Far from the serenity of her undergraduate alma mater, Margaux Day spent last fall in Cambodia, where she pored over hundreds of documents in preparation for the United Nations War Crimes Tribunal of the former Khmer Rouge regime. A third-year law student at Case Western Reserve University and a 2006 graduate of The College of Wooster, Day was part of a team that helped the prosecution prepare for trial by writing motions and legal memoranda during a one-semester externship.
“I was amazed to see how these crimes of 30 years ago still affected the people of Cambodia today,” said Day, an international relations major at Wooster and the recipient of the David L. Carpenter Pre-Law Prize as a senior. “The breadth of evidence and the legal requirement to conduct all proceedings in three languages made for a complex process.”
Day might never have wound up in Cambodia had she not decided to attend an informational meeting about Wooster’s Moot Court team during her first year at Wooster. “As I look back on my experience, I can’t say enough good things about the Moot Court Program,” she said. “Mark Weaver (professor of political science and coach of Wooster’s Moot Court team) helped me to realize how much I liked the role of an advocate. The three years I spent with Moot Court helped to shape my desire to attend law school.”
Day was also influenced by her study-abroad experience with the PRESHCO program in Spain and her Independent Study project. “I studied international funding for HIV/AIDS treatment,” said Day, who came to Wooster from Grand Rapids, Mich. “It was an amazing experience. Matt Krain (associate professor of political science), my adviser, was there when I needed him, but he allowed me to pursue the research on my own.”
After graduating from law school, Day will join College of Wooster graduate and current Trustee, Solomon Oliver, United States District Judge for the Northern District, in Cleveland, where she will complete a two-year clerkship. After that, she will likely work at Jones Day, an international law firm, founded in Cleveland, with offices all over the world.
“My interest in international law developed during my four years at Wooster, particularly my study-abroad experience in Spain, and the time I spent in Geneva preparing for my I.S. through a Copeland Fund grant,” said Day, who also competed in Model United Nations while at Wooster. “I’d be hard pressed to name an area of law that doesn’t have some sort of international component.”
As Day prepares to enter the next phase of her journey, she reflects on the value of her experience at Wooster. “I chose Wooster because it promised accessible faculty, a strong international relations major, a study-abroad program, and the opportunity to pursue an Independent Study,” she said. “Wooster delivered on every promise it made.”
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