The purpose of the Judicial Clerkship Program is to provide opportunities to students who are members of traditionally underrepresented groups in the legal profession, particularly within the judiciary. In addition, it is the purpose of the program to prepare underrepresented individuals with the tools necessary to obtain judicial clerkships. The program provides opportunities to underrepresented students, which may include, but is not limited to, members of racial or ethnic minorities, women, identify as LGBTQIA+, students with disabilities, students who are economically disadvantaged.
While the hope is that the Clerkship will take place in person, the on-going developments with COVID-19 will dictate the implementation of the program. The 2021 Clerkship may take place virtually or as a hybrid of virtual/in-person attendance. Regardless of the presentation format, the Clerkship will primarily take place at the New Mexico Supreme Court in Santa Fe, New Mexico or at the New Mexico Court of Appeals. Students may indicate geographic location preferences on their application materials (should there be an in-person component), but applicants may not request preference of justices or judge. Program participants will receive a stipend of $4,000 for the summer.
For the 2021 program, the Honorable Justice David K. Thomson is participating in the program. Additional New Mexico Supreme Court justices and New Mexico Court of Appeals judges. Program participants will be assigned to work with specific justice or judge depending on the justices or judges participating.