Raul Alberto Sanchez Urribarri
sanchezu at MAILBOX.SC.EDU
Fri Jun 9 12:45:29 PDT 2006
Between the USA model (where clerks tend to be brilliant, but relatively
inexperienced JDs) and the German model depicted by Prof. Kommers (with highly
experienced, career-clerks having a huge influence in judicial decision-
making), we should find different types of arrangements. For instance, in
Venezuela, every Justice has its own team, probably of 5 to
10 lawyers, organized in terms of experience and specialty. The 'top-rank'
clerks, by default, are experienced lawyers who tend to spend most of their
careers at the court (and even survive the eventual justices-replacement
events). Some of them started their professional lives in the court and were
promoted according to their own expertise. Others arrive in the Court after a
few years of private practice or experience at bureaucratic agencies.
On the other hand, the 'lower-rank' clerks tend to be young lawyers, with
strong qualifications, and their work is normally supervised by the more
I am inclined to believe that this 'mixed' model is followed in other Latin
American jurisdictions. I would certainly appreciate comments on this point.
It would be interesting to hear from overseas list members, in order to have a
better idea of the cross-country variation in this region, and elsewhere.
Raul A. Sanchez Urribarri, LL.M.
Ph.D. Candidate in Political Science
Department of Political Science
University of South Carolina
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