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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James.jpg An update from James, a sophomore political science and philosophy major who is researching the shift in Supreme Court cases Poe v. Ullman (1961) and Griswold v. Connecticut (1965):

Although today was our last day in the capital, it was as full of excitement as any other day this week. The day started off as usual with us arriving at the Library of Congress bright and early to get a full day of research. Some people in the group were in stress mode due to the fact that they still had a large amount of information to find and they were running out of time, whereas others were winding down on what they needed to read and get accomplished.

A definite highlight for me today was eating lunch in the Supreme Court. The special lunch was originally meant to be somewhat of a group thing, but unfortunately some people needed as much time as they could get to do their research, so it ended up being only Ashley and I. The cafe where we ate was really nice. What made the meal even better was that we sat right next to a law clerk so we were able to eavesdrop on his conversation about memos he had sent and other jobs he had performed working for a justice. Unfortunately we couldn’t hear what justice he clerked for, but it was cool nonetheless.

After our full day of research and dinner, Prof Kobylka and Martha headed back to the luxurious Comfort Inn to get stuff done and to rest. The remainder of the group decided to stay in D.C. for a while longer to enjoy the sights and environment since it would be our last night. After some initial tension due to the long hours and lack of relaxation, we made our way to the White House and the Washington monument.

I’ve had a tremendous experience here in D.C. that I don’t think I will be able to forget anytime soon. In addition to being able to research in the LIbrary of Congress, I think I’ve made some great relationships with some truly awesome people, for which I am thankful.

We leave tomorrow for Dallas and the rest of the semester, including having to write the essay we’ve been researching for this entire week …

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