Chief Judge Scott W. Stucky
United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces
450 E St., NW
Washington, DC 20442-0001


The United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces exercises world-wide appellate jurisdiction over court-martial cases involving U.S. military personnel. Cases on our docket address a broad range of legal issues, including constitutional law, evidence, administrative law, and national security law. Our decisions are subject to direct review by the Supreme Court of the United States. Our clerks perform an important public service in an environment designed to enhance their legal skills. The Court's web site contains useful information about the Court, including recent decisions.

Chief Judge Stucky is a native of Kansas and graduated from Wichita State University (1970) and Harvard Law School (1973). He served as an Air Force judge advocate on active duty from 1973 to 1978. Judge Stucky was legislative counsel and principal legislative counsel to the Department of the Air Force from 1983 to 1996. From 1996 to 2006, he served as general counsel and minority counsel to the Senate Committee on Armed Services. He was appointed to the Court by President Bush on December 20, 2006. Judge Stucky is a retired colonel in the Air Force Reserve.


  • Chief Judge Stucky anticipates two openings for full-time term clerks beginning August 2019 for a two-year period (2019-2021).
  • Consideration will be given to:
    • Students who have completed at least two years of law school at the time of application, and
    • Attorneys who have been in practice for less than three years at the time of application.
  • The compensation for clerks is similar to that at other federal courts.
  • Application period: From July 2, 2018, until the position is filled.

  • Chief Judge Stucky will not be hiring a summer intern for 2018. Information about 2019 openings will be posted on this web site when available.



NOTE: Chief Judge Stucky does not follow the Federal Judges Law Clerk Hiring Plan.  Applications may be submitted at any time during the application period.


  • Candidates should submit: 
    • Brief cover letter
    • Resume
    • Law school transcript (a photocopy is acceptable)
    • Two letters of recommendation from faculty members or employers familiar with the candidate's legal work, and
    • Writing sample.
  • Please submit applications via U.S. Mail (allow 10-14 days for delivery) or a commercial delivery service.  Do not submit via fax or E-mail.
  • The Judge is aware that your recommendation letters may not be available to you at the time you submit your application. If necessary, we encourage applicants to forward their package without the recommendation letters. Please include in your application package a list of the names and contact information of those who are writing recommendations on your behalf.
  • All candidates who submit a complete application will be notified when the selection process has been completed.
  • All candidates must:
    • Possess U.S. Citizenship or be a U.S. National; and
    • Complete a favorable Background Investigation leading to a secret security clearance.


CONTACT: Jim Young or Ed McGugin, (202) 761-1461.

United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces • 450 E Street, NW Washington, DC 20442-0001
(202) 761-1448 / DSN 763-1448 • (202) 761-4672 fax