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.
An update from Alexander, a sophomore psychology and political science major, who is conducting research on the effect of threats to national security on the judicial decision-making process: Wow, I just sent in my last judicial paper box request card. (For those of you wondering, it’s for Harold Burton’s papers on the Youngstown Sheet & Tube v. Sawyer (1952) case.) 70 boxes later, here we are at the end of the trip. How can I possibly sum up this unbelievable experience? For the last six days, I have eaten, slept, and breathed nothing but Supreme Court Justice papers (and coffee), and now it seems completely bizarre to consider leaving this place behind and returning to SMU where I have to learn [...]