Code of Conduct for Supreme Court Law Clerks and Staff Attorneys Back to Outline

Issued by the Supreme Court of Texas to govern behavior of Law Clerks and Staff Attorneys.

Canon 5 Seek and Accept Other Employment

Law clerks and staff attorneys may seek and accept other employment to commence after the completion of their employment here.  But:

a. Law clerks and staff attorneys may participate only in such recruiting activity as would not detract from the dignity of their position or lend itself to an appearance of impropriety.  Law clerks and staff attorneys must restrict their recruiting travel to the home office or office of potential employment and limit reimbursement to those expenses reasonably related to the recruiting process.

b. In negotiating for other employment, the law clerk or staff attorney may not ask for or accept compensation or other employment benefit or the promise of compensation or other employment benefit that is not made equally available by the prospective employer to other prospective employees based on similar academic achievement and work experience whether obtained through government or private sector employment.   

1. If a law clerk or staff attorney, after beginning employment with the Court, interviews with or accepts an offer of employment, he or she must promptly report the name and address of the interviewing firm or prospective employer, in writing, to the Chief Justice, the Justice to whom they are assigned, and to the Clerk. 

2. With respect to employment benefits equally offered by the prospective employer to prospective employees, the law clerk or staff attorney may not accept those benefits after they report for work with the Court and until their employment with the Court is ended.

c. The Clerk of the Court will maintain a list of current law clerks and staff attorneys who have accepted an offer of future employment.  The Clerk will make this list available to the public on request for one year after the law clerk or staff attorney leaves the Court’s employment.

Bluebook Citation

Code of Conduct for Supreme Court Law Clerks and Staff Attorneys. § None, (Texas Center for Legal Ethics, 2023) from https://legalethicstexas.com/resources/rules/code-of-conduct-for-supreme-court-law-clerks-and-staff-attorneys/seek-and-accept-other-employment/ (last visited Feb 07, 2023)