Study of the law should ideally include some appreciation of its place in American history, and no city provides more educational opportunities for that than Washington, D.C.
To that end, a group of students from Professor Bev Jennison's Lawyering Skills Practice (LSP) class made the short journey downtown on March 20 to tour the United States Supreme Court, as well as to take in the Old Supreme Court chambers in the United States Capitol. The Old Supreme Court chambers were the high court’s original home, serving the justices from 1810 until 1860.
The Supreme Court building that Americans recognize today was completed in 1935 and sits on the site of a former prison.
Organized by first year law student Brian Indovina, the outing's purpose was simply to be "legal" tourists for the afternoon. The group’s schedule was interrupted slightly by the presence of President Obama in the Capitol on official business, but students were nonetheless able to see both of the legally significant places in a very full afternoon.
“All enjoyed the trek to Capitol Hill,” commented Jennison.