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Sompayrac’s UHON class visits Washington DC

Through the generosity of US Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, Dr. Joanie Sompayrac, UC Foundation Associate Professor of Accounting and Assistant Director, University Honors, was able to take her UHON Supreme Court Seminar class to observe oral arguments in two cases before the Supreme Court of the United States.

“Our class sat on the second row during the cases of Massachusetts v. EPA and
Watters v. Wachovia Bank. After two very interesting cases in the highest court in the land, the class was treated to a tour of the U.S. Capitol by staff from Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist's Office. Both experiences were outstanding and memorable,” Sompayrac said.

The following day, the class enjoyed a visit to the National Archives, the World War II Memorial, the Korean Veterans Memorial, the Lincoln Memorial, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and the Phillips Collection.

On the last day of the trip, the students enjoyed visits to the International Spy Museum, the Smithsonian Museums, the National Zoo and many other sights in Washington D.C.

“While some of the students in the class had been to Washington D.C. before, others were seeing the Nation's capital for the first time,” Sompayrac said. “Further, the up close and personal view of the US Supreme Court highlighted a semester of study of the Court and its history.”

UHON Class photo

January 3, 2007