The Supreme Court Fellows Commission, a panel appointed by the Chief Justice, selects the Fellows. The Commission seeks outstanding individuals from diverse professions and academic backgrounds, including law, the social and behavioral sciences, public and business administration, systems research and analysis, communications, and the humanities. Professionals who will receive long-term career benefits from the experience and who are interested in improving both the operation of the federal judicial process and the public's understanding of it are best suited for the fellowship.
As competition is intense, a degree of self-screening, according to the following criteria, is advisable. Candidates must have: at least one post-graduate degree, two or more years of professional experience with a record of high performance, and multi-disciplinary training and experience, including familiarity with the judicial process. (A degree of proven administrative ability is desirable for some assignments.) Fellows must be bright, energetic, and highly motivated; original and flexible in their thinking; articulate speakers and capable writers; able to prepare quality staff work within tight deadlines; personable, discreet, trustworthy, and committed to serving the federal judiciary.
A variety of educational and social opportunities broaden the fellowship experience. Fellows have access to some of the Federal Judicial Center’s educational programs, including various colloquia and meetings relevant to their professional interests and specific projects. In recent years, fellows have taken trips to attend conferences and meet with various legal and judicial branch officials, including the president of the National Center for State Courts and the Massachusetts and West Virginia Supreme Courts. They also attend special luncheon seminars sponsored by the Administrative Assistant to the Chief Justice and a lecture series sponsored by the Supreme Court Historical Society, and they share some social and guest speaker activities with the White House Fellows. In recent years, fellows have participated in events with individual Justices, members of Congress, law professors, leading attorneys, and executive branch officials including the Attorney General, the Solicitor General, and the Director of the FBI. In addition, fellows are invited to participate in Supreme Court Fellows Alumni Association activities. These activities include the Association’s annual meeting and panel discussion on issues of interest to program alumni. Past panel members have included federal judges, academics, and members of the media.
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