Daily Archives: July 2, 2014

Finding Michael Jackson at the FBI

My Advanced Legal Research professor, SMU’s amazing Donna Wolff, taught me to follow the Michael Jackson rule when it comes to conducting research: don’t stop 'til you get enough. The logic is that when the case law starts overlapping and referring back to what’s already been reviewed, the research circle has closed and that phase of the project has ended. The hard work of applying that newfound knowledge begins. Until now, my approach to law school has been to experience as much variety in the legal internships and jobs I take as possible to better define what practice area and career path to pursue upon graduation. The problem is that, with the exception of family law, I have enjoyed all [...]

2014-07-02T16:49:11+00:00 July 2nd, 2014|Jade, Maguire Fellow in Dallas|

On the range

During a recent trip hosted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (“ATF”) to a Denton gun range, I got acquainted with an 80-year-old Thompson M1A1 (“Tommy Gun”) fully automatic submachine gun. It marked my first time holding a loaded weapon in my life. The trip proved enlightening for two reasons: (1) it exposed me to the training ATF agents undergo to remain qualified; and (2) it underscored the importance of relationship-building with those agents. That day, I gained insight into the field agents’ work, firsthand. The other interns and I had the opportunity to shoot AK-47s, pistols, an MP-5, an assault rifle and a shotgun. A picture, to prove it really did happen: An introduction to [...]

2014-07-02T16:44:24+00:00 July 2nd, 2014|Jade, Maguire Fellow in Dallas|