2015 News Stories
Brauneis Serves as "Happy Birthday" Copyright Expert
A federal judge has ruled that Warner/Chappell Music, which has been collecting an estimated $2 million per year in licensing fees for “Happy Birthday to You,” one of the best-recognized songs in the world, has never owned copyright in that song. Professor Robert Brauneis, the author of the article that inspired the litigation challenging copyright in the song, was asked by a variety of national media outlets to give historical context to ruling. See and hear some of Professor Brauneis’ thoughts in The New York Times, LA Times, and NPR.
September 24, 2015 . Read more
Should Congress Update Computer Fraud Laws?
This week, Orin Kerr, Fred C. Stevenson Research Professor of Law appeared in several national news outlets with thoughts on potential updates to the controversial Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. Over the next few weeks, Congress will consider the act, which critics worry is too broad, and other cybersecurity questions. An expert in computer crime law, Professor Kerr is not sure if Congress should take action at all. "It's a hard set of problems for Congress to try to figure out, because you have courts disagreeing on what the rules should be," he said.
September 09, 2015 . Read more
The Worst Treaties the U.S. Ever Signed
“World history has known terrible treaties and agreements,” says a new article in Foreign Policy that explains the five worst treaties ever signed by the United States. Professor Edward Swaine, an expert on international law and treaties, offered his analysis on three of them: the 1919 Treaty of Versailles, the 1835 Treaty of New Echota, and the 1903 Cuban-American Treaty. Click “Read more” to see his explanations of where the country's foreign policy went wrong.
August 27, 2015 . Read more
Rosen Reviews for The New York Times
Fifty years ago, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act into law. In The New York Times, Professor Jeffrey Rosen reviews a new book on this historic event, Give Us the Ballot by Ari Berman. Professor Rosen finds that the book, which covers the history of the act up to the present, “vividly shows that the power to define the scope of voting rights in America has shifted from Congress to the courts, a result that would have surprised the Reconstruction-era framers."
August 26, 2015 . Read more
Alumna Appointed to Caribbean High Court
Deputy attorney general in the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI), Wynante Mary Adrien-Roberts, LLM '01, has been appointed as high court judge of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court and assigned to Grenada. The Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court is the superior court of record for a group of six independent states and several British Overseas Territories. “She is a terrific example of a well-developed legal mind and in her short tenure in my Chambers, colleagues have benefitted tremendously from her many years of public sector legal experience," said TCI Attorney General Rhondalee Braithwaite-Knowles.
August 25, 2015 . Read more
Neil Ruiz to Direct C-LEAF
This summer, GW's Center for Law, Economics & Finance (C-LEAF) announced Neil G. Ruiz as its new Executive Director. Dr. Ruiz is an internationally recognized expert on the political economy of the global race for talent, skills, and labor. He has spent the past decade as a research scholar at The Brookings Institution, The World Bank, and the Asian Development Bank. He holds a PhD in political science from MIT, an MSc in economic history from Oxford University, and a BA in political science from the University of California, Berkeley. At GW, he assumes leadership over all of C-LEAF's operations.
August 19, 2015 . Read more
Presidential Clemency for a Clinic Client
Last year, GW's Neighborhood Law and Policy Clinic won clemency for a client, Rudolph Norris, from President Barack Obama. Mr. Norris was an excellent fit for the Obama administration's clemency program; he demonstrated model behavior while serving at least 10 years for a relatively low-level, nonviolent drug crime. Then student-attorney Courtney Francik, JD '15, worked tirelessly on the case with support from Professor Jessica Steinberg and Friedman Fellow Mira Edmonds. In a new article, The New York Times profiles their work and Mr. Norris' recent release.
August 14, 2015 . Read more
GW Law, IIT Kharagpur Law School to Exchange Students
Vinod Gupta, an alumnus of the Indian Institute of Technology–Kharagpur, has pledged $250,000 to exchange 8-10 students and a faculty member between GW Law and IIT's law school over each of the next five years. "Thanks to Vin Gupta, students and faculty from leading institutions in India and the United States will continue to learn more about the other country's legal system and culture," said Susan L. Karamanian, Associate Dean for International and Comparative Legal Studies and Burnett Family Professorial Lecturer in International and Comparative Law and Policy.
August 14, 2015 . Read more
Professor Cunningham Covers $37 Billion Deal
In a deal valued at $37.2 billion, Berkshire Hathaway agreed to buy Precision Castparts, a maker of equipment for the aerospace and energy industries. Lawrence A. Cunningham, Henry St. George Tucker III Research Professor of Law, explained the purchase to several media outlets, including The Washington Post, Bloomberg News, and Oregon Public Radio. Professor Cunningham, an expert on corporate law and author of two books on Warren Buffett and Berkshire Hathaway, lauded the deal, calling it “absolutely worth it” and a “spot-on kind of Berkshire acquisition.”
August 12, 2015 . Read more
Professor Overton on 50 Years of the Voting Rights Act
Thursday, August 6 marked the 50th anniversary of President Lyndon B. Johnson signing the Voting Rights Act, which banned race-based discrimination at the polls and required states to get federal approval before changing election laws. Professor Spencer Overton, a voting rights expert, joined Southern California Public Radio to explain the law and express his view that additions are needed from Congress to update the Act. “We need some common sense reforms that make sure eligible voters can participate with few barriers, and at the same time, ensure that those who are not eligible do not vote.”
August 07, 2015 . Read more
GW Law Alumni Shape International Humanitarian Law
Three GW Law graduates who studied in the International and Comparative Law Program are working on challenging issues of international humanitarian law at the International Committee of the Red Cross in Geneva. Learn more about their exciting work and Professor Sean Murphy's visit with them in his capacity as a member of the International Law Commission.
August 05, 2015 . Read more
Copyright and the World's Most Popular Song
"Happy Birthday to You" is arguably the most popular song in the world, and it might soon lose its copyright in a lawsuit. Articles in Time and The Washington Post drew upon the work of Professor Robert Brauneis, who gives an in-depth explanation of the issue in his paper, "Copyright and the World's Most Popular Song." Professor Brauneis analyzes everything from the song's creators—a pair of sisters in the 19th century, to why restaurants make up their own birthday tunes.
August 03, 2015 . Read more
Faculty Engagement with the ABA
As one of the largest voluntary professional membership organizations in the world, the American Bar Association (ABA) holds an important role within the legal community. Many members of the GW Law faculty are actively involved with the ABA. From journal advisers, writers, and chairs, to members, fellows, and even award recipients, our faculty is engaged with the ABA at nearly every level.
July 31, 2015 . Read more
Alumnus Profile: Jonathan Rapping and Gideon's Promise
The newest edition of GW Magazine profiles Jonathan Rapping, JD '95, who received a MacArthur "Genius Grant," for his work training public defenders through his organization Gideon's Promise. Named for the landmark case Gideon v. Wainwright, the organization began by providing support to overworked public defenders in the South. In recent years, the non-profit has grown rapidly: it now operates around the country, has a deal with the state of Maryland to apply its teaching model to the entire statewide defender system, and developed additional programs aimed at public officials and law students.
July 29, 2015 . Read more
A Response to Ta-Nehisi Coates
In The Huffington Post, Professor Spencer Overton writes a response to Ta-Nehisi Coates’ new book Between the World and Me. Mr. Coates—a journalist known for his coverage of cultural, social, and political issues—wrote the book to delve into violence against black people in the form of an autobiographical letter to his teenage son. In his response, Professor Overton writes that "Between the World and Me provides essential perspective into a critical topic: violence against black people," and also points out what he considers to be the book's primary shortcoming.
July 27, 2015 . Read more
"Drone Contractors: An Oversight and Accountability Gap"
News reports have highlighted the crisis of drone pilot burnout in the United States military. Pilot shortages have even prompted the U.S. Air Force to cut the number of drone flights and increase the use of contractors on missions. In a new op-ed for "Just Security," Laura A. Dickinson, Oswald Symister Colclough Research Professor of Law, raises concerns about the oversight and accountability of this contractor use—especially as drone use becomes increasingly prevalent. "We simply don't know enough about how contractors will be used in the increasingly automated version of war that appears to be our future," she writes.
July 24, 2015 . Read more
Faculty in Action: Professors File Supreme Court Amicus
Two GW Law faculty members, Professors Emily Hammond and Richard J. Pierce, have filed an amicus brief in the upcoming Supreme Court case Electric Power Supply Association v. FERC. The case considers whether the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has the power to set uniform rules for demand response compensation in the wholesale electricity markets. The professors, along with their co-authors, argue that the D.C. Circuit improperly interpreted parts of the Federal Power Act when it ruled against FERC.
July 21, 2015 . Read the brief
SCOTUSblog Interviews Professor Jeffrey Rosen
SCOTUSblog, the Peabody Award-winning Supreme Court blog, interviewed Professor Jeffrey Rosen for a series focused on the Constitution. In this five-part interview, Professor Rosen discusses his work at the National Constitution Center; the accessibility of our founding documents; the historical understanding of the Constitution and new technological questions; his admiration of Justice Louis D. Brandeis; and the importance of exploring constitutional—rather than political—questions.
July 20, 2015 . Watch the video
The Latest Gerrymander: Voters Instead of People
This fall, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments in Evenwel v. Abbott, a case which challenges how states draw their legislative districts—districts that have enormous implications for our nation's politics. Currently, districts are decided based on the number of people in an area, but the plaintiffs argue that the Equal Protection Clause requires states to use the number of voters instead. In an op-ed for The Huffington Post, Alan Morrison, Lerner Family Associate Dean for Public Interest and Public Service Law, writes about why states must continue to base districts on population if equality is to be assured.
July 17, 2015 . Read more
Roger A. Fairfax, Jr. Named Senior Associate Dean
GW Law Dean Blake D. Morant announced the appointment of Professor Roger A. Fairfax, Jr. as Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs effective July 1, 2015. "I am absolutely delighted to welcome our new Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs,” said, Dean Morant. “We are indeed fortunate to have someone of Roger's managerial and professional acumen in the Dean's Office and I look forward to the invaluable contributions he will make in this role."
July 13, 2015 . Read more
Alumna Success: Defending the Voiceless Worldwide
As Director of the Climate & Energy Program at The Center for International Environmental Law, Niranjali Amerasinghe, LLM '08, travels the world to convince governments and companies to make changes that will protect the environment. She also advises communities that have been affected by environmental damage on how to use the law to defend their rights. Speaking with BBC World Services "The Conversation," Ms. Amerasinghe discussed her work and what inspired her to become a lawyer.
July 08, 2015 . Read more
Analyzing Obama's Charleston Eulogy
Professor Christopher A. Bracey joined BBC America's Katty Kay to provide analysis of President Obama’s eulogy delivered during the funeral of Reverend Clementa C. Pinckney, one of the victims of the massacre at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina. Professor Bracey—an expert on U.S. race relations, individual rights, and criminal procedure—delved into the combination of politics and religion in the President’s speech and what happens now in the wake of the killings.
July 06, 2015 . Watch the video
What To Do With Unused Embryos?
A few months ago, "Modern Family" star Sofia Vergara and her ex-fiance Nick Loeb had a public dispute over whether to use their frozen embryos created through in vitro fertilization. This type of disagreement is becoming more common across the country with the increasing popularity of embryo freezing—a procedure that is now completely covered by some companies. Naomi Cahn, Harold H. Greene Professor of Law, joined NPR's "Diane Rehm Show" to unravel the complicated moral and legal questions about what to do with unused embryos.
July 01, 2015 . Read more
Analyzing This Term's Supreme Court Rulings
The justices of the U.S. Supreme Court are adjourning for the summer after delivering 76 opinions this term on a wide range of issues. This month, the court ruled on two highly scrutinized cases: King v. Burwell, which impacted a key provision of the Affordable Care Act, and Obergefell v. Hodges, which granted the national right to same-sex marriage. GW Law faculty members have actively tracked these and other cases throughout the term and shared their expertise with the media.
June 29, 2015 . Read more
Supreme Court Affirms Same-Sex Marriage
On Friday morning, the Supreme Court handed down a 5-4 decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, the consolidated cases regarding marriage equality for same-sex couples in the United States. Writing for the majority, Justice Anthony Kennedy held that marriage is a fundamental right protected under the Fourteenth Amendment. Alan Morrison, Lerner Family Associate Dean for Public Interest and Public Service Law, answered GW Today’s questions about the decision and its consequences.
June 26, 2015 . Read more
Professor Finds Flaw in AIG Ruling
On June 15, Judge Thomas Wheeler issued a decision in the high-profile AIG bailout case, but that ruling has a critical problem according to Visiting Associate Professor of Law Michael P. Goodman. In an op-ed for National Law Journal, Professor Goodman points out that the case—based on the takings clause of the Fifth Amendment—must be decided by an Article III judge with a lifetime appointment. Judge Wheeler serves on the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, an Article I court subject to the control of Congress and the president. Professor Goodman's conclusion is based on research described in one of his recent papers in the Villanova Law Review.
June 22, 2015 . Read more
Baseball's Hacking Case: Are You a Hacker Too?
Daniel J. Solove, John Marshall Harlan Research Professor of Law, writes about the St. Louis Cardinals "hack" into a Houston Astros database. Cardinals employees allegedly used known passwords to access the Astros' database, an act prohibited by the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, which imposes penalties whenever a person intentionally accesses a computer without permission. "People need basic literacy in privacy and security," writes Professor Solove. "The Cardinals personnel might not have known that what they were doing was illegal—and I definitely bet they didn't know how severe the consequences could be. The Astros personnel didn't know some basic ways to protect data security."
June 19, 2015 . Read more
On the Hill: Professor Glicksman Testifies on Ozone Pollution
Robert Glicksman, J.B. and Maurice C. Shapiro Professor of Environmental Law, testified on Capitol Hill about the Environmental Protection Agency's pending proposal to strengthen air quality standards for ozone. The hearing took place before a joint session of the House Energy and Commerce Committee's Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade and its Subcommittee on Energy and Power. Professor Glicksman's testimony argued for a strong national ozone pollution standard, pointing out that it fulfills public health goals and provides economic benefits.
June 17, 2015 . Read more
ABA Honors Steve Saltzburg with Presidential Citation
At the American Bar Association Board of Governors Dinner in June, ABA President William Hubbard presented Stephen A. Saltzburg, Wallace and Beverley Woodbury University Professor of Law, with a Presidential Citation. The award honored Professor Saltzburg “for his devotion and influential service for the advancement of criminal justice reform; for his exemplary criminal justice, judicial, and litigation scholarship; and for his unwavering leadership in the ABA Criminal Justice Section, the ABA House of Delegates, and as valued counselor to ABA and national leaders.” Reflecting on receiving the citation, Professor Saltzburg said, “I don’t find myself at a loss for words often, but last night I stumbled with emotion.”
June 12, 2015 .
On the Hill: Professor Hammond Testifies on New Energy Report
Last week, Professor Emily Hammond testified before the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Energy and Power about the Department of Energy's "Quadrennial Energy Review." As part of her testimony, Professor Hammond urged the committee members to consider the relationship between energy and the environment as the country seeks a uniform energy policy, noting that failure to integrate the two has created problems in electric grid reliability, public health, and the environment. Her testimony can be viewed and read in full online.
June 10, 2015 . Read more
Newseum Panel Discusses Secretive World of Private International Banking
In the Knight Studio at the Newseum in Washington, D.C., Susan Karamanian, Associate Dean for International and Comparative Legal Studies and Burnett Family Professorial Lecturer in International and Comparative Law and Policy, moderated the panel "Tax it like it is: Discussing the Luxembourg and Swiss Leaks." The program, which included reporters from the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists and legal experts, examined leaks from Luxembourg and Switzerland that respectively cast light on the secretive tax arrangements of more than 300 of the world's largest multinational corporations and on the secretive world of private Swiss banking.
