Federal Judicial Externship Program

 MABA Federal Judicial Externship Program
Summer 2017 Program Overview

Program Overview: In 2013, the Mexican American Bar Association (“MABA”) launched its Federal Judicial Externship Program for law students from Los Angeles County and the greater Los Angeles area. The Program’s mission is to increase access to highly sought after externship positions in federal appellate and district courts for Latino/a law students in Los Angeles. In 2017, MABA will select eight (8) exemplary Latino/a students to be placed for 10 weeks as judicial externs in participating judicial chambers. Selected students will be placed in the chambers of the judges listed below. Recognizing that Latino/a students are often unable to pursue federal externships because such positions are unpaid, the Program will provide $1,500
stipends to each selected Program student.

Training & Programming Selected students are required to attend a pre-summer training in Los Angeles. In addition, Program students will also be invited to a series of lunch time discussions during their externships. The discussions are hosted by participating judges, law firms and non-profit and other governmental organizations.

Participating Judges:
Honorable Harry Pregerson, United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
Honorable Dean D. Pregerson, United States District Court for the Central District of California
Honorable S. James Otero, United States District Court for the Central District of California
Honorable Philip S. Gutierrez, United States District Court for the Central District of California
Honorable Jesus G. Bernal, United States District Court for the Central District of California
Honorable Fernando M. Olguin, United States District Court for the Central District of California
Honorable Andre Birotte, Jr., United States District Court for the Central District of California
Honorable Rozella A. Oliver, United States Magistrate Judge for the Central District of California

No. of Students Selected: Eight (8)

Funding: Each student will receive a $1,500 stipend to be provided by MABA during the summer of 2017.

Term: Ten (10) week Summer Term; Full-Time schedule (minimum of 40 hours per week). All externships must begin by May 30, 2017, and end at the completion often weeks. Daily work schedules and exact start date to be determined by chambers of the participating judge.

SELECTION PROCESS: DATES AND DEADLINES
December 1, 2016: First date completed applications are accepted.
January 6, 2017: Deadline to submit the completed application and materials.
January 2017: Committee interviews select applicants and chooses a limited number of finalists to interview in chambers of the participating judges.
January 2017: Eight applicants are selected for placement in chambers of participating judges.
February 25, 2017: MABA announces and recognizes the eight students selected to participate in the Program at its annual Installation Awards Dinner.
May 30, 2017: Start dates may vary by judge, but all applicants must be available to start work at their placement on May 30, 2017.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS
- Applicants who are residents of Los Angeles County or the greater Los Angeles area will be considered.
Students attending law schools outside of Los Angeles may apply if they have roots/ties to Los Angeles
County and its surrounding communities and intend to practice law there.
- Demonstrated commitment to community service, the Latina/o community and potential to succeed.
- Classes of 2018 and 2019 (1L and 2L) students.
- Applicants must be in good academic standing. For Program eligibility purposes, good academic standing
means a student is not on academic probation.

QUESTIONS
Any questions about the program may be directed to MABA Board of Trustee Member and Federal Judicial
Externship Program Chair Marisa Hernández-Stern by email at marisahs@gmail.com.

You can view the MABA Federal Judicial Externship Program Summer 2017 application in Adobe Document Cloud by clicking on the link below:

https://files.acrobat.com/a/preview/ed42ff73-7ead-4a37-acea-f3cd08adb5fc