Isaac Cameron
Isaac was introduced by his grandfather, club member Wendell Verduin. Isaac is a third year law student at Harvard Law School, having graduated from Amherst College in 2011.  He is currently serving as a summer associate at the Foster Pepper Law firm and was a summer associate at Schroeter, Goldmark & Bender in Seattle in 2015.  Before law school he worked as a program coordinator at the New York Public Library, as a manager of a software development team at a large Chicago-based industrial parts supplier, and as a strategy consultant for a startup in Boston. Before heading off to Amherst, Isaac spent most of his childhood growing up in the Pacific Northwest. 
 
He set the tone for his speech by inviting people at each table to discuss their own past choices that could have resulted in an arrest. THAT was enlightening! He followed up with a mini mock trial with Dan Weedin “on trial” for hooliganism, with Aaron Murphy and Roger Ludwig acting as prosecution and defense (or was it the other way around?). The jury is still out….
 
Isaac then spoke about the importance of empathy in our world, including empathy toward prisoners on Death Row. He referenced Brian Stevenson’s book, "Just Mercy", which teaches, among other things, that, “A person isn’t as bad as their worst mistake.” Stevenson also penned the Equal Justice Initiative in Alabama. Isaac reviewed the case of Anthony Roy Hinton, who spent 23/24 hours per day in solitary confinement for 30 YEARS before he was exonerated. He had been convicted on faulty evidence. What if this were you? Or your loved one? Isaac shared the importance of practicing empathy on a daily basis, so that we can see beyond the surface and consider that all people really shouldn’t be defined by their worst mistakes.