Sunday, February 1, 2009

Massachusetts

Post an anonymous comment with information regarding clerkship interviews, hirings, vacancies, and the like, regarding Massachuusetts state court judges.

93 comments:

  1. Does anyone know if the Massachusetts Superior Court is planning on hiring clerks for the 2010-11 year?

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  2. From what I understand, the Superior Court is in a hiring freeze, which means that they are not currently authorized to hire new clerks for next year. However, many of the clerks from last year (I believe the number is 40) have stayed on for an additional year. I do know that they rescinded many (if not all) of the offers they had made last year.

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  3. Does anyone know what schools Chief Justice Marshall usually hires from?

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  4. Does anyone know if any of the Justices have started to schedule interviews?

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  5. In further response to the first question:

    "The judiciary had 105 full-time clerks in June; now as a result of budget cuts, it will have about 75 full-time clerks and about a dozen part-time ones (most of them volunteers). . . . Almost all of the full-time clerks . . . have been retained for a second or third year." - Boston Globe, 9/1/09

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  6. Confirming: The Superior Court is not hiring clerks now, or for the foreseeable future. It does have a "volunteer intern" program if you're desperate to avoid a gap on your resume. The volunteer intern thing doesn't include deferred biglaw associates.

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  7. Any word from the SJC?

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  8. I haven't heard anything from SJC. If interviews could begin on Sept. 1, is this a bad sign?

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  9. Chief Justice Marshall is interviewing next week.

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  10. 8:44- I think that the Justices call and interview in order of seniority. So in view of 3:58, if you were hoping to clerk for C.J. Marshall, it's not looking good.

    But, I think (hope) that the less senior Justices will call later in the game. If anyone has inside information, I'd appreciate confirmation on this.

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  11. Has anyone heard from the Appeals Court? Anything further from the SJC?

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  12. Chief Justice Marshall of the SJC is interviewing at least several people on Tuesday (9/15).

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  13. What does "at least several people" mean?

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  14. Does J. Spina's clerk have to be in Western Ma?

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  15. How is C.J. Marshall still interviewing people on Tuesday of next week when Ireland is already done? I thought the Justices hired in order of seniority?

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  16. Appeals Court is contacting people to conduct preliminary interviews

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  17. Yup. I rec'd the email from Frank Mockler for a preliminary interview.

    What is the source on Ireland being done?

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  18. When did you receive the e-mail from frank mockler?

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  19. Those of you who received the email from Mockler, when was your application complete?

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  20. And did you also apply to SJC?

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  21. Cowin is interviewing on Monday

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  22. Received email from Frank Mockler on Tuesday

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  23. On the SJC, Justices can *interview* at any time they want, but they can only give offers in order of seniority.

    And Marshall is also interviewing Monday the 14th.

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  24. What about J. Cordy, J. Botsford, and J. Gants?

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  25. Cordy is interviewing Tuesday the 15th.

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  26. Looks like Cowin hired - canceled interview for Monday

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  27. Any more word on the SJC?

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  28. Received the Mockler email today. Does anyone know what percentage of applicants receive the initial interview, and what percentage of people with initial interviews tend to get secondary interviews?

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  29. Got the same e-mail yesterday. Interested in the same questions as 9:48.

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  30. You're going down, 8:21!

    j/k good luck

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  31. What about the SJC?

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  32. I already interviewed with Mockler. He said that their applicant pool has been steadily improving in recent years and that this was the strongest pool to date. I think that it is probably impossible to answer questions about percentages for this year because they are still accepting applications.

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  33. That's bad news for most of us :-(

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  34. Again, any news on SJC Justices Botsford & Gants??

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  35. How many rounds of letters go out from Frank Mockler in regards to conducting preliminary interviews? I know so far, there have been two rounds. Anyone have info about the process?

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  36. Gants interviewed on Friday.

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  37. I think that's correct--I expect a more talented crop of Appeals Court clerks next term. This will probably be the most competitive year ever for clerkships at the Appeals Court. Count on applicants who missed out with federal clerkships to consider this one, which I think is different than the past.

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  38. Botsford and Gants interviewed on Friday.

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  39. When Frank Mockler described the process, he did not talk about a certain number of "rounds" of interviews. It seemed like a more fluid process where he looked through the application materials and invited people to come in and he read through them.

