Two of the fifteen students enrolled in the Judicial Process in Community Courts Clinic, Lauren Moxley (2L) and Andrew Spore (2L), have had the unique experience of interning in federal district court. Through their clinical placements, Lauren and Andrew have had the opportunity to observe judicial proceedings, perform legal research, write bench memos, proof read orders and opinions, and even draft legal opinions. The experience has proven enriching to Lauren and Andrew, who both have an interest in the federal judiciary system.
Lauren Moxley is interning with Hon. William G. Young in United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts. “I’ve had an incredible experience thus far,” Lauren said. “I’ve spent the bulk of my time researching and writing on issues relating to a claim for Social Security disability benefits. Though Social Security cases can sometimes be considered some of the more dry issues litigated in federal court, as a first assignment it has been a fascinating and meaningful opportunity to grapple with the legal and factual issues at play.” Lauren added that the experience has also prepared her for post-graduation plans: “I’m clerking on a federal court when I graduate, so it has been a particularly valuable learning experience—and, frankly, a delight—to observe and work alongside Judge Young and his fabulous clerks.”
Andrew Spore is interning in the same court with Hon. Denise J. Casper. “It has been enlightening,” he said. “In addition to observing court proceedings, I have researched and drafted orders related to various Rule 12 defenses, some with very interesting facts. Closely observing the decision-maker at work has been a great experience and has helped me better understand the role of the trial advocate. As a law student, it is easy to sometimes feel an indeterminacy in the law as we are encouraged to argue every issue from both sides. It has been a nice change to be in the position of coming down definitely on one side. I’d certainly recommend it to anyone interested in litigating.”
Hon. Judge John Cratsley (Rte.) who directs the Judicial Process in Community Courts Clinic, said that he appreciated the opportunities provided by Judges Young and Casper as their judicial placements expand the perspectives offered in the classroom discussion.