The Honorable Robert J. Luck Speaks to FSU Law Students as Part of Jurist in Residence Program

Press Date
February 19, 2021

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit Judge Robert J. Luck
speaks to Legal Writing & Research II students 

On Tuesday, February 16, we were honored to welcome the Honorable Robert J. Luck to the law school through our Jurist in Residence Program. Judge Luck currently sits of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit and previously sat on the Florida Supreme Court. During his special visit to campus, Judge Luck gave a socially distanced presentation about the “Law Clerk Experience.”

Judge Luck was extremely engaging, asking questions of the audience and encouraging students to ask him questions throughout his talk. He discussed in great detail how federal courts operate in comparison to state courts, providing many details about the powers provided by Article 3, which he called an “amazing document.” He also talked about the responsibilities of law clerks in federal courts, what students need to do to best prepare for obtaining a clerkship, and the special relationship between a judge and a clerk. Judge Luck also discussed extensively the characteristics he looks for when hiring law clerks: the capacity for hard work, intelligence concerning the law, good writing skills, personality and humility in understanding the role of a clerk. When the allotted time for his talk was finished, students lined up to continue to ask questions of Judge Luck, which he invited them to do during his presentation.

Judge Luck also visited Professor Glenda Thornton’s 1L Legal Writing & Research II class and met with faculty members comprising our Judicial Clerkship Committee. It was very nice to be able to once again welcome Judge Luck to campus and to have him interact with our bright, talented students. We are grateful to the many judges who have participated in our Jurist in Residence Program over the years and look forward to hosting more judges on campus in the future.

Published on February 19, 2021