From July 2007 to July 2008, Erin Morrow Hawley had a front-row seat to the inner workings of the highest court in the land when she served as a U.S. Supreme Court law clerk to Chief Justice John G. Roberts. Now an associate law professor at the University of Missouri, she’s turned that experience and her appellate work across the country into valuable insight for her students.
What inspired you to get involved in the justice system? As a college student, I interned in Washington, D.C., and observed lawmakers debating statutes that would profoundly impact the lives of individual people. This connection between the law and people inspired me to go to law school. As a professor, I try to encourage students to use their legal training to benefit both their clients and their communities.
What has been your favorite part of the job? My favorite part of teaching is watching the confidence of students blossom as they realize that they can be excellent attorneys and serve their clients and communities well.
What is something that would surprise people about you? I was (literally) riding horses before I could walk and grew up on a cow-calf ranch in a rural county where cows outnumber people 40 to one.