This past summer, Caryn Davies ’13 competed in her third Olympic Games as a member of the U.S. women’s rowing team. It was the culmination of years of training, and may prove to be the last Olympics she competes in. But prior to leaving for the London games, Davies, a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar at the Law School, had more pressing matters to attend to: submitting her judicial clerkship application materials.
“The two months leading up to the Olympics was the period in time I was supposed to be applying,” she says. “I was going through the team selection process during the day, then coming home every night and scouring the OSCAR website [an online resource that lists clerkship opportunities].”
Davies ultimately won her second gold medal in London (her first came in Beijing in 2008) and managed to complete her applications before the deadline. Her ability to multitask on a global level will come in handy this fall when she begins clerking for Judge Richard Clifton, a Honolulu-based member of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit.
Before making the trip to Hawaii, Davies will finish up a semester of coursework as part of the Columbia-Oxford Alliance in Law and Finance at Oxford University. Since January, Davies has been studying comparative and European corporate law, the economics of corporate transactions, and financial regulation alongside Oxford University students who are pursuing master’s degrees in law and finance. No more than five Columbia Law School students are chosen each year to participate in the program.
While she enjoyed the time spent building an expertise in law and finance issues, Davies notes that her upcoming clerkship will serve to expand her focus beyond business law. The 9th Circuit encompasses the entire West Coast, Alaska, and Hawaii—all regions of the U.S. that can produce myriad environmental law cases. And Davies is excited about the prospect of further exploring that area of law. During her second year at the Law School, Davies wrote an article titled “The Argument for a National Carbon Bounty: Solving the Energy-Environment Disconnect,” which was published in The New York Environmental Lawyer.
“I’m looking forward to coming back to constitutional law and environmental law,” she says. “It will be nice to broaden my experience again.”