HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. —
Nearly 7000 Hofstra University students entered a lottery for 250 designated seats at the presidential debate on October 15. Among the chosen few were Hofstra Law students Evan Gotlob and Jessica Horowitz, who received the good news via email on the eve of Debate Day.
“I was in Room 308 intently listening to Yale Law Dean Harold Hongju Koh during the human rights teach-in, when I got the email on my Blackberry,” said Gotlob, a part-time law student who works full-time as a strategic business and government affairs analyst at Bethpage Federal Credit Union. “I almost jumped out of my chair. I was so excited!”
A native of Brooklyn, Gotlob has political ambitions of his own. “My dream is to become president of the United States,” he said. The 28-year-old has been involved in politics since he was a child and he blames his family. “My grandmother worked on campaigns all her life. My father, a Polish immigrant, taught me that if I work hard, my dreams will come true,” he said.
For Gotlob, attending the debate was truly a dream come true and it did not disappoint. “We were surrounded by the most respected politicians and it was incredible seeing the two candidates go at it,” said Gotlob who also enjoyed seeing the candidates in person. “McCain looked older. Obama looked very distinguished, as he always does.”
A native of Ohio, Horowitz was thrilled to be a part of the international media event. “It was amazing! So exciting. There was lots of energy in the room,” she said. As president of the Student Bar Association, the 26-year-old is active in campus politics as well as presidential politics, both of which she takes seriously. “I think the right to vote is awesome. It is a great responsibility that I appreciate immensely,” she said.
The students were interviewed by CBS. To view, visit http://wcbstv.com/video/?cid=48 and click on “Hofstra students ecstatic” and “Final debate crucial in swaying undecided voters.”
Gotlob and Horowitz have never been prouder to be Hofstra Law students. They say the debate was the capstone to a wonderfully rich academic experience.
“I have nothing but great things to say about Hofstra Law School. The professors are brilliant. My favorite is Professor Eric Lane because he is fiercely intelligent and accessible,” said Gotlob. “Professor Lane applies real life issues to lessons learned in the classroom and he is passionate about the law. I respect and admire him.”
For Horowitz, it’s been a bittersweet semester. “Last month beloved Hofstra Law Professor David Diamond passed away and I really miss him,” she said. “Professor Diamond was always enthusiastic and inspiring. He was also incredibly kind and encouraging.”
Horowitz and Gotlob are grateful for their teachers past and present, and they plan to pay it forward by giving back to their communities.