Exploring Public Interest Internships: Part 3

Today is the final installment of our Q&A series.  2L Marios Fellouka shares his insights from the chambers of Judge Diekhoff.

Q: Where are you working this semester?

A: This semester I clerk for Judge Diekhoff at the courthouse here in Bloomington.

Q: What is your favorite part of the internship?

A: My favorite part is getting first-hand experience with real cases and real defendants while I learn from a very knowledgeable judge.

Q: What kinds of experiences has your job entailed?

A: I observe court daily, conduct legal research, and write memos to the judge.

Q: Would you say that the court is team-oriented or do judges only work alone?

A: The environment here is more individualistic in the sense that the work is conducted by one person, but the atmosphere is very friendly and help-oriented (meaning that attorneys help out each other all the time).

Q: Have your perceptions about working for a judge changed at all from when you began?

A: I gained more appreciation regarding the responsibilities and duties that a judge has.

Q: What is the biggest lesson you have learned?

A: Don’t judge a book by its cover.

Q: Any favorite moments?

A: Nothing strikes me besides the fact that all attorneys that are in the courtroom are very friendly and willing to answer any questions that I have, even though I am not working with them.  Also, the way attorneys interact with each other is worth mentioning. The courtroom drama we see on TV is not real in Bloomington; all attorneys, regardless of their side, get along.

Thanks to Marios for sharing his experience.  Have you clerked for a judge?  Have you had any great public interest internships you’d like to share? If so, leave us a comment or e-mail us at board@iupilf.org and we’ll feature it on our blog.

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