It's not exactly core business law, but if you want to be an appellate judge, you aren't going to find the District of Columbia a very amenable place to do it. The D.C. Circuit, fine, one would assume that that would be a tough ask. But might it be harder to get on the City's Court of Appeals? Here's some evidence. Todd Kim's name has been sent to the president; he's DC's solicitor general, and a tremendous lawyer (and my former co-clerk, but that's not here nor there). One of the other candidates is a partner in Wilmer's appellate practice, clerked for Byron White, and has argued a bunch of cases in the Supreme Court. The other is a veteran judge with a Fifth Circuit clerkship to his name. How many finalists for other state supreme courts uniformly have federal appellate clerkships?
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