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Jamesville: Life in London

Jamesville resident and 2004 J-D graduate Dan Tartakoff is living across the big pond in London, England. A junior at the University of Rochester, Tartakoff seized the opportunity to travel overseas on a program offered through the college called Educational Programmes Abroad.

Double majoring in Political Science and History with a minor in Legal Studies, Tartakoff now enjoys the chance to draw on real life experiences at Parliament, where he reports to work each day. This is Tartakoff's first exposure to government service.

His official job title is Parliamentary Research Assistant to Daniel Kawczynski, member of Parliament, or MP.

Kawczynski represents the constituency of Shrewsbury and Atcham, a relatively small and rural district in Northwest England on the Welsh border. A member of the Conservative, or Tory Party, he was elected in 2005, is 6'8" in stature and just 34-years-old, comparatively young for a Member of Parliament, Tartakoff said.

Tartakoff's immediate supervisor is 24-year-old Elliot Grainger.

Tartakoff's responsibilities span from being a gofer to being utilized for more critical duties, such as working as the citizen liaison.

Day to day tasks consist of cutting out press clippings that involve Kawczynski or any relevant government issues, then organizing them by newspaper and date, before handing them off to his MP.

Another aspect of his internship includes responding to letters from local Shrewsbury constituents expressing concerns over local and national issues. The quantity of letters received varies from one to 10 each day.

"It is my job to respond to each letter, writing under the guise of my MP," he said. "However, it is not as difficult as it might sound. We subscribe to something called the Parliamentary Resources Unit, which is a Conservative service that contains issue guides that outline the Party's stance as well as contain form letters to reply to constituents."

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