The Alexander Hamilton Institute for the Study of Western Civilization (AHI) is pleased to announce that Undergraduate Fellow Daniel Savage has accepted an offer of admission to the University of Richmond Law School, beginning the fall semester 2012.

AHI Undergraduate Fellow Daniel Savage

Mr. Savage is a senior history major from Delmar New York. At Hamilton College Mr. Savage was advised by AHI Charter Fellow Douglas Ambrose and attended courses taught by both him and AHI Charter Fellow Robert Paquette.  “Throughout my four years at Hamilton College,” I benefited from many AHI lectures and colloquiums.”  At University of Richmond Law School, Daniel hopes to major in bankruptcy law, to be a part of University of Richmond Law’s Legal Review, and to work for its Intellectual Property and Transactional Law Clinic.  He hopes to eventually work as an attorney in Washington D.C., Richmond, Virginia, or Charlotte, North Carolina.

A recent article in the Wall Street Journal wondered why colleges don’t teach The Federalist,” noted Robert Paquette.  “Well Dan Savage not only has read The Federalist, all eighty-five essays, but a few dozen Anti-Federalist essays as well.  His firm grasp of American ideals and institutions will serve him well at the next level.  I am proud to have taught such a dedicated student and fine young man.”

Dan Savage is a wonderful student—and an even more impressive individual,” said Douglas Ambrose.  “Inquisitive, hardworking, and, most of all, in love with learning, he is also a person of unimpeachable integrity, compassion, and honesty.  He will be a fine law student and lawyer. In every class Dan had with me, he was a model student: curious, engaged, diligent, and thoughtful.  He participated in practically every class, asked probing questions, offered informed and insightful comments, and addressed other students’ contributions with respect. Dan’s love of learning, his recognition of what he has to do in order to learn properly, and his humility—that rare but immeasurably important intellectual virtue—prompted him to work assiduously to strengthen his writing and his understanding of the material.  He would stay after class, come to office hours, and talk with me as we walked on the campus sidewalks about the material we were discussing in class and the craft of writing.  He takes criticism well—he insists on it actually.  Dan listens to others carefully and with empathy, and he possesses a genuinely kind heart.  He holds himself and others to the highest standards, but he is never self-righteous or arrogant.  He has impressed me with his willingness to reconsider his thoughts on a topic when confronted with compelling evidence and arguments.  He possesses an impressive work ethic and a strong sense of responsibility.  He has been a joy to teach and to know.”