The Journey to Freedom

The Journey to Freedom

Friday, July 10, 2015

Fun Day

We hung out with our interns all day today.  We started off at Judge Thomas Griffith at the Court of Appeals.  Judge Griffith was appointed to the United States Court of Appeals in June 2005. A graduate of Brigham Young University and the University of Virginia School of Law, Judge Griffith was engaged in private practice from 1985 – 1995 and again in 1999, first in Charlotte, North Carolina, where he was an associate at Robinson, Bradshaw and Hinson, and later in Washington, D.C., where he was an associate and then a partner at Wiley, Rein and Fielding. His primary areas of emphasis were commercial and corporate litigation and government investigations. From 1995 – 99, Judge Griffith was Senate Legal Counsel of the United States. In that capacity, he represented the interests of the Senate in litigation and advised the Senate leadership and its committees on investigations, including the impeachment trial of President Clinton. From 2000 until his appointment to the United States Court of Appeals, Judge Griffith was Assistant to the President and General Counsel of Brigham Young University.

He also team teaches an institute  class on Tuesday evenings at the ward with Richard Bushman.  That is the same night we teach at the Barlow.  He is so interesting to listen to that it is a miracle we have anyone that comes to our class.  I think it is to hard for our interns to get there and back.  He explain to us how the appeal process works.  It was interesting especially since David often argues before the 9th circuit court in San Francisco.  

Professor Wade Jacoby the BYU professor over the Barlow interns. 

Thomas Griffith's office.

Things I found interesting in his office.  That is a copy of the Book of Mormon sitting next to a chair in his office.
I noticed that he had two pictures and a bust of Thomas More. Thomas More was an English lawyer, writer, and politician. He is chiefly remembered for his principled refusal to accept King Henry VIII's claim to be the supreme head of the Church of England, a decision which ended his political career and led to his execution as a traitor. In 1935, four hundred years after his death, More was canonized in the Catholic Church and was later declared the patron saint of statesmen, lawyers, and politicians 

Judge Griffiths also quoted Thomas More, "I die the king's faithful servant, but God's first."

This little note was in a plastic frame on his  desk.

After our briefing with Judge Griffiths Wade took Elder Anthony and I out to lunch for a sandwich and then we went with the interns to the Newseum.  It is probably one of my favorite museums in Washington.  They charge to get it but it is the history of news.  We decided today we have lived to see some very interesting times.  They had a Vietnam display today.  

This pictures is for Jan and John

A journalist was killed at 9/11.  These next pictures were in his camera.  

The Newseum honors the first amendment which gives us the freedom of religion, speech, the press, assembly, and the petition. 

These colors show countries that have freedom of the press.  Diana might not like this but Mexico does not have freedom of the press. 

I loved this picture Pulitzer prize picture..

They showed pictures that have won Pulitzer prizes.  They need to make you laugh, make you cry, make you think. 
A POW returning from war.

President Kennedy with General Eisenhower at camp David.

After we got home and had dinner we watch President Packer's funeral.  We said good-bye today to one of the great leaders of our day.


  1. We'll need to put this museum on the list to visit when we come!

  2. Newseum?? How have I never heard of this? Wow. Bucket list for sure. NEAT!!