The Judicial Clerkship Opinion Writing Conference was hosted by the Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law in Washington, D.C., in late February. It featured judges and attorneys from around the country, inviting future judicial law clerks to examine the craft of writing well-reasoned judicial opinions.

Gosch, Drapeaux and Nieuwendorp were among only 36 rising judicial law clerks invited to participate in the program.

“I thoroughly enjoyed my time at the writing conference,” said Gosch. “I received valuable feedback from the presenting judges on how to improve my own writing and learned more about strategies for crafting concise judicial opinions. Overall, attending the conference has made me feel more prepared to enter my clerkship after law school.”

Gosch has accepted a clerkship placement with Judge Karen Schreier, a federal judge of the U.S. District Court for the District of South Dakota.

The conference featured a networking reception and dinner, a keynote address, writing workshops, breakout sessions, a panel discussion and more.

“Attending the writing conference provided me with more insight into the judicial writing process and was a great opportunity to experience time with other law students from across the country,” said Drapeaux, who has also accepted a clerkship with Schreier.

Nieuwendorp, who has accepted a clerkship placement with the South Dakota Supreme Court, said, “I’m grateful to have had the opportunity to learn from a variety of judges and meet law students from other schools.”

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