Noah Goertemiller Goes to Washington
Third year law student Noah Goertemiller also worked in Washington D.C. over the summer. Goertemiller worked with Stephanie Jones of Stephanie Jones Strategies, LLC, a company with expertise in the areas of civil rights and social justice, economic empowerment, education, non-profit management, and energy.
Jones, the daughter of Judge Nathaniel Jones, chief diversity and inclusion officer at Blank Rome, is an alumna of UC Law. Over the course of her career, she has done firm work in Cincinnati, worked on the staffs of former U.S. Representative Stephanie Tubbs Jones, former U.S. Senator John Edwards, and President Bill Clinton. Jones has even worked as a manager for R&B singer Lionel Ritchie!
What’s in a Day?
The work Goertemiller handled for Jones consisted of creating advocacy plans (timelines or schedules) for clients, assisting them in lobbying Congress to get legislation passed. Goertemiller, however, ended up doing much more. “Stephanie went out of her way to get me to as many D.C. advocacy experiences as she could,” he explained. He was able to attend the Bread for the World’s Lobby Day on behalf of client, Church Women United. Also, he worked at the NAACP Legal Defense Fund the week that Shelby County v. Holder was decided, and, in that capacity, had the opportunity to go to the Supreme Court and sit in on preliminary planning meetings with various civil rights groups. Goertemiller attended two Senate Judiciary Committee meetings: one was an FBI oversight hearing and the other concerned how to move forward with the Voting Rights Act after Shelby. Additionally, he worked for a week at the Lawyer’s Committee for Civil Rights and sat in on its Voting Rights Project meetings. And if that wasn’t enough, he completed some preliminary research on a presidential pardon application.
Working in D.C.
Goertemiller’s interest in working in the policy arena at the federal level is what led him to seek work in the capital over the summer, and Jones provided him that opportunity. Additionally, he hopes to end up in the capital after graduation; thus, this summer gave him the “perfect” opportunity to try the city out for a few months. He really took advantage of his time there to visit all the monuments and museums, the National Air and Space Museum being his favorite.
Goertemiller met numerous politicians and members of D.C. organizations over the summer, including Ohio’s Senator Sherrod Brown and Senator Rob Portman, among others. Perhaps the person who left the greatest impact on him, however, was U.S. Representative John Lewis of Georgia’s 5th District. Representative Lewis was dubbed one of the Big Six leaders of the Civil Rights Movement and was an architect of and keynote speaker at the Historic March on Washington in 1963. He was able to meet Representative Jones through his boss. This meeting was especially timely considering the work he was doing at the time.
Take Away from Washington
At the end of the day, Goertemiller stated that he had a fantastic experience in D.C. and hopes to return post-graduation. If any students are interested, like him, in policy and government, he recommends that they definitely pursue a similar summer experience in the capital.
About Noah Goertemiller
A third year law student at UC Law, he attended undergrad at University of Cincinnati. Currently, he is involved with Human Rights Quarterly and the Freedom Center Journal.