Laura Bladow

Ms. JD Chats: So you think you want a clerkship?

Join Ms. JD and our panel of current and former judicial clerks on Monday, October 10th at 5:00 PM ET for a conversation about their experiences behind the bench. They will talk you through the hiring process, the benefits and potential pitfalls of clerking, the way to excel as a clerk for your judge, and so much more. In essence, the good, the bad, and the never ugly of being a clerk! 

Our panelists will include lawyers who have clerked for: 

  • The Supreme Court
  • The DC Circuit
  • Two different Federal District Courts 
  • A Federal Bankruptcy Court
  • The Delaware Chancery Court

If there's anything you've ever wanted to know about being a clerk, this is the panel to ask!  

We will livestream the panel on Ms. JD's YouTube channel.

Learn more about our panelists!

Josh Johnson

Senior Associate, Vinson & Elkins LLP

Josh Johnson is an appellate litigator at Vinson & Elkins LLP. Before joining Vinson & Elkins, Josh clerked at all three levels of the federal court system. He clerked for Judge Nancy Gertner (District of Massachusetts, 2009–2010), Judge David S. Tatel (D.C. Circuit, 2010–2011), and Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg (U.S. Supreme Court, 2012–2013). He also served in the Appellate Section of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Criminal Division.

Kristin Liska 

Law Clerk, Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit

Kristin graduated from Stanford Law School in June of 2016. Prior to law school, she spent a year teaching English at the Chinese University of Hong Kong as the Wellesley-Yenching Fellow. She is currently clerking on the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, and next year she will be clerking on the District Court for the District of Columbia.

Marlow Svatek

Law Clerk, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California

Marlow is a law clerk at the Northern District of California in San Francisco. She recently graduated from the University of Chicago School of Law with honors, where she was vice-president of the Law Students Association, a student attorney for the Federal Criminal Justice Clinic, and a staffer on Law Review. Before coming to law school, Marlow served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Burkina Faso, West Africa, where she taught reproductive health and promoted girls' access to education in her rural community. As a Ms. JD writer-in-residence, Marlow writes a monthly column called "New Clerk on the Block," in which she helps readers navigate the clerkship application process and provides insight into the clerkship experience. Next year, Marlow will be returning to Chicago to clerk on the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals. 

Raychelle Tasher

Law Clerk, U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Missouri

Raychelle A. Tasher is currently employed as the sole law clerk to Chief Bankruptcy Judge Kathy A. Surratt-States, U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Missouri. Prior to her federal clerkship, Raychelle practiced bankruptcy law-creditor's rights throughout the state of Florida.  Raychelle is a magna cum laude graduate of Florida A&M University and holds a Juris Doctorate from FAMU College of Law. Since graduating from law school in 2013, Raychelle has remained steadfast in her commitment to advocating for women in the law. In January 2016, Raychelle became the first African-American President of Ms. JD, a national non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of women in the legal profession.  As President, Raychelle frequently speaks and writes about intersectionality, diversity, and leadership in the legal profession. Raychelle has been featured in Black Enterprise Magazine Online, The American Lawyer, Best Lawyers Magazine, The St. Louis Lawyer, and The ABA YLD Affiliate Newsletter.  Raychelle is also a leader in national and local bar associations. Raychelle serves on the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis Pro Bono Task Force where she is working to create a Bankruptcy Pro Se Assistance Program to provide free legal advice to pro se debtors and creditors. Raychelle also started the St. Louis chapter of the Credit Abuse and Resistance Education (C.A.R.E.) program which sends volunteer bankruptcy lawyers to local high schools and colleges to speak about financial literacy to young adults. Raychelle is active within the ABA Young Lawyers Division and has served as both an ABA YLD Emerging Leader and Scholar.  Recently, Raychelle was appointed Chair of the ABA YLD Bankruptcy Law Committee and named a 2016-2018 ABA Business Law Section Fellow. Because of her contributions to the legal profession on a national level, FAMU College of Law honored Raychelle with a Distinguished Alumni Award for Professional Excellence in Government. Most notably, the National Bar Association, the nation’s oldest African American Bar Association, selected Raychelle as a 2016 top 40 lawyer under 40 during their national convention in St. Louis. Raychelle attributes much of her success to her faith and her family. Raychelle is a first generation American and first generation college graduate.


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