Splash Biography



ETHAN YAN, Politics/Law Enthusiast & Aspiring Public Servant




Major: Political Science

College/Employer: Yale

Year of Graduation: 2024

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Brief Biographical Sketch:

Ethan Yan is a sophomore Political Science major from Mountain View, California. At Yale, he has been involved with the Yale Mock Trial Association, Yale Undergraduate Moot Court, St. Thomas More Catholic Chapel & Center, and research in the Economics Department. In his free time, Ethan enjoys reading news articles; playing the violin and singing; golfing (albeit rather poorly); completing online crossword puzzles; and ensuring the survival of the Oxford comma and the word “whom.”



Past Classes

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A4561: The Supreme Court Nomination of Ketanji Brown Jackson in Splash Spring 2022 (Apr. 16, 2022)
In his presidential campaign, Joe Biden pledged to nominate the first Black woman to the Supreme Court if elected. In February, he fulfilled this promise by nominating Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to fill the seat of the retiring Justice Stephen Breyer. This course will cover the selection of Supreme Court justices, President Biden's selection process, and Judge Jackson's confirmation. Students will have the chance to ask questions throughout, as well as participate in small- and large-group discussions about contemporary disputes relating to the Supreme Court and the confirmation process.


E4520: Introduction to Oral Argument in Sprout Spring 2022 (Feb. 19 - Mar. 05, 2022)
In this course, students will be introduced to the basics of oral argument at the Supreme Court. They will learn about the role of oral argument in the Court's decision-making and basic argument-writing techniques. Finally, the lesson will conclude with students writing and delivering short arguments of their own on fun, not necessarily law-related topics of their choice.


E4456: Death and Resignation: The Politics and Constitutional Implications of Interim Senate Appointments in Sprout Fall 2021 (Oct. 02 - 16, 2021)
The United States Senate’s current 50/50 split between Democrats and Republicans has generated increasing interest in the procedures for governors to appoint interim Senators should vacancies arise. After all, the appointment of a Republican to fill a hypothetical Democratic vacancy would flip the Senate immediately. In this class, we will discuss different restrictions that states have put on the ability of governors to appoint interim senators; the constitutional implications of these restrictions; and political trends regarding interim senators’ electoral prospects. Students will also have the opportunity to share their thoughts on these subjects, as well as discuss/ask questions about current political events and other political issues they hope to discuss.


A4460: Introduction to Oral Argument in Splash Fall 2021 (Nov. 13, 2021)
In this course, students will be introduced to the basics of oral argument at the Supreme Court. They will learn about the role of oral argument in the Court's decision-making and basic argument-writing techniques. Finally, the lesson will conclude with students writing and delivering short arguments of their own on fun, not necessarily law-related topics of their choice.