The Columbus School of Law at The Catholic University of America welcomes applications to its third annual Judicial Clerkship Opinion Writing Conference, to be held February 23-25, 2023. The conference is open to individuals who have accepted a 2023-2024 federal clerkship (district court or court of appeals only) or a 2023-2024 state appellate court clerkship. The 2023 conference will take place in person on our campus.

CSL will provide funding towards travel and accommodations. 

Over the course of the conference, conferees will receive opinion writing instruction from some of our nation's most distinguished members of the judiciary. They will also be guided through writing an appellate court opinion and will receive individual review and commentary on their work by our faculty, all judges or former judicial clerks themselves. Finally, each attendee will be eligible for the CSL Prize in Judicial Clerkship Opinion Writing.

The currently scheduled faculty for the event (subject to addition and change) includes the following:

Judge Robert E. Bacharach, Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals
Judge Kathryn Davis, United States Court of Federal Claims
Judge Kyle Duncan, Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals
Judge Joseph Leeson, U.S. District Court for the E.D. Pennsylvania
Judge Edward Meyers, U.S. Court of Federal Claims
Judge Chad Readler, Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals
Judge Eleni M. Roumel, United States Court of Federal Claims
Judge Lee Rudofsky, U.S. District Court for the E.D. Arkansas
Judge Lawrence VanDyke, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals

Their biographies can be found here: Faculty.

Conferees will be limited to twenty-five. Applicants will be notified of their acceptance until the limit of conferees is reached. Applications must be received no later than January 21, 2022. Application information is located here: Application Information

Direct all questions about the conference to Professor A.G. Harmon, Faculty Director of Bench and Bar Programs, at