I was fortunate enough to receive a JIOP placement at the Arizona Court of Appeals. My placement gave me more than training and education—as a transplant, I came to rely on the network I developed in JIOP to help me find employment both during and after law school. Judge Thompson put me in touch with one of his former clerks whose career path mirrored my aspirations. She, in turn, helped me prepare for all of the job applications and interviews I needed to prepare me for my career. Then, when I ultimately decided to take a slightly different path to my desired career goals, I was able to lean on the rest of my JIOP network to help facilitate that transition.
One of the best things I did when I was interning for Judge Thompson was to offer to stay longer than the minimum required by the JIOP program. Because of the extra time and effort I put into my placement, I was able to contribute substantively to legal opinions before I was even a 2L. My hard work gave me excellent writing experience, of course, but it also demonstrated my commitment and dedication to the chambers. This helped facilitate what has become a lasting relationship with Judge Thompson and his staff that has helped me in countless professional endeavors since.