Federalist Society Spotlight

Sal SuasingheStephanie Eberhardt, 3L, Executive Vice President of the UHLC Federalist Society.
So Stephanie, why did you decide to attend law school?       
I’ve always been interested in history and government, and I enjoy reading, writing, and analyzing.  My degree was in political science, and law school has always been in the back of mind since high school. It is just something I have always wanted to do. 

Any interest in a particular practice area?
For the most part I am still open to working and seeking opportunities in a number of areas, but I am currently exploring the possibility of one day practicing health law. We have a great health law section at the UHLC. Geographically, I’d like to stay in Texas and practice in Houston (my hometown).  

Many people are drawn to the federalist society for different philosophical, jurisprudential, or political reasons. Was there some similar impetus to your joining the Federalist Society?
I liked how the Federalist Society encouraged a side of the debate that was often missing in our classes. Personally, I am a conservative, but I liked how the Federalist Society is inclusive and a “big tent” in terms of ideas.  I was also impressed by the student leadership of the organization. Our chapter has consistently brought in nationally renowned speakers and hosted some great events.

What was the impetus to your taking on the #2 role for the Federalist Society?
I have been a part of the Federalist Society since my 1L year and have taken on more and more responsibility each year. We have had such a strong board. I would like to continue that success.

What do you envision for the Federalist society this year? Where do you intend to take the organization?
Bringing in interesting speakers is what keeps students excited and engaged. We are excited about our speakers this year. We are also going to make an effort to reach out to our chapter’s alumni.

What has been your favorite class in law school thus far?
Oh that is a tough one. I really enjoyed constitutional law with Professor Turner and the health law survey class with Professor Roberts.

Most rewarding experience in your legal education/career thus far?
I have to say it was this past summer. I interned in the Fraud Division of the U.S. Attorney General’s Office. It was a great hands-on experience, jumping into such big cases and helping out. They also organized field trips for the legal interns, and the attorneys there did a great job mentoring us.

Field trips? Where?
Various places. We took one to the ATF (Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives) range.  

Did you shoot any guns?
Yes. I shot an AK-47.

Wow. You never know when that might come in handy in your legal career. Ok, so now that we are ending on a lighter note, I read in your bio that you enjoy a good, marathon TV series. Any recommendations for a student looking for an escape?
I enjoy escapism TV. Law school is stressful. As of late, my escape has been ‘Avatar, the Last Airbender’ and its sequel, ‘Legends of Korra.’  Before you judge, check it out.  

Interview by Michael Quirke, 3L, VP (Technology), UHLC Federalist Society.
August 21, 2012.