Our students may have settled into their study routines and classes may be in full swing, but there is still a lot going on around Sydney Lewis Hall.
Just when your faith in electoral politics was beginning to fade, along come our annual 1L elections. Yes, that’s right. One more way to get involved at Washington and Lee. 1L electoral campaigns are underway (this invariably involves a great many Tracy Flick approved strategems including, but not limited to, witty posters, strategic table sitting and/or baked goods), and tonight the candidates will give their speeches. Their classmates will cast their ballots tomorrow with any run-off elections taking place soon thereafter. Each year, I’m continually impressed by the number of first year students who choose to run for elected office. Whether it’s for Student Bar Association, Executive Committee or Student Judicial Council, there always seem to be at least three or four people campaigning for each available position. Perhaps I should be less surprised by this yearly occurrence given the staggering number of student organizations we currently have.
In addition to first year elections, tomorrow is Constitution Day on campus, and Louis Fisher, a specialist in Constitutional Law with the Law Library of the Library of Congress will deliver the University’s Constitution Day address at 6:00 p.m. Mr. Fisher is a prolific, internationally renowned scholar and author, and he testifies before Congress regularly on such issues as war powers, state secrets, NSA surveillance, executive spending discretion, and CIA whistleblowing.
Next Monday evening, Kimm Walton, author of numerous books and articles, including Guerilla Tactics for Getting the Legal Job of Your Dreams, What Law School Doesn’t Teach You…But You Really Need to Know and America’s Greatest Places to Work with a Law Degree, will be on campus to speak to our students about the legal job search.
Tuesday, September 22nd, Lucy Reed, president of the American Society of International Law (ASIL) and a senior partner with Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, will deliver the Washington and Lee Transnational Law Institute Distinguished Lecture for fall 2009. Her lecture is titled “International Claims Tribunals: Focus on Victims.” For more on the Transnational Law Institute, click here. Additional information on Ms. Reed’s lecture can be found here.
And last but not least, next Friday marks the occasion of our law school’s first annual Family & Friends Day. Parents, family members, loved ones and friends of our 1Ls will have the opportunity to come to the law school and get a sense of just what life is like as a first year law student at Washington and Lee. This includes attending a real law class, participating in a mock class and taking a tour of the law school.
That afternoon four teams will compete in the final round of our Moot Court program’s Negotiations Competition and later that night, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas will kick off a weekend conference commemorating the Bicentennial of Abraham Lincoln’s birth that will feature faculty from both the undergraduate and law campuses as well as Lincoln scholars from across the country. This appearance will mark the second time Justice Thomas has spoken at Washington and Lee in the past year.