Student of the Week: Chase Glasser
Hometown: Milford, Michigan
Major: History and Political Science
Internship placement: Department of Justice Consumer Protection Branch Litigation Research Intern
Why did you decide to do Michigan in Washington?
I have wanted to participate in Michigan in Washington since I was a third-year student in high school. In fact, I wrote about participating in Michigan in Washington in my “Why Michigan Essay,” an element of my undergraduate application to Michigan. I am deeply interested in both the law and politics and have been since middle school. As an aspiring appellate litigator, spending a semester working and studying in Washington DC represents an unparalleled opportunity to have a formative experience learning about the law in the city where laws are written, argued about, and overturned.
What do you do during a typical day at your internship?
I find myself very fortunate to be working in an internship where I have legitimate, substantive work. Every single one of my tasks is integral in bringing a DOJ case to a successful disposition, and the Consumer Protection Branch has a great diversity of cases ranging from suing major pharmaceutical companies for their roles in the opioid crisis, to extraditing foreign nationals running scam phone call centers. As such, it is hard to generalize my internship experience into one single day. However, some tasks that I have done that are particularly representative of my experience include writing parts of complaints, organizing documents for trials, and writing summaries of motions filed by opposing counsel.
Which elective are you taking and how does this class apply to your time in D.C.?
I am taking Dr. Billet’s “Lobbying and Money in Politics” elective. Like all of the UCDC faculty, Dr. Billet is incredibly accomplished in his field. I am curious about the role of lobbyists in politics and litigation related to campaign finance laws, so Dr. Billet’s class seemed like a natural fit for me.
What do you like to do in D.C. during your free time?
I have greatly enjoyed exploring one of the world’s great cities. I have explored multiple museums, my favorite being going through the Supreme Court museum with my roommates. I have also walked the National Mall and seen almost all of the monuments. A highlight for me was doing a food tour of Georgetown, which is one of my favorite parts of DC.
What’s something on your D.C. bucket list and what is something that you have crossed off of your D.C. bucket list?
I want to explore the Udvar-Hazy Center (an extension of the Air and Space Museum) with my roommates using our cultural fund. I am a history enthusiast, with a particular interest in military history. Seeing the Enola Gay and historic airplanes and fighter craft would be a fantastic experience.
Since I have been in DC, I have been able to watch back to back oral arguments in the Supreme Court as part of my internship, which has been a bucket list goal for me for my entire life. I did a lot of work upfront including reading the briefs and exploring coverage around the cases. This gave me the context necessary to enjoy listening to the oral arguments. I was afforded this opportunity through my internship, for which I am very grateful. This reinforced my desire to practice appellate law at the highest level.
What advice would you give to a student interested in Michigan in Washington?
Firstly, DO IT. I was hesitant about actually doing MIW once I settled into my collegiate routine of studying, working, and attending sports games in Ann Arbor. However, despite only being in DC a month, I can say with confidence that doing MIW has been one of the best choices I have made while at the University of Michigan. You will benefit from an internship experience that will make your resume stand out, you will escape the Michigan winter in a temperate coastal city, you will build connections in Michigan’s outstanding alumni body, and (if you are lucky) you may have the opportunity to witness groundbreakingly historical events. Secondly, it would behoove you to use the resources at your disposal if you want more information. Dr. Howard, Zach Kopin, and Professor Bednar are all incredible resources on a number of fronts, and I have fully enjoyed getting to know each of them at a deeper level. They can give you the guidance necessary to make a fully informed decision. Thirdly, ask me questions! Any of the MIW staff can put you in contact with me. I would be glad to answer any questions a prospective student may have.