On August 15, 2012, U.S. District Court Chief Judge Royce Lamberth, D.C. Superior Court Judge Melvin Wright, and D.C. Court of Appeals Judge Phyllis Thompson spoke at UDC-DCSL's Judge's Panel as part of the 2012 Student Orientation for the Class of 2015 and Class of 2016 Evening Division. Moderator and UDC-DCSL Dean Katherine S. Broderick asked the judges to talk about their early motivation for pursuing a legal career, interesting cases, and advice on what they look for in interns and law clerks.
Judge Phyllis Thompson joined the D.C. Court of Appeals in 2006. She said everyone who works for her must pay careful attention to detail, have a demonstrated ability to write, be serious and be able to take criticism since their written work will always be edited. Judge Melvin Wright told the incoming class to work at a place you like, do internships, and be involved in the community. Chief Judge Royce Lamberth told the incoming class that he looks for students who have written for their school's law review or have held leadership positions throughout law school.
UDC-DCSL would like to thank U.S. District Court Chief Judge Royce Lamberth, D.C. Superior Court Judge Melvin Wright, and D.C. Court of Appeals Judge Phyllis Thompson.