FPOC’s Judicial Clerkship Application Workshop

Presented by:

For People of Color, Inc.

Sponsored by:

Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP


Keker & Van Nest LLP


Saturday, April 12, 2014 from 8:30 am to 12:00 pm


Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP
560 Mission Street
27th Floor
San Francisco, California 94105

Event Description:

For People of Color, Inc.’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.

Important: This event is exclusively for current law students and law school graduates. Please only register if you are absolutely sure that you will attend. There are only 50 seats available and we cannot process last-minute cancellations.

RSVP: This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required.

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8:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. – Continental Breakfast & Registration

9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. – Judicial Clerkship Application Workshop

11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. – Panel for former clerks and Q&A

Featured Speakers & Panelists:

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. Norma served as a law clerk for the Honorable Oliver W. Wanger, U.S. District Court in the Eastern District of California.

Achyut J. Phadke
Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP

Achyut J. Phadke is an associate in the San Francisco office of Munger, Tolles & Olson. Mr. Phadke’s work focuses on securities and complex civil litigation for corporate and financial services clients at both trial and appellate levels. Prior to joining Munger Tolles, Mr. Phadke was a litigation associate at Sullivan & Cromwell in Palo Alto. He also served as a law clerk with the Honorable Pamela Ann Rymer of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit.

Araceli Martínez-Olguín
Staff Attorney

Araceli Martínez-Olguín is a Staff Attorney in the ACLU Immigrants’ Rights Project (IRP). Prior to joining IRP, Araceli was a Staff Attorney in the National Origin, Immigration, and Language Rights Program of the Legal Aid Society-Employment Law Center, where she worked to vindicate and expand the workplace rights of recent immigrants to the United States, particularly those who faced exploitation on account of their immigrant status. Araceli previously served as a Fellow and then as a Staff Attorney in the ACLU Women’s Rights Project and as a law clerk to U.S. District Court Judge David Briones. Araceli received her J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley’s Law School (Boalt Hall) in 2004 and earned her undergraduate degree from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University. Araceli has also served as a lecturer at Berkeley Law (Spring 2012 & 2013: Spanish for Lawyers), and is the 2010 recipient of the Hon. Thelton E. Henderson Social Justice Prize (which is awarded by Berkeley Law). Before law school, Araceli taught bilingual kindergarten through Teach for America in Oakland, California.

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 clerked for the Honorable Martin J. Jenkins, U.S. District Court, Northern District of California and the Honorable Theodore A. McKee, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.

Stacy Chen
Keker & Van Nest LLP

Stacy Chen speaks the language of patents. As a registered patent agent with a degree in electrical engineering and years of legal experience, Ms. Chen quickly understands a patent case’s technical elements. She has counseled several non-profit clients on IP matters to protect their core operations, and has also handled numerous cases pro bono, including several immigration and educational rights proceedings. Prior to earning her J.D., Ms. Chen interned for the Northern District of Illinois’ U.S. Attorney’s Office and the Washington Defender Association, as well as served as a law clerk for the Orange County Public Defender’s Office.

For People of Color, Inc. is Proudly Sponsored By:

Angel Sponsors

Willie D. Brown, Jr.
California Minority Counsel Program

Platinum Sponsors

Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP
Environmental Law Section – State Bar of California
Misty M. Sanford
Law Office of Gideon Kracov

“Family Members” / Platinum Sponsors

Stephen Abreu
Sunita Bali-Williams
Sabas D. Carrillo
Law Office of Miguel Duarte
Parissh A. Knox
Jose Luis Lopez
Norma Nava
Monica M. Ortiz
Vilma R. Palma-Solana
Juan J. Redin
Anthony Solana, Jr.

Gold Sponsor

Keker & Van Nest LLP
Lim, Ruger, & Kim, LLP

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