November 5, 2018

Pre-Law Society students say opportunity to hear Chief Justice John Roberts, Jr. speak was invaluable

Students who heard United States Supreme Court Chief Justice Roberts speak said it was one of the highlights of their academic experience.

Students who heard United States Supreme Court Chief Justice Roberts speak said it was one of the highlights of their academic experience.

Twelve students travelled to the University of Minnesota Law School to hear Chief Justice Roberts speak as part of the bi-annual Stein Lecture

October 16 was a big day for a group of UW-Superior students who got to hear the Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court speak.

Twelve Pre-Law Society (and legal studies and criminal justice majors) attended the bi-annual Stein Lecture hosted by the University of Minnesota Law School, where they heard Chief Justice John Roberts, Jr. speak to an audience of roughly 3,000 people.

“Attending the 2018 Stein Lecture and seeing the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court in person marks one of the best college experiences I’ve had,” said Iveel Munkhbaatar, legal studies major. “One thing he said that I probably won’t forget is ‘Justices speak for a Constitution designed to protect minority interests against the majority.’”

The opportunity to attend the Stein Lecture came when legal studies senior lecturer Nathan LaCoursiere and legal studies professor Maria Cuzzo, both alumni of the University of Minnesota Law School, contacted fellow alumni and combined efforts to secure tickets for the 12 students. That type of collaboration is a prime example of the many academic-community relationships that exist at UWS.

“This opportunity benefited me in a way that you can’t necessarily get in a classroom,” said Amber Heidenreich, legal studies and political science major. “In many classes we learn about Supreme Court cases, but I never fully understood the roles the justices have. This opportunity helped me to better understand their jobs and how they treat each case they’re given. It also gave me a different, more personal understanding to why they sometimes rule the way they do.” 

Reflecting on the experience, Cuzzo, program coordinator for the legal studies and criminal justice program and advisor to the Pre-Law Society stated, “Experiential learning is a key commitment that we have in this program of study and these opportunities allow our students to see, hear and meet living powerful figures who arena in the legal and justice arena doing the work.”

Students who heard United States Supreme Court Chief Justice Roberts speak said it was one of the highlights of their academic experience.

Students who heard United States Supreme Court Chief Justice Roberts speak said it was one of the highlights of their academic experience.

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