UDC-DCSL's 2011 Judge's Panel
Friday, August 19, 2011
Posted by: Max Rodriguez
Chief Judge Eric T. Washington, Judge Ellen Segal Huvelle, and Chief Judge Lee F. Satterfield spoke at the UDC-DCSL’s Judge’s Panel on August 17, 2011 as part of the UDC-DCSL 2011 Student Orientation for the Class of 2014. 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.
Dean Broderick first asked the panel to talk about their motivation for pursuing a legal career. Chief Judge Eric T. Washington opened the panel by saying he had been fortunate in his legal career by being at the right place at the right time and seizing every opportunity presented to him. Early on in his legal career Chief Judge Washington had a chance to work on a case involving the introduction of mobile phones. Years later in 1999, President Bill Clinton appointed Washington to the D.C. Court of Appeals, the highest court for the District of Columbia. Judge Ellen Segal Huvelle said she first received a Master’s in City Planning and then completed her J.D. Now as a federal judge on the United States District Court for the District of Columbia she presides over cases involving federal criminal law including sentencing 15 people in association with the Jack Abramoff scandal. Chief Judge Lee F. Satterfield said he had initially followed in his father’s footsteps by becoming a prosecutor. Later on he started to focus more on fairness under the law. He told the audience, "As judges we try to make the playing field level. You can be the best lawyer in your practice fair.” Now he is Chief Judge on the District of Columbia Superior Court, presiding over family cases involving neglect and reunification.
Chief Judge Eric T. Washington, D.C. Court
Judge Ellen Segal Huvelle, United States
District Court for the District of Columbia
Dean Broderick then asked the panel what they looked for in internship and clerkship applications. Chief Judge Washington responded first by saying, "D.C. is a very attractive market for clerkships.” He said he looked for interns who completed their first year of law school and are looking to do a lot of writing and research over the summer. He looks for students who have shown inquisitiveness, are able to to work cooperatively, and have strong writing samples from their law school journal. Judge Huvelle said she has 1 career law clerk and 2 rotating law clerks. She looks for applicants who are several years out of law school and are able to write and research very quickly. Both Judge Huvelle and Judge Satterfield encouraged the audience to do as many internships as possible since judges will hire applicants who have interned with other judges.
Chief Judge Lee F. Satterfield, D.C. Superior Court
UDC-DCSL would like to thank Chief Judge Eric T. Washington, Judge Ellen Segal Huvelle, and Chief Judge Lee F. Satterfield for speaking to the Class of 2014.