June 08, 2015 . Watch the video
Student Paper on Payday Lending Wins Rudge Prize
Eric J. Chang, JD '15, won the 2015 Howard J. Rudge Creative Solutions Prize for his paper about restoring price competition to short-term credit loans. Mr. Rudge, a 1964 alumnus and retired DuPont Corp executive, created and endowed the competition to award a student for offering a creative solution to a serious societal problem in which conventional solutions are failing.
June 05, 2015 . Read more
Associate Dean Morrison Helps Win D.C. Budget Autonomy
Working with a team from Latham & Watkins LLP, Alan Morrison, Lerner Family Associate Dean for Public Interest and Public Service Law, assisted Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser with a case arguing for D.C. to have budget autonomy from the federal government. After the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit ruled in favor of the city, Mayor Bowser said, “We are fortunate we could turn to the most talented and public-minded lawyers in the country for expert legal help.”
June 03, 2015 . Read more
Extraditing FIFA Officials
Last week, Swiss police arrested officials from FIFA, the international governing body of soccer, as part of a 47-count corruption indictment spearheaded by the U.S. Department of Justice. Jessica Tillipman, Assistant Dean for Field Placement and an anti-corruption expert, spoke to a variety of media outlets—including The Washington Post and ESPN's "Outside the Lines"—about how the United States arrested foreign officials abroad and the extradition process.
June 01, 2015 . Watch the video
In Memoriam: Emeritus Professor James M. Brown
Emeritus Professor of Law James M. Brown, best known for his innovative Land Development Law course, passed away on Tuesday, May 19 at the age of 93. After a 15-year career in the lumber business, general contracting, and land development, Professor Brown finished his law degree from the University of Florida in 1963 and went on to teach at GW Law for 27 years from 1965 until 1992. Edward Blackmon, Jr., JD '73, a civil rights pioneer who now serves in the Mississippi House of Representatives, recounted that when he came to GW Law from Mississippi, he knew no one, but was befriended by Jim Brown, his property professor. There are undoubtedly hundreds of stories like Blackmon's, thousands of students who learned from Professor Brown, and dozens of colleagues who enjoyed his company and his participation in the community.
May 29, 2015 . Read more
Dean Morant Addresses Graduating Montana Law Students
On Saturday, May 23, Blake D. Morant, Dean, Robert Kramer Research Professor of Law, and AALS President, gave the commencement address to graduating students at the University of Montana School of Law. Dean Morant, referred to as "one of the leading lights in legal education" by the dean of UM School of Law, stressed to graduates that their education has given them problem-solving and creative skills that will be invaluable throughout their careers. Dean Morant also urged students to find ways to give back to their communities. "While you do well, remember also to do good," he said.
May 28, 2015 . Read more
Celebrating Commencement 2015
This past Sunday marked GW Law's 148th Commencement, with more than 600 law students graduating. Set in the Smith Center, the Law School Diploma Ceremony acknowledged Class of 2015 graduates, presented several awards to both graduates and faculty, and inducted the Class of 1975 into the Stockton Guard. Prior to the presentation of diplomas, King & Spalding partner Bobby R. Burchfield, JD '79, addressed the Class of 2015 and offered four pieces of advice: embrace glory in the challenge, understand mentoring, be a leader, and find your moral compass.
May 22, 2015 . Read more
Demonstrating Excellence in Learning and Service
Vice Admiral (Ret.) Melvin Williams, Jr., Associate Provost for Military and Veterans Affairs, awarded Professor Gregory Maggs with a 2015 VALOR Excellence Award. GW presents this award to individuals who demonstrate excellence in learning and service to the benefit of student military members, veterans, and their families. A Colonel in the U.S. Army Reserves, Professor Maggs co-directs the National Security and U.S. Foreign Relations Law Program and contributes to the law school's support of military judge advocate general candidates and military law professionals. Professor Maggs joins two other law school recipients; Associate Dean Lisa Schenck and Professor Paul Berman both received VALOR awards in 2014.
May 21, 2015 . Read more
Watch: A Conversation with the Honorable John Paul Stevens
Dean Blake D. Morant joined retired U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice John Paul Stevens, Washington Post opinion writer Jonathan Capehart; Slate Senior Editor Dahlia Lithwick; and Alliance for Justice President Nan Aron for a conversation about Justice Stevens' time on the Court and his observations on ways in which the Constitution should be amended in order to protect our democracy and the safety and well-being of American citizens.<
May 18, 2015 . Watch the video
GW Law Students Help Fight Hunger in D.C.
A team from GW Law joined other D.C. legal organizations for this year's "Food From the Bar" campaign. Students raised enough money to provide 2,220 meals for children who rely on school lunch programs from the Capital Area Food Bank. Students also volunteered at the food bank's warehouse packing and sorting inventory for distribution. "No one benefits from a community hobbled by food insecurity," said rising 2L Brittany Finder. By volunteering, raising money, and collecting food, members of the legal community are helping to replenish food bank supplies to meet the increased need for food during the summer months."
May 15, 2015 . Read more
Alumna Creates Podcast to Explore the Issues Behind "Serial"
Susan Simpson, JD '09, is the co-creator of a new podcast, "Undisclosed: The State v. Adnan Syed," that delves more deeply into the legal issues behind the hugely popular podcast, "Serial." Both podcasts feature the story of Adnan Syed, a man serving a life sentence in Maryland after being convicted of murdering his high school girlfriend when he was a teenager, however, "Undisclosed" differs from "Serial" because it is "an investigatory perspective not a narrative one." Simpson and her team plan to run weekly podcasts through the appeals process and have reached three million downloads.
May 14, 2015 . Read more
How to Reform Anti-Hacking Laws
Orin S. Kerr, Fred C. Stevenson Research Professor of Law, writes in his new draft paper "Norms of Computer Trespass" that social norms are the best way of determining authorized and unauthorized computer access under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. The Christian Science Monitor profiled the paper and also asked Professor Kerr a series of questions about his idea and the law.
May 12, 2015 . Read more
Get to Know Diploma Ceremony Speaker Bobby R. Burchfield
Renowned courtroom lawyer Bobby R. Burchfield, JD ‘79, will deliver the diZerega Lecture during Sunday's Law School Diploma Ceremony. Mr. Burchfield, who serves as a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of King & Spalding, answered a series of questions about himself, his career, and GW Law. Click “Read more” for the full interview.
May 11, 2015 . Read more
Professor Lectures at 20th Anniversary WTO Conference
For the 20th anniversary of the World Trade Organization (WTO), Professor Steve Charnovitz participated in a conference on Trade and Sustainable Development. The event looked back at the role of the global trade and environment regimes in the achievement of sustainable development and explored how WTO jurisprudence on trade and environment evolved during the past two decades. Professor Charnovitz—an expert on international trade, international law, and environmental sustainability—spoke on a panel about the evolution of trade and environment jurisprudence. While in Geneva, he also gave an invited talk on WTO accession law as part of the WTO Legal Affairs Speakers Series.
May 07, 2015 . Read more
Professor Dickinson Discusses Overseas Military Contractor Use
Laura A. Dickinson, Oswald Symister Colclough Research Professor of Law, joined "The Heat" on CCTV America to discuss the billions of dollars that have been spent on private military contractors in overseas conflicts. The United States recently announced that it is looking for more private contractors in Iraq and Afghanistan to join the 40,000 already supporting government efforts. Professor Dickinson, an expert in human rights, national security, and foreign affairs privatization, is also a Future of War Fellow with the New America Foundation's International Security Program.
May 06, 2015 . Watch the video
When Should You Get Married?
"When should you get married? One easy answer is in June, the month that has traditionally seen the most weddings. The more important question these days, though, is what is the right age to marry." In a new article for Forbes' Leadership Forum, Naomi Cahn, Harold H. Greene Professor of Law, and June Carbone, a professor at the University of Minnesota Law School, attempt to answer the question of how timing impacts a marriage's success. The essay is the latest in a series by the pair based on their research into the legal, cultural, and economic causes behind changing family structures.
May 05, 2015 . Read more
Dean Morant Talks Diversity
Dean Blake D. Morant spoke to Diverse: Issues in Higher Education about the essentiality of pursuing diversity in legal education. Dean Morant offered his philosophy on how and why institutions should achieve greater diversity: Law schools should look for students whose life experiences and perspectives can contribute to an environment that will better prepare all students to thrive in a more global society. “Any educational milieu has to prepare students for [a global] world, and you cannot do that if the population is homogenous,” he said.
May 04, 2015 . Read more
"Power List" Features Nine Members of GW Law Community
This month, Lawyers of Color published its fourth annual "Power List Issue"—a catalog of the nation's most influential minority attorneys and non-minority legal diversity advocates, including corporate general counsel, law firm managing partners, law school deans, and government attorneys. The issue featured nine prominent members of the GW Law community: Dean Blake D. Morant; Professor Spencer Overton; Alberto de Cardenas, JD ’96; Anastasia Kelly, JD ’81; Danielle Conway, LLM ’96; Grace E. Speights, JD ’82; Mansi Shah, JD ’06; Scott Taylor, JD ’92; and Wab Kadaba.
May 01, 2015 . Read more
Faculty Members Weigh In on Same-Sex Marriage Arguments
On Tuesday, the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments in a case that could determine if the Constitution guarantees same-sex partners the right to marry. Speaking with the nation's top media outlets, Professors Donald Braman, David Fontana, Orin Kerr, and Jeffrey Rosen provide their thoughts and insights about the justices' arguments and what the upcoming Supreme Court ruling may look like.
April 30, 2015 . Read more
In Memoriam: Rear Admiral John S. Jenkins, JD '61
Senior Associate Dean Emeritus of Law John S. Jenkins, JD '61, died on April 23. Rear Admiral Jenkins, JAGC, USN (Ret) had served as Judge Advocate General of the Navy and for many years the Judge Advocates Association's representative to the ABA House for Delegates. As the Judge Advocate General of the Navy, his imprint on international law and ethics is still present, three decades after his retirement. At GW Law, Admiral Jenkins taught professional responsibility, and as senior associate dean, his work set the stage for a major renovation of the law school complex. In honor of his 18 years of service to GW Law, friends and colleagues established a scholarship in his name which supports law students who have prior or current military service.
April 28, 2015 .
The Marriage Calculus
"Women with money and education tend to get and stay married in America. Why don’t working-class women do the same?" This question is at the center of a new magazine essay by Naomi Cahn, Harold H. Greene Professor of Law, and June Carbone, a law professor at the University of Minnesota. In the article, the authors, who also wrote the book Marriage Markets: How Inequality is Remaking the American Family, dissect the underlying cultural and economic causes behind the disparity in family structure between classes.
April 27, 2015 . Read more
Three Faculty Members Named in 'Top 250'
Prominent legal research database HeinOnline has named GW Law faculty members Orin S. Kerr, Richard J. Pierce, Jr., and Ira C. Lupu, to a list of "Top 250 Authors." The list was created based on a database analysis that took into account the number of times each article was cited by other articles, cited by cases, and accessed by readers. Professor Kerr (#37) is highly recognized for his work in the areas of criminal procedure and computer crime law, Professor Pierce (#80) is frequently cited in the field of administrative law and government regulation, and Emeritus Professor Lupu (#141) is an expert on the religion clauses of the First Amendment.
April 22, 2015 . Read more
Clinic Gains Presidential Clemency for Client
The Neighborhood Law and Policy Clinic won clemency for its client Rudolph Norris, who was sentenced to 30 years in prison in 1993 for a drug offense. President Barack Obama commuted Mr. Norris' sentence after he served more than 20 years. "It was a privilege and honor to assist Mr. Norris in securing clemency from the President," said Associate Professor of Clinical Law and Clinic Director Jessica K. Steinberg. "His case highlights the urgent need for executive review of unduly harsh sentences for low-level drug offenders, particularly for individuals like him who have demonstrated true rehabilitation while incarcerated."
April 21, 2015 . Read more
Dean Schenck Wins GW Award for Student Group Support
The George Washington University presented Lisa Schenck, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, with its Robert A. Chernak Spark a Life Award for GW University Staff Member of the Year. The award is granted annually to a staff member who has significantly impacted the holistic development of a student or student organization, thus causing a "spark" of inspiration. The Military Law Society members nominated Dean Schenck for her extensive support of their activities. "She serves as a mentor, career advisor, moot court coach, organizer of networking and substantive events, listener, and, most important, an advocate for MLS members," the students wrote. "I was flattered to be nominated," Dean Schenck said. "I'm honored to be able to support the students in all of their activities."
April 20, 2015 .
The "MEANS" to End Food Waste
Grant Nelson, a 2L, and Maria Belding, a freshman at American University won more than $60,000 in cash and prizes this week in the 2015 GW Business Plan Competition. The pair created the searchable MEANS Database, which allows food pantries and suppliers to share information about their inventories and reduce food waste. Mr. Nelson, the SBA's Director of Technology, personally wrote every line of code for the database. "Beyond the prizes, this has just been such a valuable experience," he said.
April 17, 2015 . Read more
The Places America Forgot
"What can we do to revitalize the smaller cities and towns in America and give Americans a choice about what type of place they call home?" asks Professor David Fontana in an op-ed for The Huffington Post. Professor Fontana argues that it is increasingly difficult to live outside of major metropolitan areas. To solve this problem, he proposes that Congress create a new Homestead Act to provide incentives—such as forgiving portions of federal student loans, offering tax credits, and spending on infrastructure—to invest and reside in other areas.
April 16, 2015 . Read more
Bobby R. Burchfield to Deliver Diploma Ceremony Address
Bobby R. Burchfield, JD ’79, one of the top trial and appellate attorneys in the United States, will deliver the keynote address at the Law School Diploma Ceremony on Sunday, May 17, 2015. A partner in the Washington, D.C., office of King & Spalding, Mr. Burchfield has won many awards for his work in complex corporate litigation. He is also a longtime GW Law volunteer, most notably having served on the Dean’s Board of Advisors for the past two decades.
April 15, 2015 . Read more
GW to Launch Free Online Course on Federal Reserve
On April 13, The George Washington University will launch a new open online course, "The Past, Present, and Future of the Federal Reserve," that will trace the influence of the Fed, the United States' central banking system. Moderated by GW SMPA Director Frank Sesno, a former CNN news anchor, the classes will incorporate material from the series of lectures delivered at GW by Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke. It will also include original presentations and interviews with former and current Fed officials and policymakers such as Paul Volcker, Don Kohn, U.S. Representative Jim Himes, and former U.S. Congressman and Chair of the House Financial Services Committee Barney Frank.
April 10, 2015 . Read more
Chief Intelligence Correspondent Fields LLM Questions
A group of National Security and U.S. Foreign Relations Law LLM students had the opportunity to participate in an intimate question and answer session with Catherine Herridge, Chief Intelligence Correspondent for Fox News Channel. Professor Gregory Maggs led the discussion, which centered on Ms. Herridge’s book, The Next Wave: On the Hunt for Al Qaeda’s American Recruits. "It was an incredible honor to listen to and directly engage with one of the top journalists covering national security issues today," said Aaron Jackson, one of the LLM candidates in attendance and a current U.S. Air Force Judge Advocate.
April 08, 2015 . Read more
Alumnus and Apple VP Endows IP Scholarship
Apple Senior VP and General Counsel Bruce Sewell and his wife Cynthia have given $1 million to establish a scholarship within the law school. The scholarship, to be known as the D. Bruce Sewell, JD '86, and Cynthia Gozigian Sewell, BA '82, MBA '87 Scholarship, will be awarded to a JD student studying in the field of intellectual property law. Mr. Sewell is a member of GW Law's campaign committee and Apple holds a seat on the Intellectual Property Advisory Board.
