Daily Archives: March 20, 2017

Last Night in D.C.

An update from Anna Grace C., a sophomore majoring in fashion media and minoring in law and legal reasoning: We flew back to Dallas today and I am still surprised by all we accomplished in the Library of Congress. I have pages of notes about the cases I researched, and I could not be more excited to start to look through them and begin answering my research question. The last few days in the reading room were similar to the second day: we had the hang of it and everyone was enthralled with the work they were doing. Our last night in D.C. was incredible. We finished up in the reading room at 5 p.m. and went to dinner. After [...]

2017-03-20T09:44:55+00:00 March 20th, 2017|Political Science in Washington, 2017|

Concluding Thoughts

An update from Courtney T., a senior triple majoring in political science, history and Spanish, and minoring in law and legal reasoning Today, we flew back from Washington, DC, and I’ve had a chance to reflect on our experience and recollect my thoughts. My first reaction is: wow. While most of my friends spent their Spring Break vacations at exotic destinations, I still am confident I had the absolute best Spring Break experience. During our time at the Library of Congress I was researching First Amendment jurisprudence during the 20th century. Specifically, I was looking at the split between Justice Douglas and Justice Black on speech conduct issues. Both Black and Douglas were appointed to the Supreme Court by President Franklin [...]

2017-03-20T09:37:21+00:00 March 20th, 2017|Political Science in Washington, 2017|

‘Everything in space had its origins here, not in America or Russia’

https://vimeo.com/user64597137/smuhg17mittelbau-dora An update from Denise Gee of SMU News & Communications: On March 14, 2017, SMU "Holocaust Germany" student travelers Alexis S., and Kaitlyn M., offered the memorial for the victims, survivors and liberators of the deadly Mittelbau-Dora concentration camp near Nordhausen in central Germany. The Nazi-run camp, which operated mostly underground, was created in late summer 1943 as a subcamp of Buchenwald concentration camp, and most notably served as a hidden facility for building the V-2 rocket and the V-1 flying bomb. In the summer of 1944, Mittelbau became an independent concentration camp with its own numerous sub-camps. In 1945, most of the surviving inmates of Mittelbau-Dora were evacuated by the SS. On April 11, 1945, U.S. troops freed the [...]

2017-03-24T02:13:44+00:00 March 20th, 2017|Human Rights-Holocaust Germany 2017|

Write, Edit, Repeat

An update from Greg G., a sophomore majoring in statistical sciences, and minoring in computer science and history: For all of us on the trip, our ability to easily sift out information that’s unlikely to help us and picking out useful quotes, memos, and snippets of conversation between the Justices has grown leaps and bounds over the past week. After reviewing thousands of pages, it’s easy to become a little numb to the material passing through your hands. One thing that’s easy to miss after the shell shock of research hits you is the sheer number of drafts that the Justices go through in preparing their final opinions. Take Justice William O. Douglas as an example: An incredible scholar, hugely [...]

2017-03-20T09:20:14+00:00 March 20th, 2017|Political Science in Washington, 2017|

Critics of the Court

An update from Alex M., a first-year student studying political science, philosophy and mathematics: It is well known that the Supreme Court’s inevitable partnership with controversial topics usually leads to personal attacks against the presiding Justices. However, I came across one such personal attack earlier today in Hugo Black’s papers that is simply too interesting to ignore. Engel v Vitale was a 7-2 school prayer case in which the court ruled that a voluntary prayer before class constituted an establishment of religion. Thus, the school board’s prayer was struck down as unconstitutional and similar local policies across the nation were also voided by the new ruling. The decision was wildly unpopular as many Americans found it to be plainly anti-religious [...]

2017-03-20T09:11:13+00:00 March 20th, 2017|Political Science in Washington, 2017|

Kranepool flies to right. Agnew resigns.

An update from Tim S., a sophomore majoring in political science and history and minoring in public policy and international affairs: Imagine that you've made it to the big time. Your plaintiff or defendant has gone from appellate court to district court, and now stands before the honorable Supreme Court, where as an attorney you're amidst your oral argument, and the questions are coming hot and heavy. As one of the nine justices grills you with queries that they already know the answer to, another member of the bench summons a clerk from "offstage" and hands them a sheet of paper that they give a glance to before running off to fill the order.  For a moment you ponder at [...]

2017-03-20T08:51:00+00:00 March 20th, 2017|Political Science in Washington, 2017|