BulletproofBrony, Ace Law Student


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I’m 23 years old and a graduate of the University of Georgia in history and political science. I recently finished my senior thesis with a research grant from the Center of Undergraduate Research Opportunities on Jean-Jacques Rousseau and Counter-Enlightenment thought. I won the 2013 Pi Sigma Alpha essay contest in UGA’s School of Public and International Affairs on the question of whether American culture tends to emphasize being an individual over being a citizen. The essay can be read here.

I am attending the Duke University School of Law. I will graduate with a Juris Doctor in 2017.

Fluttershy is my favorite pony.

I find Catelyn Stark from Game of Thrones inexplicably attractive:

I’m also a fan of the Duchess of Cambridge.

My favorite movie score is from How to Train Your Dragon:

Political drama is, unsurprisingly, one of my favorite movie genres. Some of my favorite movies include Lincoln, Charlie Wilson’s War, Amazing Grace (2006), and The King’s Speech.

I think everyone should see the final Twilight movie (I went with my girlfriend -- she watches it for the lulz too) just to hear Kristen Stewart’s vampire sex talk. It’s side-splittingly hilarious.

I think Wreck-It Ralph deserved the Oscar for best animated film over Brave -- by a lot.

Even so, I love that Brave introduced me to Julie Fowlis. I want to use this song as a lullaby for future children -- it’s fantastic:

I’ll add more as I think of it, but you can also ask random questions and I may pick a few to field.

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Commented on Notorious R.B.G.

While law is more complicated than most people make it (i.e., I like all of the justices, for different reasons and on different topics), many proponents of social justice like her because many of her notable opinions and dissents are in-line with their political philosophy. The same could be said of religious conservatives and Justice Thomas.

That said, there’s a distinction between law and politics. The Court’s role is not to promote personal political agendas, but rather to interpret the law as created by the legislature, agencies, or the Constitution (though an individual justice’s political beliefs certainly influence their interpretation).

And I think, despite political cheerleading from the sidelines, they tend to do that. For example, Roe v. Wade was upheld in Planned Parenthood v. Casey despite there being eight Republican appointees (some appointed explicitly to overturn Roe, and yet voted in the plurality) and one Democrat.

Moreover, in NFIB v. Sebelius (Obamacare) Roberts joined the “liberals” in upholding the individual mandate, and Breyer and Kagan (who was actually Obama’s Solicitor General, the person whose sole job is to win lawsuits for the federal government) joined the “conservatives” in striking down mandatory Medicaid expansion by the states.

So I have immense respect for our Supreme Court, even when I disagree with the ruling.

Mar 19, 2015 at 07:54PM EDT

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