15th July 2002

 

LEGAL EAGLE LANDS ON CAPITOL HILL

 

Two years after graduating from the University of Lincoln lawyer Clare Feikert has landed a prestigious legal position on Capitol Hill in Washington DC.

 

Clare (23) has been appointed UK legal specialist at the Library of Congress and is one of a number of lawyers from around the globe whose job is to research and report on UK laws for Congress, the Supreme Court, US federal agencies and others.

 

“After graduating in Law and International Relations in 2000 I came over to the States, married my American partner, spent a year as a housewife and then started my masters degree in international law,” said Clare, who comes from Nottinghamshire.

 

“The job came as a surprise as I was planning to work for a non-governmental human rights organisation until I was contacted by the Library of Congress.”

 

Clare (whose maiden name is Welton) completed her masters in May and started work in the same month in the Madison Building opposite the Capitol, one of three buildings that make up the Library of Congress.

 

“Having a British law degree is a big advantage over here,” she says. “My tutors gave me references that helped me get a place to study my masters and the course gave me a good foundation for practising law and helped develop my analytical skills.

 

“The range of issues that I deal with varies - one morning I can be working on the law relating to cloning, and in the afternoon I can be writing a report on UK tax laws.”

 

Clare has found life in the US something of a culture shock but is slowly getting used to the differences. “It took me about a year to adjust to the culture,” she recalls. “I missed my family, my friends, driving on the left-hand side of the road and food that hasn’t been highly processed or had sugar added.

 

“People tend to be more open here and say exactly what they’re thinking, so now I do the same.  The weather is so different too - freezing in the winter and sweltering in the summer. I’ve no idea how people lived before air conditioning!

 

“I’ve been over here for two years now and I found that once I stopped comparing things and just accepted the differences it helped a lot. I have reverse culture shock now when I come back and visit the UK!”

 

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University of Lincoln (tel: 01522 886042)     email: jashberry@lincoln.ac.uk