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My name is Tolulope Kevin Olasanoye. I am originally from Providence, RI and graduated from Classical High School in Providence. I attended the University of Rhode Island and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and History. While I was completing my undergraduate coursework,...

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Getting in touch with my Irish roots

Posted by Kevin Olasanoye on 07/05/2010 at 01:11 PM

Yep, that’s right. Since we’re all Irish on St. Patrick’s Day (even President O’Bama wore a green tie and welcomed the Irish delegation a couple years ago), I could think of no better reward for having sat with a judge and a few barristers then heading over to Dublin for a weekend of jollification (I am attempting to use as many British colloquialisms as I can. This one means fun). Man, it was a crazy town! The Temple Inn is a hotbed of nightlife that has a flavor for everyone. I have never seen so many people drinking out on the streets at night time before. My cousin (yes, I have family living in Dublin too) says it is a lot like Amsterdam in that way (wouldn’t know since I’ve only ever been to the airport there).

The last two weeks have been amazing. I got a chance to see the courtroom from the bench (unfortunately I was not able to get photos of myself wearing a wig), where the lessons about effective advocacy are much different than from the advocate’s desk. Then I shadowed two barristers with very different experiences. One of them was an experienced criminal attorney and the other was a pupil (in this system, after you graduate law school you spend one year in a barrister’s chambers watching and learning the system. They don’t “throw you to the wolves” here, which a lot of young barristers like because they can cut their teeth watching other people excel in their craft). Their experiences and level of responsibility varied, and as you might imagine, their perspectives about the system were interesting and informative.

This week we are back in the classroom with Professor Webster. We have been looking a little deeper at the European Union and the legal issues it creates with its member states. In today’s lecture, we touched on how the EU has gone from talk of expansion to survival in the wake of the near collapse of the Greek economy earlier this year. While I am interested in the topics we have been studying, I can’t help but look forward to the coming weekend. You see, I am planning on spending the weekend in Madrid (for my friends back at home, this means that you will not be the only ones enjoying the good weather), which means that I have really got to focus in class. Not to worry though. Professor Webster keeps us well entertained and there are still loads of things I need to see in London before I leave.

I’m off to get some reading done (yet another reminder that I am not on vacation) and do some more sightseeing, but before I go, I’ll leave you with a few observations.

*Yesterday was the 4th of July and hardly anyone was celebrating here. Can you believe the nerve of the Brits?!? The only fireworks I saw were on my friend’s Facebook accounts. That was the first time on this trip I got a little ( and I mean little) homesick.

 **The Underground train system could use a little bit of a makeover. Specifically, the trains are not equipped with air conditioning. The last few weeks we have been riding the trains in dark suits. It reminded me of riding the Metro when I was working in DC, just without any fresh air or ventilation, which if you have spent any time in DC in August, you can appreciate.

 ***I highly recommend going to see a musical if you ever come to visit London. There are a lot of good shows to see in Leceister Square. A couple of us went to see a show entitled “Blood Brothers.” It was a Cain and Abel type story about two twin brothers from Liverpool, who were separated at birth, end up becoming best friends, and fall in love with the same girl. I won’t spoil it if you haven’t seen it, but it was pretty good.