April 07, 2015 .
Common Ground on Women's Rights
Common Ground on Women's Rights | "You don't hear much these days about liberals and conservatives working together," writes Professor Naomi Schoenbaum in a new piece for Politico. But, she says, there's one area where they have occasional common ground: women's rights. Professor Schoenbaum refers to a "Care Caucus" that emerged to support a pregnant worker in the Supreme Court Case Young v. UPS. Both liberal groups and pro-life organizations filed amicus briefs supporting Young, who sued for disparate treatment under the Pregnancy Discrimination Act.
April 06, 2015 . Read more
LLM Graduate Wins Grodsky Prize
GW Law recently presented Jason Hull, LLM '14, with the 2015 Jamie Grodsky Prize for Environmental Law Scholarship. Awarded each year for the best paper written by a JD, LLM, or SJD student in the field of environmental law, the prize commemorates the innovative environmental research of Professor Jamie Grodsky, who passed away in 2010. Mr. Hull, a Major in the U.S. Air Force, wrote a paper arguing that the social cost of carbon, based on monetized damages caused by climate change, should be applied to the federal government's procurement of electricity.
April 02, 2015 . Read more
Student Goes Extra Mile for Clinic Applicant
In a blog post, Immigration Clinic Student-Attorney Grace Fiddler, 3L, writes about the immense challenges she faced to communicate with a potential new client, an asylum applicant who only understands Arabic Sign Language. With help from Clinics staff member Warren Newton, Ms. Fiddler put forth a heroic effort to communicate that involved two botched interview attempts, two sign language interpreter agencies, and the use of four different languages to finally hear the client's story.
March 31, 2015 . Read more
Professor Banzhaf and His Innovative Legal Tactics are Highlighted in PBS Ken Burns' Doc
In 1966, Public interest attorney and Professor John F. Banzhaf had the idea to use the Fairness Doctrine and petition the FCC to force broadcasters airing cigarette advertisements to also run ads warning of the dangers of tobacco. Professor Banzhaf's impact on cigarette television advertising—and ultimately the downturn in tobacco use—using game-changing legal tactics is an important story in this documentary based on an award-winning book. Ken Burns' "Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies" begins airing Monday and Professor Banzhaf is featured Wednesday, April 1 (9 pm, PBS).
March 30, 2015 . Read more
GW Law Alum Harry Reid Announces Senate Retirement
Senator Harry Reid, JD '64, who has led the Senate Democrats since 2005, announced on Friday that he will not seek re-election after serving in Congress for more than three decades. While studying law part-time in the 60s, Mr. Reid worked six days per week as a policeman at the U.S. Capitol. He returned to campus in May 2005 to deliver the law school's Commencement address. "My advice to you graduates is that you each use your education to stand for the rule of law, not of man," he said. "My advice is that you play the game hard, but play by the rules. And if the game goes against you, work harder, train harder, and play again."
March 27, 2015 . Read more
Secular Government, Religious People
Religion law experts F. Elwood and Eleanor Davis Professor of Law Emeritus Ira C. Lupu and David R. and Sherry Kirschner Berz Research Professor of Law and Religion Robert W. Tuttle recently published their latest book, Secular Government, Religious People. "The book illuminates the idea that the Religion Clauses, by limiting the power of government to take on a religious identity or exercise religious authority, protect both the integrity of civil government and the people's freedom to live out religious lives if they so choose," said Professor Lupu.
March 26, 2015 . Read more
In Review: C-LEAF’s Fed as Bank Regulator
The New York Times recapped last week's Center for Law, Economics & Finance conference about the Federal Reserve that included remarks by former U.S. Representative Barney Frank, co-author of the Dodd-Frank regulations, and former Fed Chairman Paul A. Volcker. Speakers discussed whether new regulations have made the banking industry safer—an idea that many have rejected. Delivering his keynote before an audience of regulators, bankers, lobbyists, consultants, and academics, Mr. Volcker made headlines by asking if anybody liked the current regulatory system and proposing a streamlining of the U.S. regulatory framework.
March 24, 2015 . Read more
Daniel Gordon Testifies on Reverse Auctions
Daniel I. Gordon, Senior Adviser to the Government Procurement Law Program, testified before the House of Representatives Committee on Small Business about "reverse auctions." In these auctions, companies submit bids for government work through a third party company, FedBid, which collects a fee for each contract awarded. Critics, including Mr. Gordon, say that this system does not always act in the best interests of the government. FedBid "has an organizational conflict of interest," said Daniel I. Gordon, a former top Obama administration procurement official. "They have a financial interest in having as many reverse auctions as possible. Regardless of whether it's suitable, they get a fee."
March 20, 2015 . Read more
From Hot Dogs to Top Dogs
Two alums, Teresa M. Schwartz, JD ’71, and Daniel C. Schwartz, JD ’69, have pledged to create a need-based scholarship for a JD student at GW Law. Both were enrolled in the law school during the 1968-69 academic year, and finances were tight—they fondly recall it as the “the year of the hot dog.” Teresa, taught on the GW Law faculty for 25 years, and Dan, who served in a number of prestigious government positions, never forgot the impact of the scholarships they received while attending law school. “I owe a great deal to GW,” Teresa said. “I was a scholarship student in my first year of law school, and I know what it means to have that kind of support.”
March 17, 2015 . Read more
Burnett Family Endows International Law Dean's Fund
This February, GW Law Board of Trustees member Weston (Wes) Burnett, JD '75, LLM '83, and his wife, Barbara, endowed the Burnett Family International and Comparative Law and Policy Studies Dean's Fund to support international and comparative law at GW. The fund director, Associate Dean for International and Comparative Legal Studies Susan L. Karamanian, was named the Burnett Family Professorial Lecturer in International and Comparative Law and Policy. "Susan Karamanian works tirelessly to promote the International and Comparative Law Program, attract high‐quality students, and both teach and nurture those students during their time at the law school," said Blake D. Morant, Dean and Robert Kramer Research Professor of Law. "I share the Burnett family’s enthusiasm in recognizing her contributions."
March 16, 2015 .
Lecturing Around the World
Sean D. Murphy, Patricia Roberts Harris Research Professor of Law, traveled to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, in February to deliver the opening lectures for the 2015 United Nations Regional Course in International Law. Held for the fifth consecutive year at the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, the course trains thirty young lawyers, who are based in African foreign ministries or international organizations, for four weeks of intensive lectures on public international law by scholars and judges from around the world.
March 12, 2015 .
On the Bridge in Selma
Professor Spencer Overton writes about his experience marching across the Edmund Pettus Bridge with Mrs. Amelia Boynton Robinson, Congressman John Lewis, President Barack Obama, and many others to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of Bloody Sunday. Professor Overton, a voting rights expert, walked right behind President Obama and explains the day from that unique perspective. In his view, the event is a reminder of both the great progress the country has made and the many challenges left to face in voting, policing, opportunity, and race.
March 10, 2015 . Read more
Q+A: DOJ Report on Ferguson, Missouri
Senior Associate Dean Christopher A. Bracey spoke to GW Today about a new Department of Justice report alleging systemic racial disenfranchisement and unconstitutional police behavior in Ferguson, Missouri. The Ferguson department has been under national scrutiny for civil rights violations since the fatal shooting last summer of Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager, by white police Officer Darren Wilson. Dean Bracey, an expert on civil rights, constitutional law, and the legal history of U.S. race relations, explained the details of the report and what is at stake.
March 09, 2015 . Read more
Professor Brauneis on the Hill
Last week, Professor Robert Brauneis, co-director of the Intellectual Property Law Program and the Dean Dinwoodey Center for Intellectual Property Studies, joined other copyright experts to provide testimony to the U.S. House Judiciary Committee for a hearing on "The U.S. Copyright Office: Its Functions and Resources." The expert panel unanimously called for independence for the Copyright Office and better funding to modernize its technology, making innovation easier on businesses. Read more about the hearing and Professor Brauneis' testimony in this Hill editorial.
March 04, 2015 . Read more
LLM Students Make International News for Organizing Panel
Three student groups—the GW Criminal Law Society, The Society of European Law Students, and the Anti-Corruption and Compliance Association—organized a panel about anti-corruption. Current foreign LLM candidates, including Judge Mavis Kwainoe from Ghana, Alexandre Rodde from France, Matthew Gray from the U.K., and Jieying Chen from China spoke about anti-corruption efforts around the world, while Assistant Dean Jessica Tillipman offered a domestic perspective. Ghana's widest-circulated newspaper reported on the event, specifically highlighting the comments of Judge Kwainoe who is studying at GW as a Thomas Buergenthal Scholar.
March 02, 2015 . Read more
Leading International Arbitrator Joins GW
The Honorable Charles N. Brower, one of the world's leading lawyers in international arbitration, will join the GW Law International and Comparative Law Program beginning in July as a Distinguished Visiting Professor of Law. Judge Brower will provide students with hands-on experience by hiring them to work on actual international arbitration cases and give them unique insights into developing contacts, honing skills, and pursuing careers in international arbitration. Additionally, he will work with faculty on lectures and related events in the field of international arbitration.
February 27, 2015 . Read more
Professor Fairfax Provides Expertise at SEC Proxy Voting Roundtable Event
On February 19, the Securities and Exchange Commission held a roundtable at its D.C. headquarters to discuss possible improvements to the proxy voting process. The event consisted of panel discussions focusing on universal proxy ballots and the ways to increase retail shareholder participation in the proxy process. Colleague Professor Arthur Wilmarth said of Professor Lisa Fairfax's inclusion in this important programming,"The SEC's selection of Lisa to speak at this event provides wonderful recognition for her outstanding scholarship and national reputation in the fields of corporate governance and securities regulation." Watch video of the roundtable at the link below.
February 26, 2015 . Watch the video
The Search for a Missing Oscar
Professor W. Burlette Carter spoke to The Hollywood Reporter about her yearlong research into the missing Oscar of Hattie McDaniel, the first black person to ever win an Academy Award. Professor Carter discovered that the Oscar was gifted to Howard University, residing there until 1972 before disappearing from a glass display case. The finding refuted the theory that the trophy was tossed in the Potomac River by "angry protesting students" after Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination. "It's a sad story," says Professor Carter, "but this Oscar represents a triumph for blacks—because we can look back and see that things really are so much better now."
February 24, 2015 . Read more
NCMA Honors Daniel Gordon
The National Contract Management Association (NCMA) presented Daniel I. Gordon, Senior Adviser to the Government Procurement Law Program, with its annual Herbert Roback Memorial Award. The highest honor given by NCMA, the Roback award recognizes a "nationally renowned and distinguished American who made a significant contribution to the betterment of public contract management through lifelong achievement in the public or private sectors." Mr. Gordon received his award at the annual Government Contracts Alumni Luncheon, which coincides with the West Government Contracts Year in Review Conference.
February 23, 2015 .
It's Time to Manage Your Digital Afterlife
CNN interviewed Naomi Cahn, Harold H. Greene Professor of Law, to discuss what happens to your digital presence after you pass away. The interview came after Facebook gave users the option to choose a "legacy contact" to maintain their profile after they die. A digital presence can also include other aspects of our lives such as domain names or online storage of photos and videos. "Such a large part of our lives is lived online and we think that we will be able to manage them forever," said Professor Cahn. "We can't, and it does make sense for people to be proactive."
February 20, 2015 . Read more
GW Team Wins National Moot Court Competition
A team from GW Law won the 2015 National Moot Court Competition hosted by the New York City Bar Association. 4L Kyle Singhal and 2L Dane Shikman defeated USC and Oklahoma in the preliminary National Rounds and then went on to beat Gonzaga, Drake, and Wake Forest to set up a finals meeting with Georgetown. Richard Friedman, an adjunct professor and attorney at the Department of Justice, coached the team. The competition is recognized as one of the oldest, largest, and most prestigious moot courts in the U.S. and had 189 teams competing this year. Kyle and Dane are pictured here with Dean Blake D. Morant after receiving an award for winning the regional portion of this competition.
February 13, 2015 .
Examining Open Records Laws and Public Researchers
GW Today writes about a proposal by Alan Morrison, Lerner Family Associate Dean for Public Interest and Public Service Law, that addresses Freedom of Information Act requests targeted at public university scientists. The issue gained a high profile in 2014 when global warming skeptics sought emails from a UVA climatologist and the case went to the Virginia Supreme Court. Dean Morrison believes that academic public disclosure decisions should be the responsibility of large federal granting agencies such as the National Science Foundation.
February 12, 2015 . Read more
Lecturing on Crimes Against Humanity
Sean Murphy, Patricia Roberts Harris Research Professor of Law, filmed a lecture for the United Nations Audiovisual Library of International Law on the topic of "crimes against humanity" that is now available. The lectures in the collection are all given by prominent international law scholars and practitioners from around the world. In addition to teaching at GW Law, Professor Murphy currently serves as as a Special Rapporteur for Crimes Against Humanity to the U.N. International Law Commission.
February 10, 2015 . Read more
GW Law Teams Shine in Moot Courts
Yesterday 2Ls Kathryn Sadasivan and Zelda Vassar placed second in the Gujarat National Law University International Moot Court Competition in India. Schools from around the world sent 56 teams to the competition—India's only moot court on International Trade Law. The accomplishment headlined a strong weekend for GW Law's advocacy teams that also included honors in Arizona and South Carolina.
February 09, 2015 . Read more
Public Interest Scholars Visit Supreme Court
This January, a group of students took a special trip with Alan Morrison, Lerner Family Associate Dean for Public Interest and Public Service Law, to visit the U.S. Supreme Court and hear oral arguments in the case of Williams-Yulee v. The Florida Bar. "[Our visit] will definitely go down as a highlight of my law school experience," said 1L Mike Jayne. "It's a compelling reminder of why going to law school in D.C. is in a class by itself."
February 04, 2015 . Read more
A Lifetime in State Legislature
Mississippi Senator Hillman Frazier, JD '74, has spent more than three decades in state legislature. The Jackson Free Press profiles Senator Frazier's tenure spent preserving Mississippi's civil-rights history through the legislative process. His accomplishments include sponsoring a resolution to recognize Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday as a state holiday, travelling to South Africa to monitor the nation's first post-apartheid election in 1994, and authoring a bill to formally adopt the 13th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution and abolish slavery in Mississippi.
February 03, 2015 . Read more
Emerging Economies and Procurement
In a new video, the U.S. Trade and Development Agency highlights its "Global Procurement Initiative," a partnership with GW Law that helps countries like Botswana understand best practices for the procurement of goods and services. Along with area practitioners, several faculty members met with visiting Botswanan government officials and provided hands-on training about innovative procurement procedures.
February 02, 2015 . Watch the video
Sigma Pi Phi Delegation Visits GW
The Winter 2014 edition of Boulé Journal, a publication of the Sigma Pi Phi fraternity, profiled a delegation of the organization's Archons to discuss voting rights and the "Smart on Crime" initiative with Attorney General Eric Holder. Prior to the visit, the delegation met at GW Law with Dean Blake Morant, Associate Dean Roger Fairfax, and Professor Spencer Overton—all Archons themselves. The meeting was part of an overall campaign to pursue social justice in the community and advocate for African American young men.
January 30, 2015 . Read more
Alum Named President of Andean Community Court of Justice
The Court of Justice of the Andean Community has named Dr. Luis José Diez Canseco Núñez, LLM '88, as its President for 2015. The Andean Community is a regional economic organization encompassing Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru. Dr. Canseco has served as Peru's Magistrate on the court, which is responsible for ensuring respect for the Andean Community's laws, settling disputes arising from them, and interpreting them consistently.
