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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