Getting Married by My Judge

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Re: Getting Married by My Judge

by CS1775 » Wed Feb 19, 2020 10:06 am

During my 1L summer judicial internship, my judge officiated for the clerk's wedding. You'd probably want to say or email something direct like "Judge, I'm getting married on Date X, I would be honored if you officiated the ceremony", though the idea of asking a career clerk or judicial assistant first might be good. Depends on chambers dynamics and how much face time you have with the judge. Invite everyone else in chambers, especially since you'll be in a small chambers.

The court I spent last fall externing at had a career clerk who oversaw all of the term clerks and the clerkship I'm going into this upcoming fall has a similar person. However, these are both large benches with twenty-something judges + clerks + interns + JAs/secretaries + career clerks + court officers/sheriffs/marshals, etc. If such a person exists at your court, I would ask them about the decorum of invitations.

Re: Getting Married by My Judge

by lolwat » Mon Feb 17, 2020 2:58 pm

Oh, yeah, just invite everyone. My gut feeling is that your judge would probably be quite excited to have this opportunity.

Re: Getting Married by My Judge

by NoSugarAdded » Mon Feb 17, 2020 2:18 pm

Thanks for the responses. Yes, I start my clerkship this fall. I know my chambers will be me, one other clerk, the judge, a staff attorney, and a secretary. However, I do not know them yet but it's few enough that I could invite them all.

I am under the impression that he would be happy to do it. My school has had several clerks go to the judge so I have gotten that sense based on how they describe his personality. But the judge is also young and I think this would be his first one.

Re: Getting Married by My Judge

by lolwat » Mon Feb 17, 2020 12:13 pm

I've heard about it happening quite often and am 99% certain my judge would probably be super happy to do it too. As for how to ask, we usually asked our JA about anything relating to our judge. By the time I clerked she had known and worked with him for like 10+ years so she knew pretty much everything. So I'd probably start there, but there's probably also nothing that should stop you from going directly to the judge (whether email or in person).

I have no idea who you'd invite, but inviting the entire chambers seems like a good move since it's small, and so many clerkships have like a family type feel (both during and after the clerkship). I guess it could be slightly different here since it sounds like you haven't even started your clerkship yet so barely know any of these people, but still.

Re: Getting Married by My Judge

by MJB » Mon Feb 17, 2020 6:54 am

I clerked a few times, and most of my judges had done it at least once. If you've got a career person in chambers who manages the judge's duties outside of chambers (e.g., a JA) you could ask them what they think if you're unsure.

I ask virtually everything by email so that judge can deal with it when he has time. You also may want to use email so you can ask before your clerkship begins if it's going to happen a few months in. Asking in person is probably fine too, though.

Getting Married by My Judge

by NoSugarAdded » Sun Feb 16, 2020 11:08 pm

I've heard that it is common for a clerk's judge to perform the clerk's marriage. Is this true?

I am getting married several months into my clerkship and think it would be fun to have my judge do this. If it is common, how do I go about asking the judge?

Also (and regardless), is it common to invite co-clerks, the secretary, staff attorney, the judge, etc. to the wedding? It seems like if I invite the judge I should probably invite the others since chambers are rather small.

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