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5 Minutes with Former Clerk Josh Tannen

Associate, New York


Courts: U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
Judges: The Honorable Reena Raggi, The Honorable Edward R. Korman
Why did you choose to join S&C after your clerkships?
I chose to join S&C after my clerkships because I knew that I would have the opportunity to work on a diverse array of complicated legal problems across a broad spectrum of areas of the law.  Within the first year, I’ve been a part of case teams dealing with state and federal appeals, civil and criminal investigations, and antitrust, contract, and securities litigation across a multitude of industries – frequently requiring the exercise of different analytical approaches, but all similar insofar as they necessitate the disentangling of complex legal knots.  I also chose to join S&C because I knew I would be hard pressed to find a better group of lawyers to learn from along the way – hard-working, smart, and genuinely interested in the work in front of them.
How does your clerkship experience inform your practice today?
A big part of clerking is learning about advocacy – you watch attorneys argue, you evaluate arguments in briefs, you become an advocate to your co-clerks and to your judge, and, importantly, you receive the regular feedback of a judge who has many more years of experience in assessing and resolving legal arguments than you do.  As a result, clerking informs my practice on a daily basis because it prompts me to chase down every potential theory, to contemplate the way in which a case might progress if we were to open one door versus another, and, ultimately, to search until I have identified the most effective way of presenting a client’s case.

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