Judicial Law Clerk, US Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims
“Why should we hire you?” The panel of judges asked Giovanni Di Maggio ’12.
“Because I have more practical experience than anyone else who is applying,” Giovanni recalls replying. He wasn’t trying to brag — just speak the truth. “No other law school can match the level of hands-on experience that Northeastern gives its students,” he says.
The judges apparently agreed, hiring Giovanni for a sought-after yearlong post-graduate clerkship. Between co-ops and the rigor of upper-level courses such as Federal Courts and the Federal System, what Giovanni calls “one of the most challenging courses at the law school,” he hit the ground running.
“I remember the first day in Federal Courts — it seemed like an unclimbable mountain. Professor [Lucy] Williams was so supportive, so encouraging — she made me believe in my own potential,” he notes. “That came in handy during my first clerkship, particularly when I encountered complex legal issues or cases of first impression.”
Giovanni spent his first co-op drafting motions and other pleadings in civil actions in the US District Court and the US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.
As a PHRGE (Program on Human Rights and the Global Economy) fellow, Giovanni re-wrote a chapter on US asylum law for an update of the publication “Examining Asylum Seekers.”
Giovanni served as patent law research assistant to Professor Kara Swanson and as an immigration law research assistant to Professor Rachel Rosenbloom.
Giovanni drafted appellate briefs defending decisions of the Board of Immigration Appeals on review before the US Courts of Appeals and also provided support for an immigration case in US District Court.
Giovanni served as a teaching assistant to Professor Martha Davis for Constitutional Law.
Working alongside federal prosecutors tasked with protecting the rights and liberties of both citizens and non-citizens, Giovanni researched and wrote legal memoranda relating to criminal civil rights prosecutions in US District Courts.
At the conclusion of this clerkship, Giovanni will head to another impressive judicial clerkship with the US District Court for the District of Columbia.