As a cool kick-off article, I thought I would direct readers to a story I saw over at law.com. The article discusses the custom practice of Supreme Court Justices requesting that former clerks argue cases that others have simply abandoned. Justice Stevens provides the most recent example of this practice by his offer to Amanda Cohen Leiter, former clerk and current professor at Catholic University's Columbus School of law, to make her first oral argument before the Supreme Court. So this is one cool long-term perk of landing a Supreme Court clerkship that
[m]ost often . . . happens because the government no longer embraces the position it would be expected to espouse at argument. Rather than dismiss the case, the Court will name a lawyer -- almost always a former clerk -- to advance the orphaned argument, guaranteeing a full airing of both sides.
Indeed, esteemed appellate practitioners like John Roberts and Maureen Mahoney got their first case assignments this same way. Check out the article.