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29 E. Seventh Street
St. Louis, Missouri 63122
September 8, 2009
Ms. Cynthia L. Bowling
Recruiting Coordinator
Rothgerber & Appel
One Tabor Center
1200 Seventeenth
Denver, Colorado 63108
Dear Ms. Bowling:
I am a second year law student at Saint Louis University School of Law, currently ranked in the top
20% of my class, and am writing to express my interest in a law clerk position with Rothgerber & Appel for
the summer of 2009. I am interested in your firm because of its developed summer clerkship program,
strong presence in the environmental law area and commitment to environmental causes. As a long-time
resident of Idaho, your firm’s current representation of The Friends of the Environment in the Snake River
litigation matter is of great interest to me. As I intend to practice law
in the Denver area upon my graduation from law school, I will be sitting for the Colorado Bar
Examination.
Last summer, I worked as a faculty fellow for Professor John Griesbach at Saint Louis University School of
Law. In this capacity, I extensively researched federal and state environmental laws and regulations, with a
particular emphasis on air and water pollution. In addition, I reviewed, edited and cite-checked an
environmental law article that is due for publication in the American Bar Journal’s Spring 2005 edition. My
research and writing skills were further developed during my law school career, as evidenced by my
receipt of an Academic Excellence Award in Legal Research and Writing
II for the highest grade in the class.
In addition to my research and writing skills, I have practical legal experience through my current
internship at the law school’s in-house civil clinic. Working as an intern in the family law unit, I have
become versed in the drafting of pleadings, motions and discovery. I routinely meet with clients to
obtain background, financial and medical information necessary for the completion of income,
expense and property statements, and to discuss the status of cases. I also assist attorneys with trial
preparation, including organizing case files, preparing trial binders and securing trial exhibits. I trust
that my research and writing skills, coupled with my practical legal experience, can be of benefit to
your firm and its clients.
I would appreciate the opportunity to meet with you when I am in Denver the week of October 15,
2008, to discuss your firm’s summer law clerk position and my qualifications. I will contact your office
next week to arrange an interview. If you should have any questions or require further information in
the interim, please contact me by telephone at 314-977-2729 or e-mail at j aldini@slu.edu. Thank you
for your time and consideration. I look forward to speaking with you soon.
Very truly yours,
Jerry T. Aldini
Jerry T. Aldini
Enclosures: resume, unofficial transcript, writing sample, references list and letter of recommendation
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