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Our Issues & Appeals Practice offers lawyers unsurpassed opportunities to develop their careers, working on the most important and challenging cases, including Supreme Court, appellate, and trial-level matters. Lawyers in the practice enjoy significant responsibilities early in their careers, and the Firm and the practice have a strong commitment to providing development opportunities for associates. The geographical breadth and strength of our practice sets it apart from many other law firms and provides significant opportunities for its lawyers nationwide.  

Many of our lawyers started in our summer associate program and joined the practice after completing law school or clerkships. Other lawyers joined us laterally after clerkships, government positions, or other jobs.
Peter Davids (San Francisco)
Stanford University Law School, 2003
Law Clerk to Judge A. Wallace Tashima, U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit (2003-2004)
Midway through my Ninth Circuit clerkship, I began receiving a surprisingly large number of invitations and offers from law firms across the country...In the end, because I wanted to be an appellate lawyer and had a strong interest in criminal defense, Jones Day was the clear choice.

Midway through my Ninth Circuit clerkship, I began receiving a surprisingly large number of invitations and offers from law firms across the country.I had never felt in such high demand professionally, and with all those options, I wanted to make the best employment choice possible.I interviewed with a number of outstanding firms, and the solicitude with which they treated me heightened the initial difficulty of the decision.In the end, because I wanted to be an appellate lawyer and had a strong interest in criminal defense, Jones Day was the clear choice.The breadth and depth of the Firm’s appellate and white-collar criminal defense practices, the opportunity to argue cases in every circuit and in the Supreme Court, and the Firm’s active commitment to pro bono appeals are unparalleled.  In my first year at Jones Day, I wrote three Ninth Circuit briefs; worked on criminal and habeas corpus appeals pending before the Eighth, Ninth, and Tenth Circuits; and helped to prepare a colleague for a Supreme Court argument.  I also wrote and argued motions in district court cases and am currently working on a federal death penalty case at the trial court level.  I am convinced that no other firm or government position would have offered me anywhere near as many high-quality assignments.

Traci Lovitt (New York)
Duke University Law School, 1997

Law Clerk to Judge Ralph K. Winter, U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit (1997-1998); Law Clerk to Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, U.S. Supreme Court (1998-1999)
Choosing Jones Day was easy. In fact, I decided to come to Jones Day twice, once after initially moving to New York, and once after returning from government service. Jones Day was the only firm in New York that offered the opportunity to work with great lawyers on interesting appellate matters and cutting-edge legal questions in trial courts. 

Choosing Jones Day was easy. In fact, I decided to come to Jones Day twice, once after initially moving to New York, and once after returning from government service. Jones Day was the only firm in New York that offered the opportunity to work with great lawyers on interesting appellate matters and cutting-edge legal questions in trial courts. And only Jones Day offered me a chance to work on a variety of matters, from product liability cases to securities litigation, and everything in between. I jumped at the chance to work here, and have never second-guessed that decision. Even when I accepted a once-in-a-lifetime offer to join the U.S. Solicitor General's Office, the Firm was very supportive, making it clear that I would be welcomed back when I was done. When it came time to return to private practice, my only call was to Jones Day. No other firm could match its litigation practice in terms of quality of work, diversity of matters, and opportunities to take on leadership roles in cases.
Lee DeJulius, Jr. (Pittsburgh)
University of Notre Dame Law School, 2002
Law Clerk to Judge Diarmuid F. O'Scannlain, U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit (2002-2003); Law Clerk to Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist, U.S. Supreme Court (2003-2004)
It's the best of both worlds: to live and work in a smaller market, yet have the resources, clients, and sophistication of one of the world’s largest and best law firms.
Jones Day provides the opportunity to have a worldwide, world-class litigation practice - in Pittsburgh, a city with a great lifestyle balance. And consistent with the depth and breadth of Jones Day's litigation practice, I have been able to analyze, brief, and argue motions regarding complex and novel legal issues in appellate and trial courts across the country. It's the best of both worlds: to live and work in a smaller market, yet have the resources, clients, and sophistication of one of the world's largest and best law firms.