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Legislative Clerkships and Their Implications for Legal Education, Politics, and the Law


April 5, 2011 8:00am - 1:30pm

Room Offsite

A bipartisan bill to create a congressional law clerk program analogous to the judicial law clerk program was passed overwhelmingly by the U.S. House in 2008 and 2009, and will be reintroduced in the current Congress. Meanwhile, state and local legislatures are considering similar programs. Understanding of the importance of legislation, the legislative process, and legislative work is growing within the legal community.


Entitled "Legislative Clerkships and Their Implications for Legal Education, Politics, and the Law", this academic conference is co-hosted by Georgetown University Law Center and Stanford Law School and will include presentations by leading scholars, practitioners, and lawmakers. Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) will keynote the breakfast program, which starts at 8:30. Rep. Dan Lungren (R-CA), Chairman of the House Administration Committee, will keynote the luncheon program, which begins at 12:30. The full agenda is listed below.


  8:00 – Continental Breakfast
  8:30 – Welcome

William Treanor, Dean, Georgetown Law
Larry Kramer, Dean, Stanford Law

  9:00 – Breakfast Keynote
Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA)


  9:15 to 10:45 – Panel I: Implications for the Profession, Legislatures, and the Law
Dakota Rudesill, Visiting Associate Professor, Georgetown Law
Chai Feldblum, EEOC Commissioner (Professor, Georgetown Law, on leave)
Brad Snyder, Assistant Professor, Wisconsin Law
Katie Corrigan, Fellow, Georgetown Law

  11:00 to 12:30 – Panel II: Implications for Legal Education and Politics
Robin West, Associate Dean and Professor, Georgetown Law
Victoria Nourse, Professor, Wisconsin Law
William N. Eskridge, Professor, Yale Law
Marc Spindelman, Professor, Ohio State Law


  12:30 – Updates on Congressional Clerkship Legislation
Dakota Rudesill, Visiting Associate Professor, Georgetown Law
  1:00 – Luncheon Keynote
Rep. Dan Lungren (R-CA), Chairman, House Committee on Administration

If you wish to attend, please RSVP on the conference website, at If you have questions feel free to contact Bridget Pooley at or Georgetown Law Visiting Associate Professor Dakota Rudesill, at There is no charge for this conference.