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Vol. XXVII
No. 1
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January/February
2011

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by David Halbrook
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PHC grad earns executive editorship of law review
Lindsay See
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One of three PHC graduates to attend Harvard Law School, Lindsay See was a 2007 political theory major.

If there was one thing Lindsay See enjoyed about the ordeal that led to her selection as an executive editor of the Harvard Law Review, it was a quiet week spent at her parents’ Michigan home. The fierce competition for Harvard’s prestigious legal journal, which first-year law students undertake immediately following finals, puts contenders through a grinding week of writing and editing drills.

“I went home to be with my family and spent all day in a room by myself,” See recalls. “It was really intense, but great for no other reason than my mom making me coffee through the day.”

To the surprise of no one who knows her, See was named an editor of the Review that first summer. By the middle of her second year, she had been voted by peers as one of six “executive editors”—an honor reserved for an exceedingly small pool of illustrious Harvard Law alumni, some of whom have gone on to become judges, jurists, politicians, and even presidents.

A standout scholar and former trophy-winning moot court competitor on PHC’s championship legal debate team, See (Government: Political Theory ’07) had been accepted at other prestigious law schools, but Harvard’s tradition and mystique intrigued her.

“I didn’t think I’d get in,” she recalls. “My impression of Harvard was that it would be a great place to attend for credentials’ sake, but not necessarily the most enjoyable three years of my life.”

What she found was “a very typical, very traditional Harvard Law, Socratic environment, with professors calling on you for the first time, putting you on the spot and engaging you in 20 minutes of dialogue. That can be really painful if you haven’t done the reading.”

Now, midway through her third and final year, See says Harvard is “surprisingly more comfortable than I thought. My classes felt like an extension from PHC—a lot of reading, lots of class participation—not a big shock transitioning from my senior year at PHC to law school.”

Harvard’s spiritual climate also proved less threatening than expected.

“There is definitely the [far-left, secular] side,” she notes of the school’s liberal bent, “but most of the professors have been respectful. While [Christians] are definitely in the minority at Harvard, I have been blessed to tap into a strong Christian fellowship.”

A greater challenge has been maintaining spiritual equilibrium amid often grandiose expectations for future Harvard Law School grads.

...
SEE'S CRYSTALLINE VISION
TO DO ALL FOR THE
GLORY OF CHRIST
DOMINATES HER THINKING.
...

“It’s been stretching spiritually because so many here find their identity in what they have or will achieve,” she shares. “My identity is in Christ and where He is leading me, not in what I can push myself to do. I’m constantly humbled by the process of learning what it looks like to be disciplined and faithful with the opportunities I have.’

With graduation in her sights and valuable internships in India and with the D.C. Department of Justice behind her, See anticipates a post-graduation clerkship already secured with the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals. She relishes the prospect of life as an attorney, providing research and support for a D.C. appeals court judge. Yet, ultimately, See's crystalline vision to do all for the glory of Christ dominates her thinking about the future.

“Serving God and His kingdom, and taking advantage of this amazing opportunity to be faithful to people, will always be my primary focus,” she concludes. “I want to work hard for His glory and not just my own.”


About the author

David Halbrook is director of communications at Patrick Henry College.