Named Internship Profile Summary - Emma McDermott (McSpadden)
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  • [MCSPADDEN PUBLIC AFFAIRS FUND INTERN PROFILE] Emma McDermott graduated from Warren Hills Regional High School in Washington NJ as salutatorian and an AP Scholar with Distinction. At Dartmouth, Emma is double majoring in Government and Middle Eastern Languages and Literatures, with concentrations in Political Theory and Arabic. She serves as captain of the Dartmouth Parliamentary Debate team, on the executive board of Dartmouth Clean Water, as treasurer and co-founder of the Dartmouth Chess Team. She volunteers with the Haven Adult Homeless Shelter and Link Up. After her term abroad in Amman, Jordan, she began Dartmouth’s campus campaign, in conjunction with Syria Deeply and UNHCR, to increase aid to the Syrian refugees in the Zataari Refugee Camp. Emma is currently a James O. Freedman Presidential Research scholar, working with Professor Sonu Bedi on his research regarding the language of human rights in constitutional and international law. After graduation, her plans include law school and possibly, a return to the Middle East. Emma was funded by the Rockefeller Center for a Summer 2013 internship, with generous support from the McSpadden Public Affairs Internship Fund. Executive Summary from Emma’s final report: During Summer 2013, I received funding from the Rockefeller Center for Public Policy as a McSpadden named intern. Using that funding, I completed the Judicial Internship at the Supreme Court of the United States. The internship took “The knowledge and place in the Office of the Counselor to the Chief Justice, a similar position to the Chief of Staff in the White House. experience I gained are The Counselor organizes the many adjudicative duties of invaluable to my academic and the Chief Justice and often serves as his emissary. The professional pursuits” Supreme Court Fellow, the person with whom the interns work most closely, is a research position for mid-career professionals and academics that allows them to spend a year at the Court. The interns assist the Fellow in their research and other endeavors.
  • The work that I did included briefing foreign dignitaries that visited the Court, such as the Turkish Supreme Court, the Nepalese Judiciary and human rights lawyers from Indonesia, among many others. Along with the Supreme Court Fellow, we introduced them to the workings of the American judicial system and the Supreme Court specifically, answering questions and occasionally arranging discussions with the Clerk of the Court or current American justices. I assisted the Counselor with his preparation for a trip to a judicial conference in Japan and his meeting with the Supreme Court of Japan, researching ways the American system has responded to a growing caseload and adjusted financially over the course of the 20th century, a growing issue for Japanese courts. I assisted the Supreme Court Fellow with her research regarding public administration of the Court and the way former Chief Justice Burger attended to the administration of the courts, transforming and ultimately expanding the duties of the Chief. I also assisted both the Counselor and the Fellow with smaller projects, like an upcoming question and answer panel regarding the role of the Solicitor General that the Counselor will be moderating in the fall. The knowledge and experience I gained are invaluable to my academic and professional pursuits because though I have wanted to go to law school for a while now, I did not have a clear idea about the kind of professional life I wanted after law school. Daily exposure to the Court and world class lawyers, such as the Counselor who spent twenty years in the Solicitor General’s office before his appointment, helped me better define my goals and the kinds of law I can see myself practicing. Emma McDermott ’14 standing in the Great Hall of the Supreme Court 2