Post Date: February 22, 2006

Last weekend, a group of about 20 Harvard Law School Democrats traveled to Washington, D.C. to meet alumni and other lawyers with a variety of experience in government and politics.

“The trip offered a great opportunity to see different ways HLS alumni can have an impact in government and politics, and it was also lot of fun,” said Dan Geldon, 1L, organizer of the trip. “[It showed us] many ways that lawyers can get involved in government and the variety of paths available after law school,” added participant Laura Seaton, 1L.

The group met with political leaders and influential attorneys ranging from David Kendall, President Clinton’s personal lawyer, to Sen. Paul Sarbanes (D-Md.), a 1960 HLS graduate and a principal author of the 2002 Sarbanes-Oxley Act. Among other issues, the students spoke with Sarbanes about his position on government wiretapping.

The students met with Jamie Gorelick, former deputy attorney general and a member of the 9/11 Commission, about her career at the Justice Department under Attorney General Janet Reno. Both Gorelick and Reno are HLS grads. Another meeting included Ralph Neas, president of People for the American Way, who recently led efforts to oppose Justice Alito’s nomination to the Supreme Court.