Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Hillary Clinton’s years at Yale Law School shaped her

NEW HAVEN, Conn. | All that Hillary Rodham Clinton would become — all that still inspires her allies and enemies — emerged during her years roaming the Gothic buildings of Yale Law School.

She helped edit a journal that included cartoon police-pigs and that published a self-aggrandizing essay by a Black Panther who had been convicted of murder. Yet she also helped calm a politically inflamed campus.

She nurtured an interest in using the law to aid the needy — especially children — that remains integral to her politics, but which opponents use to pummel her values.

She projected an intelligence that impressed many but that could be cool and intimidating.

She met fellow student Bill Clinton and developed the first stirrings of a unique partnership that has already made American history — and that she hopes will make more.

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