Supreme Court Spring2011

As part of the political science course “Law, Politics and the Supreme Court,” students and Political Science Associate Professor Joe Kobylka are spending spring break 2011 in Washington, D.C. The students are conducting research on Supreme Court cases at the Library of Congress.

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A new pet: Brennan the Bear

Kevin.jpg An update from Kevin, a junior majoring in political science, economics and public policy who is investigating the roots of the Rehnquist Court’s federalism revolution on questions of Congress’ commerce power and sovereign immunity claims under the Eleventh Amendment:

Well, I can’t believe this trip came and went as quickly as it did! I have had so much fun with all of the members of this class and have learned so much more about my topic. I am really grateful to the Richter Foundation, the Honors Program, and Professor Kobylka for this tremendous opportunity.

Our last full day of research was pretty uneventful. However, it was extremely rewarding as I finished up the major cases that I had wanted to and am now prepared to make the final touches on my primary research in our limited amount of research time on Saturday. Another hallmark of my day today was Ashley venturing over to the Supreme Court to grab lunch because she consented to grab me a Supreme Court bear (which I named Brennan the Bear)! Brennan has the official Seal of the United States Supreme Court on his belly and is one of the most adorable pets ever!

So, as this concludes my final blog for our D.C. research trip, I would like to give a special shout-out to my roommates on this trip, James and Brandon. Room 716 was the best!

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