HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) –Kamaile Turcan, a graduate of Kamehameha Schools, UC Berkeley and the William S. Richardson School of Law at UH Manoa, has been chosen for a prestigious law clerk position by U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor beginning this summer.
This is the first time a UH Law School graduate has been invited to clerk for a United States Supreme Court Justice – as well as the first time that a person of Native Hawaiian ancestry has served as a law clerk to any Justice on the U.S. Supreme Court.
“The opportunity to work on some of the biggest legal questions of our day, to help Justice Sotomayor, is the ultimate opportunity for a young lawyer and an unparalleled experience,” Turcan said. “It’s an incredible lifetime opportunity for any law graduate, let alone one from Hawai’i, and I have to keep pinching myself. One of the exciting things about the Court is one never knows what nationally important issue will present itself.”
UH Law Dean Avi Soifer said that he and the Law School are thrilled to have a graduate serve as a clerk in the nation’s highest court.
“Kamaile is an outstanding example of the high level of achievement and diverse talents of our students,” Soifer said. “For an attorney, one simply cannot do better than to clerk for a United States Supreme Court Justice. The opportunity for Kamaile to assist and be mentored by Justice Sotomayor, whose life story is so inspiring, is even more special.”
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