January 28, 2015 . Read more
Professor Clark Publishes 'Helpful Guide for the New Legal Writer'
Carolina Academic Press recently published The Legal Writing Companion: Problems, Solutions, and Samples, by GW Law Professor Jessica Clark and co-author Temple Law Professor Kristen E. Murray. The book is a practical, helpful guide for the new legal writer, designed to address common problems and demonstrate how and why to make effective choices to solve them.
January 23, 2015 . Read more
Alumna Named Dean of Maine Law
The University of Maine School of Law has announced the selection of Danielle Conway, LLM '96, as its next Dean. A scholar with more than one connection to GW Law, Ms. Conway also served as the E.K. Gubin Visiting Professor of Government Contract Law in the 2007-2008 academic year. She will be the school's seventh Dean and the first African-American to hold the post when she arrives on July 1, 2015.
January 21, 2015 . Read more
Same-Sex Marriage Rulings "Indefensible"
Last Friday, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear four cases about whether the Constitution allows same-sex couples to marry or whether states are free to limit marriage as being only between a man and a woman. Earlier in the week, Alan Morrison, Lerner Family Associate Dean for Public Interest and Public Service Law wrote an article in The Huffington Post attacking the Appeals Court opinion on the cases, which upheld same-sex marriage bans in four states.
January 20, 2015 . Read more
Alumnae Named "Most Influential Washington Women Under 35"
National Journal has named three GW Law alumnae to its list of "The 25 Most Influential Women in Washington Under 35." Ayesha Khanna, JD '04, a Counsel and Policy Adviser to Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid; Anne MacMillan, JD '10, Deputy Chief of Staff at the Agriculture Department; and Racquel Russell, JD '03, Deputy Assistant to the President, Urban Affairs and Economic Mobility, are recognized for their accomplishments.
January 13, 2015 . Read more
Dean Morant On List of "Most Influential" in Legal Education
The National Jurist has named Dean Blake D. Morant as one of the "Most influential people in legal education" for 2014. This is Dean Morant's third year appearing on the annual list and also his highest spot. He rose 13 spots to number 10 after becoming Dean at GW Law and assuming Presidency of The Association of American Law Schools.
January 12, 2015 . Read more
Alum Designated as NRC Chairman
Near the end of 2014, President Obama's designated Stephen Burns, JD '78, as the new Chairman of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Congress had previously confirmed Mr. Burns, a 33-year veteran of the NRC, as a Commissioner in November. "I am pleased to have been selected to serve as the NRC's next Chairman. It is a great honor to lead the agency to which I dedicated most of my professional career," he said. "I look forward to working with my fellow Commissioners, the NRC staff and our stakeholders in carrying out the NRC's important mission."
January 09, 2015 . Read more
Dean Morant Assumes AALS Presidency
On Sunday, The Association of American Law Schools officially installed Dean Blake D. Morant as its President for 2015. Dean Morant has been active in the association, which comprises 178 law schools, for more than two decades. From this national position of leadership, he will have the opportunity to shepherd the evolution of legal education.
January 07, 2015 . Read more
Clearing the Path to Justice
Professor Jonathan Siegel published a report in the Alabama Law Review that is helping to shape U.S. law. With co-author Emily S. Bremer, Professor Siegel argued the need to reform 28 U.S.C. § 1500, a little-known statute that prevents the U.S. Court of Federal claims from considering a case if the claim is pending in another court. This sometimes forces plaintiffs with multiple claims to pursue only one and drop the others. The House Judiciary Committee favorably reported on a bill recommending a change to § 1500, citing Professor Siegel's article.
January 05, 2015 . Read more
2014 News Stories
According to Laura A. Dickinson, Oswald Symister Colclough Research Professor of Law, the United States does not have a viable system to regulate national security contractors. Professor Dickinson spoke with The Huffington Post about the recent Senate report on CIA torture, which revealed that contractors have conducted 85 percent of the agency's interrogations since 9/11. "We still lack a comprehensive legal framework for ensuring that contractors who commit abuses are held accountable," said Professor Dickinson, who also noted that expanded actions in Syria and Iraq may mean an increase in private contractors carrying out government work in foreign countries.
December 30, 2014 . Read more
The Sony Data Breach: Three Painful Lessons
According to Daniel J. Solove, John Marshall Harlan Research Professor of Law and an expert in data privacy, all of your personal data is at risk. In the aftermath of the recent Sony Pictures hack, he offers three things the attack can teach us: data breaches cause harm, all of our data is constantly at risk, and corporations should pour more resources into privacy and security. "I believe that this breach, plus all the other data security incidents this year, send a very loud message that the risks are significant and of serious magnitude."
December 22, 2014 . Read more
3L Awarded Fellowship to Fight Homelessness
Equal Justice Works (EJW) has awarded 3L Maxwell Tipping with a fellowship that will allow him to spend the next two years working for The Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless. EJW only accepts approximately 45-55 proposed fellowship projects per year; Mr. Tipping's will focus on improving D.C.'s rapid rehousing program. Thinking about the next two years, he says, "If I could connect these families immediately with legal assistance, way before they end up in Landlord and Tenant Court, and also change some of the way the system functions, that would be a success."
December 18, 2014 . Read more
Expert Perspective: The Eric Garner Decision
Weeks after discussing the grand jury decision to not indict officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown, Roger A. Fairfax, Professor of Law and Associate Dean for Public Engagement, spoke again with GW Today to discuss a New York City grand jury not indicting a city police officer in the death of Eric Garner. A grand jury expert, Dean Fairfax addressed questions about reconciling the video evidence in Garner's case, how a federal prosecutor might bring charges against the police officer, and the differences between federal and state grand jury compositions.
December 15, 2014 . http://gwtoday.gwu.edu/another-grand-jury-fails-indict-police-officer
Schenck Quoted in Presidential Sexual Assault Report
Lisa Schenck, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, is quoted at length in the Department of Defense's report to President Obama on sexual assault prevention and response. Dean Schenck, a retired judge advocate colonel in the Army, has been closely involved with the issue since July of last year when she joined with U.S. Senators Ayotte, McCaskill, and Tester at a press conference to discuss the National Defense Authorization Act. The report quotes her findings—taken from a full law review article—about how the military and civilian justice systems prosecute and convict sexual assault offenses.
December 12, 2014 . Read more
Professors Urge Strong Net Neutrality Rules
On International Human Rights Day, George Washington University Law School Professors Arturo Carrillo and Dawn Nunziato submitted a Comment to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) urging the Commission to adopt strong net neutrality rules so as not to violate the United States' international human rights and trade obligations. The professors, who run GW Law's Global Internet Freedom and Human Rights Project, stress that the United States has committed to providing services in a nondiscriminatory manner as a party to the World Trade Organization.
December 10, 2014 . Read more
Alumnus Named Chief Justice of Bhutan
The King of Bhutan appointed The Honorable Tshering Wangchuk, LLM '03, as Bhutan's Chief Justice. The newly named Lyonpo Tshering Wangchuk studied International and Comparative Law at GW and is one of nearly a dozen Bhutanese judges to attend the law school since 2000 as part of an ongoing relationship with the country's judiciary.
December 08, 2014 . Read more
SCOTUS Pregnancy Discrimination Case Explained
The U.S. Supreme Court will hear the case of a UPS employee who was placed on unpaid leave when her pregnancy prevented her from lifting heavy objects. She sued, alleging discrimination, and her case could now affect millions of women. Professor Jeffrey Rosen spoke with NPR's Diane Rehm about the case, explaining the salient legal issues. The main question according to Professor Rosen: "Is it sex discrimination to exclude pregnant women from benefits that non-pregnant people require?"
December 05, 2014 . Listen to the interview
Profiling GW Law's Anti-Corruption Course
As companies increasingly spend more to comply with regulations on financial crime, data privacy, and supply-chain management, Reuters highlights GW Law's Anti-Corruption Seminar. The course aims to teach students about legal and policy issues involving anti-corruption statutes, and to consider how anti-corruption, ethics, and compliance work in the real world. "We don’t just teach to the students. We require them to develop a corporate compliance system on their own," said Assistant Dean Jessica Tillipman, one of the course's instructors and Senior Editor of "The FCPA Blog."
December 04, 2014 . Read more
Expert Perspective: The Ferguson Decision
Roger A. Fairfax, Professor of Law and Associate Dean for Public Engagement, spoke with GW Today to discuss the Grand Jury decision in Ferguson, Missouri on the highly-publicized death of Michael Brown. The jury found that state criminal charges should not be filed against police officer Darren Wilson, which sparked protests across the country. Dean Fairfax, whose research focuses on criminal justice policy and grand juries, addressed several questions, including whether these proceedings represented a typical grand jury process and what other legal actions could still occur in this case.
December 03, 2014 . Read more
Three Alumni Named "40 Under 40: Latinos in American Politics"
Congratulations to several GW Law alumni named to The Huffington Post's list of "40 Under 40: Latinos in American Politics." Sam Jammal, JD '07, Chief of Staff for U.S. Congressman Tony Cardenas; Oscar Ramirez, JD '01, a Principal at the Podesta Group; and Daniel Suvor, JD '09, Chief of Policy for California Attorney General Kamala D. Harris are all featured.
December 02, 2014 . Read more
Alumnus Appointed as New Mongolian Prime Minister
On November 21, 2014, Mongolia's parliament appointed Chimed Saikhanbileg, LLM '02, the 28th Prime Minister of Mongolia. He replaced Norov Altankhuyag who was removed earlier in November. According to his former GW Law professor, Associate Dean for International and Comparative Legal Studies Susan L. Karamanian, Chimed "was an active participant in class with a serious focus on government procurement law. He came to law school with a specific educational goal as he had already held positions in the Mongolian government."
December 01, 2014 . Read more
Learn About the Ruff Fellowship Program
This month, a class of Charles F.C. Ruff Fellows visited District of Columbia Attorney General Irvin B. Nathan. A new class of Ruff Fellows are chosen each year to work at the Office of the Attorney General (OAG) and are funded by a partnership between the D.C. government and local law schools. Fellows work in several divisions within OAG and can be hired after their term is complete; 10 out of 11 members of the 2012 class now work at OAG in permanent positions and were joined this year by members of the class of 2013.
November 24, 2014 . Read more
President Obama's Executive Action on Immigration
President Obama announced immigration reform plans on Thursday, which will utilize his executive authority to crack down on illegal immigration and give undocumented workers an opportunity to request temporary relief from deportation. Professor Jeffrey Rosen spoke to C-SPAN's Washington Journal about the plan, focusing on its mechanics and legal basis, and offering arguments for and against the action.
November 21, 2014 . Watch the video
Professor Helps Launch Center for Children & Social Engagement
The Center for Children & Social Engagement, a think tank which exists to improve food security and child nutrition around the world, has announced Professor Catherine Ross as a Senior Fellow, Human and Civil Rights of Children. "I am very excited that the Center is giving me the opportunity to apply the scholarship and work I have done that has focused on children in the U.S. to help improve children's lives around the world," said Professor Ross. "My work with the Center also offers opportunities for our students: I'll be hiring law students to help with research and to assist in other ways and I am thrilled to be able to incorporate GW students into this important work."
November 20, 2014 . Read more
A Different Way to Learn Statutory Analysis
Effectively breaking down and applying statutes and regulations can be a difficult skill to master. That's why Robert Glicksman, J.B. and Maurice C. Shapiro Professor of Environmental Law, wrote Statutory Analysis in the Regulatory State with Richard Levy of the University of Kansas School of Law. The book takes a different approach to teaching statutory analysis skills: using extensive examples taken from real statutes and cases and adding a third section that allows for realistic practice of all the new skills.
November 19, 2014 . Read more
D.C. Legalizes Marijuana: Now What?
Voters in Washington, D.C. passed Initiative 71 during November elections, allowing D.C. residents who are 21 or older to posses and grow small amounts of marijuana. The initiative now will go through a 30-day period of review in Congress. In the meantime, Christopher A. Bracey, Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, interviewed with GW Today to explain Initiative 71, its impact on D.C. residents, and the challenges of reconciling federal and state marijuana laws.
November 18, 2014 . Read more
Our Changing Political Geography
Professor David Fontana writes for The Daily Beast about the effects of increasing urbanization on American law and politics. As an example, he uses New York Governor Andrew Cuomo's new book, which focuses heavily on New York City, paying less attention to rural parts of the state. "One of the precious and underappreciated jewels of America has always been its geographical diversity," Professor Fontana writes. "We are and always have been a country of city and county, downtowns and small towns. But as Americans change where they live, our politics must change how it works in response.”
November 14, 2014 . Read more
3L Works and Wins Asylum Case
For Lifted Lamp, GW Law Immigration Clinic student-attorney Paulina Vera writes about her experience working on the asylum case of S-G-L, who fled Honduras in 2009 after repeated domestic abuse. Ms. Vera, a 3L, recalls the history of the case and explains the lessons she learned while putting together the pre-trial filing and preparing for direct examination.
November 13, 2014 . Read more
Recapping Berkshire Beyond Buffett
Lawrence Cunningham, Henry St. George Tucker III Research Professor of Law, held a book launch for Berkshire Beyond Buffett: The Enduring Value of Values. The book contradicts the belief that Berkshire Hathaway—currently number four among the Fortune 500—will suffer a decline after the retirement of its CEO, 84-year-old Warren Buffett. Professor Cunningham's research shows reasons to believe that Mr. Buffett has built a strong corporate culture and an "organization larger than himself."
November 11, 2014 . Read more
Student Scholarship: 2015 Creative Solutions Competition
Through the generosity of Howard J. Rudge, JD '64, a retired Senior Vice President of DuPont Corporation, the law school will award a cash prize of $5000 to a GW student enrolled in the JD or LLM degree program for the best paper proposing a creative solution to a serious societal problem in the United States.
November 10, 2014 . Read more
Visiting the Supreme Court
The GW Student Chapter of the American Constitution Society (ACS) went to the U.S. Supreme Court last week to hear the case of Zivotofsky v. Kerry. Although the group arrived at the court by 5:30 am and stood in line for nearly four hours in order to secure their spots in the courtroom, it was worth the wait. "There is really no substitute for hearing one of the justices pose a hypothetical, and thinking about what you would respond with if you were arguing the case yourself," said ACS Student Chapter President David Seidel. "Especially knowing that the answer to such hypotheticals may be the very reason the Court goes one way or the other."
November 07, 2014 . Read more
Learning More: U.S. Military Commissions
Last week, Mark S. Martins, a Brigadier General in the United States Army Judge Advocate General's Corps, spoke to students focusing on National Security Law about the United States' military commissions system. As the Chief Prosecutor of Military Commissions, General Martins is responsible for overseeing the trials of detainees held at Guantánamo Bay. Following an overview of the system and a discussion of arguments for and against its use, attendees engaged in a Q and A session with General Martins about military commissions.
November 06, 2014 .
The Fall 2014 A. Sidney Katz Lecture
The Intellectual Property Law Program hosted the Honorable Pauline Newman of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit for the fall edition of its bi-annual A. Sidney Katz Lecture. A longtime member of the court, Judge Newman led the audience of students and practitioners on a firsthand journey through the history of the Federal Circuit, including how it came into being. For the full recap of the event, click "Read More."
October 31, 2014 . Read more
Professor Saltzburg Wins ABA Award
The American Bar Association Criminal Justice Section honored Stephen A. Saltzburg, Wallace and Beverley Woodbury University Professor of Law, with its inaugural Raeder-Taslitz Award. The award recognizes a law professor who exemplifies ethical and professional conduct; demonstrates excellence in scholarship, teaching, or community service; and has made a significant contribution to promoting public understanding of criminal justice, fairness in the criminal justice system, or best practices on the part of lawyers and judges. "The great esteem in which we hold Stephen, the first recipient, only adds to the prestige of the award," said Cynthia Orr, co-chair of the Criminal Justice Section.
