Alumna Caryn Devins, a law clerk to the Honorable Peter W. Hall of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, is among four individuals nationwide to be chosen as a 2016-2017 Supreme Court Fellow.
Devins, a 2010 graduate with a bachelor's in political science and Spanish, was selected as a fellow by a commission composed of nine members chosen by the chief justice of the United States. She has been assigned to the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts, where she will work with top officials in the judicial branch of the federal government and engage in projects examining the federal judicial process and identifying solutions to problems faced by the administration of justice.
“Being a Supreme Court Fellow will provide me with an invaluable opportunity to gain a deeper knowledge of the U.S. Court system and judicial policy making,” says Devins. “I am grateful to my UVM political science professors for fostering my interest in the judiciary and preparing me for an enriching legal career."
Created in 1973 by the late Chief Justice Warren E. Burger, the program provides fellows with practical exposure to judicial administration, policy development, and education, and unique insight into the challenges of federal court management through hands-on experiences. Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr., says the program offers “a unique opportunity for exceptional individuals to contribute to the administration of justice at the national level.”
Devins graduated magna cum laude from Duke Law School in 2013 where she served on the editorial board of the Duke Law Journal. Prior to her current clerkship with Judge Hall, she clerked with the Honorable James P. Jones of the U.S. District Court of the Western District of Virginia and for Chief Justice Paul Reiber of the Vermont Supreme Court.