New Students Discover the “D.C. Difference”

November 4, 2011 — Chaz Brooks, a native of Knoxville, Tennessee, was there to expand his horizons. The new 1L student toured two synagogues during an orientation walking tour on August 25 because as a Christian, he said, “I feel I have a vested interest in learning about the Torah any way I can. It’s also really cool to … learn about the history of the buildings. It’s one of the reasons I chose to study in Washington, D.C.”

The tour, led by Campus Chaplain Michael Goldman and Professor Sherman Cohn, visited two Jewish synagogues only blocks from campus (including the oldest one in the city).

It was one of several faculty-led tours offered to Georgetown Law’s 579 new J.D. students, including trips to the Organization of American States, D.C.’s Youth Services Center, the Domestic Violence Unit of the D.C. Superior Court, the Shakespeare Theatre and the Newseum.

Orientation 2011 also included public service opportunities, faculty talks and a reception with Dean William M. Treanor.

“Right now, it’s overwhelming to see the range of possibilities we"ll have over the next few years,” said Ben Cain, a 1L from Jackson, Mississippi, who attended the Newseum tour with Professor Angela Campbell. Cain chose that tour, he said, because of Campbell’s expertise in First Amendment law.

“There are a lot of stories about journalism, but also about recent events,” Sam Halpert (L’14) noted as he viewed an exhibit of 127 newspaper headlines from September 12, 2001.

The Newseum, he said, serves as a reminder of all the difficult things that happened in the past decade, including 9/11, Hurricane Katrina and the oil spill — “all these things we really aren’t finished with yet.”

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