October 30, 2014 . Read more
Tech Companies to Cover Egg Freezing for Employees
Facebook and Apple made national news this month after offering to pay for female employees to freeze their eggs. Naomi Cahn, Harold H. Greene Professor of Law, spoke to a variety of media outlets, including BuzzFeed, Public Radio International, and MarketWatch, about the issue. "The opportunity to freeze eggs really can be empowering, so that could certainly be one component of a family-friendly workplace," said Professor Cahn. "But a family-friendly workplace doesn't just include child care benefits and flexible time. It also includes paying a living wage to both men and women. And then once men and women do have children, making sure to support the families that they have."
October 29, 2014 .
Professor Awarded Grant to Research Domestic Violence
The National Institute of Justice (NIJ) awarded Professor of Clinical Law Joan S. Meier a grant to fund in-depth empirical research on how family courts decide custody cases involving abuse allegations. Worth $500,000 over three years, the grant will fund the development of a database of published court opinions from a 15-year period. Professor Meier and her team of legal and statistical experts will then use the database to conduct a non-subjective analysis of abuse allegations, parental alienation, the courts' factual findings, and case outcomes.
October 24, 2014 . Read more
Fighting Terrorism in Court
Professor Peter Raven-Hansen has spent years representing victims of terrorism in civil litigation brought under the Anti-Terrorism Act. Along with Gary Osen, JD '92, he is currently working on several cases against organizations that handle financial transactions linked to terrorist activities. After a jury found Arab Bank liable last month for supporting Hamas in a series of bombings, Professor Raven-Hansen answered a series of questions about his work.
October 17, 2014 . Read more
Race and America's Gun Culture
CNN interviewed Robert Cottrol, Harold Paul Green Research Professor of Law, on how race affects the debate over guns in America. Among other interesting facts, Professor Cottrol, a specialist in American legal history and author of The Long, Lingering Shadow: Slavery, Race, and Law in the American Hemisphere, asserts that guns helped spawn the civil rights movement by affording activists protection from vigilantes.
October 14, 2014 . Read more
Alum Designated as Convening Authority
Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel has designated Vaughn A. Ary, LLM '95, as the Convening Authority for Military Commissions. The Convening Authority is empowered to convene military commissions, refer charges to trial, negotiate pre-trial agreements, and review records of trial. Mr. Ary will also provide an accused person the opportunity for clemency before taking action on all cases. He assumed the post after retiring as a Major General in the Marine Corps, where he served as Staff Judge Advocate to the Commandant.
October 13, 2014 .
Meeting the Ukrainian President
During a joint meeting of the U.S. Congress on September 18, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko asked for support in the conflict with Russia that began when the larger neighbor invaded Crimea. Professor Steve Charnovitz suggested LLM candidate Tetyana Girenko, who is Ukrainian and taking a course on international law, attend the event. He wrote to Speaker John Boehner's office, and they invited Ms. Girenko not only to the address, but also to a reception with the President. "It was such an honor for me to be a part of this remarkable event," she said.
October 06, 2014 . Read more
"Ruth Bader Ginsburg Is an American Hero"
Professor Jeffrey Rosen sat down with U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg to ask a series of questions, both personal and professional. Among other answers, Justice Ginsburg discussed how it feels to be an internet sensation, what she thinks is the worst ruling produced by the current Supreme Court, and what her message is to those who view her as a role model.
October 01, 2014 . Read more
3L Takes Navy Oath of Office on Campus
Third year law student Robert Baxter, who will serve in the Navy's Judge Advocate General's Corp after graduation, decided to take his military oath of office at a location of personal significance. At a small gathering in the Jacob Burns Moot Court Room, GW Law adjunct faculty member and alumnus Commander James Benoit, LLM '06, administered the oath. Having the ceremony at GW and with Commander Benoit just made sense to Mr. Baxter who notes the university’s strong connection to the military. "I've always wanted to serve my country, and it's surreal to think that it actually happened," he said afterward.
September 29, 2014 . Read more
A Single Merger Control Standard?
Mergers are a hot topic as the U.S. debates Comcast's proposed $45.2 billion acquisition of Time Warner Cable. The FCC and the U.S. Department of Justice are conducting reviews of the transaction, but individual states and public utility commissions could also become involved according to Professor William E. Kovacic, Director of GW's Competition Law Center. The Center recently held a panel discussion, featuring Deborah L. Feinstein, Director of the Federal Trade Commission Bureau of Competition, on whether organizations should apply a single standard when evaluating mergers. The event also marked the release of the second volume of the book William E. Kovacic, An Antitrust Tribute.
September 25, 2014 . Read more
Balancing Security with Liberty
Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson recently delivered a keynote at GW Law as part of a symposium hosted by the Homeland Security & Defense Business Council. In his talk, Mr. Johnson addressed several pressing issues, including this year's child immigration crisis and ISIS. He also emphasized the challenge of balancing world safety with protecting the liberties of Americans. "We cannot do [our job] at the cost of sacrificing who we are as a nation of people who value freedom of movement, privacy, civil liberties and cherish diversity and heritage," he said. "Every day I think about striking that right balance in homeland security."
September 24, 2014 . Read more
Military Contractors Prep for ISIL Action
Over the past decade in Iraq and Afghanistan, the United States government spent more than 200 billion dollars on private military contractors. As the Pentagon reaches out to the private sector again for estimates on confronting ISIL, Steven Schooner, Nash & Cibinic Professor of Government Procurement Law, spoke to Al Jazeera about the widespread use of contractors. "The reality today for the United States, and frankly for many countries around the world, is that the military simply can't function without the support of arms-bearing contractors specifically and broader contractors generally," said Professor Schooner.
September 23, 2014 . Read more
Asylum After 16 Years
After more than 16 years, an immigration judge granted humanitarian asylum to a GW Law Immigration Clinic client. Immigration Clinic Paralegal Jonathan Bialosky, JD '10, writes a blog post detailing how the client qualified for "other serious harm" asylum because of past persecution and serious medical conditions. According to Mr. Bialosky, "One doctor wrote a letter stating that sending my client to Sierra Leone was a 'death sentence,' and that he wouldn't last more than a few weeks there." The immigration judge agreed; the merits hearing lasted just 20 minutes.
September 22, 2014 . Read more
50 Years at GW Law
This month, Professor James E. Starrs entered the classroom for his 50th and final year on the George Washington University faculty. Professor Starrs, who holds a joint appointment with GW Law and the Forensic Sciences Department in the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, is well-known at the university for taking on famous forensic science cases. "I've enjoyed the students immensely. It's been a wonderful, constant wave of students," he said of his half-century at GW. "This last class of mine, 18 students, are just marvelous, they ask intelligent questions and are so wonderful. Every year is better as you go."
September 18, 2014 . Read more
Alumnus Awarded "Genius Grant"
The MacArthur Foundation announced Jonathan Rapping, JD '95, as one of its 2014 MacArthur Fellows for his work training public defenders in the South. Affectionately known as "genius grants," the fellowships award a $625,000 cash prize to "talented individuals who have shown extraordinary originality and dedication in their creative pursuits and a marked capacity for self-direction." Through his nonprofit Gideon's Promise, Mr. Rapping works to change the culture of the public defense system by teaching new lawyers important skills in a structured multi-year program. Three GW Law alumni are part of the organization's 2014 class.
September 17, 2014 . Read more
Professor Ross Discusses Parental Rights on Capitol Hill
During a hearing on a proposed constitutional amendment about parental rights, Professor Catherine J. Ross testified before the United States House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary, Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice to share her expertise in constitutional and family law. Discussing the proposal in depth, Professor Ross explained why the amendment is unnecessary and could "threaten to transform the law in several respects with potentially harmful results."
September 16, 2014 . Read more
Ginsburg Talks Women's Rights
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg visited GW on Friday for an early celebration of Constitution Day. Senior Associate Dean Christopher A. Bracey introduced Justice Ginsburg, who recounted her career as a trailblazer for women’s rights that began in an era when firms were upfront about not hiring female lawyers. During her conversation with Professor Maeva Marcus, she explained that despite many advances, there is still work left for women to gain equal rights. However, Justice Ginsburg did say that she takes comfort in the fact that three out of nine justices are female. "It looks like we're there to stay—one third of the court, no longer one-at-a-time curiosities."
September 15, 2014 . Read more
Focusing on Civil Discourse
The Philadelphia Inquirer and Professor Jeffrey Rosen discuss his work at The National Constitution Center. Since taking over as President and CEO, Professor Rosen has organized a series of public forums featuring perspectives from all sides of constitutional issues, from gun control to drone strikes. "It is important in these polarized times for there to be a place where people can engage in constitutional conversations," he said. "This defines who we are as Americans. It is thrilling to see that people who disagree on everything else agree that we are defined by these documents."
September 10, 2014 . Read more
Gift Creates Health Law Research Professorship
The George Washington University Law School received a $400,000 gift from the estate of John "Jack" Stafford, LLB '62, to create the John R. and Inge P. Stafford Faculty Research Professorship. The professorship will help advance GW Law's health law curriculum. "The John R. and Inge P. Stafford Faculty Research Professorship will honor our father's distinguished career in the field of health law," said Jennifer Stafford Farrow, Mr. Stafford’s daughter. "It reflects his belief that a GW Law education prepares students for practice and helps them to cross borders of separate academic disciplines by encouraging them to engage the world in enterprising and innovative ways."
September 09, 2014 . Read more
"A Lame Civil Rights Record"
For Politico, Michael Selmi, Samuel Tyler Research Professor of Law, writes about the U.S. Department of Justice's (DOJ) record on civil rights under the Obama Administration. The DOJ is currently investigating Ferguson's police force for a history of abusive actions, but according to Professor Selmi, who previously worked for its civil rights division, this type of investigation has been rare. "Much of the time, the vaunted Obama-Holder civil rights division has been reactive—responding to complaints filed by outside parties, rather than initiating investigations on its own."
September 08, 2014 . Read more
Experiential Learning at GW Law
The Jacob Burns Community Legal Clinics released a new video about their programs. Hear from Associate Deans and former students about the value of working in the clinics and applying law school knowledge to real legal situations.
September 05, 2014 . Watch the video
The 2014 Cummins Grant Scholar
This semester, GW Law welcomes Aniceto Masferrer, Professor of Legal History and Comparative Law at the University of Valencia, who received the 2014 Cummins Grant. Established by Richard and Diane Cummins in 2011, the grant provides a stipend to support short-term historical research using special collections at GW's Jacob Burns Law Library, which is noted for its continental historical legal collections. Professor Masferrer currently serves as President of the European Society for Comparative Legal History and will conduct research on the comparative development of criminal law.
September 03, 2014 . Read more
Ugandan Fulbright Research Scholar Joins GW Law
Joe Oloka-Onyango, former Dean of Makere University in Uganda, has joined GW Law for the 2014 fall semester as a Fulbright Visiting Research Scholar. Mr. Oloka-Onyango and his wife, Sylvia Tamale, have been at the forefront of the human rights movement in Africa and were involved in a recent case that struck down Uganda's anti-homosexuality law. While at GW Law, Mr. Oloka-Onyango will continue to research international human rights law, with a focus on LGBT issues.
September 03, 2014 .
"Russia and Ukraine: What is the Role of International Law?"
The International and Comparative Law Program held a panel discussion about the conflict between Russia and Ukraine as its first event of the semester. The panel took place hours after Russia allegedly sent up to 1,000 troops across the border. Professors Sean Murphy, Dinah Shelton, and Michael Matheson joined Associate Dean Susan Karamanian to address a variety of complex topics, including Russia's use of force, the role of regional entities, and relevant international humanitarian laws.
September 02, 2014 . Read more
Same-sex Marriage on Hold
Alan Morrison, Lerner Family Associate Dean for Public Interest and Public Service Law, sat down with Fox 5 News to explain the U.S. Supreme Court's stay on Virginia's same-sex marriage ruling. Dean Morrison noted that several similar cases are coming through the federal court system and that the Supreme Court could take any or all of those cases. He expects the justices will take a same-sex marriage case sometime this fall, hear it in the spring, and announce a decision sometime by the first of July 2015.
August 27, 2014 . Watch the video
A New Theory on Religious Liberty
In their most recent work, Secular Government, Religious People, Professor Robert W. Tuttle and Professor Emeritus Ira C. Lupu present an original theory placing the secular character of the American government, rather than a set of individual rights, as the centerpiece of religious liberty in the United States. This month, the publisher is featuring both professors for their scholarship in religion, law, and the First Amendment.
August 26, 2014 . Read more
Discussing the Air Quality Act of 1967
Acting Dean of Students Robin Juni appeared on C-SPAN's Washington Journal to discuss the history and current state of the Clean Air Act. Dean Juni, who teaches in the Environmental and Energy Law Program and practiced environmental law for almost 20 years before joining GW, explained the evolution of air quality legislation and answered questions from callers.
August 21, 2014 . Watch the video
Alumnus Awarded ABA's Highest Honor
The American Bar Association awarded General Earl E. Anderson, Ret. USMC, JD '52, with its highest honor, the ABA Medal. The award is given only when the ABA Board of Governors decides a nominee has provided exceptional service to the law and the legal profession, with past recipients including Justice Thurgood Marshall, Watergate Special Prosecutor Leon Jaworski, and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. "The contributions of General Earl Anderson over the past 60-plus years will resonate within the ABA for decades," said ABA President James Silkenat.
August 20, 2014 . Read more
Obamacare's Grave Danger
For Salon, Jonathan R. Siegel, F. Elwood and Eleanor Davis Research Professor of Law, writes about a potential threat to the Affordable Care Act. Two federal courts of appeals have issued conflicting rulings on a critical provision within the health care law, the more favorable of which enables the IRS to interpret ambiguous statutory language. Under President Obama, the IRS' interpretation allows the Affordable Care Act to function, but as Professor Siegel explains, “The next president, by simple executive action, without need for congressional approval, could potentially undo this critical piece of the Affordable Care Act's statutory scheme.”
August 19, 2014 . Read more
GW Wins ABA Environmental Law Award
The American Bar Association awarded GW Law's Environmental and Energy Law Program the 2014 Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources (SEER) Award for Distinguished Achievement in Environmental Law and Policy. The award recognizes the collective achievements of the program, which has taught environmental law to more than 4,000 students over its 44-year history, more than 2,000 of whom are practicing environmental and energy lawyers. "GW Law continues to build on its many years of leadership in environmental and energy law to enable our students to take on the complex environmental and energy challenges of the 21st century," said Associate Dean for Environmental Law Studies Lee Paddock.
August 18, 2014 . Read more
Ruth Bader Ginsburg Will Honor Constitution Day on Campus
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg will join the GW community this September to celebrate Constitution Day. In an event at Lisner Auditorium, Justice Ginsburg will speak with Maeva Marcus, a GW Law professor and director of the Institute for Constitutional History. "The event allows our students to hear directly from a seasoned Supreme Court Justice—an experience unlike any other," said Christopher A. Bracey, Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. GW Law students will be able to reserve free tickets beginning August 27 with a code. Reservations will be open to the public on September 2 at noon.
August 11, 2014 . Read more
Adjunct Takes on White House Role
Professorial Lecturer in Law Roy L. Austin, Jr. has a new office close to campus. Earlier this year, he began working on the White House Domestic Policy Council as the new Deputy Assistant to the President for Urban Affairs, Justice, and Opportunity. Professor Austin is charged with overseeing the President's agenda to build opportunities for those working to make it into the middle class. In this new role, he will focus on policy areas that include criminal justice and civil rights, community development, workers' rights, and homelessness.
August 11, 2014 .
