Monday, February 27, 2012
The Delaware Judicial Ethics Advisory Committee opines that a judicial clerk may not accept a salary advance from a law firm. Such an advamnce "wouls essentially be an interset-free loan from the firm." Clerks may not receive any firm bonuses or moving expenses until their clerkship ends.
According to the Committee:
A potential solution is for the Clerk to work for the summer at the firm, save up funds from her normal salary, and then start the clerkship. Another solution would be for the advance to issue at the beginning of the summer and be repaid in total over the course of the summer, before the clerkship begins.