Denise Wager | August 28, 2018
Laura Wolk, a member of Notre Dame Law School’s Class of 2016, will serve as a clerk for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas during the 2019 term. She will be the third Notre Dame Law graduate to clerk for Justice Thomas. Three faculty members – Nicole Stelle Garnett, Marah Stith McLeod, and Stephen F. Smith – also clerked for him.
Wolk said she is incredibly humbled and excited by the opportunity to clerk for Thomas, who visited the Law School for a week in February 2014 to teach a seminar on religious freedom as the James J. Clynes Visiting Chair in Judicial Ethics.
“He came to speak to my 1L class, and his words about the Constitution, the law, and how to pursue the good life made an immediate impression on me. I cannot imagine a greater honor than the opportunity to serve our country in his chambers for a year,” Wolk said.
Wolk excelled at Notre Dame Law School, where she was a member of the Notre Dame Law Review and served as president of the St. Thomas More Society. She was the recipient of the Peter A.R. Lardy Scholarship Award, which honors the memory of a beloved member of the Class of 1975, and at graduation she earned the Dean Joseph O’Meara award for outstanding academic excellence.
Since graduating, Wolk has clerked for two federal judges. She first clerked for Judge Janice Rogers Brown, now retired, of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, and she recently completed her term with University of Notre Dame alumnus Judge Thomas Hardiman ’87 of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.
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