Law Grad Selected to Clerk for Supreme Court Justice

Posted: August 3, 2006 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Will Consovoy, JD’01, has been selected to serve as a law clerk to Associate Justice Clarence Thomas of the U.S. Supreme Court. Consovoy becomes the first graduate of the Mason School of Law to be selected for a clerkship on the Supreme Court.

“I am very much looking forward to the opportunity to clerk for Justice Thomas,” says Consovoy.

Consovoy earned his BA in political science from Monmouth University in 1996. As a student at Mason, Consovoy graduated in the top 10 percent of his class and was a leader in many student activities. He served as editor-in-chief of the George Mason Civil Rights Law Journal and as a writing fellow in the law school’s Legal Research, Writing and Analysis Program. In addition, he volunteered for numerous admissions and career services programs and served as an associate justice on the Moot Court Board.

“Will was a wonderful law student, has been an energetic alumnus and will be a superb law clerk for Justice Thomas,” says Dean Daniel Polsby.

As a graduate, Consovoy remains involved at the Law School by volunteering for career mentoring programs and by serving as an adjunct professor. “As a student and an alumnus, Will has been the most selfless and insightful volunteer. Will has gone out of his way to counsel students on the job market. He is an astute observer of hiring trends in the courts and in law firms,” notes Victoria Huber, associate dean and director of Career Development and Alumni Services.

After graduating from Mason, Consovoy clerked on the Arlington Circuit Court and joined McGuireWoods LLP in its Tysons Corner, Va., office. From 2003–04, he completed a one-year clerkship with Judge Edith H. Jones of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.

Following his clerkship with Judge Jones, Consovoy joined the appellate practice group at Wiley Rein & Fielding, where, among other things, he has drafted several briefs to the Supreme Court and was among lead counsel on the brief filed in behalf of the George Mason amici in Rumsfeld v. Forum for Academic and Individual Rights.

This article originally appeared in a slightly different format in Mason Law News.

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