Blair Hornstine – Today
So what happened to Blair Hornstine after high school? Not much is actually known although several blogs have alluded to the fact that she enrolled in as many as ten colleges.
Blair was offered many opportunities to attend colleges and universities throughout the world. She ultimately decided to accept admission to the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. The oldest university in Scotland with six centuries of tradition was perfect for her. St. Andrews had just received the “UK University of the Year Award” over some well-respected schools including Oxford, Cambridge, and Trinity College of Dublin. Additionally, the Department of Classics and Classical Studies was known internationally as one of the finest classics departments in the world. From a young age, Blair was always drawn to a small bucolic environment. She always loved living near the water. Blair was able to study in the surroundings most comfortable to her. Her room overlooked the 18th green of the famed Old Course, the beaches and cliffs, and the North Sea. As an undergraduate student, Blair had the unique opportunity to debate the nature of Athenian democracy, dissect the works of Homer, Virgil, Sappho, and Alcacus, scrutinize the great poem by Lucretius on atomic physics, and analyze the evolution of Greco-Roman civilization by critically examining ancient texts. While attending the University of St. Andrews, Blair held many leadership positions including her residence halls, St. Andrews Choir, and was Chairwomen of the Department of Classics Student/Faculty Committee. Blair also received grants to study at the selected British School at Athens over two semesters. Ultimately, Blair graduated with a Master of Arts Degree (With Distinction).
Blair Hornstine – Future
Following her rigorous education in the United Kingdom, Blair decided to take a gap year. She was accepted to the Juilliard School in New York City. Blair lived near their campus and studied voice and theory. She always loved music and the arts; however Blair’s busy schedule never gave her an opportunity to enjoy her favorite pastime.
From an early age, Blair was committed to the plight of the downtrodden and underprivileged. She was always preparing herself for the day when she would be able to practice law and defend the defenseless. While Blair’s university experience proved priceless in creating the individual that she has become, it pales in comparison with her visit to the United States Supreme Court in 1999 and Blair’s two summer internships as a research assistant at top ranked law schools. These extraordinary opportunities have proven invaluable in refining Blair’s understanding of the plight of underprivileged people and have imbued in Blair a passion to become an attorney specializing in public interest law.
Blair vividly recalls walking up the steps to our highest court and saw the stone carving over the entrance – “Equal Justice Under Law.” It was a sunny fall day and the carving shone like a beacon illuminating the fact that the courts are our guardian, preserving the rule of law and applying their protections equally to all citizens, even when the adversary is stronger or wealthier. Blair’s initial perception of equal justice was indelibly altered by the realities of her summer internships. It soon became clear that the legal needs of the poor were not being met. Although the legal maxim – equal justice under law – is the foundation of our jurisprudence, Blair has seen first-hand that those who could not retain the services of an attorney had limited access to justice. Blair knows the importance of ensuring the rights of the indigent, and hopefully one day, she will be given the opportunity to bring equipoise to the scales of justice.
Within the first few hours of Blair’s first internship, she was perplexed and somewhat disillusioned learning about the intricacies of law. This experience connected Blair to the underlying idealism and sense of purpose that encouraged her to become an attorney. When Blair now looks at the world through the eyes of others, she ‘walks a mile in their shoes.’ In that process, Blair’s own view of the world becomes broader, more accurate and more inclusive. Blair has learned much more about herself by taking the time and energy to learn about others.
Throughout Blair’s life, she has regrettably experienced a similar feeling of frustration and helplessness. In early fall of 1998, Blair was clinically diagnosed with a rare auto-immune disorder. The ailment ravaged Blair’s entire body and left her with sores over 90% of her skin and inside her mouth. It was very difficult for Blair to walk and talk. Unfortunately, there is no known cause or any known cure for this infirmity. Initially, Blair’s life was dramatically affected due to the appearance of the lesions. Blair endured some cruel remarks about her altered appearance. Although the disease is in remission, it left Blair in a state of discomfort including aching joints, back pain, extreme itching, and sustained periods of chronic fatigue. After an extended period of time, Blair realized that her disability did not have to be a paralyzing illness but could be one of her greatest sources of strength. When Blair recognized that she had to live with this sickness, she learned to manage and maintain balance in her life. This enormous struggle in Blair’s life has given her a deep understanding of the plight of people who are suffering without any control over their destiny, regardless of the form or origin of that anguish.
Blair’s objective in attending law school is to become a viable spokesperson for the voiceless and defenseless. Blair plans to share the story of her own plight in the hope that it will be a source of inspiration to others to gain control over their problems and to learn to manage and maintain balance in their lives. By graduating law school, Blair will have an exceptional opportunity and corresponding commitment to make equal justice her professional obligation. Blair’s greatest challenge will lie in persuading the public and the profession to share her view. Blair may be considered idealistic, but she is certainly not naïve. Perhaps some would consider Blair a pragmatist among ideologues. As a result of Blair’s own illness and her observations as a research assistant, she is more determined than ever to pursue her ideal of one person being able to make a difference in the lives of others. In so doing, Blair will be able to contribute to the spirit and practice of “equal justice under law” so that the words that form the foundation of our legal system will not be meaningless. Blair’s aspiration is to see the beacon that she observed shining from the U.S Supreme Court glow equally for all.
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