Jonathan Warren | December 18, 2014
As a judicial intern at the Supreme Court of the United States last summer, Notre Dame senior Veronica Guerrero got a behind-the-scenes look at one of the nation’s most influential institutions.
Guerrero, a political science and Chinese major in Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letters, worked in the Office of the Counselor to the Chief Justice, where she helped with tasks such as giving lectures within the courtroom, welcoming prestigious international visitors to the court, and creating a daily news summary for the court.
“It tells everyone what’s happening in U.S. and international courts, which was really cool. I loved that part of my job.”
Seeing the court in action was another highlight of her summer internship, she said.
“I was able to sit in on all of the non-argument sessions—the decision sessions or whenever the court meets and attorneys are not presenting arguments,” Guerrero said. “I got to be there when a lot of the case decisions were coming out.
“It’s a very deliberate, thoughtful place. It was really exciting to be there and see it from a different perspective than we might in a classroom or especially on the news.”
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Guerrero, who is particularly interested in American politics and the Constitution, said the internship offered a better understanding of the nation’s top court.