Law school graduate appointed to U.S. Supreme Court clerkship

by Rachael Protzman

Leon F. DeJulius Jr., a 2002 graduate of the Notre Dame Law School from Davenport, Iowa, has been appointed to a U.S. Supreme Court clerkship for the 2003-04 term. He is the sixth Notre Dame graduate in recent years to be selected for what is considered the most prestigious position a recent law school graduate can attain.p. DeJulius is serving as a law clerk for Judge Diarmuid F. O’Scannlain of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit until late 2003, when he will begin his clerkship for Supreme Court Chief Justice William Rehnquist.p. A 1997 graduate of Saint Louis University with a degree in finance, DeJulius received the Law School’s Dean Joseph A. O’Meara Award for his academic achievement. He also served as editor-in-chief for the Notre Dame Law Review, and as executive editor of the National Symposium Editorial Board for the Harvard Journal of Law&Public Policy.p. Richard Garnett and Nicole Stelle Garnett, assistant professors of law, coordinate the clerkship program for Notre Dame Law School graduates. Both are former Supreme Court clerks themselves, for Rehnquist in 1997-98 and for Justice Clarence Thomas in 1998-99, respectively.p. Four other Notre Dame Law School faculty members also have served as Supreme Court clerks: Professor Walter Pratt, for retired Chief Justice Warren Burger; Associate Professor William Kelley, for Burger and Justice Antonin Scalia; and Assistant Professors A.J. Bellia and Tricia Bellia, for Scalia and Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, respectively.p. Each of the nine Supreme Court justices appoints four clerks every term, except Rehnquist and Justice John Paul Stevens, who choose to hire just three.p. p.

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