I've always been interested in law, since I was very young, and politics naturally followed. What helped to shape my views initially was two things:
1) An extremely liberal, asshole of a teacher who I took pleasure in arguing with, and
2) The fact that in my college-town high school, the rich professor's kids were all stuck-up liberals while the country honkys were all conservative. It pained me to see these well meaning but undereducated kids lose arguments, so, Devil's Advocate that I am, I started to defend them.
I eventually realized that I was no longer arguing the position for them, but for me. Part of the reason I came to NYU is because I grew to love arguing from the minority, and where better to do so? Since then, I've become exponentially more involved in politics. I work for my congressman now, and will be working with my DA or a NYS Supreme Court Judge this summer. I worked at the RNC last year, the Inauguration, and spent the weekend before the election campaigning for Bush in PA.
Despite all this, I'm a pretty moderate Republican. My fathers more conservative, becuse of his business, and my mother's more liberal, because of her non-profit, but they're both pretty casual about it.