"Five Myths About Impeachment"
Forty years ago this week, Richard Nixon resigned to avoid his likely impeachment by the U.S. House of Representatives. Noting the anniversary, Jonathan Turley, J.B. and Maurice C. Shapiro Professor of Public Interest Law, explains five myths about impeachments in The Washington Post, including his thoughts on current threats against President Barack Obama. Professor Turley has previously testified in Congress about impeachment and served as lead defense counsel for Judge Thomas Porteous at his 2010 U.S. Senate impeachment trial.
August 04, 2014 . Read more
Interim Dean Maggs Wins Award at U.S. Army War College
At its 2014 graduation ceremony, the U.S. Army War College recognized Interim Dean and Col. Gregory E. Maggs for his paper "Cyber Attack: A Declared U.S. Cyber Defense Policy." Dean Maggs, who graduated from the War College on the same day, said, "Learning about national security will help me both as a senior officer in the Army Reserve and as the co-director of the National Security Law LLM program at GW." Among the attendees was GW Law alumnus Les Megyeri, JD '68, and his wife, Kathy. Mr. Megyeri added, "It is a great accomplishment, not only to graduate from the War College, but to win the writing award."
August 01, 2014 . Read more
Staking a Claim
A Virginia man made the news last week after planting a flag to claim contested land between Egypt and Sudan with the intention of being king and naming his daughter princess. Professor Edward Swaine explained to an international news agency what it would take for the "Kingdom of North Sudan" to be valid under international law. "At a basic level, he has to be correct in asserting that this is unclaimed land," Professor Swaine said.
July 29, 2014 . Watch the interview
Faculty Scholarship: Marriage Markets
The New York Times profiled Professor Naomi Cahn's recent book Marriage Markets. Written with June Carbone of the University of Minnesota Law School, the book explains that marriage no longer works for many American families because of increasing inequality, and it further addresses how family law must change to protect children of this new paradigm. According to the profile, it is "a crisp and cogent account—rich with detail and utterly free of legalese—of America’s failure to invest in its children."
July 28, 2014 . Read more
Fighting Crimes Against Humanity
The U.N. International Law Commission has appointed Sean D. Murphy, Patricia Roberts Harris Research Professor of Law, as a Special Rapporteur for Crimes Against Humanity. In this role, Professor Murphy will guide the Commission in drafting an international treaty that will reach the U.N. General Assembly. "The idea in the treaty is to address a current gap in international law," he said. "Unlike genocide and serious war crimes, we have no treaty that regulates inter-state cooperation—such as extradition and mutual legal assistance—on the other core crime of international law, crimes against humanity."
July 25, 2014 .
In Memoriam: Stephen M. Goldman
Stephen M. Goldman, a highly regarded member of the GW Law adjunct faculty, passed away on July 10. Professor Goldman taught Corporations at the law school and published on issues related to pre-trial practice, including preparation of witnesses for deposition, and corporate governance. After earning a law degree in 1971, he clerked with The Hon. John Paul Stevens of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, worked at law firm Kirkpatrick & Lockhart LLP, and published a book on ethical choices and legal obligations in the office.
July 23, 2014 . Read more
Visiting Scholar Named ASIL Interim Director
The American Society of International Law (ASIL) named GW Law Visiting Scholar Ronald Bettauer as its interim executive director for the duration of its search for a permanent director. Mr. Bettauer is a long-time ASIL member and retired deputy legal adviser of the U.S. Department of State. While at GW Law, he has written several pieces for legal publications and has also been instrumental in the establishment of the annual "Live from L" event hosted by the International and Comparative Law Program and co-sponsored by the ABA Section of International Law and ASIL.
July 21, 2014 .
Five Alumni Named Top Trailblazers Under 40
Diallo T. Crenshaw, JD '01, Kathlyn Card Beckles, JD '02, Michelle Thomas, JD '04, Tamiko Walker, LLM '06, and Dionna Lewis, LLM '12, were selected by the National Bar Association to receive the "Trailblazers Under 40" award. The award honors legal professionals who have achieved prominence and distinction in their fields of endeavor — be it the practice of law, academia, business, civic and charitable affairs, the judiciary, or politics — and who have demonstrated a strong commitment to advancing the goals and mission of the National Bar Association. These five alumni will be honored at a gala on July 26 in Atlanta, Georgia.
July 17, 2014 . Read more
Three Alumni Chosen for Public Defenders Program
Gideon's Promise announced its 2014 Law School Partnership Program (LSPP) class—a group of 15 recent law school graduates poised to join a group of public defenders committed to transforming criminal justice. Three 2014 GW Law graduates were chosen for this inaugural class: Adam Pienciak, Jack Talaska and Thomas Rimmer. "The work these young lawyers do represents the highest calling of our profession," said Gideon's Promise founder and president Jonathan Rapping, JD '95. "We are grateful to these schools for working with Gideon’s Promise and the Department of Justice to provide these graduates this opportunity."
July 14, 2014 . Read more
In Memoriam: Alumnus William Pincus, Father of Clinical Legal Education
William Pincus, JD '53, spent much of his career as a civil servant working in government positions ranging from the National Park Service to both Hoover Commissions and then Congress. Obtaining his degree from GW Law in the evening, he became president of the Council on Legal Education for Professional Responsibility where he helped usher in the use of law clinics to teach students about lawyering and professional responsibility.
July 11, 2014 . Read more
Professor Turley and GW Litigation Team Win Al-Arian Case
After eight years of work by Jonathan Turley, J.B. and Maurice C. Shapiro Professor of Public Interest Law, and his team of GW Law students, the Justice Department in late June dropped its criminal prosecution of former college professor Dr. Sami Al-Arian. "Our client, Dr. Al-Arian, and I could not be more proud of the hard work that our GW litigation team has dedicated to this case to help him get justice as well as our partnership with Bryan Cave as our local counsel," said Professor Turley. "The students, many of whom are now alumni, had an opportunity to work on a case with international significance and to produce a result that advances the rule of law in a real and tangible way."
July 08, 2014 . Read more
Q&A with Judge Jeri Somers
Judge Jeri K. Somers of the U.S. Civilian Board of Contract Appeals has been teaching at GW Law for several years as an adjunct faculty member. She recently responded to questions about her experience at the law school, offered advice to students, and discussed her career in government procurement law. "I have always believed in the value of good teachers and mentors for success in life and career," she said. "As a result, I strive to be both an educator and mentor regardless of my 'day job.'"
July 07, 2014 . Read more
Analyzing the Latest Supreme Court Rulings
The Supreme Court justices have retired for the summer after handing down 72 decisions this term on a wide range of issues. Over the past two weeks, the court ruled on the religious liberty rights of corporations, the rights of unions, and a landmark decision that prohibited police from searching cellphones on arrest without a warrant. Several members of the GW Law faculty actively tracked these cases as they developed and shared their expert opinions with the media.
July 02, 2014 . Read more
Alumna Wins ABA Women Lawyers Award
The American Bar Association selected Anastasia D. Kelly, JD '81, to receive one of its five 2014 Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Awards. The award recognizes the accomplishments of women lawyers who have excelled in their field and paved the way to success for other female law professionals. Ms. Kelly previously served as a general counsel at four major companies, including MCI/WorldCom and AIG, and now works as a managing partner at DLA Piper, where she mentors several women lawyers and is on the leadership committee of the firm's Leadership Alliance for Women network.
June 30, 2014 . Read more
Meier in Huff Post: "Lies, Damned Lies, and Statistics"
In her first piece for The Huffington Post, Professor Joan Meier, GW Law Domestic Violence Project Director, responds to a recent Washington Post op-ed that claims a good way to end violence against women is to marry the children's fathers. Professor Meier examines and evaluates the statistics and shows that the authors came to the wrong conclusion with the data: "(One) would have to conclude from (the data the authors cite) that protective mothers should neither marry nor live with men if they want to raise children."
June 27, 2014 . Read more
Redskins' Trademark Cancellation: An Expert's Perspective
In GW Today, Professor Roger Schechter explains the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's decision to cancel six trademarks held by the Washington Redskins, noting that the ruling is not final and would carry only minor practical consequences if upheld. According to Professor Schechter, the team can choose to appeal the decision in a federal court, which could take years. "The law moves at a geological pace," he says. "PR pressure is a different story, and could cause a name change before the case comes to a conclusion."
June 25, 2014 . Read more
Mixing Business with a Procurement Law Degree
For FCW, Dr. Steve Kelman, a Professor of Public Management at Harvard University, highlights the Masters of Science in Government Contracting (MSGC) program at GW. Created in partnership with the GW School of Business, the program blends the study of government procurement law with a grounding in business principles. "[The program] sends a signal about what contracting professionals should be doing, and it will certainly provide those in the field with concrete skills that will help them do a better job on behalf of the taxpayer."
June 23, 2014 . Read more
Alumnus Confirmed to Federal Bench
In a 98-0 vote, the U.S. Senate confirmed Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Darrin P. Gayles, JD '93, to a position on the federal bench. Judge Gayles will serve on one of the nation's busiest courts, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida. When President Obama announced the nomination in February, he noted that Judge Gayles would be the first openly gay male African-American federal judge.
June 20, 2014 . Read more
"Counterculture" Approach Builds Firm
Since opening a new Los Angeles location of Jenner & Block at the height of the economic recession in 2009, Rick Richmond, JD '86, has grown the branch in size from just two partners to 34 attorneys. Jenner & Block has taken what Mr. Richmond calls a "counterculture" approach to expansion, entering the LA market with targeted practices in mind and building from its summer associate program. "How did we grow?" Richmond said. "I'm hugely committed to that idea that for the longer term, the way you're really going to grow and succeed is to develop your own in-house talent."
June 16, 2014 . Read more
Alumnus Publishes Memoir in Arabic
Dr. Clovis Maksoud, JD '51, recently published From the Corners of Memory, his new memoir in Arabic. The book covers the four "corners" of Dr. Maksoud's life: his political, journalistic, diplomatic, and teaching endeavors. Dr. Maksoud formerly served as the ambassador of the Arab League to the United States and India. He currently teaches as a professor of international relations at American University and is the author of many books and articles about the Middle East and the global south.
June 12, 2014 .
In Memoriam: John Kucharski, JD '65
John Kucharski, the former President and CEO of major defense contractor EG&G, passed away last month. After graduating from GW Law, Mr. Kucharski went on to hold the highest security clearance granted to civilians, often travelling in the same circles as presidents, defense secretaries, and other military leaders. In his retirement, he served on a variety of boards of trustees, including GW Law's, and dedicated himself to his family and philanthropy.
June 10, 2014 . Read more
The Warren Court Generation is Fading
In an article for Slate, Professor David Fontana writes about a fading generation of lawyers that came of age during the Warren Court. According to Professor Fontana, with their departure we are losing a voice arguing that courts interpreting the Constitution can make the world a better place. He also analyzes how this generational shift is affecting legal education and constitutional law.
June 10, 2014 . Read more
GW Law Announces New Dean
Blake Morant, a seasoned leader in legal education, has been selected as GW Law's dean. Mr. Morant, who currently serves as dean of Wake Forest University School of Law and President-Elect of the Association of American Law Schools, assumes the new role on September first. "I have respected and admired The George Washington University Law School throughout my career and consider serving as its next dean to be a distinct privilege," Mr. Morant said.
June 09, 2014 . Read more
Alumnus Selected for ICJ Clerkship and Gruber Fellowship
The International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague has selected Túlio Di Giacomo Toledo, LLM '14, to serve as a law clerk for the 2014-2015 term. In support of the clerkship, The Peter and Patricia Gruber Foundation awarded Mr. Di Giacomo Toledo with its International Law Fellowship, established in 2009 to encourage social justice, educational excellence, and scientific achievements that better the human condition.
June 06, 2014 . Read more
Professor Kohn to Serve on Domestic Violence Review Board
After her confirmation in May of 2014, Laurie S. Kohn, Associate Professor of Clinical Law and Director of the Family Justice Litigation Clinic, has begun to serve on the D.C. Domestic Violence Fatality Review Board. The board seeks to use the tragic accounts of homicide victims' lives and experiences to improve the response to domestic violence and protect potential future victims.
June 02, 2014 . Read more
Student Paper on Autonomous Cars Wins Rudge Prize
Avi Kelin, JD '14, won the 2014 Howard J. Rudge "Creative Solutions" Competition for his paper about why and how the United States should prepare for autonomous cars. Mr. Rudge, a 1964 alumnus and retired DuPont Corp executive, created and endowed the competition to award a student for offering a creative solution to a serious societal problem in which conventional solutions are failing.
May 28, 2014 . Read more
International Law Updates in Your Inbox
The International and Comparative Law Program published its first e-newsletter with updates from the spring semester. This edition includes stories on topics from Professor Sean Murphy's media appearances about international law and Crimea to the annual "Live from 'L'" event hosted in partnership with the American Society of International Law and the Office of the Legal Adviser at the U.S. Department of State. To receive future editions of the International Law Program e-newsletter, send an e-mail the GW Law webmaster.
May 27, 2014 . Read more
Remembering Fallen Heroes
In recognition of Memorial Day, the GW community honored fallen service members with a wreath-laying ceremony at the Veterans Memorial Park. Interim Dean Gregory E. Maggs, a colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve, spoke at the ceremony, reminding the crowd that a number of GW students, faculty, and alumni have served in wars since the university's founding, and some have even made the ultimate sacrifice. "How shall we remember them?" he asked. "They were not mere numbers and statistics. Each of them lived a separate life, surrounded by friends and family and all the blessings of freedom."
May 24, 2014 . Read more
Dinah Shelton Named Doctor Honoris Causa
Pázmány Péter Catholic University in Budapest, Hungary awarded Dinah Shelton, Manatt/Ahn Professor of International Law, with the honorary title of Doctor Honoris Causa for her outstanding activity in the fields of human rights and environmental protection. Professor Shelton has a host of accomplishments, including becoming the first female member of the
Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, receiving the Elizabeth Haub Prize in Environmental Law, and authoring three prize-winning books on human rights law.
May 21, 2014 . Read more
Celebrating Commencement 2014
This past Sunday marked GW Law's 147th Commencement, with more than 700 law students graduating. Set in the Smith Center, the Law School Diploma Ceremony acknowledged Class of 2014 graduates, presented several awards to both graduates and faculty, and inducted the Class of 1974 into the Stockton Guard. Prior to the presentation of diplomas, Apple, Inc. General Counsel Bruce Sewell, JD '86, addressed the Class of 2014, encouraging graduates to be conscientious stewards of the law profession.
May 19, 2014 . Read more
Get to Know Commencement Speaker Bruce Sewell
Apple, Inc. General Counsel and Senior VP of Legal and Government Affairs Bruce Sewell, JD '86, will deliver the diZerega Lecture during Sunday's Law School Diploma Ceremony. Mr. Sewell, who serves on Apple's executive team managing legal matters, answered questions about himself, his career, and GW Law. Read More for the full interview.
May 14, 2014 . Read more
Demonstrating Excellence in Learning and Service
Vice Admiral (Ret.) Melvin Williams, Jr., Associate Provost for Military and Veterans Affairs, awarded Associate Dean Lisa Schenck and Professor Paul Schiff Berman with two VALOR Excellence Awards. GW presents this award to individuals who demonstrate excellence in learning and service to the benefit of student military members, veterans, and their families. A retired U.S. Army Colonel, Dean Schenck is working to begin on-base GW education at Fort Belvoir. Professor Berman received the award for his efforts to offer online degree programs exclusively for military members, veterans, and family members in his role as Vice Provost for Online Education.
May 09, 2014 . Read more
Weighing In on Cell Phone Search Cases
Orin Kerr, Fred C. Stevenson Research Professor of Law, has commented extensively on two cell phone search cases currently before the U.S. Supreme Court. As part of an ongoing struggle between privacy and technology, the Court is debating whether police need a warrant to search phones at the time of arrest. Professor Kerr has offered his thoughts on the cases in both the national media and on a Washington Post-hosted blog.
