Judicial Clerkships

Clerking for a judge after graduation from law school is one of the most sought-after experiences for a new lawyer. Students with an interest in litigation find a clerkship invaluable for the insight it provides into what good, and bad, lawyering looks like to a judge.

W&L Law is a perennial top-25 law school in federal clerkship placement and also sends a signifcant percentage of students into state clerkships. The students featured below describe their clerkships, what they will be doing, and how their experiences at W&L prepared them for this unique challenge.

Aria Allan '16L

Aria Allan '12, '16L grew up in Montgomery, Alabama and attended Washington & Lee University for her undergraduate studies in Spanish and English Literature. At W&L Law, Aria served as the Executive Editor of the German Law Journal and as Vice Chair of the Moot Court Executive Board and is a member of Omicron Delta Kappa.

Brooke Weedon '16L

Brooke Weedon '16L, from Richmond, Virginia, is a 2013 graduate of the University of Virginia. Brooke is an Executive Editor of the Washington and Lee Law Review and a member of Omicron Delta Kappa.

Paul Judge '16L

Paul Judge '16L went to the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia and commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant out of ROTC. He is now a 1st Lieutenant in the United States Army.

Stephen Halpin '15L

Stephen Halpin '15L, from Rockville, MD, is a graduate of the University of Virginia. For the past year Steve has served as a judicial extern and Editor in Chief of the Washington and Lee Law Review. After graduation, he will clerk for the Honorable Robert B. King on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.

Risa Katz '15L

Risa Katz grew up in Denver, Colorado. She attended Colorado College for her undergraduate degree, where she majored in anthropology and minored in art history.

Garrett Rice '15L

Garrett Rice is a 2012 graduate of Lafayette College and is originally from Mercersburg, PA. He is involved in the law school as a Law Review editor and as a member of Omicron Delta Kappa. He spent his 1L and 2L summers working for Steptoe & Johnson PLLC and Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, respectively.

Hernandez Stroud '15L

An alumnus of the University of Alabama at Birmingham, the University Pennsylvania, and Teach for America, Hernandez Stroud is currently an extern for the Honorable Robert S. Ballou of the Western District of Virginia. After graduation, Stroud will clerk for U.S. District Judge Madeline H. Haikala of the Northern District of Alabama.

Krystal Swendsboe '15L

Krystal Swendsboe grew up in the Black Hills of South Dakota and is a 2010 graduate of Patrick Henry College. Krystal served as one of the first Managing Online Editors to the Washington and Lee Law Review, a Davis Appellate Advocacy Competition Administrator, and is a member of Omicron Delta Kappa.