraged.