Texas A&M Law Student To Clerk For Texas Court Of Criminal Appeals
Megan Reed, a third-year Texas A&M University School of Law student, has earned a clerkship with the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals—the state’s highest criminal court.
Shortly after starting her law school career, Reed discovered the Innocence Project, igniting a professional passion for criminal law advocacy. Mike Ware is Texas A&M’s Innocence Project professor and the executive director of the Innocence Project of Texas.
“I had considered corporate law, but what I quickly realized after working with Mike Ware was how much I enjoyed criminal law, especially innocence work,” Reed said. “I found myself wanting to stay up late and work on these projects, making my professional path very clear.”
Reed’s Innocence Project work served her well in her pursuit of the clerkship.
“My first interview turned out to be with Judge David Newell, who wrote the majority opinion for some of Mike’s clients, known as the San Antonio Four, granting their actual innocence claim,” Reed said.
Building on her prior experience interning for Judge Carolyn King on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit and Chief Judge Lee Rosenthal in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas, Reed will clerk for Judge Newell from September 2018 to August 2019. During her clerkship, she will work closely with both Judge Newell and his career clerk while learning the intricacies of the state’s criminal justice system.
“I’ve never given up looking for the position I wanted,” said Reed, who is listening to SCOTUS podcasts and studying upcoming cases in preparation for the role.
“The opportunity to work in this environment is absolutely invaluable,” she added. “I’m excited to work with a seasoned career clerk and also serve in an adviser capacity, discussing the complex legal issues with Judge Newell.”
This story was published originally by the Texas A&M School of Law.
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