Maine Law students selected for prestigious judicial clerkships

Maine Law students selected for prestigious judicial clerkships

A number of third-year students at the University of Maine School of Law have been selected to clerk for state and federal judges following graduation. These coveted positions provide a wealth of experience and are valuable stepping stones to subsequent jobs in the legal profession.

Maine Law has an active Clerkship Committee, comprised of faculty members who seek to build meaningful relationships with members of the judiciary, to educate and advise students about opportunities for clerkships, and to assist students throughout the application process. Associate Professor Sara Wolff is the current chair of that committee.

“We are so proud of our Class of 2018 and their successes in securing clerkships this year,” said Associate Professor Wolff.  “I think it is a testament to the high caliber of our students and to our students’ reputation in the legal community for excellence in reasoning and judgment, writing, research, and professionalism. We are just thrilled for our students and look forward to seeing them thrive in their positions next year.”

Thus far, fourteen students from the class of 2018 have been selected for sixteen post-graduation clerkships. The following is the current list of students:

U.S. Court of Appeals

  • Sara Cressey ’18 (First Circuit, Hon. Kermit V. Lipez; for 2019-2020 term year)

U.S. District Court

  • Sara Cressey ‘18 (District of Maine, Hon. Jon D. Levy)
  • Bill Wahrer ’18 (District of Maine, Hon. John A. Woodcock, Jr.)
  • Carolyn Liegner ’18 (District of Maine, Hon. John A. Woodcock, Jr.)
  • Bonnie Ball ’18 (District of Maine, Hon. John H. Rich III, U.S. Magistrate Judge; for the 2019-2020 term year)

Maine Supreme Judicial Court

  • Bonnie Ball ’18 (Hon. Leigh Saufley, Chief Justice)
  • Cyrus Cheslak ’18 (Hon. Thomas Humphrey, Associate Justice)
  • Alexandra Harriman ’18 (Hon. Andrew Mead, Associate Justice)
  • Casey Olesen ’18 (Hon. Joseph Jabar, Associate Justice)
  • Ariel Pardee ’18 (Hon. Jeffrey Hjelm, Associate Justice)

Maine Superior Court

  • Joshua Avery ’18 (Cumberland/York)
  • Jana Kenney ’18 (Bangor)
  • Nicole Mason ’18 (Augusta)

Maine District Court

  • Shannon Flaherty ‘18
  • Amanda LaBelle ‘18

Omaha Immigration Court

  • Noel Sidorek ’18 (Office of the Chief Immigration Judge)

More clerkship placements for Maine Law students are expected to be announced in the coming months.

*This story was updated on 12/5/17.