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Judicial Clerkship Program for PLSI Alumni/ae

The American Indian Law Center, Inc., is proud to announce its participation in the American Bar Association's Judicial Clerkship Program (JCP) sponsored by the ABA Council for Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Educational Pipeline and the ABA Judicial Division. We sought admission into this program because currently there is only one Native American serving as a federal judge and fewer than two dozen Native state judges. Since clerking for a judge after law school is one of the best paths to a judicial appointment, we elected this avenue to help increase that number.

The ABA established the JCP to encourage a more diverse group of attorneys to apply for these clerkship positions, on the heels of their study that found there were relatively few minority clerks. The program is a joint effort of the ABA Council for Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Educational Pipeline and the ABA Judicial Division.

We have had the opportunity to meet a number of the judges and students from the past two JCP programs, and we believe that PLSI students need that same opportunity and impetus. If you would like more information on the JCP, attached is a link to the website describing the program: American Bar Association - Projects and Initiatives.

All PLSI alumni/ae who are first or second year law students are eligible to apply, and notifications of the requirements and deadlines are sent directly to those students by e-mail. If you are a PLSI alum and interested in participating, please be sure the PLSI staff has your current e-mail address!

As you might guess, this is an expensive proposition. To participate, we must pay the $3,000 fee that law schools must pay, as well as cover the airfare and lodging (the estimated average is $800-$1000 each) for the four to six students we can send for that fee. That means that we are going to need approximately $9,000 per year to be able to participate in the program.

If you would like to contribute to supporting this important effort to increase the number of Native judicial clerks, and ultimately the number of Native American federal and state judges, please go to our "Donate" page and check out the options available to support us. The American Indian Law Center, Inc., is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, so your contributions will be tax deductible, and we will be very grateful!



The American Indian Law Center, Inc. is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.