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Student awarded top internship at United States Supreme Court

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Brandon Waterman '06 (Political Science) left for Washington, D.C. on Jan. 12 to begin an internship at the U.S. Supreme Court.

As a political science major, with a particular interest in law and government, Brandon Waterman '06 has arguably landed the best possible internship available. Recently, he was selected to be an intern at the United States Supreme Court for Spring '06.

Nancy Kassop (Political Science), who has taught Waterman in six of her classes, said that she has been trying for decades to get a student on the inside at the Supreme Court and that Waterman was selected out of 24 candidates as the first choice.

"This puts him in an extremely rare, selective club -- your fate is sealed professionally," said Kassop. "Brandon is well organized and has a plan -- he is just on a trajectory."

Waterman, who has a minor in philosophy and communication, has been on the Dean's list for seven semesters and has a 3.78 GPA. In addition, he is a member of Pi Sigma Alpha: National Political Science Honor Society; Phi Eta Sigma: National Honor Society; and the National Residence Hall Honorary: Phi Psi Chapter. He is also a resident assistant and serves as the vice president of the Resident Hall Student Association.

"I am really excited about spending my last semester in Washington, D.C., working and learning in the center of my field -- law and government," said Waterman, who will attend law school next fall at either Georgetown, George Washington, Duke, William and Mary or the University of Virginia.

Waterman said that once in Washington, he will be performing a number of duties in the Office of the Clerk 32 hours a week, including clerical work, dealing with petitions that are filed at the court and answering questions from petitioners and lawyers. He will also have the opportunity to watch various oral arguments in front of the court and attend ceremonies and important events that are usually open only to select individuals.

Most recently, Waterman assisted President Steven Poskanzer with his Introduction to Law course last fall. Waterman conducted legal research for three separate class debates and served as a resource for Poskanzer.

Last summer, Waterman interned in the Rensselaer County Courthouse in Troy, as well as in the office of U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer in Albany. He also worked in the law office of Jonathan D. Katz in New Paltz, where he organized and filed all documents and case files, prepared legal documents and assisted clients who called or visited the law office.

JANUARY 16, 2006
Volume 4, Issue 1

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