Timothy Sini '05, who will clerk for Judge Chester J. Straub on the Second Circuit, recently concluded a clerkship with Judge William Conner of the Southern District of New York. At Brooklyn Law School, Sini graduated magna cum laude, won the William Payson Richardson Memorial Prize, which the faculty gives each year to one outstanding student, and was an executive articles editor on the Brooklyn Law Review.
"Clerking is the ideal job for a new attorney," says Sini. "It allows you to study litigation and its process from a judicial vantage point — a perspective that is invaluable in improving your practice for years to come." Prior to his first clerkship, Sini was a litigation associate with Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP for a year after graduation. He is now with the firm of Orans, Elsen & Lupert LLP, where he practices commercial, surrogate and securities litigation, in addition to white-collar criminal defense. "I've been in private practice for only a very short period of time," he says, "and I see already that the choices that I make in litigation are considerably shaped by my experiences as a law clerk."
Alida Lasker '07 has secured a clerkship with Judge Dolores Sloviter of the Third Circuit. Winner of a Cornelius T. Wickersham, Jr. Prize for the highest grade in constitutional law and a magna cum laude graduate, Lasker served as an executive notes & comments editor on the Brooklyn Journal of International Law. In law school, she also conducted research and drafted text for Professor Maryellen Fullerton's 2007 casebook on forced migration, and interned with Judge Alvin K. Hellerstein of the Southern District of New York. She currently is an associate at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton in New York and plans to return to the firm after her clerkship.
Lasker is especially excited about her position with a judge on the Third Circuit because the court's docket is filled with asylum cases. "I developed a real passion for immigration law at Brooklyn Law School, and I hope to focus on asylum and refugee law in my practice in the future," she explains.
Erez Davy '05 will be clerking for Judge Reena Raggi of the Second Circuit. He graduated summa cum laude and joined Sullivan & Cromwell LLP's New York office, where he also worked as an intern during law school and as a summer associate. While at BLS, he also interned for Judge Chester J. Straub of the Second Circuit, worked as a research assistant for Professor Aaron Twerski, served as an executive articles editor for the Brooklyn Law Review, and won numerous CALI awards, which are given to the students with the highest marks in each course. Davy was also a member of the Moot Court Honor Society and a finalist in the Irving R. Kaufman Memorial Securities Law competition.
"This year an exceptional group of students and alumni have secured clerkships," says Mazzone. "They have become much more competitive for these positions." A typical federal circuit court receives more than 1,000 applications each year. Judges often form close bonds with their clerks as their mentors, forging relationships that remain important for the rest of the clerks' careers. Denton says he looks forward to forging that bond with Judge Kravitch: "She has a very close relationship with all of her clerks and I hope that she can help train and guide me, not only through the clerkship itself, but beyond that, into my career."