Constitutional Law Students Get Up-Close Look at Government During Trip to D.C.

Last week, 12 students from Mr. Lindley’s Constitutional Law class headed to Washington, D.C. to see government in action.

On Monday, the group visited the office of the US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer '66. The students were able to meet with senior officials who oversee our trade negotiations with China, Europe and the rest of the world. After that, they were off for a walking tour of the monuments, including the Lincoln Memorial, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial and the Vietnam War Memorial.

On Tuesday, they visited the Supreme Court, where the students were able to see oral arguments in person as the justices grappled with a question about criminal sentencing. After visiting the Court, the group walked across the street to the Capitol to meet Senator Rob Portman, where they were joined by a surprise guest - Vice President Mike Pence, who chatted with the students and posed for pictures. After that, they toured the US Capitol and watched the US House of Representatives debate the resolution regarding the president's emergency declaration. Tuesday evening's activities included a trip to see the Washington Capitols defeat the Ottawa Senators 7-2 in NHL action.

On Wednesday, the group toured the White House and saw some of its beautiful spaces, including the East Room, the State Dining Room and the Blue Room. After, they walked over to the Museum of African American History and Culture, the newest Smithsonian museum.

It was a fantastic trip for the 12 lucky seniors in attendance! The trip was made possible through the generosity of the the M and T Trust and Mr. Frank Potenziani.

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