May 07, 2014 . Read more
Supreme Court Ruling on Prayer Explained
Professor Jeffrey Rosen joined John Hockenberry's The Takeaway to explain the U.S. Supreme Court's 5-4 decision to uphold prayer at public meetings in Town of Greece v. Galloway. Professor Rosen discussed all the arguments, including Justice Kennedy's majority opinion that non-coercive prayer is acceptable and Justice Kagan's "heartfelt dissent," which defended the value of religious pluralism.
May 06, 2014 . Read more
Professor Cunningham Writes "Outstanding Academic Title"
The American Library Association named Contracts in the Real World: Stories of Popular Contracts and Why They Matter, a book by Lawrence Cunningham, Henry St. George Tucker III Research Professor of Law, as an "Outstanding Academic Title" in its annual Choice awards. Featuring tales involving the likes of Martin Luther King Jr., Maya Angelou, Lady Gaga, and Donald Trump, the book lays out the basics of contract law in an entertaining way. "I'm grateful to the Association—and to the many 1Ls who have bought and used the book profitably in their courses," said Professor Cunningham.
May 05, 2014 . Read more
2014 Munich Summer IP Program
This summer, GW Law will offer students the opportunity to study IP in Munich at the Max Planck Institute for Intellectual Property. Students choose from eight courses taught over a four-week period by GW Law faculty members, professors from other U.S. law schools, and two federal judges. The program gives students the ability to enroll in classes not ordinarily available during the academic year, with topics including Artistic Freedom, Internet Law, Authors' Rights, and Chinese IP Law. The full list of courses and other stories about the Intellectual Property Law Program are all available in the Spring 2014 Newsletter.
May 02, 2014 . Read more
Emily Hammond to Join Environmental Faculty
Professor Emily Hammond will join the GW Law faculty in the fall of 2014, bringing additional expertise in energy, environmental, and administrative law to the Environmental and Energy Law Program. Professor Hammond is a former civil engineer in the environmental field, a faculty member at two different universities, and an accomplished researcher. "I am excited to join such a dynamic law school community," she said. "The level of enthusiasm and engagement from students, faculty, and alumni alike is palpable and engaging."
May 01, 2014 . Read more
"The Sotomayor Style"
Professor David Fontana writes in The New Republic about the importance of what he refers to as "The Sotomayor Style." According to Professor Fontana, the Justice's style includes practical language that attracts and persuades public audiences in addition to legal elites who read court decisions. He writes that "…by convincing regular citizens, a persuasive judicial opinion could eventually shape the decisions reached by a majority on the Supreme Court."
April 30, 2014 . Read more
Record-Breaking Pro Bono Service
The Class of 2014 Pro Bono Program students set new records this year for services volunteered. Raising the bar in both students involved and total number of hours worked, the Class of 2014 had 144 members contribute 25,822 pro bono hours. The previous high mark was established only a year ago by the Class of 2013, which had 139 students contribute 22,458 hours, more than doubling 2012’s record.
April 29, 2014 .
Students Debate Affirmative Action Ruling
In an article for CNN, two GW Law students offered their views about the recent affirmative action decision by the U.S. Supreme Court. Professor Jonathan Turley, J.B. and Maurice C. Shapiro Professor of Public Interest Law, began the article with an explanation of the case and its legal precedents. Yvette Butler then argued against the ruling, writing that it "reflects [a] sad history of racial hurdles." Vincent Cirilli argued for the ruling, writing that the "Court should not undo the will of the people." Both students are 3Ls in Professor Turley's seminar on the Constitution and the Supreme Court.
April 28, 2014 . Read more
Farewell to Professor Dienes
It is with great sadness that we report the death of Charles Thomas Dienes, Lyle T. Alverson Professor Emeritus of Law, who passed away at the age of 74 on Thursday, April 24. Professor Dienes was a beloved member of the GW Law community who was widely cited for his scholarship in the areas of constitutional and media law. Serving on the faculty since 1980, he will be remembered by the thousands of students he educated and inspired during his lifetime. For information about the funeral mass and a full profile of Professor Dienes' life, click "Read more."
April 25, 2014 . Read more
Ruling on Affirmative Action: What It Means for Universities
Christopher A. Bracey, Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, answers a series of questions for GW Today about the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling in Schuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action. Yesterday, the Court upheld Michigan's voter-approved ban on using race as a factor in school admissions. Dean Bracey addresses the details of Michigan's ban, the dissents by Justices Sotomayor and Ginsburg, and the wider implications of the ruling.
April 24, 2014 . Read more
In Memoriam: John R. Stafford, JD '62
John "Jack" R. Stafford, the former Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Wyeth, passed away on April 18. A prominent businessman, he served on the Board of Directors of several major companies, including Verizon Communications, Inc.; Honeywell International Inc.; J.P. Morgan Chase & Co.; Deere & Co.; and Metropolitan Life Insurance Company. While attending GW Law he served as Editor-in-Chief of The George Washington Law Review and was elected to the Order of the Coif. In 1991 he received an honorary doctorate from the university.
April 22, 2014 . Read more
A Conversation with Judge Prost
Judge Sharon Prost of the U.S. Court of Appeals for Federal Circuit joined the Intellectual Property Law Program for the Spring 2014 A. Sidney Katz Lecture. In front of an audience of law students and practitioners, three of Judge Prost's former clerks interviewed her on her experiences working for the Judiciary, the Senate, and a federal agency. Over the course of the lecture, Judge Prost shared personal stories, advice to current students, and comments about topics related to her work.
April 21, 2014 . Read more
Student-Attorney Recounts Asylum Case
Sydney Barron, a 3L Immigration Clinic student-attorney, authored a post about assisting in an asylum case on the blog of law firm Benach Ragland LLP. Ms. Barron chronicles the case of her client "Julia" who was granted asylum in the United States after fleeing domestic violence in her home country of Guatemala. GW Law's Immigration Clinic assisted Julia in appealing her case after an immigration court denied her initial asylum request. Ms. Barron concluded, "The opportunity to help protect her [Julia] from further abuse and finally bring her a sense of peace and closure was an amazing gift."
April 19, 2014 . Read more
ABA Honors Professor Saltzburg
Stephen A. Saltzburg, the Wallace and Beverley Woodbury University Professor of Law, received an American Bar Association (ABA) Grassroots Advocacy Award at a ceremony on Capitol Hill last week. Given by the ABA Standing Committee on Governmental Affairs, the award recognizes individuals who demonstrate leadership on matters of importance to the organized bar. ABA President James R. Silkenat presented Professor Saltzburg the award for his work as chair of the ABA Criminal Justice Section and his service to the ABA on criminal justice matters.
April 18, 2014 . Read more
Professor Kerr Works on Auernheimer Appeal
A federal appeals court overturned the conviction of prominent computer hacker Andrew Auernheimer, who was imprisoned in 2012 after obtaining the e-mail addresses of approximately 120,000 iPad users from AT&T's website. The court ruled that the government violated Auernheimer's rights by trying him in New Jersey despite his lack of connection to the state, but did not resolve a broader legal debate about the application of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. Orin Kerr, Fred C. Stevenson Research Professor of Law, worked pro bono on Auernheimer's appeal and called the ruling an important result. "Venue sounds like a technicality, but it’s really an important technicality."
April 17, 2014 . Read more
Has GM Pulled a Pinto?
Jonathan Turley, J.B. and Maurice C. Shapiro Professor of Public Interest Law, wrote an op-ed for the Los Angeles Times asking, "Has GM pulled a Pinto?" For years General Motors produced the Cobalt, a low-cost car with a design flaw that the company acknowledges was responsible for more than a dozen deaths. Professor Turley draws parallels to Ford's production of the Pinto in the 1970s, a model infamous for exploding in rear-end collisions even at low speeds. Both companies identified problems with their vehicles, but rejected fixes because of a "tooling cost deemed too high."
April 16, 2014 . Read more
NYT Profiles GW Law Brain Injury Course
In its Sunday edition, The New York Times profiled a new GW Law seminar about the legal implications of traumatic brain injuries. The law school developed this first of its kind course because of the concussion crisis gripping the NFL. "We look for areas of the law that need attention," said Interim Dean Gregory Maggs. Students in the class learn both legal theory and practice while considering questions ranging from liability to the epidemiology of brain injuries. According to the instructor, Professorial Lecturer in Law Michael Kaplen, "The number of concussions is vastly underreported."
April 15, 2014 . Read more
Orin Kerr on Camera
SCOTUSblog, the Peabody Award-winning Supreme Court blog, interviewed Orin Kerr, Fred C. Stevenson Research Professor of Law, for a five-part series about his professional expertise and experiences at the Court. In the first segment, Professor Kerr spoke on topics from his background in mechanical engineering and work at the Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section of the Department of Justice to his experiences clerking for Justice Anthony Kennedy and his time at GW Law.
April 11, 2014 . Watch the interview
Alfreda Robinson Receives NBA Award
Alfreda Robinson, Associate Dean for Trial Advocacy, received the Heman Marion Sweatt Award from the National Bar Association (NBA). The award honors individuals engaged in barrier-breaking work who display a commitment to excellence. Dean Robinson has a long history of service within the NBA and currently chairs the organization's Standing Committee on Judicial Selection. She has previously served as Chair of the Law Professors Division, member of the Board of Governors, and Regional Director for Washington, D.C. In 2008, the NBA also awarded Dean Robinson with its highest honor, the C. Francis Stradford Award.
April 10, 2014 .
Alumna Helps Free Innocent Man
Susan Friedman, JD '11, led a legal team including attorneys from The Mid-Atlantic Innocence Project in overturning the murder conviction of Sabein Burgess, a man who spent almost 20 years in prison for a crime he did not commit. While participating in an Equal Justice Works Fellowship, Ms. Friedman not only proved that incorrect forensic evidence was used, but also provided a different theory that was likely to have occurred. "I hope that this outcome helps others who are investigating wrongful convictions based on faulty forensic science evidence, and heightens awareness in the criminal justice system of the problems with gunshot residue evidence as well as other forensic science evidence," she said.
April 07, 2014 . Read more
Iselin Gambert Awarded Australian Fellowship
The Australian government has awarded the prestigious Endeavour Executive Fellowship to Iselin Gambert, Associate Professor of Legal Research and Writing, who will spend two months this spring as a Visiting Scholar at Melbourne Law School. The Australian government awards the fellowships to high achieving professionals, with the goal of allowing them to further develop their skills and international engagement. During her time in Australia, Professor Gambert will collaborate with faculty on innovative ways to bring legal writing and professional development training into the law school curriculum.
April 04, 2014 .
Professors Solove and Swaine Elected to ALI
The American Law Institute (ALI) announced the election of 69 new members, among them Professor Edward Swaine and Daniel Solove, John Marshall Harlan Research Professor of Law. Through a confidential nomination supported by three current members, ALI elects individuals who "reflect the excellence and diversity of today's legal profession" and who have a demonstrated interest in law reform. As part of the Institute, Professors Swaine and Solove will produce scholarly work that clarifies, modernizes, and otherwise improves the law.
April 03, 2014 . Read more
3L Gives Naturalization Ceremony Keynote
Jessica Leal, 3L and Immigration Clinic student-attorney, gave the keynote speech at a naturalization ceremony held at GW Law by the Washington D.C., District Office of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. Twenty young people between the ages of 14 and 22 took an oath of U.S. citizenship at the event, which was hosted in coordination with the law school's Immigration Clinic and the Immigration Law Association. In her remarks, Ms. Leal illustrated the opportunities that citizenship can provide.
April 01, 2014 . Read more
Professors Weigh In on Hobby Lobby Case
On March 24, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments on Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores and Conestoga Wood Specialties Corp. v. Sebelius, two highly anticipated cases dealing with the intersection of the Affordable Care Act and religious freedom. Several GW Law faculty members have closely followed and commented on the cases, including Ira Lupu, F. Elwood and Eleanor Davis Professor Emeritus; Robert Tuttle, David R. and Sherry Kirschner Berz Research Professor or Law and Religion; and Professor of Law Jeffrey Rosen.
March 28, 2014 . Read more
Alumnus Named CMA Commissioner
GW Law recognizes Najem AL Zaid, SJD '10, who was recently appointed by a Royal Order as a Commissioner and Board Member of The Capital Market Authority (CMA) in Saudi Arabia. As the equivalent of the Securities and Exchange Commission in the United States, the CMA issues rules and regulations to develop the Saudi Arabian Capital Market. “Najem has been at the forefront of helping build capacity for the regulation of capital in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia,” said Associate Dean Susan Karamanian (pictured). “We are delighted that the education he received at GW Law has helped play a part in his professional development, which has contributed so much to his country.”
March 27, 2014 .
2L Appointed to D.C. Veterans Affairs Board
Congratulations to 2L Saif Khan for his appointment by Mayor Vincent Gray to the Advisory Board for D.C. Veterans Affairs. Mr. Khan, an Iraq War veteran, said, "This appointment will allow me to represent the voices of fellow veterans living in D.C. by advising leaders about veterans' issues. I hope this opportunity will allow me to enact positive change in my community, just as I hope to do as an aspiring lawyer." Mr. Darryl Gorman, Director of the Office of Boards and Commissions for the D.C. Government, swore in Mr. Khan in early March.
March 24, 2014 .
Did Russia's Actions in Crimea Violate International Law?
Sean Murphy, Patricia Roberts Harris Research Professor of Law, spoke with Public Radio International to explain why Russia's involvement in Crimea's recent vote to secede and Russia's annexation of Crimea violates international law. "The issue is not the vote in Crimea," said Professor Murphy. "It's how the vote came about." He explained that Russia's use of force in Crimea makes the outcome of the vote tainted based on a core U.N. Charter rule, which says that no U.N. Member State may use or threaten to use force against the territorial integrity or political independence of another State.
March 20, 2014 . Read more
Animal Legal Defense Fund Spotlights GW
The national nonprofit Animal Legal Defense Fund recently highlighted GW Law's student chapter for its work to expand events and increase outreach to the law school community. The GW Student Animal Legal Defense Fund (SALDF) hosts an annual "Animal Law Week" featuring guest speakers, conducts "pet study breaks" where adoptable cats and dogs visit the law school, and works closely with the GW Law Animal Welfare Project under the direction of Professor Joan Schaffner. From left to right, GW undergrad Marissa Price, 2L Caroline Gignoux, 1L Irina Sadovnic, 2L Josh Loigman, and 2L Ann Porter are pictured at one of the many GW SALDF events.
March 18, 2014 . Read more
Professor Fairfax on Capitol Hill
Professor Roger Fairfax testified before the U.S. House Judiciary Committee Over-Criminalization Task Force about reforming the U.S. Criminal Code. A former federal prosecutor, Professor Fairfax noted that the Code has been criticized for its excessive length, lack of organization, redundant provisions, and outdated offenses. He told the panel that "the time may be ripe for reconsideration of federal criminal conduct reform" and offered several suggestions to achieve such reform, including establishing a broadly representative commission to draft reform legislation, partnering with respected law reform entities, and creating a permanent criminal law revision commission in Congress.
March 17, 2014 . Watch the video
Defining Marriage: Dean Morrison Files Amicus
Alan Morrison, Lerner Family Associate Dean for Public Interest and Public Service Law, recently filed an amicus brief in Kitchen v. Herbert, a Utah same-sex marriage case for which he is
co-counsel. In the brief, Dean Morrison emphasizes the difficulties a couple may experience after being denied access to marriage or a civil union, including the inability to make medical decisions for a partner in an emergency, file joint tax returns, or adopt children.
