There are multiple pathways to a career as a judge, but all involve planning, experience, and networking. That advice was offered by members of Catholic University’s Women's Law Caucus on March 17 by a five-member panel of area judges who came to speak at the invitation of the caucus.
The event, titled "Pathways to the Bench,” was put together by the National Association of Women Judges, the Women's Bar Association of DC, and the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy. Speakers included Hon. Claudia Barber, DC Administrative Law Judge; Hon. Claudia Crichlow, DC Administrative Law Judge; Hon. Krystal Alves, Associate Judge, Prince George’s County Circuit Court; Hon. Judith N. Macaluso, Associate Judge, Superior Court of the District of Columbia; and Special Master Daria Zane, U.S. Federal Claims Court.
“The panel shared reflections on what experiences prepared them to be judges, particularly experiences as seasoned litigators, and how they reached their positions,” said Hannah Cartwright, 2L, president of the Women's Law Caucus.
The jurists also emphasized the need to build networks and work with local bar associations and be flexible in taking on new experiences. They encouraged students think about how they might navigate their own paths to the bench, and also reflected on the role of gender in their work and in their appointments or campaigns to become judges.
After the panel, the judges lingered with students, faculty, and guests for a networking reception and answered additional questions.