December 19, 2013
Is The DC Court of Appeals The Second Most Credentialed Court In The Country?
Posted by David Zaring

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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