An update from Kristine, a sophomore majoring in real estate finance and minoring in law and legal reasoning and Spanish, who is researching Justice Byron White’s position in libel cases over his tenure on the Court and why he ultimately called for the reversal of his opinion in the 1964 case New York Times v. Sullivan:

I am finally sitting here at the airport ready and able to decompress everything that I have taken in this week.

I have kept myself on a fairly tight schedule in order to make sure I wasn’t too tired for each next day’s work because I was determined to run every morning with my favorite professor.  For those of you who don’t know, he has run every day for 3333 days.  This morning was actually number 3333, so that was pretty exciting!  I know for sure he will make it to 4444, but he doesn’t seem to think so, but then again what does he know! (or what do I know!?)

So to tell you all about my week: to say the least, it has been incredible.  Not only have I learned so much working in the papers of the Justices, but I have bonded with all of my amazing classmates.  You all know the phrase “misery loves company.” I guess you could say that phrase applied to this week minus the “misery” part.  I have loved every minute of being here; we have shared so many laughs, so many meals, and so much knowledge with each other.  I didn’t know this before, but it makes life so much easier when you have people to share and compare like information with!

Now that we are headed home, for the next month or so of school my time will be spent organizing and digesting all of the information I have taken from the Library of Congress.  I have a lot of work to do on my paper, but I can honestly say I am pretty excited.  The paper topic I chose is one that has barely been touched by other researchers, so hopefully I have researched the right information to be able to unfold the best inference possible to intelligently answer my question at hand.

I have to thank Professor Kobylka because without him I would have never had, nor taken, this opportunity.  He has pushed me to be the best student I can be and he has never stopped believing in me (he hates when I say these things), but it truly is a gift to have a Professor who cares this much about his students, and for that I am forever grateful.

A special thank you to the Richter Foundation for funding this trip for us.  It really was a once-in-a-lifetime experience that I am so glad I got the opportunity to go on.

Peace out, DC.