Cobbers Hit the Capital
Mar 30, 2011
During midsemester break, four Cobbers spent a week touring the nation's capital. Inspired by a first-year inquiry class, Politics and American Law, Jon-Erik Nelson '14, Austin Keller '14, Jacob Amos '14 and Emma Connell '14 journeyed to Washington, D.C., to experience the things they were learning about firsthand.
After hitting the museums and monuments, the foursome spent a day at the Supreme Court listening to oral arguments. "Seeing the Supreme Court was definitely the highlight," says Connell. "We just learned about all these people and we hear about their backgrounds, but then you get to see them and hear them talking. They're 100 feet from you and they're making some of the most influential decisions of our time."
Later, the students were able to have lunch with the Assistant to the Solicitor General, a meeting set up by their professor, Dr. Max Richardson. "She knew the justices pretty well," Amos says. "It was really interesting to hear about all these different personalities of these figures we see from a distance and just kind of revere."