This weekend 3ls Meredith Donaldson and Ben Lucareli competed in the 47th William B. Spong, Jr. Invitational Moot Court Tournament at William and Mary Law School in Williamsburg, Virginia. The team advanced to the quarterfinals amidst stiff competition. Meredith and Ben were coached by three moot court alumni: Attorneys Nicholas Chmurski, Stephen Cox, and Matthew Martz. Their time and assistance is much appreciated. Congratulations team!
The United States Attorney’s Office-Eastern District of Wisconsin.
What kind of work did you do there?
The United States Attorney’s Office (USAO) prosecutes a wide variety of federal crimes. The case load within the office is diverse, depending on enforcement priorities and actual apprehension of suspected criminals. My work was primarily to draft research memorandum summing up the case law in a specific area of interest to any of the attorneys, which included a wide range of topics from asbestos to armed robbery to human trafficking. But I also drafted court documentation such as motions when needed, and I observed court appearances where I took notes for the attorneys, including in prolonged jury trials.
Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee.
What kind of work did you do there?
The legal services office of Catholic Charities provides immigration and refugee assistance to low-income clients. Over the summer, I got a chance to work on a variety of different immigration petitions and applications. This included responding to Requests for Evidence on a petition to Remove Conditions on Permanent Residency and Special Immigrant Religious Worker petitions, as well as writing briefs for asylum applications, and helping eligible legal permanent residents or refugees apply for naturalization.
Recently, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) took up and reversed net neutrality. If you are unfamiliar with net neutrality, it is the principle that Internet Service Providers (ISPs) are not allowed to discriminate against certain users, websites, content, or whatever else. For example, Spectrum (formerly Time Warner) is not allowed to block its users from or charge them for accessing Facebook. Or, for a real-life example, Madison River Communications was fined $15,000 by the FCC for restricting their costumers’ access to a rival service. John Oliver explains net neutrality here. (Language warning.) In a way, you could think of net neutrality as an equal opportunity law for the internet. Or, at least you could have. On December 14, 2017, FCC chairman Ajit Pai and the FCC voted to repeal net neutrality, which leaves the internet in the United States in a fairly bad spot.
Luckily, in my opinion, the FCC has a gauntlet of lawsuits to go through now that it repealed net neutrality. It also seems there is a fair number of people who share my viewpoint. As it stands, the FCC had something around 22 million complaints filed against its ruling. FCC Chairman Pai canceled his scheduled appearance at the to the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas due to death threats. On top of this, the Internet Association is bringing together powerhouse companies to join the fight against the unpopular ruling. Companies like Google, Amazon, Etsy, and Alphabet have stated they are joining the lawsuit. The Internet Association’s President and CEO Michael Beckerman stated, “The final version of Chairman Pai’s rule . . . dismantles popular net neutrality protections for consumers. This rule defies the will of a bipartisan majority of Americans and fails to preserve a free and open internet.” Netflix even took to Twitter and sent the message, “In 2018, the Internet is united in defense of #NetNeutrality. As for the FCC, we will see you in court.” Furthermore, a number of states have come forward stating their opposition to the repeal and have indicated that they, too, will join the fight.
Fall in Wisconsin is a particularly beautiful time of the year. Crisp morning air, warm if windy afternoons, beautifully colored leaves, all things pumpkin spice. . . . (Okay, pumpkin spice is not exclusive to Wisconsin, but it is very fall-like.)
But law students may not be noticing the crisp mornings or the changing leaves because they’re huddled in the law school or the library or their homes trying to catch up on their class readings and thinking about outlining and worrying about their summer job search. It’s the time of year that law students begin to more acutely feel the stress of law school.
I wrote about falling leaves and rising stress levels exactly six years ago today, and what I said then about law school stressors still holds true today. But this morning I noticed my colleague Rachel Gurvich from University of North Carolina School of Law also posted on the “October slump” in law school, particularly focusing on 1Ls. She offers seven specific tips to help 1Ls get through this hectic time: (1) Understand that law school is a marathon, not a sprint; (2) remember that hard work alone doesn’t necessarily correlate with success; (3) you do you; (4) enjoy activities outside of law school; (5) make some friends in law school; (6) tune out external noise about law school “success”; and (7) talk to your professors.
Professor Gurvich’s seven tips are spot on and deserve a look, so take a break from your work and give her post a read.
There will be two information sessions this coming Thursday September 21 in order to provide students with important details about the Law School’s study abroad opportunities. Plan to attend and learn about how to spend one semester of your law school experience in Copenhagen, Madrid or Poitiers, France. Information will also be available about the 2018 summer program in International and Comparative Law which will be held in Giessen. Germany. Foreign study can add an international perspective to your legal education, and the Marquette University Law School offers several outstanding study abroad opportunities. Advance planning is necessary in order to take advantage of these programs, however, so come to the information session in order to learn more about deadlines and application procedures.
Professors Madry and Fallone will be providing information and answering questions on Thursday at noon (in Room 257) and again at 4:30 pm (in Room 255).
The 2017 Summer Session in International and Comparative Law is off to a hot start, matching the temperature in Giessen, Germany. In this photo, you see a mix of jet-lagged law students from all over the world posing outside of the law school at Justus Liebig University (you can also see me and Professor Anuj Desai from the University of Wisconsin). The students attended orientation this past Sunday, and then set off on a “city rally” in which small teams of students competed to locate different check-in points located throughout the city of Giessen. It was a fun way to get introduced to their new surroundings. Then it was back to the law school for the group photo and a Welcome Dinner.
