Judicial Clerkship Application Workshop (San Francisco)

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FPOC’s Judicial Clerkship Application Workshop will assist law students and recent law school graduates who wish to apply for a state and/or federal judicial clerkships. This workshop will provide a comprehensive overview of the judicial clerkship application process and explain why it is critically important for people of color to aggressively pursue clerkships during the early stages of their legal careers.

Judicial clerkships are not positions reserved for the “privileged few” who have the luxury of attending a “top ten” law school. This workshop will dispel any notion that a law clerk applicant must be on law review, ranked in the top ten of his or her class, and en route to a big law firm.

A judicial clerkship will provide you with the invaluable experience of working with judges and fellow clerks in making recommendations on important legal issues. It will also have a tremendous positive impact on your career.

This event is exclusively for current law students and law school graduates.

When: Saturday, April 6, 2013 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Where: San Francisco Office of Munger, Tolles and Olson, LLP

Location Information:

Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP
560 Mission St.
27th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94105

Click Here to Download FPOC’s Guide to the Judicial Clerkship Application Process

Featured Speakers:

Norma Nava
Vice President & Board Member
For People of Color, Inc.

Norma Nava is the Vice President of For People of Color, Inc. She is the author of “A Guide to the Judicial Clerkship Application Process For People of Color.” Norma is an attorney with the law firm of Lim, Ruger & Kim, LLP and focuses her practice on commercial and business litigation matters. She previously completed a prestigious fellowship with the ACLU’s Drug Law Reform Project. Norma served as a law clerk for the Honorable Oliver W. Wanger, U.S. District Court in the Eastern District of California. She graduated from the University of California at Los Angeles School of Law where she was the Co-Chair of La Raza Law Students Association, Managing Editor of the Chicano/Latino Law Review, and served as the Chair of the inaugural board of the National Latina/o Law Students Association.

Norma is the proud daughter of Mexican immigrants and was born and raised in East Los Angeles, California. She was the first person in her family to attain a college degree and Juris Doctor. Norma received her B.A. in Political Science and Sociology from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Araceli Martínez-Olguín
Staff Attorney
Legal Aid Society – Employment Law Center

Araceli Martínez-Olguín is a Staff Attorney in the National Origin, Immigration, and Language Rights Program. She works to vindicate and expand the workplace rights of recent immigrants to the United States—particularly those who face exploitation on account of their immigrant status, or who have been unfairly denied equal employment opportunities because of their linguistic characteristics.

Prior to joining LAS–ELC in 2010, Araceli was a Staff Attorney at the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) Women’s Rights Project, where she engaged in advocacy on behalf of immigrant women workers. She also served as a law clerk to U.S. District Judge David Briones.

Araceli received her J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley’s Law School (Boalt Hall) in 2004. Araceli earned her undergraduate degree from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University in 1999. She is a member of the Bars of California and New York, and served as a lecturer at Berkeley Law (Spring 2012: Spanish for Lawyers). Before law school, Araceli taught bilingual kindergarten through Teach for America in Oakland, California. She is the 2010 recipient of the Hon. Thelton E. Henderson Social Justice Prize.

Miriam Kim
Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP

Miriam Kim is a partner in the San Francisco office of Munger, Tolles & Olson. Her practice focuses on complex civil litigation, intellectual property matters and internal investigations. Ms. Kim’s IP litigation experience includes copyright, trade secret and patent matters. In particular, Ms. Kim has significant experience defending clients against alleged copyright infringement and trade secret theft claims involving software.

Ms. Kim speaks Korean and has successfully advocated for clients in a range of matters involving Korean companies. Ms. Kim’s pro bono practice is focused on the needs of victims of sexual abuse. She is a board member of the Asian American Bar Association and an active member of Christ Church East Bay.

Prior to joining Munger Tolles, Ms. Kim was a litigation associate at Goodwin Procter and clerked for the Honorable Levin H. Campbell, U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit. She graduated from the UC Berkeley School of Law, where she was president of the Boalt Hall Student Association and a member of the California Law Review.

Yara Lomeli-Loibl
Staff Attorney
Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals

Yara Lomeli-Loibl grew up in Davis, California, and is a 2005 graduate of Mount Holyoke College and a 2009 graduate of Stanford Law School. Between college and law school she did a year of service with AmeriCorps. During law school Yara served on the board of the Stanford Latino Law Student Association and interned at several non-profit organizations advocating for immigrants’ rights and providing immigration legal services. Yara clerked in Sacramento for the Honorable John A. Mendez, Eastern District of California. She is currently a Staff Attorney for the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, where she works on immigration appeals.

Quyen Ta
Keker & Van Nest LLP

Quyen Ta litigates complex commercial matters. She focuses her practice on intellectual property, securities, and other complex business disputes. She has tried numerous criminal and civil cases in state and federal courts, including five as first-chair. Ms. Ta was a member of a trial team that secured a trial victory and settlement publicly valued at more than $300 million for Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company.


Hon. Lawrence K. Karlton
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California, 2004-2006

Awards and Honors

  • Dale Minami Public Interest Fellowship Alumni of the Year Award, 2013
  • Bar Association of San Francisco Award of Merit, 2012
  • Rising Star, Northern California Super Lawyers, 2012
  • Minority Bar Coalition Unity Award, 2010
  • Georgetown Women’s Law and Public Policy Fellow, 2003-2004
  • Community Service Award, Vietnamese American Bar Association of Northern California, 2003
  • Prosser Award in Cities, Stratification and Separation, 2003
  • Prosser Award in Minority Vote Dilution, 2002
  • UC Berkeley School of Law Moot Court Brief Writing Award, 2001
  • Phi Beta Kappa

Khari J. Tillery
Keker & Van Nest LLP

Whether handling complex cases for leading technology companies, real estate investors or Am Law 100 law firms, Khari Tillery focuses on protecting his client’s business. He does so by identifying effective strategies to help his clients achieve their goals and resolve their problems, either by reaching a favorable settlement or winning at trial.

Prior to joining Keker & Van Nest, Mr. Tillery spent a year at the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights in San Francisco as the Thurgood Marshall Fellow.


Hon. Martin J. Jenkins
U.S. District Court, Northern District of California

Hon. Theodore A. McKee
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit

Awards and Honors

  • Editor-in-chief, African-American Law and Policy Report
  • President, Law Students of African Descent, UC Berkeley School of Law

FPOC’s Sponsors:

Willie D. Brown, Jr.

California Minority Counsel Program

Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP

misty m. sanford & Gideon Kracov

Custodio & Dubey LLP

Parissh A. Knox

Monica M. Ortiz

Juan J. Redin

Norma Nava

Stephen Abreu

Law Offices of Miguel Duarte

Vilma R. Palma-Solana & Anthony Solana, Jr.

Lim, Ruger, & Kim, LLP

Alec Y. Chang

Sunita Bali-Williams

Rodney O. Fong

Bethany and Steve Kristovich