Law Student Update: RNLA's Horn Fund Honors Founding Chair Bob Horn

In 1985 Bob Horn founded RNLA and he was actively involved until his passing on Thursday, February 27, 2020. Many, from law student members to the current RNC Chair Ronna McDaniel sent their tributes and left comments praising Bob for a life well lived. At his memorial service all the great people who were in attendance from around the country, despite the fact it was at the start of the COVID-19 shutdowns, was a tribute to Bob . I sat next to Harvey Tettlebaum, who flew in from Missouri, but as I looked around the Temple there were RNLA leaders from the past and the present, young and old, all races, women and men, etc. It was a great tribute to Bob that he would have enjoyed.

Bob’s legacy to RNLA is broad and long lasting. We have named the Chairman’s Award after him in recognition of his 21-year tenure as RNLA Chair. But his most tangible legacy may be the Bob Horn Law Student Fund. Bob spent his last few months raising money for a fund for RNLA law students and others have donated to it as well, in his honor. (A special thanks to RNLA Member Dan Backer for helping get it started!)

The Horn Fund is used to help our law student chapters host events, law students attend national events, and for our law clerks' stipend.


I would like to give a shoutout to our current law clerk, Joshua Anderson.

Joshua Anderson is a second year law student at the University of Tennessee College of Law. His main interests are civil litigation and governmental law. During his 1L summer, Joshua worked as a law clerk with the Tennessee Secretary of State's Office, Division of Elections, where he assisted with pending litigation, and on an interim basis supervised the felon restoration of voting rights process. Joshua will spend his 2L summer first clerking for a private law firm in Chattanooga and second for the Tennessee Attorney General's Office. Joshua currently serves as an articles editor for the Tennessee Law Review and as a research editor for the Tennessee Journal of Law and Policy. Joshua also recently competed in the University of Tennessee's Advocates Prize Competition, where he had the opportunity to argue in front of several U.S. Court of Appeals Circuit Judges. He and his co-counsel walked away with both the Best Team and Second Best Brief Awards. Joshua previously graduated with high honors from Maryville College with a bachelor's degree in political science. 


We are now looking for Summer and Fall 2020 law clerks. Fall law clerks are part-time and Summer law clerks are full-time. Here are some details for the summer law clerk position (it is similar for the Fall, except then it is not full-time):

The Republican National Lawyers Association is seeking a full-time Summer Law Clerk to assist with a range of election law issues and research. The RNLA clerkship is a quasi-legal clerkship focusing on political and legal issues and is best for those considering a career in politics, conservative/libertarian advocacy, public policy, and election law. The clerk must be available July 5 through 11.  The Clerk will have the option of attending and volunteering at the 2020 Republican Convention. 

A small stipend will be provided. Working remotely is an option. If interested, please email your cover letter, resume, and short writing sample to RNLA Legal Counsel Lisa Dixon


Bob’s memory lives on in our older members who remember working with him. His legacy to RNLA through the Bob Horn Law Student Fund will live on for our younger members.