Anthony Marroney Noto, J.D. '11
The Dean Acheson Legal Stage Program at the Court of Justice of the European Union is one of the most sought-after internships in the European Union. This unique, prestigious program provides American law school students and recent graduates an extraordinary opportunity to engage in substantive research and work with leading European judges and advocates-general from the European Court of Justice and the General Court (formerly the Court of First Instance).
Only 21 U.S. law schools may nominate candidates, and Seton Hall Law is proud to be a participating school. Eight Seton Hall Law students are former stagiaires, and Anthony Marroney Noto ’11 joins this elite group as one of the 2011-2012 Dean Acheson Stagiaires.
Marroney Noto is assigned to Advocate General Yves Bot, with his term beginning in January 2012. Stagiaires working with an Advocate General of the Court of Justice take part in the research and writing of the Advocate General’s opinions, an experience most akin to a traditional U.S. judicial clerking experience. “Working with Advocate General Bot, I review case files, assist with the drafting of questions for litigants during oral arguments, and from there actually help draft the legal opinions,” he explains. “I do all my work in French, but the work is exciting and I am up for the challenge.”
The Dean Acheson program is a natural next step for Marroney Noto, capping off many years of study focused on European law and politics. Prior to attending Seton Hall Law, Marroney Noto attended New York University where he was accepted into an accelerated bachelor’s to master’s program, earning dual undergraduate degrees in European Studies and Romance Languages and a master’s degree in European Politics and Policy in four years.
Marroney Noto had long considered attending law school after graduation. “My dad was a lawyer and a judge and now he’s the Colorado State Court Administrator. Also, my mom was a legal secretary and then a court clerk for a number of years, so they were a big influence on me,” he explains. “That combined with my studies and interest in European law, politics and policy made law school the logical next step.”
He considered a number of different law schools, but the unique accessibility of the Seton Hall Law faculty was what drove his decision to attend Seton Hall Law. “Before I made my decision I went to an admitted scholars event and met Professor Tracy Kaye – the head of the Dean Acheson Stage program. After hearing about my background she was more than enthusiastic in convincing me to attend Seton Hall Law and apply for the Stage program,” he recalls. “While I was there, several other members of the faculty came over of their own volition to speak with me and encourage me to attend Seton Hall Law. And I realized that my experience wasn’t just a gimmick or recruitment tool – that kind of treatment continued once I was a student. Many of the other schools I looked at had faculty that was excellent in the classroom but did not encourage a relationship beyond that of student and teacher.”
“Seton Hall Law also offered courses that weren’t available at other schools –specifically the classes on European Union Law and European Legal History,” he continues. “And I also feel very fortunate to have taken those classes with Professor Catherine McCauliff. She’s not only a great teacher but also a great mentor and friend. I still keep in touch with her regularly.”
Not long after graduation, Marroney Noto received his offer to work in the Chambers of Advocate General Bot. After the bar exam, he worked with the Essex County Prosecutor’s Cyber Crimes Unit as a Senior Fellow.
He says, “The European Court of Justice is unique because it is the final court of Justice for the European Union – it is basically their Supreme Court. As an American it is a rare opportunity to visit the Court, let alone be able to work with and see things from the judges and the advocates'-general perspective.”
Marroney Noto writes about his experience Luxembourg as a stagairein a blog, Co(e)ur de Justice: An American in Luxembourg. Visit the blog at www.ecjstagiaire.blogspot.com.