The Nelson A. Rockefeller Center for Public Policy and the Social Sciences


2013 Constitution Day: Dartmouth Trustee Annette Gordon-Reed '81 to Discuss "Our Founders' Constitution" on 9/18

Today, September 17th, might seem rather unremarkable. The second day of fall term classes, the Dartmouth campus will begin to come back to life with the rush of both new and returning students. But many students may not realize that this is no ordinary day. In fact, it is one of the cornerstones of our nation’s founding; although Constitution Day is a rather low-key holiday, it reminds us of the original document that proclaimed the rights and laws that we still abide by today.

Dartmouth Alumna Annette Gordon-Reed ’81, who continued on to graduate from Harvard Law School in 1984 and is currently a member of Dartmouth’s Board of Trustees, researches the Constitution and its evolution to modern times. She is also well known for her two books: Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings: An American Controversy and The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family, which went on to win 16 books awards, including the 2009 Pulitzer Prize in history and the National Book Award.

Journey to the Promised Court: Dartmouth First-Year Fellow Shares #SCOTUS Experiences #DOMA #Prop8

At approximately 9:10 am on June 26, I got it—my golden ticket. With it, I gained access, not to Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory, but to the Supreme Court of the United States where I heard the justices pronounce, explain and dissent some of the most important human rights rulings since the Civil Rights era.

Here, behind the magnificent marble columns and Greco-style carvings evoking ideas of justice and power, nine justices decided the fate of so many. Before the proceedings began, however, I took a moment to reflect on the last 12 hours that brought me to this moment of reckoning.

It started with a Twitter post saying people were already lined up at the court entrance at 6 p.m. the night before. Along with three of my Dartmouth cohorts, I raced to secure a spot. Arriving at 10:30 p.m., we became a tentative 60th in line. We were quite unsure if we'd make it inside. Someone said only 47 slots would be open. But we were determined. Hey, you never know.

Law School Student Panel: Thursday, May 9th at 8 PM in Rocky 3

LAW SCHOOL Student PanelThursday, May 9th @ 8pmROCKY 003 | The Rockefeller Center
 Join a panel of some of your most accomplished peers in a question-and-answer style discussing regarding the following topics:

  • How to navigate through Dartmouth as a 'pre-LAW' student (i.e. classes, professors, extracurriculars, etc.)
  • How to study for the LSAT / When to take the LSAT
  • What one can do with a JD (law degree) and why one would want to continue their studies at law school
  • and much more!

Speaking on the panel include seniors: Sam Marullo '13 (Yale Law School), Lindsay Brewer '13 (Yale Law School), and David Sayet '13 (Stanford Law School). Learn a little more about them below:

Reminder: Dartmouth #LawDay Activities May 2 - 3

Law Day at Dartmouth is, simply put, an event worth attending. Last year’s program, which included a lecture by the Solicitor General of the U.S. Mr. Donald B. Verilli, Jr. and a panel of lawyers, congressmen and Dartmouth Government Department faculty among others, provided an exciting look into reality of the separation of powers in U.S. government.

This year, the focus of the Law Day has greatly expanded. On Thursday, May 2, the Rockefeller Center will be hosting an afternoon talk featuring successful litigator of Roe v. Wade, Sarah Weddington, Anita LaFrance Allen of UPenn Law School, and Janet Benshoof, President of the Global Justice Center. The talk, entitled “Conversation about Body Politics: Women, Families, and Reproductive Rights” will kick off an exciting two days of law-related programming. Join us at 12PM in Room 003 at the Rockefeller Center for this exciting kick-off event moderated by Dartmouth Professor Susan Brison.

Dartmouth #LawDay Events 2013: Body Politics, Women and Leadership, Career Panel

The Nelson A. Rockefeller Center at Dartmouth will honor Law Day 2013 with a number of great events on Thursday and Friday, May 2nd and 3rd.  Here's a quick round up:

Xander Meise Bay '01 Reports on Recent Supreme Court Decision

Courtesy of

Dartmouth alumnus Xander Meise Bay '01 shared her recent blog post about a recent Supreme Court ruling, Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum.

Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum is the biggest human rights law case in U.S. courts in a decade. You can find the link to her post summarizing the decision for Corporate Social Responsibility and the Law Blog here.

Sarah Weddington: "Some Leaders are Born Women!", at Rocky 003 at 4:30 pm on May 2, 2013


In America today, women fill many of the highest posts in both government and business. The successes of these women, from Hillary Clinton to Condoleezza Rice, are shattering the out-of-date stereotyped gender roles that held back female progress in the past. Yet even in today’s progressive society, women still face gender biases and discrimination in their pursuit of success and leadership roles.




“Your Vote Is Your Voice: How Will the New NH Voter Law Affect You?" - 4:30 PM on Monday, Oct. 22

A raging debate currently ongoing in New Hampshire politics is the implementation of the new New Hampshire voting law. Under this law, college students wishing to vote would be required to sign a statement that they intend to switch their permanent state residency to New Hampshire.

UNH Professor of Law John Greabe will address this law, and exactly what effects it would have on Dartmouth students who wish to have their voice heard in upcoming democratic elections. He will address the partisan motivations behind the law, the viability of its implementation, and what it means for the future of elections in New Hampshire and nationwide.

Kleiman To Discuss US Drug Policy on Thursday, 9/20 at 4:30 PM Talk: “What Drugs Should Be Legalized? How Legal Should They Be?”

The presence of illicit drugs within the United States is no secret. Despite strict prohibition of access to intoxicants, some Americans regularly exhibit criminal behavior to obtain and use them. Nonetheless, extreme constraints on drug use require extensive law enforcement and often result in the jailing of nonviolent citizens. The answer may lie in good drug policies, which balance risks and costs of free availability against those of various sorts of control. The optimal policy may vary per drug; yet, for some, such policy may positively affect American society.

This Week: Employer Connections Fair features Non-Profits on 9/19 and Law Schools on 9/20


Career Services presents Two Must-See Events: Wed & Thurs!









Wed & Thurs. Sept. 19 & 20, Noon-4pm, Hopkins Center



(Includes Non-Profit Room on Sept. 19th)



Ø  NEW employers EACH day, over 100 total



Ø  Talk informally with employer reps (mostly Dartmouth alums)



Ø  No resumes - Just come and explore different employers , jobs & internships.









Thurs. Sept. 20, Noon-4pm, Top of Hop



Ø  Talk with reps from over 40 Law Schools




The Nelson A. Rockefeller Center for Public Policy and the Social Sciences