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Exit Interview: Christina Karam ’13 judcial clerk

August 2, 2013 | Students

The career of Christina Karam ’13 was put on a trajectory one day when she sat in the William B. Saxbe Law Auditorium as a 1L listening to a judge speak from the podium.

“He wasn’t even talking about clerkships, but it came out as a side note, and I knew I wanted to learn more,” Karam said.

Karam will begin clerking this year for Chief Judge James C. Dever III in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina in Raleigh, N.C. In 2014, she will clerk for the Honorable Edward Carnes of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit. After that, she has an offer on the table from Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP in New York City, where she worked last summer, and hopes to focus on litigation.

“I have an accounting undergraduate degree, so I thought I might work on the business, transactional side of things,” Karam said. “But I love appellate litigation. I love the writing and the research. I even like Bluebooking.”

Karam started developing her appellate advocacy skills as an extern for Judge Jeffrey S. Sutton ’90 of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. She worked in chambers, attended oral arguments, and researched and wrote bench memos.

“It was so great just to be in chambers and to discuss the cases,” she said. “Hearing the thought process of the judge was invaluable.”

At Moritz, Karam was the chief managing editor of the Ohio State Law Journal and was on the ABA National Moot Court team that made it to the final four in the national competition.

“Judge Sutton was one of the judges we mooted with,” she said. “We were so well-prepared, and many of the questions we received during our moot sessions were harder than the ones the judges at the actual competitions asked us.”

In the distant future, Karam has her eyes set on a state solicitor general’s office.