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From Lawyer To Judge And Back Again: An Interview With Gary Feinerman

From Lawyer To Judge And Back Again: An Interview With Gary Feinerman

Why did Judge Feinerman leave the bench, and what are his plans at Latham & Watkins?

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Being a federal judge is a dream job for many lawyers. Why would anyone want to leave it behind?

And yet that’s what several high-profile, highly regarded judges have been doing in recent months. One of them is Gary Feinerman, who stepped down as a judge of the U.S. District Court of the Northern District of Illinois at the end of last year, then joined the Chicago office of Latham & Watkins just last month.

Why on earth did Judge Feinerman leave the bench? I asked him that and much more—including what it was like to clerk for Justice Kennedy alongside two future Supreme Court justices, how he became a federal judge, how he funneled his clerks into SCOTUS clerkships as a “feeder judge,” and what type of practice he plans to build at Latham & Watkins—in this latest episode of the Original Jurisdiction podcast.

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Original Jurisdiction, a podcast about law and the legal profession, features host David Lat interviewing some of the most interesting, influential, and important people in the world of law. It's the companion podcast to Lat's Substack newsletter of the same name. You can follow David on Twitter (@DavidLat) or email him at davidlat@substack.com, and you can subscribe to his newsletter at davidlat.substack.com.