The End is Only the Begining: Ms. Stanford Goes to Washington

Continuing my adventures in 3L, I recently took my first trip to the U.S. Supreme Court.  As part of the Stanford Supreme Court Litigation Clinic, I made the trek to Washington, D.C. to observe the oral arguments for the case on which I have been working for the past two quarters, Magwood v. Patterson (briefs and discussion available at http://scotuswiki.com/index.php?title=Magwood_v._Patterson).  Though the case could spark an intriguing discussion regarding the death penalty generally and the adequacy of psychological services for military veterans, the issue before the Court involved a technical question regarding the application of the Anti-Terrorism and Effective Death…

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The End is Only the Beginning: “The Best Times of Our Lives”

As I finished my next to last set of law school finals and prepared to meet friends for a post-finals celebration, I received a text message from a friend who is taking time off of law school to complete her [third] novel.  “Remember, these are the best times of your life…it’s all downhill from here,” her text reads.  I laughed.  My friend has a very sarcastic sense of humor, and I knew that this was just her way of saying, “Congrats on being done.”    Before heading out that evening, I updated my Facebook status, announcing that I just had…

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The End Is Only the Beginning

There will come a time when you believe everything is finished. That will be the beginning. –Louis L’Amour Nearly three years ago, I made the cross country drive from Atlanta, Georgia to Palo Alto, California to begin my first year at Stanford Law School. Only three months prior, I had just completed my master’s program in philosophy at Emory University. At the time, most of my belongings were packed in my parents’ basement, and I had no idea where I would permanently reside once I got to California. Needless to say, I was a bit overwhelmed. Looking back, I wonder…

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