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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Hannah%20.jpg An update from Hannah, a sophomore political science and Spanish major who is investigating Justice Brennan’s obscenity jurisprudence and the way it evolved over the course of his tenure on the Court:

IMG_0833%5B1%5D.jpgI’ve only been back in Dallas for two days, but I’m already missing D.C. dearly. I know I’ve said this before, but everything about the trip was perfect and it vastly exceeded my expectations.

First of all I want to give a shout-out to all my classmates. Y’all are such a fun and incredible group and I feel like we’re a family now. It was a pleasure to hike up and down that bloody hill with y’all everyday, to work alongside you in the LOC and chit-chat at the copy machines, to tour around the Court and splurge at the gift shop, and to see your personalities come out! I really do treasure each one of you.

IMG_0819%5B1%5D.jpg I want to give special recognition to my roommates, the beautiful Sarah and Ashley! Y’all were such a delight to live with. I loved our late-night talks and evenings together (and I recommend y’all consider investing in some gloves; they will change your life).

This goes without saying, but the trip owes much of its greatness to the hard work of our beloved professor, Joe “Big Bird” Kobylka, as he is now affectionately known. It cannot be said enough – thank you!

I am also grateful for the Honors Program and the Richter Foundation, which made this trip possible. It was an invaluable experience and I am so grateful for the opportunity they provided me to conduct research in the Justices’ papers.

Finally, now that I am back in Dallas, with a huge stack of photocopies, I am excited to continue working on my paper. I was admittedly nervous going into spring break fearing that I wouldn’t be able to find anything, but the week yielded lots of fruitful research. As Ashley said in one of her earlier blogs, I never thought I’d be able to focus on something for so long, but the hours in the Library simply flew by. Hopefully the rest of my work will go as smoothly.

- Yo everlasting friend forever, Hannah.

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