August 16, 2012 Articles

Young Lawyers: Practice Tips from the Judge's Law Clerk

By Crystal R. Axelrod

It has been said that a good lawyer knows the law, but a great lawyer knows the judge. As the judge’s assistant and primary legal advisor, in some respects, no one knows the judge better than the judge’s law clerk. During my time as a law clerk, I have observed countless examples of best and worst practices, and I have compared my experiences with those of other clerks in various courts.

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