On Friday, January 29th, Associate Professor Wesley M. Oliver
took ten students from his Constitutional Law class to Washington, DC to take a tour of the Supreme Court.
The students met with Jamie McDonald, one of Chief Justice John Roberts’ law clerks. “Our tour took us behind the scenes of the United States Supreme Court and gave us a view few get, including the private gym and basketball court which is immediately above the courtroom. Jamie McDonald gave us insights into the process by which the Supreme Court reviews cases it is considering on petition for certiorari,” said Professor Oliver.
After the Supreme Court tour, the group visited the law firm of Williams & Connolly and met with Kannon Shanmugam, who heads the firm's Supreme Court practice. Shanmugam clerked for Judge Luttig on the US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and Justice Scalia of the United States Supreme Court. He later worked for Ken Starr at Kirkland & Ellis before joining the Solicitor General's Office where he argued ten cases before the US Supreme Court.
After a day of high-end legal discussion with Washington's most elite lawyers, the group went out to the 9:30 Club to see country guitarist and singer Junior Brown and met him backstage.
Kevin LoVecchio, an associate at Williams & Connolly and frequent guest speaker at the law school, set the trip up for the class.