Fordham Law Alumna Selected for South African ClerkshipJuly 01, 2009
Isy India Geronimo '07 has been chosen for a clerkship with the Constitutional Court of South Africa, the highest court in that country for constitutional matters. Geronimo was one of four foreign clerks chosen among many applicants from around the world.
Geronimo will begin the six-month long clerkship in January 2011 under Justice Johann van der Westhuizen. Her responsibilities will include conducting detailed research on South African Constitutional Law, writing analytical summaries of counsel's argument and evidence, preparing pre-hearing memoranda, and supporting the judge in court.
"The Constitutional Court embraces human rights and considers the jurisprudence of other nations in its decision-making process," said Geronimo. "The clerkship will enrich my understanding of human rights and familiarize me with its use in everyday litigation."
Geronimo learned about the clerkship while working in South Africa on a fact-finding mission as a Fordham Law Crowley scholar. With support from Professors Dan Capra, Bruce Green, Catherine Powell, and Gemma Solimene, she applied for a range of domestic and international clerkships.
"Fordham’s faculty has been exceptionally supportive and helpful as I applied for various clerkships post-graduation," Geronimo said. "Fordham Law professors have been an invaluable resource, and I feel comfortable knowing that I can turn to them at any point of my career."
Geronimo was selected on the basis of her writing ability, knowledge of international human rights law and comparative jurisprudence, research skills, and performance in law school. She will use the clerkship to learn more about the implementation of international human rights standards within a domestic legal system. She then plans to translate this human rights knowledge into a career as a civil rights attorney working on impact litigation in the United States.
After graduating from Fordham Law, Geronimo clerked for Judge Carter at the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. She then worked as a Marvin M. Karpatkin Fellow in the Racial Justice Program of the national office of the American Civil Liberties Union and will be clerking for Judge Damon Keith on the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals in late August. Before her clerkship at the Constitutional Court of South Africa begins, she will work for several months at the Legal Resources Centre, a human rights organization in South Africa, where she will research access to education in South Africa.
The Constitutional Court of South Africa, located in Johannesburg, was created by the country’s first democratic constitution in 1994. The court is one of the many bodies that defend the rights of South Africans.
Contact: Stephen Eichinger