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July 2009

Release Date: July 7, 2009ASU Logo

ASU Government Student Lands Supreme Court Internship

Angelo State University senior Kyle Ratliff will find himself in the big leagues, legally speaking, when he begins an internship in the Supreme Court of the United States this fall.

The government major from Seminole will work in the high court from Aug. 31 until the Christmas holidays.

His duties haven’t been assigned yet, but Ratliff could work in the Supreme Court clerk’s office, which initially screens all cases that come into the court and handles calls from attorneys seeking updates. The clerk’s office also inputs all cases into a database and makes certain they meet the requirements to go before the Supreme Court.

Additionally, Ratliff could be assigned to the Supreme Court Bar Association, the organization to which any attorney seeking to file a case with the high court must belong. They also must be licensed in their own state and be in good standing for three years. Ratliff said that if he is assigned those duties, he would be dealing with the bar membership and would have more day-to-day contact with attorneys.

Ratliff said he was looking for an internship in Washington, D.C. in the spring when he applied for the Supreme Court position and with several congressmen. After not receiving word from the Supreme Court, he opted for an internship offered by 23rd District Rep. Ciro Rodriguez of San Antonio.

A Supreme Court representative recommended that Ratliff apply for a fall internship to which he was accepted. He said the high court usually only selects two or three applicants for internship sessions and generally no more than five.

Ratliff will graduate from ASU in December after receiving credit for the internship and completing an independent research study course with Dr. Casey Jones of the ASU Government Department. He plans to attend law school and then practice international or corporate law.