Many of you, especially those of you about to deposit Biglaw bonus checks, will update your résumés at the start of the new year. It’s a common time to jump to a new job, or to start looking for one. In the first few weeks of 2007, expect departure memos to go around like the flu.
But what do you want to do next? Fellow law geeks, your attention please. The man with good taste in chocolate has two positions open in Texas’s Office of the Solicitor General (OSG).
OSG regularly handles high-profile, politically sensitive cases in the U.S. Supreme Court. Most recently, it successfully defended the Texas redistricting plan, defended the Ten Commandments monument on the Texas capitol grounds, and resisted efforts by the International Court of Justice to order reconsideration of U.S. death penalty jurisprudence.
It also regularly participates as amicus in cases in which the State has an interest. Since 2003, OSG has filed over 50 Supreme Court briefs. And, for three years running now, in 2003, 2004, and 2005, the Texas SG’s office has won the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) award for Best Supreme Court Brief.
More details about this exciting opportunity, after the jump.
As if the scent of Supreme Court litigation weren’t enough to get any Federalist Society groupie with an appellate clerkship salivating, Assistant Solicitors General also handle their own cases before the Fifth Circuit, Texas Supreme Court, and Texas Courts of Appeals. Each ASG typically argues several cases per year — something unheard-of in private practice. And almost every case involves a significant state or federal constitutional question. Frequent areas of litigation include sovereign immunity, freedom of religion, free speech, habeas corpus, federalism, and statutory construction. If you dream of being the next Ted Olson or Paul Clement, this is a great opportunity to hone your brief writing and oral argument skills.
Of course, OSG doesn’t hire just anyone. A candidate should have outstanding academic credentials, excellent research and writing skills, effective oral advocacy abilities, and a thorough understanding of appellate procedures. Being a law geek doesn’t hurt. There are 15 lawyers in the office, most of whom have 5-15 years of experience and significant judicial clerkships. Typically, they have practiced law either as partners or senior associates at major firms. And virtually all of them, we’re told, are irredeemable fans of The Simpsons.
Intrigued? Apply here, or e-mail Susanna Dokupil for more information.
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