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June 14: Carnegie Mellon Student Selected as Judicial Intern for United States Supreme Court

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Carnegie Mellon Student Selected
as Judicial Intern for United States Supreme Court

Andrew RobbPITTSBURGH—Andrew Robb, a junior majoring in ethics, history and public policy at Carnegie Mellon University, has been selected as a judicial intern at the Supreme Court of the United States. The Supreme Court's Judicial Internship Program provides advanced undergraduates and graduating seniors who have interests in law, management and the social sciences with a unique opportunity to develop professionally by working in the Office of the Counselor to the Chief Justice.

The Office of the Counselor assists Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. in his overall management of the Supreme Court. The counselor serves as a liaison for the chief justice, not only within the federal judiciary, but also with the executive and legislative branches. The office further assists the chief justice in his ceremonial duties and provides background materials and research for his public addresses and publications.

"Andrew is an exceptional student with a strong interest in public service and constitutional law, and this experience will give him a solid understanding of how the judicial branch operates," said Joseph E. Devine, associate dean for undergraduate studies for the College of Humanities & Social Sciences and the university's pre-law adviser. "He's the first Carnegie Mellon student to receive this highly competitive and sought after internship, and it paves the way for our future pre-law students."

Robb is one of two judicial interns this summer that will work under the direction of the Supreme Court fellow and perform important office tasks, which include summarizing news articles and preparing memoranda and correspondence. He also will conduct background research for speeches and briefings provided to foreign dignitaries and may participate in diverse research and organizational projects conducted by the Supreme Court fellow and counselor.

This past semester, Robb, who will be the 2010-11 president of Carnegie Mellon's undergraduate mock trial association, completed an independent study on the Supreme Court with Kiron K. Skinner, associate professor of social and decision sciences and director of the International Relations and Politics Program. "Andrew is deeply interested in all aspects of the U.S. judicial system. He is in the process of mastering an enormous amount of research on the Supreme Court. Thus, I was not surprised to learn that he had been selected for one of the most prestigious internships in Washington," Skinner said.

Robb will intern through August before returning to Carnegie Mellon for his senior year.

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Pictured above is Andrew Robb, a junior majoring in ethics, history and public policy, who is serving as a judicial intern at the Supreme Court of the United States this summer.