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Article III Groupie knows next to nothing about sports, but a more sports-minded reader brought this New York Times article to her attention. It's a profile of the handsome and hunky Nick Hartigan, who is the Ivy League's "leading rusher" this season. (A3G has no idea what that means; perhaps Gregg Easterbrook can enlighten her. She gathers that it's a good thing.)
Unless the football player in question is someone like Justice Byron White or Judge Morrison C. England, Jr., pigskin prowess doesn't interest A3G. But a reader emailed her about the Hartigan profile because of this tidbit:
After Nick Hartigan finished his freshman year at Brown University, he and two friends started a power-washing business to clean the wooden decks of homes in Washington and its suburbs. One of their first customers was the Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, who learned Hartigan was studying political science and told him, according to Hartigan: "It's gobbledygook. You need to study history." So, Hartigan said, he decided, "O.K., I'm double-majoring in history."
How kind of Justice Kennedy to offer academic advice to the college kid washing his deck! Happily enough, AMK's advice has served Hartigan well:
Hartigan kept that promise and is carrying more than just the football as he nears the end of his senior season as the leading rusher in the Ivy League with 946 yards, on 176 carries.
He has a 3.91 grade point average, he has been nominated for a Rhodes scholarship, he is writing a senior thesis about religion in recent American politics, he is applying to law schools like Harvard and Yale, and he wants a career in law and government.
As you explore your budding interest in the law, Nick, please feel free to email A3G; she'd be happy to offer you information and advice about legal careers. In return, you can "power-wash her deck" -- any day of the week!