Fordham Law

Alumna Julie Yap '05 Selected as Supreme Court Fellow

June 30, 2011

Julie Yap '05 has been selected as the 2011-2012 Supreme Court Fellow assigned to the Administrative Office of the United States Courts. The Fellows Program was created in 1973 by late Chief Justice Warren E. Burger to provide promising individuals with a firsthand understanding of the federal government, in particular the judicial branch. Fellows are selected by a commission composed of nine members selected by the Chief Justice of the United States.

As a fellow, Yap's duties will include the analysis and implementation of studies requested by Congress or the Judicial Conference, researching the federal rulemaking process, and drafting publications on administrative issues of itnerest to judges. Her fellowship begins in the fall in the Office of Judges' Programs.

Each year, fellows work with top officials in the judicial branch of government. With assignments at the Supreme Court, the Federal Judicial Center, the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts, and the U.S. Sentencing Commission, fellows have been involved in various projects examining the federal judicial process and seeking, proposing, and implementing solutions to problems in the administration of justice. In the words of Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr., the program offers "a unique opportunity for exceptional individuals to contribute to the administration of justice at the national level."

Yap has clerked for the Honorable Frank C. Damrell, Jr., of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of California for more than five years. In that role, she advises on case management, prepares draft memoranda and orders and bench memoranda in civil and criminal cases, and manages issues in jury trials, including evidentiary issues and jury instruction. She also provides research and assistance to Judge Damrell with his work on the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation.

Since 2007, Yap has taught at the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, as an adjunct professor in legal research and writing and most recently in complex civil litigation. She has also published on environmental law and national security.

Yap earned her B.A. in both performance theater and classical languages and literature at Fordham before enrolling at the Law School.