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Federal Prosecutors Describe Their Jobs to CUA Law Students

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Four United States Justice Department attorneys spent more than an hour on Jan. 17 describing the ins-and-outs of what they do to an attentive audience of CUA Law students in Slowinski Courtroom.
Sponsored by the Law School’s Black Law Students Association (BLSA), the quartet of prosecutors offered capsule summaries of their duties and areas of responsibility as litigators for the federal government. One concentrated her work on the protection of the expression of religious freedom, for example. Another focused on legal issues attending the “school-to-prison-pipeline” that is often the reality in underprivileged communities.
The group also took turns answering question such as “what do you like best about your job?”
The Justice Department lawyers advised students who are interested in a career in federal service to start paving the way early, by participating on Moot Court teams and securing judicial clerkships if possible.
“Clerking is a helpful resume builder. It’s one of those things that stand out, so I would recommend that,” said Marlysha Myrthil, trial attorney, Civil Rights Division Special Litigation Section, U.S. Department of Justice.
Joining her were DOJ colleagues Charles W. Hart, Jr., trial attorney, Civil Rights Division; Cherie L. Rogers, assistant chief, Environment and Natural Resources Division, Environmental Defense Section; and Cynthia M. Ferguson, trial attorney, Environmental Enforcement Section, Environment and Natural Resources Division.