Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE)
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Lewis Richardson

Liberal Arts Major(s): Philosophy, Political Science
Minor: History
Hometown: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Experience Time: Summer 2021

Give us a brief summary of your experience?

My experience with Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) was focused on the defense of free speech, due process, and civil liberties for college students, staff, and faculty across national college campuses.

How did this experience impact you academically?

This experience required me to formulate a comprehensive understanding of First Amendment case law through a wide analysis of legislated statutes, specific campus policies, and landmark Supreme Court cases. This has provided me with a clear understanding of the legal underpinnings grounding university policies on student conduct procedures. Further, this internship provided a class-applicable understanding of the laws that enable our democratic process.

"This experience solidified my intent to attend law school post-graduation." 

How will this experience impact your career goals?

This experience solidified my intent to attend law school post-graduation. Following this experience, I will pursue a career in public-interest litigation or criminal defense.

How has the College of the Liberal Arts helped you to find and/or succeed in this experience (e.g., adviser, faculty, staff, enrichment funds, etc.)?

The enrichment funds that I received enabled me to cover the expenses of relocating for this internship. My move from Pittsburgh to Philadelphia was filled with ample stress and anxieties; the funding supplied by the College of the Liberal Arts ensured that cost was not one of those worries.

For more information on internships for Liberal Arts students, visit our website. 
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