Andrew Goetz was delighted when he was named a Darrow Scholar. "The Darrow felt like an extraordinary honor—something that I worked hard to live up to." One of the things that he most appreciated about his time at Michigan was the opportunity to participate in the clinical law program. "It was intellectually challenging and it was interesting—and it provided me with firsthand experience about what it would be like to practice law." Having the Darrow also enabled him to take full advantage of Michigan Law's offerings such as participating in the Henry M. Campbell Moot Court Competition and serving as the notes editor for Volume 105 of the Michigan Law Review.
Goetz joined the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Michigan in 2010. Today, he is the appellate chief—a role he's held since August 2018—and manages the office's appellate staff and caseload before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. One thing he loves is the diversity of the work. From drafting and revising appellate briefs, to reviewing adverse decisions and evaluating the odds of success on appeal, to consulting within the office on complicated legal questions that arise during district court cases or investigations, every day presents new challenges. One of Goetz's favorite parts of the job is the opportunity to argue cases before the Sixth Circuit. Having just completed his 30th oral argument before the Sixth Circuit, Goetz is proud of his career and the experiences it's afforded him. "It's one of the many things that I appreciate about working for the Department of Justice: I've had more opportunities to litigate in federal court—and more responsibility over complex cases—than I ever would have thought possible at this point in my career."
Prior to his tenure as appellate chief, Goetz was a senior litigation counsel at the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Michigan, where he organized indictment reviews and trial-team meetings. He put in place the office's attorney-training program, advised the office on policy changes, and consulted attorneys when legal questions arose during cases. Goetz also spent three years as the deputy chief of the office's appellate division, where he helped manage the staff and caseload and litigated some of the office's more complex cases.
Immediately following graduation, Goetz clerked for The Hon. Mary Beth Briscoe of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. He then worked as an associate at WilmerHale representing corporations, financial institutions, and individuals under investigation by federal and state regulatory authorities before joining the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Michigan.
When asked what the Darrow means to him and why he's grateful to have been a recipient, Goetz is quick to use the word opportunity to describe the most meaningful aspect of his scholarship. "It gave me the chance to pursue public service earlier in my career than I otherwise could have. I’m very grateful for that opportunity."
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