Our 10 Marquette Law School participants have now joined their classmates (and new friends) from countries that include Brazil, Colombia, Poland, Vietnam, Egypt, and Portugal, and have completed three days of classes. Interest and enrollment appears equally divided among our four course offerings: 1) International Economic Law and Business Transactions, 2) Comparative Constitutional Law, 3) Business Ethics and Human Rights, and 4) CyberLaw.
Following the last class on Thursday, the students will board buses for a 3 day field trip to Berlin and surrounding sights. At this pace, the four weeks of the program will fly by. However, I happen to know that some of the U.S. students have still found time during this first week to visit a local beer garden and participate in a karaoke night.
Our program is open to any law student in the United States attending an accredited law school. Details on the 10th annual Summer Session, scheduled to begin July 14, 2018, will be available this fall. Watch this space for course, faculty and tuition information.
“Never trust a teacher who does not have a teacher.”
On the first day of my Summer Clerkship in 2016 at the firm of Anspach Meeks Ellenberger LLP in Toledo, Ohio, Mark Meeks, a partner at the firm, sat me down in his office to give me the rundown of what I could expect during my twelve weeks there. At that meeting, he stressed the importance of the work I would be doing, as well as the fact that most of it would be spent on what was going to turn out to be one of the most important cases the firm would try in years. He also said something I will never forget: “What you learn in law school is a mile wide and an inch deep.” He told me I would likely learn more during that summer than I did in my entire first year of law school. I was skeptical, but by the end of the summer, I would come to understand what he meant.
My father, Robert Anspach, is founder and managing partner of the firm. In his office there is a picture hanging on the wall of a man no older than my father is today. If I didn’t know any better, I would have guessed it was his father. It is, however, not a blood relative: it is a picture of Charlie W. Peckinpaugh, Jr., the man who mentored my father during his early, formative years as a practicing attorney, into the effective lawyer he is today. (Pictured above.)
Law school is hard. In your first year, you’re scared and unsure about what to expect. You know that “on-call” is a thing that happens, but you don’t know whether it’s like the movies you’ve seen or if that was just Hollywood. You know you have more reading assigned than you’ve ever had, and you don’t know how in the world you will get it all done. You don’t know anyone, or at least don’t know them well, as you go through the hardest task you have ever taken on.
Law school is hard. In your second year, you understand the process, but you’re starting to wear down. You have figured out how to read hundreds of pages a week—and mostly retain it—but you don’t know how to balance working and extra-curriculars and dramatic interpersonal relationships at the same time. You’re starting to get worried about having a job after graduation. The rankings roll in and you aren’t sure whether you’re succeeding, based on your own standards or those imposed on you.
Law school is hard. In your third year, you have a job . . . or you don’t. You’re tired—mentally, physically, and emotionally. You’re so excited to be done, but that light at the end of the tunnel is still so far away, and even that is scary. Sure, you’re ready to be done with law school—but maybe not ready to be a full-time, practicing attorney. You hope the work is done—after all, the three years are up—but you know that practice won’t be any easier.
Congratulations to the winners of the 2017 Jenkins Honors Moot Court Competition, Nate Oesch and Elisabeth Thompson. Congratulations also go to finalists A.J. Lawton and Ashley Smith. Nate Oesch and Elisabeth Thompson additionally won the Franz C. Eschweiler Prize for Best Brief. Ashley Smith won the Ramon A. Klitzke Prize for Best Oralist.
The competitors argued before a large audience in the Appellate Courtroom. Presiding over the final round were Hon. Paul J. Watford, Hon. James D. Peterson, Hon. Amy J. St. Eve.
Many thanks to the judges and competitors for their hard work, enthusiasm, and sportsmanship in all the rounds of competition, as well as to the moot court executive board and Law School administration and staff for their work in putting on the event. Special thanks to Dean Kearney for his support of the competition. Thank you as well to the Moot Court Association for its work in putting this event together, and especially 3L executive board members Samuel (Micah) Woo, who organized the competition, and Chief Justice Barry Braatz.
Students are selected to participate in the competition based on their success in the fall Appellate Writing and Advocacy class at the Law School.
Marquette’s labor and employment moot court team had an incredibly successful performance at New York Law School’s Wagner Moot Court Competition. On March 24th and 25th, Carly Gerards, Nick Sulpizio, and Corey Swinick competed and performed very well in both their oral advocacy and brief writing.
After the preliminary rounds, the team advanced to the octofinals with the 8th best score of the 40 teams competing. The team then advanced to the quarterfinals and eventually the semifinals–a Final Four team for Marquette.
In addition to advancing to the top four of the entire competition, the team took home the award for best overall Petitioner Brief. The team worked exceptionally hard on the brief and in their advocacy practices, and that hard work paid off. Great job, team!
The team is advised by Professor Paul Secunda and coached by Attorney Laurie Frey.
Applications are due March 24 for the Summer Session in International and Comparative Law being held in Giessen, Germany from July 15 through August 12, 2017. Participants can choose from among four courses — CyberLaw, Comparative Constitutional Law, International Economic Law & Business Transactions and Business Ethics and Human Rights — and spend a month living and studying with a truly international student body. A distinguished faculty from law schools in Germany, the United Kingdom and Wisconsin will lead the classroom instruction. More information, as well as an application, can be downloaded here from the Law School Study Abroad webpage. Past participants agree that this program was one of the most fun and memorable parts of their legal education. If you need any more reasons to apply, consider watching this YouTube video made by last summer’s participant, A.J. “The Wanderer” Lawton, which documents his travels to Giessen, program field trip destinations in Hamburg and Berlin, and other sites throughout Europe. Apply Now!