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A visit to the Supreme Court, and Front Page news

April 22, 2012   

So, we're nearing the end of the semester, and soon, you'll no longer have to put up with me littering the Hamilton website with my rambling about my time here in DC. But, for now, I still get a page all to myself to talk about whatever I want, so pay attention.

Professor Eismeier (more on him later) was wise enough to make sure our semester didn't stumble to the finish line and schduled some really exciting events to close out our time here. This past Wednesday we made the trip to the Supreme Court to hear oral arguments regarding a recent case, Salazar v. Ramah, (http://www.scotusblog.com/case-files/cases/salazar-v-ramah-navajo-chapter/) and take in the incredible sight to behold that is the Supreme Court. Like nearly any building near the Capitol, the Court is a spectacle, and adorned with archictectual flourishes that one could spend hours admiring. The outside is as grand as you would expect, while inside the courtroom, both the furnishings and sculpted walls do their best to distract spectators from the court proceedings. I nearly injured my neck craning up to look at the surrounding decorations. That's not to say I didn't appreciate the discussions taking place before me. The nine Justices were merely twenty feet away from me, questioning the counsel as to their respective arguments. The hour we spent inside the courtroom was engaging and ended all-too-quickly.

And last night, we were lucky enough to be in attendance at Professor Eismeier's retirement party at a great restaurant and bar in Dupont Circle, The Front Page. It was a great event and among others, students spanning over three decades of Professor's instruction at Hamilton were in attendance. Other guests included Professor Eismeier's family, friends local to DC, and a handful of Hamilton colleagues. Hearing some of the remarks made by family and friends, I felt very lucky to have been in the program with Professor Eismeier during his last semester at Hamilton--it only took my recognition of how many people were there who appreciated all he had done for them and the College during his tenure to realize this. The event was very well put-together by the professor's family, and even the occasional torrential downpour outside couldn't dampen spirits (it didn't hurt we got to watch the Yankees storm back from a 9-0 deficit to rain on the Red Sox parade with a 15-9 win).

But enough rain puns for now...here's to our Fearless Leader and making the most of our last week in DC.