SIU Law student chosen for selective Justice Department program

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SIU Law student chosen for selective Justice Department program

January 30, 2018, by Pete Rosenbery


CARBONDALE, Ill. — With two summers of working in federal court-related positons behind him, SIU School of Law student Cody Benway will soon be headed to a highly selective post within the U.S. Department of Justice. 

Benway recently learned he will start his post-law school legal career participating in the DOJ Attorney General’s Honors Program. Benway was chosen to join the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Office of Administrative Law Judges as the principal law clerk to Judge Mark M. Dowd at the DEA hearing facility in Arlington, Va. A third-year law student at SIU Carbondale, Benway will take his bar exam in July after he graduates in May. He expects to start his one-year DEA judicial clerkship in early September. 

The honors program has been in place since 1953 and is “recognized as the nation’s premier entry-level federal attorney recruitment program,” according to the DOJ website. Graduating law school students and recent law school graduates who entered judicial clerkships, graduate law programs and qualifying legal fellowships within nine months of graduating from law school are eligible. 

“I was very excited just to be selected for an interview,” Benway, the son of Robin and Lee Benway of Peoria, said.

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