Quinnipiac University

Law student selected for prestigious clerkship with Connecticut Supreme Court

November 12, 2021

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Alexa Massad, JD ’22, will put her new law degree to use next summer when she begins a judicial clerkship with Connecticut Supreme Court Justice Andrew McDonald.

Massad starts the yearlong clerkship in June. In her new role, she will review submissions by parties in legal proceedings; conduct legal research on issues presented in court; and write draft opinions of the court (a document providing the court’s decision on a legal issue).

The application process for this position began in Spring ‘21, and Massad was selected after an interview with Justice McDonald. Each Connecticut Supreme Court justice has a permanent clerk and annually chooses an additional clerk to assist in the disposition of cases.

“I’m excited to have the opportunity to be a part of our state judicial system in action. I’m looking forward to gaining a better understanding of the functioning of our Supreme Court while advancing my research and writing skills,” said Massad.

Massad is the editor-in-chief of the “Quinnipiac Law Review”. In addition to editorial and administrative duties, Massad oversees the 32 law students currently working on the “Quinnipiac Law Review”: Second-year law students act as editorial staff, while third-year law students sit on its editorial board.

Massad was also selected by the previous editorial board to have her article, “Title IX—Where Is It Now and Where Should It Go?: Analysis of Existing Policy on Campus Sexual Harassment and Recommendations for Modification”, published in the upcoming volume.

Before attending Quinnipiac’s School of Law, Massad worked in the pharmaceutical communications industry. She holds a Bachelor of Science in allied health science with a minor in chemistry from the University of Connecticut. Though she initially planned to work in health law, Massad said she looks forward to the clerkship as an opportunity to survey a variety of legal issues.

“I’m interested in litigation and am hoping the clerkship will expose me to new areas of the law,” said Massad. “It will be an enriching experience to research the law’s nuances, as well as to witness the Court’s contemplation of issues that haven’t been addressed before.”

Massad will work at the Connecticut Supreme Court building in Hartford.

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