A team of eight SMU Dedman School of Law students, led by professor and immigration law expert Natalie Nanasi, will spend their spring break providing pro bono legal services to undocumented immigrants detained at the Karnes City Family Detention Center, near San Antonio. The law students aim to win asylum in the United States for the refugee women and children.
An update from Greg G., a sophomore majoring in statistical sciences, and minoring in computer science and history: Every kid loves using their imagination to create and play in new worlds, whether it’s slaying dragons, flying spaceships, or sometimes, trying to bring back history. Growing up, I would often escape outdoors, sometimes even recruiting friends, to re-enact various battles, speeches and great moments from American history. Too active to sit still, but too excited about making history as real as possible to do anything else, it was these backyard escapades that kick-started a love for learning. This week I feel like things have come full circle. Together with 11 fantastic friends, I’ve gotten the chance to dig through the papers of [...]
An update from Anna Grace C., a sophomore majoring in fashion media and minoring in law and legal reasoning: Our second day in D.C. was surprisingly colder than the first. While we were indulging in the unlimited coffee and continental breakfast at the Comfort Inn this morning, the weather anchor announced that it would feel like less than 10 degrees with wind chill. After a commute that felt nothing like the Dallas weather we’re used to, we got to the Library of Congress. Today seemed to go smoother than yesterday. Everyone knew the general procedure of how to check in, request the papers of the justices, and had a better idea of what to look for. Working in the [...]
An update from Tim S., a sophomore majoring in political science and history and minoring in public policy and international affairs: The Iconic Library of Congress, Jefferson Building. Photo Credit - Destiny Rose Murphy Jefferson Reading room (aerial) Where I imagine many think we would be spending our time. Photo Credit - Destiny Rose Murphy It's easy to think from what's been shown so far from our D.C. escapade that the dozen of us are living the scholar's dream. I mean, the Library of Congress has access to novels, works, encyclopedias and the like, which one could spend years parsing through line by line, making it all the more vital that we spend the [...]
An update from Alex M., a first-year student studying political science, philosophy and mathematics: After trekking uphill (both ways, though I’m told that’s impossible) in the snow, in a jacket far too thin for my liking, I arrived at the Library of Congress to begin my second day of research. The warmth of the building alone was enough to make me enthusiastic about another day in the manuscript reading room, never mind the chance to dive back into the personal papers of the Justices. The topic of my research is the extent of originalist reasoning in Justice Hugo Black’s jurisprudence. As I started to shuffle through case files about school prayer, picketing and executive power, I stumbled upon the following [...]
An update from Cooper B., a first-year student studying finance: Three alarms scream the start of the day. It is 6 a.m. and we simultaneously slam our phones to silence the commotion. I stumble into the shower as my roommates snooze for 15 more minutes. The shower is a sanctuary; the one warm respite the day will provide from the gusts outside that chill the icy city to a refreshing 10 degrees. After dressing, I make my way downstairs for the standard hotel breakfast. My thoughts are hardly on the food though as CNN and every other news station runs continuous information on the winter storm that dodged the capital by a mere 20 miles. I flip open my laptop [...]
The Topography of Terror Museum in Berlin sits atop the bombed-out site of where the Gestapo headquarters once stood. An update from Denise Gee with SMU News & Communications. At Berlin’s Topography of Terror Museum we gather to look at one of the Holocaust’s most iconic photographs. Given the name “The Last Jew in Vinnitsa” (from what was written on the back of the picture), it was found in an album belonging to an unknown German soldier. The picture shows a member of Einsatzgruppe D just about to shoot a Jewish man kneeling before a filled mass grave in Vinnitsa, Ukraine, circa 1942. All 28,000 Jews from Vinnitsa and its surrounding areas were massacred at the time. To view [...]