Judicial Intern Opportunity Program


Learn while you’re on the go. Listen to the JIOP's past Sound Advice and Roundtable recordings on this archive page.

Sound Advice

Clerking for a Judge After Law School
By Kristopher Morton
Law clerk for the Honorable K. Nicole Mitchell in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas discusses the role of a law clerk, the benefits of clerkship, the skills and qualifications of a law clerk, preparing application materials, and preparing for an interview.

Tips for JIOP Applications
By Siddharth Bahl
This Sound Advice provides tips on putting together a competitive and complete JIOP application. (05:32 min)

Interview Tips
By Monica Litle
Law clerks shares her experience to perform well in an interview with a judge. (13:03 min)

Diverse Leaders Academy: An Overview Plus Tips to Complete Your Application
By Daiquiri Steele
Diverse Leaders Academy member Daiquiri Steele describes how the program can help your career and offers some tips for gaining acceptance into the program. (7:01 min)

Top 10 Tips for Succeeding in Your JIOP Interview
By Aaron Gleaton Clay
National Alumni Chair Aaron Clay outlines some best practices for potential JIOP interns before interviewing with judges to be admitted into the program. (8:23 min)

Tips from the Trenches
By Christina Liu
Being a young lawyer is a constant learning process. Christina Liu offers helpful tips from the trenches for developing your skills and career. (6:33 min.)

Law Firm Diversity - Part 1
By Joe Hanna
Discussions about diversity in law firms are far more common now than 25 years ago, but the numbers show that talk needs to become action. Listen as Joe Hanna breaks down the statistics. (10:13 min)

Law Firm Diversity - Part II
By Joe Hanna
Listen to part II of Joe Hanna's discussions about diversity in law firms. (9:14)

Making Meetings Matter
Many people feel that meetings are a necessary evil. Listen as Nan Joesten gives 10 tips to turn meetings into one of your litigation’s most important resources.

Writing for Judges
By The Honorable Lee H. Rosenthal
Listen to District Court Judge of the Southern District of Texas and former practicing lawyer, Lee H. Rosenthal talk about the importance of using clear, concise, declarative language for lawyers when writing for judges, especially when writing a summary judgment motion. (8:16)

How to Develop Business and Have Fun Doing It!
Learn how the Honorable Barbara Lynn, U.S. District Court for the Northern District, Dallas, developed business during her 23 years as a trial lawyer, and had fun doing it. Judge Lynn offers special tips for women lawyers, but all can appreciate her smart, practical advice: take clients to events you enjoy yourself, and then: don’t be shy about actually asking for the business!

The Do's and Don'ts in Court
By The Honorable Barbara Lynn
A brief description of best practices in court from the judge's perspective. (9:07)


Diversity Leads: Model Rule 8.4(g): Eliminating Bias, Discrimination, and Harassment in the Practice of Law
ABA Model Rule 8.4(g) has been receiving some attention of late. In early December 2020, a federal judge enjoined the enforcement of Pennsylvania's version of Model Rule 8.4(g) that bans lawyers from knowingly manifesting bias or engaging in discrimination in the practice of law. And earlier that same year, the ABA issued Formal Opinion 493 to offer guidance on the purpose, scope, and application of Model Rule 8.4(g). This Roundtable provided a civil yet lively and informative discussion regarding this model rule. (57:35 min)

Diversity Leads: How Mentorship Advances the Careers of Diverse Lawyers
Mentorship is an extremely valuable relationship when building a legal career. The right relationship can benefit, and be rewarding to both the mentee and the mentor. Finding the right match and creating a mutually beneficial relationship can be overwhelming. This panel discussion will help both parties understand what it takes to cultivate and sustain a successful mentorship relationship.

During the discussion, we will look at both sides of the mentorship relationship, and talk about what works and does not work in developing the relationship.

Diversity Leads: The Role of Intersectionality in DE&I Efforts in the Legal Profession
The next installment in the Litigation Section's Diversity Leads Roundtable series, this session focuses on Intersectionality and how intersectional identities have shaped pathways within the legal profession. We have amazing speakers who will discuss their own experiences, as well as diversity, equity, and inclusion within the legal profession and what their firms have done in particular to promote diversity during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Diversity Leads Roundtable Series: Championing Diversity During Times of Crisis
The chaotic events of 2020 have made diversity and inclusion the hottest topic in the legal profession. Some law firms are embracing these courageous discussions and proactively making changes. Meanwhile, other firms are ignoring the topic altogether or have moved on after making a ‘one and done’ statement. Join us as Joseph K. West, Partner and Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer at Duane Morris leads the insightful discussion about successfully managing diversity during times of crisis. Come prepared to learn how his experiences can help your office have these difficult discussions, how you should properly address your concerns and how to keep the diversity momentum going.

Judicial Internships from a Judge's Perspective
Chief Judge Barbara M.G. Lynn, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas, Judge William H. Orrick, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, and Judge Zuberi B. Williams, District Court of Maryland, District 6, Montgomery County, Maryland, share their views on how to make the most of a judicial internship. 

Navigating Your Path for Future Career Success with Advice from JIOP Alums
Presented by the Section of Litigation's Judicial Intern Opportunity Program (JIOP). JIOP alumni discuss how interning for a judge as a law student shaped their legal careers through law school, preparing for the bar, networking, and current employment. Get useful tips, strategies, and anecdotes from JIOP alum Christoper Lopez-Loftis (Government Sector), Natassia Kwan (Private Practice), and Ariana Dindiyal (Law Clerk for the Honorable Joel H. Slomsky) moderated by JIOP alum Tracey Foglia, Senior Attorney from the Florida Professional Law Group.