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D.C. Program Gives Senior Supreme Experience

Only 1 percent of all cases submitted to the U.S. Supreme Court actually make it to the justices’ docket. And that’s after the case has slowly climbed through the state courts.

Argentino

It’s tough to get in.

Political science and public justice major Mark Argentino ’13 made a compelling case for his Supreme Court internship, one of four spots available.

As an intern in the court clerk’s office, Argentino spent his spring semester delivering case briefs to justices, filing court documents and answering phones as part of the SUNY in Washington D.C. Program.

“The clerk’s office is really the backbone of the whole operation,” said Argentino, who enrolled at Oswego as a biology major. A public justice course with Professor Margaret Rynicker changed that.

His internship put him one step closer to his ultimate career goal.

“I would love to be an attorney and I would love to argue a case in Supreme Court,” Argentino said.

In addition to interacting with U.S. Supreme Court Clerk William K. Suter and the justices themselves, Argentino was able to make numerous contacts over the course of the internship. The exciting experience started back at Oswego, where Experienced-Based Education Director Paul Roodin got him in touch with the SUNY in Washington D.C. Program coordinators.

Five Oswego students participated in the SUNY in Washington D.C. Program in 2011-12. Art major Katie Loperfido ’11 interned for her congressman, Rep. Richard Hanna, and after she graduated in December, she began working in his branch office in Auburn.

Political science major Alex Romano ’12 interned with the Marijuana Policy Project; journalism major Tatyana Southerland ’12 interned with the Washington bureau of “NBC Nightly News”; political science major Dan Lubowitz ’11 interned in the Government Relations Office of Wine and Spirit Wholesalers of America, a trade association; and political science major Jeff Sterling ’12 interned at the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.

Heading into his senior year, Argentino feels well prepared for post-college life.

“I am very happy with both (polictical science and public justice) programs,” he said. “I have had a really good experience with my professors and I like the smaller class sizes.”

⎯ Shane M. Liebler

Mark Argentino '13, right, poses with U.S. Supreme Court Clerk William K. Suter. As an intern in the court clerk's office, Argentino spent his spring semester delivering case briefs to justices, filing court documents and answering phones as part of the SUNY in Washington D.C. Program.



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