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      Third-year Law Student Completes Internship with U.S. Senator, Finds Passion

      Cara Phillips

      Law student completes U.S. Senate internship

      Cara Phillips, a third-year law student, completed an internship with Sen. Bob Casey's office over the summer in Washington, D.C.

      Cara Phillips, a third-year law student at Commonwealth Law, has a passion for working in legislation. So, when the opportunity arose to intern in the office of U.S. Sen. Bob Casey, she seized it.

      The six-week internship position focused on three main areas, including foreign relations, national defense and veterans affairs. During the first three weeks of the internship, the National Defense Authorization Act was up for debate. Phillips had a front-row seat for the action.

      "You have all of the big-name senators and the up-and-coming junior senators presenting amendments, and it was amazing to see everybody working to have their voice heard," she said. "A few of the amendments came into the office I worked in, and I was able to see from the beginning how we take the ideas of the senator and write them into legislation."

      Phillips added that the internship allowed her to see first-hand the fast-paced, professional federal environment and learn more about the legislative process.

      "We were constantly going," she said. "This experience will help me as I go into my third year, because life will only get busier, and I learned a lot about multi-tasking, prioritizing and moving quickly and accurately, which are essential skills for a law student and a lawyer."

      The experience also gave Phillips the opportunity to participate in events that helped deepen her understanding of a range of topics, including Foreign Service and immigration.

      "The internship made me even more passionate about legislation," she said. "It opened my eyes to a lot of the action issues that are not reported by the media. Sometimes as law students we may overlook the influence we have since we are so focused on our education, but there are a lot of action items out there that need legal advocates."


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