Webinar: Nuts & Bolts of Federal Clerkships 4/2/21 2-3pm

Webinar: Nuts & Bolts of Federal Clerkships  April 2 @ 2:00 pm3:00 pm

This exciting and informative program includes a top-notch panel that will address the basics of Federal Clerkships, including the value of a Federal Clerkship; how to obtain a Federal Clerkship; how to best interview for a Federal Clerkship (including “Dos and Don’ts”); how to best perform as a Federal Law Clerk; tips on how to pursue additional and/or appellate Federal Clerkships; and issues relating to career Federal Clerkships.  The program will also address the panelists thoughts regarding the value of a Federal Clerkship once the Clerkship concludes, and will also include a Q & A session.

The program will address the basics of Federal Clerkships, including the following topics:

General Overview of Federal Clerkships:

  • What is a Federal Clerkship
  • What is the value of a Federal Clerkship
  • How to obtain a Federal Clerkship
  • How to best interview for a Federal Clerkship (including “Dos and Don’ts”)
  • How to best perform as a Federal Law Clerk
  • How to pursue additional and/or appellate Federal Clerkships
  • Career Federal Clerkships

Thoughts Regarding the Value of a Federal Clerkship Once the Clerkship Concludes:

  • Valuable experience regarding the Judge you clerked for and the Court you clerked in
  • Valuable experience regarding the workings of Federal Courts generally
  • Local counsel opportunities/careers

Presented by:

Judiciary Division
Federal Judicial Law Clerk Committee
Law Student Division


About the Presenters

Charles B. Molster, III, Principal, Law Offices of Charles B. Molster, III PLLC (Washington, D.C.) (Moderator)

Charles B. (“Chip”) Molster, III has been a practicing trial lawyer since 1984, having begun his legal career as a Law Clerk to the The Honorable James C. Cacheris in the Alexandria Division of the Eastern District of Virginia. Chip has practiced extensively in state and federal courts around the country for the past 37 years, and has handled many types of complex cases, including intellectual property/patent litigation, antitrust litigation (including Bell Atlantic v. Twombly), general commercial litigation, shareholder disputes and family business litigation, employment litigation, traumatic brain injury litigation, and numerous other types of litigation, including the representation of both plaintiffs and defendants. Chip spent 30 years working on high-profile cases in very large law firms, including most recently at Winston & Strawn, LLP, and started his own law firm in 2016. Chip regularly presents Continuing Legal Education programs on various topics around the country, including in the EDVA, the Eastern District of Texas, the Patent and Trademark Office, National Institute of Trial Advocacy (annually), and has also presented CLEs in Asia on various topics relating to litigation in the federal courts of the United States. Chip is a Permanent Member of the Fourth Circuit Judicial Conference, former President (and Board Member) of the Northern Virginia Chapter of the Federal Bar Association, Board Member – Virginia State Bar’s Intellectual Property Section, and Chair of the Law Clerk Committee of the Federal Bar Association’s National Litigation Section.

The Honorable Rossie D. Alston, Jr., U.S. District Judge – EDVA (Alexandria, VA)

Kirsten G. Marttila, Partner, Lockridge Grindal Nauen P.L.L.P. (Minneapolis, MN)

Kristen Marttila practices primarily in the areas of antitrust, environmental and land use, business law, and health care law. She frequently serves as local counsel in a wide variety of matters, including intellectual property, consumer, and complex ERISA cases. Before joining the firm, Ms. Marttila was a litigation associate at Faegre & Benson, LLP, where she concentrated on administrative litigation and regulatory and environmental law. She clerked for the Honorable Patrick J. Schiltz and the Honorable Eric C. Tostrud, both in the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota.

John S. Moran, Partner, McGuireWoods (Washington, D.C.)

John Moran is an experienced litigator and counselor who draws on broad experience from private practice and government service that includes government enforcement, regulatory litigation, high-stakes civil disputes, and congressional hearings. He is a former senior DOJ and White House official and a member of the firm’s nationally recognized Government Investigations and White Collar Litigation practice. John also served as a law clerk to the Honorable Antonin Scalia, Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, and to the Honorable Jeffrey S. Sutton of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.



Registration for this event will close Thursday, April 1 at 2 PM.

Registration Fees

  • FBA Member: $0
  • Law Students: $0
  • Nonmember: $75

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No refunds will be made for cancellations received after the close of business on March 17, 2021. No-shows will be billed. Substitutions may be made at any time upon notification. Please contact Ariel White at awhite@fedbar.org with cancellation and/or substitution requests.


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By Andrea Montague
Andrea Montague Career / Student Development Consultant