3L Weekly Docket

This edition of the 3L Weekly Docket features a clerkship opportunity with the Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, a flexible and remote public interest volunteer opportunity, and a recorded DOJ webinar for those interested in applying for the DOJ Honors Program.

Post-Graduate Clerkship Opportunity with the Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, Apply ASAP


The United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces exercises world-wide appellate jurisdiction over court-martial cases involving U.S. military personnel. Cases on our docket address a broad range of legal issues, including constitutional law, evidence, administrative law, and national security law. Our decisions are subject to direct review by the Supreme Court of the United States. Our clerks perform an important public service in an environment designed to enhance their legal skills. The Court’s web site contains useful information about the Court, including recent decisions.

Judge Ohlson attended Washington and Jefferson College on a four-year Army R.O.T.C. scholarship and graduated Phi Beta Kappa. Upon graduating from the University of Virginia School of Law, he served as a judge advocate and paratrooper in the United States Army. He was awarded the Bronze Star for his service during Operation Desert Storm. Judge Ohlson then served in the Department of Justice for more than twenty years. He held a variety of positions there, to include serving as a federal prosecutor and as the Chief of Staff and Counselor to the Attorney General of the United States. President Obama appointed Judge Ohlson to the Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces on November 1, 2013.

This is a civilian clerkship and no prior military service or familiarity with the Uniform Code of Military Justice is required. Judge Ohlson is seeking top law school performers with strong research and legal writing skills.    


  • Judge Ohlson anticipates one opening for a full-time term clerk beginning August 2020 for a one year period.
  • Consideration will be given to:
    • Students who have completed at least two years of law school at the time of application, and
    • Attorneys who have been in practice for less than three years at the time of application.
  • The compensation for clerks is similar to that at other federal courts.
  • Application period: From May 1, 2019, until the position is filled.


  • Candidates for the clerkship should submit: 
    • A brief cover letter
    • A resume
    • Law school transcript (a photocopy is acceptable)
    • Two letters of recommendation from faculty members or employers familiar with the candidate’s legal work
    • A writing sample

Please submit applications via U.S. Mail (allow 10-14 days for delivery) or by commercial delivery service.  Do not submit via fax or E-mail.  Address all correspondence to:

Chambers of Judge Kevin A. Ohlson


450 E. Street, NW

Washington, DC 20442-001

All questions should be directed to Ms. Kelly Walker at (202) 761-5211.

Remote and flexible public interest volunteer opportunity: The Justice Collaborative

The Justice Collaborative is a team of legal experts, researchers, and media strategists collaborating across a collection of strategically aligned projects to advance criminal justice reform. We supply deep legal and policy expertise to organizations throughout the country to cut through the complexity and confusion of local, state, and federal laws and procedures that make up our criminal justice system. Our goal is to transform our deeply flawed criminal system so that it’s grounded in human dignity and restraint.

The Justice Volunteers , a project of The Justice Collaborative (TJC), is a volunteer task force dedicated to researching a variety of key criminal justice issues. The work done by The Justice Volunteers is incredibly valuable to TJC’s goal of holding elected officials in the criminal justice system accountable, advocating for reform-minded policies across the country, and researching and amplifying important local issues related to criminal justice reform.


The Law Student Research Team is a new team within The Justice Volunteers that we will be launching on May 15, 2019. This team of law students will be a driving force behind TJC’s implementation of our “Blueprint for a Safer and More Just America ”. Our Blueprint addresses the country’s rate of incarceration, one that outpaces any other country on the planet, by setting forth 35 key areas for reform. TJC has undertaken the expansive task of drafting model legislation for each of these 35 key areas, and the Law Student Research Team will directly contribute to this process by:
● Analyzing the legal context for reform in each state, including the current legal structure related to each of the key areas, any lawsuits and their basis, as well as any changes that have been made or introduced at the local level;
● Identifying policy shifts made by local actors such as the sheriff or the district attorney;
● Researching relevant legislative changes and reform efforts, including key supporters and opponents, implementation processes for passed legislation, and key points and factors that contributed to failed legislation;
● Conducting literature reviews for existing research on which rhetorical strategies and narrative tools have proven persuasive, and which have been less effective, within the context of each issue area.

Students may also work on advocacy projects more directly designed to shift local policies to reduce the drivers of incarceration. Students would be assigned legal or policy research to help attorneys determine the best policy path forward or the best legal argument to pressure local officials to change their policies.

The Law Student Research Team will work remotely and be directly supervised by Keli Young. Almost all of this work is done online and is designed to be as flexible as possible to allow team members to work whenever their schedule permits. However, it is expected that members will work at least 4 hours per week. Members seeking to fulfill their pro bono requirements for admission to the bar must check in at the start and finish of each work shift, and should maintain a log of all completed assignments.

Interested law students should submit their resume and cover letter to Keli Young at keli.young@thejusticecollaborative.com with the subject line “Law Student Research Team Applicant.”

In the cover letter, applicants should be sure to note which element(s) of the TJC Blueprint most align with their interests and past experiences.
As a program designed to maximize flexibility, we encourage applicants to apply as ongoing members of the Law Student Research Team; however, students are welcome to apply for a summer, semester, or year-long position.

Link to recorded DOJ Honors Program Webinar Available

If you’re interested in applying for the DOJ Honors Program, watching the webinar they recorded will provide you with invaluable information to give you a leg up in the application process.

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