Sam Harkinson, 3L, interned this past summer at the U.S. Attorney’s Office in New Hampshire. After his initial training at the Department of Justice, he worked on several criminal law projects.
In one of his first assignments Harkinson examined whether hearsay testimony was admissible. He also sat in on a training session for the FBI on issues surrounding e-discovery under the rules of Criminal Procedure. He also prepared information on the USA PATRIOT Act, researched search and seizure issues related to Miranda warnings, and attend court proceedings including jury selection, opening and closing statements, direct examinations, sentencing hearings, motion to suppress hearings, and an appeal at the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit in Boston, MA.
According to Harkinson, "Working with the prosecutors at the U.S. Attorney's Office allowed me to not only see a different side to how criminal law is practiced, but also allowed me to see the criminal justice system at work. The work I did at my summer placement at the U.S. Attorney's Office allowed me to continue to develop the skills learned during my clinical experience at UDC-DCSL." Harkinson would like to work for the Judge Advocate General's Corps after he graduates.