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  40. Any news about hiring at the MA trial courts?

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  41. What schools did Gants/Botsford interview from?

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  42. Any more news/e-mails from Frank Mockler?

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  43. Mockler is interviewing more people this week.

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  44. When did those e-mails go out?

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  45. Any word from the appeals court?

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  46. Mockler said in his interview with me that he plans on reading all of the apps that come in, even the ones that come in on the last day of September. He wants the best clerks possible and isn't ruling out the possibility that the most qualified people submitted on the last day.

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  47. Anyone else get an interview request this week from Mockler?

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  48. 7:19, do you mean a request for an interview with Mockler, or a second-round interview. Any second round interviews with justices yet?

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  49. received 1st round interview request this week

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  50. SJC judges are definitely done hiring. I just got my rejection letter saying that all of the judges have hired.

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  51. Any indication yet when second round interviews will start or be offered?

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  52. I got the impression that the second round might not commence for awhile. Mr. Mockler said that he was still conducting preliminary interviews.

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  53. Mockler did say, however, that he anticipated the entire process being over by mid-November.

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  54. What's the good word? Second round for Appeals Court start up already? Thought it started up around now this time last year, if I remember right.

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  55. I do know that more first round interviews take place this week.

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  56. Is this week the last for preliminary interviews?

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  57. I think this is the last week of preliminary interviews. Who knows how long the second-round will take.

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  58. I just received an email from Frank Mockler today saying that he is in the process of wraping up his first round of interviews and hopes to give the judges a list of finalists in a week or so.

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  59. October 15, 2009 6:57 PM: Did he send this e-mail out to everyone in "the second round" or was this just to you?

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  60. Guess I didn't make the cut then. Didn't get such an email.

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  61. No e-mail here, either.

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  62. Has anyone else received the e-mail that "October 15, 2009 6:57 PM" got?

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  63. That doesn't seem like a sort of e-mail that would go out to a group of candidates... more like a response to an individual's question.

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  64. Agreed; I didn't receive the email either and I'm fairly certain I will make it to the second round.

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  65. I posted the October 15, 2009 6:57 PM message. Sorry for the confusion. This was just something that Frank Mockler wrote to me in an email about a separate matter - not an email telling me that I made it to the second round. Was just trying to respond to questions about timeline.

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  66. Is it safe to say the first round is over by now?

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  67. I interviewed yesterday with Frank. I was pretty much among the final candidates. These are complete screening interviews, everyone. If you met with Frank, it is likely that you will be passed along to the Justices. From there, it is hand-selection for interviews. Good luck.

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  68. Any calls for 2nd round interviews?

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  69. What is happening at the appeals court? I had my preliminary interview more than a month ago. Does anyone know when we will hear anything?

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  70. Any news from the Appeals Court?

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  71. Emails went out for some interviews starting next week. Some judges have already hired.

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  72. How many judges have extended interviews? How far into the seniority list?

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  73. Any information about the Appeals Court at all?

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  74. I think that Lenk and Rapoza have hired and interviewing is now being done by those appointed in 2000 and 2001.

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  75. Did anyone get an email telling them that they were "in" the second round?

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  76. Is this blog dead?

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  77. No, I don't think people received an e-mail to let them know that they were in the second round. I think the more senior judges have at least chosen who they want to interview, but the more junior judges have not.

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  78. Judges have begun hiring as of last week.

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  79. Can we get a hint about how far down the seniority list they are?

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  80. Another week down with no news. Where do we stand at this point?

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  81. Here's what I know. Some judges appointed in 2001 have hired. I would also imagine that some clerks are staying put, but who knows.

    From what I have heard, this applicant pool is extremely talented. No doubt just an extension of the legal job market as a whole in this economy.

    Good luck to everyone.

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  82. I understand that 10 clerks are staying on from this year.

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  83. Anyone know when offer letters are going out? I understand the CJ has to send them.

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  84. I think I remember being told that offer letters would be sent in December.

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  85. are they all done hiring at this point then?

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  86. I hope so! Did it work out for anyone on here?

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  87. Any judges still interviewing?

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  88. I interview with Mockler on Friday, but I know other people are interviewing as late as Friday, October 15th. All still part of the first round.

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  89. Does anyone know if the judges have started interviewing?

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  90. Any word from the Appeals Court?

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