Galen Bascom '13 Named Solicitor General's Office Bristow Fellow
Galen Bascom, a 2013 graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law, has been chosen to serve as one of four Bristow Fellows in the Office of the Solicitor General in the U.S. Department of Justice.
"I was thrilled [when I found out]," Bascom said. "It took a little while to sink in."
Bascom, who is currently clerking for Chief Judge Merrick Garland of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, will begin her one-year stint as a Bristow Fellow this summer.
As a Bristow Fellow, Bascom will help attorneys in the Solicitor General's Office draft briefs in opposition to certiorari filed against the government in the Supreme Court, prepare petitions for certiorari and briefs on the merits in Supreme Court cases, make recommendations to the Solicitor General about government appeals in the lower courts, and assist in the preparation of oral arguments in the Supreme Court.
"I'm most looking forward to getting the chance to work with some of the very best advocates in the country," she said. "I anticipate that one big challenge will be the pace of the work."
While at UVA Law, Bascom took part in the Supreme Court Litigation Clinic, notably helping to draft the opening petition in a federal firearms case, Rosemond v. United States, which was heard by the Supreme Court in November.
At graduation Bascom received the Margaret G. Hyde Award, which the faculty awards to an outstanding member of the class for his or her scholarship, character, personality, activities in the affairs of the school and promise of efficiency.
In October 2012, she also received the Jackson Walker LLP Award, which is given to the UVA Law student with the highest grade-point average in his or her class after four semesters.
Bascom said that a number of courses at UVA Law have proven particularly useful during her clerkship, including Federal Courts, Administrative Law and Federal Income Tax. "Although I can't say for sure, I expect I'll find them just as useful next year," she said.
After her first year of law school, Bascom worked as a research assistant for Professor Rachel Harmon.
"She not only gathered and organized materials for my course (and eventual casebook) on law governing the police, she helped develop a conceptual structure for a significant section of the book," Harmon said. "She was so good, she has made it hard for me to hire research assistants since then. And if that were not enough, she's a lovely, interesting person."
For her second summer job, Bascom worked at the law firm Boies, Schiller & Flexner in New York City.
Bascom said she is not sure at this point about where her career will take her, but believes she would enjoy practicing at a firm or working in legal academia.
Bascom thanked the UVA Law community for its support.
"I would not be in this position without the incredible support of my friends and professors from UVA," she said.
Professor Caleb Nelson said Bascom is going to do a "terrific" job as a Bristow Fellow.
"She's exceptionally smart, and she's also thoughtful — someone with tremendous analytical abilities and the patience to use them right," he said. "She challenged herself throughout law school, and she excelled at everything that she did. She also has an impressive array of other interests; she's remarkably well balanced. She represents everything that's great about UVA."
Founded in 1819, the University of Virginia School of Law is the second-oldest continuously operating law school in the nation. Consistently ranked among the top law schools, Virginia is a world-renowned training ground for distinguished lawyers and public servants, instilling in them a commitment to leadership, integrity and community service.