Learning from Justice Kennedy

by Liz Berry, Class of 2016

In law school, Supreme Court justices become your best (or worst) friends. You can laugh about their opinions…and sometimes criticize them for failing to match every other opinion you’ve read. Either way, you develop a very, very close bond with the Justices and their writing. You probably spend more time with them than your friends. But have you ever thought that you’d be able to meet a Supreme Court justice? How about have one teach your Constitutional Law class? Never, right?

kennedyWell, if you’re in Professor Zick’s Constitutional Law class (or one of the lucky lottery winners who filled the back of our room), you had had that opportunity last week. Justice Anthony Kennedy came to “teach” our class on Wednesday, April 9. Covering everything from federalism, to the commerce clause, to individual rights, Justice Kennedy was clearly passionate about his work and happy to be back in front of a classroom.

I think my favorite line of the class was (something very similar to what’s in quotes) “When is this thing over? Because I have a lifetime job…I can stay.” I only wish we could have convinced him to stay and tell us how to get an A on the final….

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Getting to Know Faculty

by Liz Berry, Class of 2016 After two semesters at W&M, I’ve had eight different professors (six doctrinal, one Writing Practice, and one Adjunct). With larger classes than at my undergraduate institution (not that it was hard to do…I had … [Continue reading]

BLSA Oliver Hill Banquet

by Phillip Lecky, Class of 2015 On Saturday, February 23, 2014, the Black Law Students Association (BLSA) organized another phenomenal celebration of the life of Oliver White Hill, civil rights lawyer and activist, instrumental in the Brown v. … [Continue reading]

How “GRF” Becomes a Verb – Life as a Graduate Research Fellow

by Lauren Bridenbaugh, Class of 2016 It is undeniable that cost is a significant factor in deciding what law school to attend. Between in-state versus out-of-state tuition, living expenses, and available financial aid, there are many factors to … [Continue reading]

A Day in the Life of a 1L

by Liz Rademacher, Class of 2016 Now that I’ve finished the first half of my first year of law school at William & Mary, I feel like I’ve started to settle into a routine. My schedule’s a bit different each day, but here’s a glimpse … [Continue reading]

Mock Interviews– Connecting 1Ls with Alumni

by Liz Berry, Class of 2016 It’s interview season for 1L’s and the pressure is on. For 1L’s straight out of undergrad (like yours truly) interviews with potential legal employers are a whole new world. And frankly, slightly daunting. I’m … [Continue reading]