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United States Court of Federal Claims Judge Delivers Seminar on Federal Courts to D.C. Externship Program Students

Posted on Tuesday 3/15/2016
United States Court of Federal Claims Judge Delivers Seminar on Federal Courts to DC Externs

The Semester in Washington D.C. program hosted a seminar by Judge Mary Ellen Coster Williams of the United States Court of Federal Claims in one of its courtrooms. Judge Williams discussed her career path to federal bench, including positions as a litigator and as an Assistant U.S. Attorney, and the Court’s unique national jurisdiction in relation to other Federal courts.

In addition, Judge Williams recounted her first-hand experience in the Senate nomination process, discussing the implications of being nominated to a “national” court located in D.C. without a home-state senator to introduce her as a nominee. She also stressed to students the importance of being active in the organized bar, both for professional advancement and for developing a cadre of colleagues outside of a narrow practice area to call on when needed. During the question and answer session at the end of the seminar, Judge William’s law clerks also discussed the clerkship search process, providing tips on standing out to a prospective judge.