May Contain Blueberries

the sometimes journal of Jeremy Beker


So, as Jim would say: It's over! The conference finished up yesterday afternoon; I am hanging out in my hotel room until it is time to head back to the train and then home this afternoon. As I had hoped, this was just an amazing experience. For me, the conference material itself was great but was hardly the reason I came. The people the ACLU brings together at this kind of event are intelligent, energetic, and just plain fun to hang out with. This year I was lucky that I found a great group of people to hang out with. At dinner the first night I joined a table with a bunch of law students from the [Brooklyn School of Law]( They were part of a larger group that had been sponsored by the NY and NJ delegations that included people from [Columbia](, [NYU](, and I'm sure a few other schools. Quite a few adventures were had including going down to the monuments in the middle of the night (note to self, finding a taxi at 11:30 pm in DC is a challenge), dancing to regae by Maxi Priest, listening to Phillip Glass and Debbie Harry, watching awesome debates with Justice Scalia, Tucker Carlson, John Dean, Rachel Maddow, hilarious satire by Roy Zimmerman and Jim Morris, and many many other events. So thank you to Claire, Josh, Amy, Kate, Erin, Sarah, Alex, and everyone else whose names I can't remember for helping to make this an awesome experience. It was wonderful meeting you all and sad to see you go. Hopefully I will see some of you later this year in NY or in future years at more ACLU conferences. I may post more about specific events, so if you have questions, post them in the comments and I'll try to answer them. There are a few more photos available on my [flickr page]( but I was bad at remembering my camera. Hopefully I should be getting emailed some more later and I will post them then.