Political Science in Washington, 2013

As part of the University Honors Program political science course “Law, Politics and the Supreme Court,” students and Political Science Associate Professor Joe Kobylka are spending spring break 2013 in Washington, D.C. The students are conducting research on Supreme Court cases at the Library of Congress.

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Our group with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Linda Greenhouse

Our group with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Linda Greenhouse, who also was conducting research at the Library of Congress

An update from Hannah, a political science and Spanish major who is conducting research on the Supreme Court’s change in commerce clause jurisprudence since 1937:

I can’t believe we’ve already been back in Dallas for a few days! The time in DC flew by as we finished out our week scrambling to complete our research and touring the Court and Capitol. Honestly, it was the best week of my semester.

During our tour of the Court we got to see a private conference room and the Justices’ library. I was very excited to see the library again as it was my favorite part of the tour two years ago and my memory did not disappoint, the room was just as exquisite as I remembered.

In addition to being awed once more by the library, I decided to eat lunch in the Court cafeteria with Taylor and Alex. While waiting in line to order we overheard a man come down to place Chief Justice Roberts’ lunch order. Now I know this instantly qualifies me for extreme-nerd status, but it was so cool to know that Roberts was sitting somewhere just upstairs and would soon be eating lunch just as we were about to do!

Our last few days in D.C. brought us closer together as a group, and I really came to cherish each one of my classmates. From laughing together over silly games to discussing our research and the Court, we became a kind of scholarly family, led of course by our fearless father Dr. Kobylka.

Now that I am home again I can’t wait to incorporate my findings into my paper. This was one of my favorite parts of the class two years ago – going back over everything I had found and using it to inform my discussion of the Court – and I can’t wait to do it again.

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