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Dr. Scourfield McLauchlan is an Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg, where she teaches courses in American Government and Public Law. Her latest book, Congressional Participation as Amicus Curiae before the U.S. Supreme Court, explores how Members of Congress attempt to influence Supreme Court decision-making in specific cases. In addition to her scholarly activities, Professor McLauchlan has extensive experience in American government and politics. McLauchlan worked at the US Supreme Court, the US Senate Judiciary Committee, the US Department of Justice, and the White House. A veteran of several presidential campaigns, she has managed statewide operations across the US, from Portland, Maine to Portland, Oregon. During the 2010-11 academic year Dr. McLauchlan was a Fulbright Scholar in Moldova.

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Speaking in Moldova

Speaking in Moldova

While in Moldova on a Fulbright this summer, I interviewed the team at the American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative. (My project studies the impact of decisions of the European Court of Human Rights on legal/political/judicial reform in Moldova — you can read more about my Moldova trips on my other blog.) I was pleased when they invited me … Continue reading

Florida Joint Center for Citizenship

Four-day training in Pasco County with 7th Grade teachers in June

Four-day training in Pasco County with 7th Grade teachers in June

I was recently appointed a Fellow with the Florida Joint Center for Citizenship. The Florida Joint Center for Citizenship is a joint effort among the Lou Frey Institute at the University of Central Florida, the Bob Graham Center at the University of Florida, and the University of South Florida. In May I participated in a 3-day workshop at the Lou … Continue reading

Road to the White House Celebration Event

"Road to the White House" celebration

Dr. Scourfield-McLauchlan and Dean Heller presenting the "Road to the White House" celebration t-shirt

During the Spring 2012 semester I taught a course called Road to the White House 2012. As a part of the course assignments, each student interned on a presidential campaign here in Florida. I recently organized a Celebration Event to present students with a book of materials from the course (photo gallery, excerpts from students’ blogs, internship papers, journals). Since … Continue reading