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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Touring the Library of Congress

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:

DC31.jpgI’ve only been in DC for 10 hours, but I can already tell this is going to be a week to remember. After landing in Washington National Airport, a smooth flight which took us over the city’s monuments, we hauled our bags to the Comfort Inn and headed to the Library of Congress to register for our reader’s cards. With these in hand we embarked on a mini adventure of the Library.

blog7.jpg Our work will be done in the reading room of the Madison Building, which houses the papers of the justices, but this afternoon we walked around the more tourist-friendly Jefferson Building, which is the original location of the Library’s collection.

But there was one building we were all eager to see, the Court. We strolled over to the Marble Palace and spent some time basking in its glory and taking numerous pictures before taking the Metro back to Alexandria for dinner and some well-earned rest in our rooms.

Tomorrow will be our first official day of research as we learn how to use the Library’s collection and begin our work in the Justices’ papers. So for now, happy trails!

In photo: Our professor catches up on sleep on the Metro.

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