Fordham Law

Fordham Alumna Receives Clerkship on the Fifth Circuit

February 21, 2013

Marni von Wilpert ’11 has received a clerkship with Judge James E. Graves on the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. Beginning in August, von Wilpert will spend one year assisting Judge Graves by writing bench memos, doing legal research, and traveling to New Orleans to observe oral argument when the court is in session.

Von Wilpert first became interested in clerking as a member of the Fordham Law Moot Court Board, where she developed an interest in discussing and debating legal issues heard at the appellate level.

She learned of the clerkship opportunity with Judge Graves while working with the Fordham Law Clerkship Committee, who helped guide her through the application process, prepared her for her clerkship interview, and assisted her with letters of recommendation.

“I am excited about clerking because I really love the law and I am passionate about public service,” von Wilpert said. “I know that serving as a clerk will help give me a better understanding of our justice system, and mold me into a better advocate in the future.”

Von Wilpert currently serves as a Skadden Fellow with the Mississippi Center for Justice, where she provides legal representation for people living with HIV and AIDS who face illegal discrimination due to their HIV-positive status.