Eleven students in Widener’s Environmental and Natural Resources Law Clinic on the Delaware campus visited the U.S. Supreme Court recently to hear arguments in a case they have followed closely. They enjoyed a personal visit with Justice Anthony M. Kennedy after the hearing.
“It was one of the highlights of our law school careers,” said student Umber Kamdar, reflecting on the experience.
Associate Professor Kenneth T. Kristl, who directs the law clinic, accompanied the students to hear the case, New Jersey v. Delaware. The case involves a Delaware River boundary dispute rooted in the question of whether New Jersey can develop a liquefied natural gas delivery pier in the river. Clinic students worked with David H. Frederick, the attorney representing Delaware, prior to the Nov. 27 arguments and helped him to prepare for his day in court. That work gave them an intimate understanding of the case and made it an even more meaningful experience, student Ruhi Boga said.
After the arguments, the students retired to a lawyers’ lounge and met with Clerk of the Supreme Court William K. Suter, who talked with them about how the court functions. Kennedy dropped in on them, too. Boga and fellow student Sandra Snyder said the whole experience was rewarding and inspiring – particularly the collective intellect represented by the high court.
“We were in awe of the plethora of knowledge before us,” Snyder said.
It was a big day for Widener Law at the court. Students from the Appeallate Practice and Procedure seminar taught by adjunct professor and Delaware Supreme Court Justice Randy Holland traveled separately to Washington and also heard arguments in New Jersey v. Delaware.
Members of Widener's Environmental and Natural Resources Law Clinic gathered outside the U.S. Supreme Court with Associate Professor Kenneth T. Kristl, clinic director, on the day of their visit.
Seated from left, Trevor Mohr, Sarah Sodrick, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, Matthew Yeung, Sandra Snyder. Standing from left, Widener Law Associate Professor Kenneth T. Kristl, Greg Benson, Renee Cassar, Ruhi Boga, Dana Denny, Umber Kamdar, Deanne Camara-Ferreira, Martin Misiura.