Student Meets Supreme Court Justice During Federalist Society Conference

Monday, August 01, 2011

Acker and Justice ThomasJackie Acker, TU law student and president of the TU Law chapter of the Federalist Society, recently returned from a trip to Washington, D.C. for the Federalist Society Student Leadership Conference.

One of the highlights was a reception for the Federalist Society at the United States Supreme Court. Acker met Justice Clarence Thomas at this event. "He was jovial, relaxed, and a joy to be around," Acker said. "I was nervous to meet him, but he treated each of us with such respect and genuine interest in what we do that any fear I had of speaking to someone in such a high position disappeared."

The purpose of the conference was to teach student chapter leaders how to conduct successful, nonpartisan events such as legal debates and panel discussions. Guest speakers included Clark Neily, plaintiffs' co-counsel in the U.S. Supreme Court case of District of Columbia v. Heller, a significant gun rights case in which the Court ruled that the Second Amendment protects an individual’s right to keep handguns at home for lawful self-defense. Acker also met former U.S. Assistant Attorney General Gregory Katsas, partner at the prominent law firm of Jones Day.

Acker saw many of the historical and governmental sights while in Washington. She was struck by how many people not from the U.S. were enthralled with seeing documents such as the constitution. "It reminded me how lucky I have been to grow up in a great country, and how blessed I am to have the opportunity to have a career in America’s legal system."

Scott Been