March 14, 2014 . View the full brief
Religious-Liberty Scholars Pen Letter to Mississippi House
Professors Robert Tuttle and Ira Lupu joined eight other law professors in writing a letter urging the Mississippi legislature to reject the state's proposed Religious Freedom Restoration Act bill, which would allow businesses to refuse service to customers based on religious beliefs. The legal scholars, all experts on the topic of religious liberty, wrote that the bill would send the message that religiously justified refusals of service are superior to state or local laws against discrimination. After facing opposition, the Mississippi legislature chose to create a committee to study the bill in lieu of a previously planned final vote yesterday.
March 13, 2014 . Read more
MSGC Student Receives NCMA Scholarship
Eric Braese, a student in the interdisciplinary Masters of Science in Government Contracts (MSGC) program, has been selected to receive the first annual National Contract Management Association (NCMA) Tysons Corner Chapter Scholarship. Mr. Braese, a contract administrator with URS Federal Services, Inc., has been in the contracting field for more than seven years and served on the board of directors of the NCMA Tysons Corner Chapter. The scholarship was established to recognize GW MSGC students.
March 11, 2014 .
Montreux Five Years On
This past fall, Laura A. Dickinson, Oswald Symister Colclough Research Professor of Law, worked with a team of five students from her government contracts seminar on a section of a "shadow report" evaluating the implementation of the "Montreux Principles." Several governments adopted the principles, which seek to improve regulation of private military contractors, after consulting with industry and humanitarian law groups five years ago. Alongside other academics and civil society organizations, Professor Dickinson's team circulated their findings at Montreux Plus Five, an intergovernmental conference held in Geneva last December, and at a release event at American University.
March 09, 2014 . Read more
Animal Sentience, Science, and Legislation
Professor Joan Schaffner participated in an online discussion about the link between animal welfare legislation and our current scientific knowledge of animal sentience. Along with fellow participant Antoine F. Goetschel, a Swiss animal rights lawyer, Professor Schaffner responded to questions about the current legal landscape and her hopes for the future. "Legislation is the only means by which we as a society may officially enforce our moral codes of conduct when we use animals," she wrote. "Sentient beings feel pain and joy and have intrinsic worth, and thus when we allow their use, we must set standards to protect their interests."
March 05, 2014 . Read more
Protecting Moroccan Women
Alumna Leila Hanafi, LLM '13, recently
co-wrote an article for Al Jazeera about protecting women in Morocco from gender violence. Ms. Hanafi, a Moroccan-American, argues that while the country's legislature has taken steps to address the issue, Morocco continues to be hindered by several obstacles, including a legal culture of impunity, a lack of access to legal resources, and non-compliance with international standards. "[Morocco] remains one of the many examples of how societies in the Middle East and North Africa are increasingly grappling with balancing tradition and the human imperative of making society more just for women."
March 04, 2014 . Read more
In Memoriam: Anne Heyman, JD '86
Alumna Anne Heyman, the South-African born lawyer best known for rescuing orphans by establishing youth villages in Rwanda, passed away on January 31. After giving up a legal career in New York, she devoted herself to philanthropy. She served as chairwoman of a Manhattan-based organization that assists the elderly, established her Rwandan mission, and built one of the largest solar energy plants in sub-Saharan Africa.
February 28, 2014 . Read more
Student Organization Wins Sietstra Award
The GW Law chapter of Law Students for Reproductive Justice (LSRJ) won the Cari Sietstra Award for Excellence in Organizing. The chapter's executive board and several 1L representatives accepted the award this February during the LSRJ Mid-Atlantic and Northeast Regional Conference. The LSRJ national organization selected the chapter for hosting events related to reproductive justice, contributions to the regional and national organization, and for growing their community over the past three semesters.
February 27, 2014 .
Bruce Sewell to Deliver Commencement Keynote
D. Bruce Sewell, JD '86, Apple Inc.'s General Counsel and Senior Vice President of Legal and Government Affairs, will deliver the keynote address at the 2014 GW Law Diploma Ceremony. Mr. Sewell serves on Apple's executive team managing all legal matters, including corporate governance, intellectual property, litigation and securities compliance, and
February 24, 2014 . Read more.
The Washingtonian's Top 1,000
GW Law graduates comprise 114 of The Washingtonian's list of the 1,000 "Best Lawyers" in D.C. To narrow down the nearly 80,000 lawyers in the area, the magazine surveyed thousands of legal professionals about their peers. The GW Law alumni chosen represent 26 out of the 30 total practice areas, with the largest number practicing Intellectual Property Law. Congratulations to all of our alumni on the list!
February 22, 2014 . Read more.
Religious Questions and Saving Constructions
Ira Lupu, F. Elwood & Eleanor Davis Research Professor Emeritus of Law, and Robert Tuttle, David R. and Sherry Kirschner Berz Research Professor of Law and Religion, authored a post together about the Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby case for the U.S. Supreme Court news site SCOTUSblog. Professors Lupu and Tuttle address "two opposing undercurrents" of the case: the prohibition of courts resolving questions of religious doctrine and the "constitutionally prudent" strategy of interpreting the Religious Freedom Restoration Act to limit employer-imposed harm on employees.
February 19, 2014 . Read more.
Arguing Federal Rules
Jonathan Siegel, F. Elwood and Eleanor Davis Research Professor of Law, organized more than 100 law professors to oppose a potential change to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. The Advisory Committee on Civil Rules recently proposed eliminating the "Appendix on Forms" currently in the Rules. Professor Siegel argues, "The Forms are more needed than ever to serve as models for lawyers and judges of just how simple and brief complaints can be under the Federal Rules." He filed his arguments into a public comment of the proposed change on January 31.
February 18, 2014 . Read more.
Think Tank Appoints Professor Overton to Leadership Role
The Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies named Professor Spencer Overton as its new Interim President and CEO. The D.C.-based organization provides research and analysis to inform major policy debates, with an overarching mission to improve the socioeconomic status and political participation of people of color. “I am honored to be entrusted with such a valuable legacy,” Professor Overton said of his appointment. At GW Law, Professor Overton specializes in voting rights and campaign finance, and serves as Director of the Political Law Studies Initiative.
February 14, 2014 . Read more.
GWLR Article Sparks Debate
In its most recent issue, The George Washington Law Review (GWLR) published an article by former U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales about the need for greater due process protections for American citizens targeted by drone strikes abroad. Stephen Vladeck, Professor of Law at American University Washington College of Law, wrote a response to the article in GWLR's online publication Arguendo. The debate between the article and the response garnered attention from several legal blogs and was also featured in both The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times.
February 13, 2014 . Read more
Professor Banzhaf on a Tobacco-Free CVS
In light of CVS Caremark's recent decision to halt the sale of tobacco products in its stores, Professor John Banzhaf, also known as "Mr. Anti-Smoking," has weighed in on this decision and how it fits into the larger picture of anti-smoking efforts across the country. "The decision is likely to help reduce smoking in at least two ways. First, since so many people get their cigarettes in CVS stores in many regions, they will be forced to shop elsewhere, and any changes in habits may force smokers to rethink their smoking habit, or at least make it somewhat less convenient to indulge it."
February 10, 2014 . Read more
Assistant Dean for Field Placement Jessica Tillipman spoke to Federal News Radio about what actions the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) can take against U.S. Investigative Services (USIS), the federal contractor responsible for 40 percent of the government's security clearance background screenings. The U.S. Department of Justice alleges that USIS, which notoriously vetted both Edward Snowden and Navy Yard shooter Aaron Alexis, has committed fraud by improperly conducting its checks. Dean Tillipman explains that OPM can either terminate its contracts with USIS or apply an "administrative remedy" such as suspension or debarment.
February 07, 2014 . Read more
Debt by Any Other Name
In an op-ed in the Verdict blog, Professor Neil Buchanan discusses the latest round of ongoing debt ceiling debates in Congress. With the United States expected to reach its debt limit this Friday, February 7, there is once again pressure to find a temporary solution to keep the government running. "The problem is that each time the debt ceiling has come close to causing a catastrophic default on U.S. obligations, the solutions agreed upon by Congress and the President have merely bought us a few months of peace."
February 07, 2014 . Read more
The Extradition of Amanda Knox
Jonathan Turley, J.B. and Maurice C. Shapiro Professor of Public Interest Law, joined ABC’s World News with Diane Sawyer to discuss the possibility that American citizen Amanda Knox could be deported to Italy. While living abroad, Knox was convicted of murdering her roommate Meredith Kercher, a decision which was then reversed in 2011. In February, an Italian court overturned this previous reversal pending another appeal. If her appeal fails, Professor Turley predicts Knox is likely to end up returning abroad.
February 05, 2014 . Watch the segment
An Armed Society
Robert Cottrol, Harold Paul Green Research Professor of Law, is quoted in The Christian Science Monitor about an increasingly-armed America. Almost 11 million citizens, a number which has grown dramatically over the past several decades, now have the right to carry concealed guns. Even recent instances of gun violence have not changed the trend of increased gun ownership in America, which Professor Cottrol says "has always been, at least symbolically, an armed society."
February 03, 2014 . Read more
Justice Sotomayor Celebrates Clinics
Justice Sonia Sotomayor joined the GW Law community for a ribbon-cutting ceremony inaugurating the recently renovated Jacob Burns Community Legal Clinics facilities. Emphasizing the importance of public service in the legal field, Justice Sotomayor said, "The students in this room, the faculty members, and the administration who have supported the building of this center put on display the importance of law in service. It’s a great, great testament to the heart of GW."
January 31, 2014 . Read more
"The Return of the Jewish Athlete"
In a Huffington Post article, Professor David Fontana writes about "The Return of the Jewish Athlete." Historical Jewish athletes, including basketball player Ossie Schectman, baseball player Hank Greenberg, and football player Sid Luckman all played a meaningful role in major American professional sports. After largely disappearing in the 1950s, Jewish athletes began to rise to prominence again in the early 2000s, which Professor Fontana speculates is due to changing demographics of Jewish communities.
January 29, 2014 . Read more
A New Privacy Amendment
NPR's On Point hosted Professor Jeffrey Rosen to discuss the privacy dangers of surveillance by technology companies. Professor Rosen argued that a new constitutional amendment is needed because the Bill of Rights' restriction of governmental control over privacy and free speech does not bind the corporate sector as well. Professor Rosen also discussed this topic in his New York Times opinion column, "Madison’s Privacy Blind Spot."
January 28, 2014 . Listen to the segment
Key Trends in Government Procurement
Steven Schooner, Nash & Cibinic Professor of Government Procurement Law, joined Federal News Radio's Off the Shelf to review 2013's key trends, events, and personalities in government procurement. Professor Schooner notes 2013 was the first year in the modern era with a significant reduction in federal procurement spending. Explaining this change, he said, "We don't know yet whether [this level of spending] is in fact what's going to become the new typical for a procurement year, or whether this reflects some of the chicanery and uncertainty that was driven by all of the gamesmanship last year.
January 24, 2014 . Listen to the segment
Briefing of The American Voting Experience
The Presidential Commission on Election Administration released its report, The American Voting Experience: Report and Recommendations of the Presidential Commission on Election Administration. Immediately after meeting with President Obama, the co-chairs of the commission, Robert Bauer and Benjamin Ginsberg, visited GW Law for the first discussion of the report. Co-chairs Bauer and Ginsberg provided a briefing on the report and the process, including an extensive opportunity for questions from election experts, the press, and audience members.
January 22, 2014 . Read more
"A Bipartisan Voting Rights Act Is Possible"
The Huffington Post | Professor Spencer Overton pens an article on the new possibility of a bipartisan update to the Voting Rights Act after a bill on the subject was introduced Thursday in Congress. The bill responds to a June ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court, which scaled back a requirement of the Voting Rights Act obligating some states to pre-clear changes to election rules. "The bill is an important first step, and it includes measures that are real building blocks for an approach that protects voters. Introduction of this bill rebuts the rhetoric of pundits who claimed, without any evidence, that the update was 'stalled.'"
January 18, 2014 . Read more
Six Students Selected for Army JAG Corps
The Army JAG Corps selected six students from GW Law and one alternate, twice as many as any other law school, for active duty commission in Fiscal Year 2014. The students were among a group of 81 selected during a highly competitive application process. In addition to help from the Center for Professional Development & Career Strategy, students also leveraged the experience and knowledge of Associate Deans Lisa Schenck and Hank Molinengo, former Army and Navy JAG officers respectively.
January 15, 2014 .
Target Breach Backlash
Brian Finch, JD '99, appeared on Fox Business' Firewall to explain the implications of the mid-December Target credit breach in which hackers stole credit and debit card information for up to 110 million of the retailer's customers. "For both credit card holders and for debit card holders, they're not going to be responsible for fraudulent charges," said Finch. On the other hand, he expects Target to pay hundreds of millions of dollars in legal costs and cleanup including credit monitoring for affected customers.
January 14, 2014 . Watch the video
Explaining the GAO Bid Protest Report
Daniel Gordon, Associate Dean for Government Procurement Law Studies, was interviewed on Federal News Radio about the Government Accountability Office's (GAO) latest bid protest report to Congress. The report, which tracks contractor complaints to GAO about procurement actions by federal agencies, showed that GAO handled nearly 2,400 protests last year, a decrease from the prior year. In the interview, Dean Gordon analyzed the numbers in the report and discussed research he is conducting, with the help of GW Law students, about what happens after GAO dismisses protests.
January 10, 2014 . Listen to the interview
The Dangers of E-Cigarettes
Professor John Banzhaf was interviewed about the dangers of electronic cigarettes, which companies advertise as safe alternatives to traditional smoking. Arguing that this advertising only tells part of the story, Professor Banzhaf said, "Most of the people who die from smoking, whether as smokers or non-smokers inhaling tobacco smoke, don't die from the cancer [caused by] things which aren't in e-cigarettes. They die from heart attacks caused by the nicotine." Professor Banzhaf also addressed proposed bans on e-cigarettes and FDA regulation of e-cigarette cartridge production.
January 09, 2014 . Read more
Halting the Contraception Mandate
Professor Jeffrey Rosen appeared on NPR's The Takeaway to discuss Justice Sonia Sotomayor's temporary block on the contraception mandate for religious groups, which came after two lower courts disagreed about this requirement of the Affordable Care Act. In the interview, Professor Rosen explains the religious objections presented before the courts and also outlines the Obama Administration's probable response. About Justice Sotomayor, Rosen says, "This was not a signaling of how she is going to rule on the merits of the case; she was just doing her responsibility as a circuit justice."
January 08, 2014 . Listen to the interview
Alum Talks Federal Deportation System
Jonathan Bialosky, JD '10, appeared on C-SPAN's Washington Journal to discuss illegal immigration and deportation in the United States. In 2013 alone, more than 369,000 people were removed from the U.S., 235,000 of whom were caught at the borders. Mr. Bialosky explains why he finds these numbers troubling, offers insights about the removal process, and fields viewer phone calls and emails.
January 06, 2014 . Watch the segment
Professor Kerr Speaks On NSA Surveillance Rulings
U.S. District Court Judge Richard Leon recently ruled that the National Security Agency's telephone metadata collection program violates the Constitution's Fourth Amendment. Orin Kerr, Fred C. Stevenson Research Professor of Law, has been quoted and interviewed extensively about the legal implications of Judge Leon's opinion, which deviates from years of legal precedent. Professor Kerr also wrote on a more recent ruling by Judge William Pauley of the Southern District of New York that directly conflicts with Judge Leon's opinion.
January 03, 2014 . Read more
Special Events with the Copyright Society
This past year, Professor Robert Brauneis served as a co-chair of the D.C. Chapter of the Copyright Society, allowing the Intellectual Property Law Program to host two events with that group. At one event, Gary Rosen, author of Unfair to Genius (Oxford Univ. Press 2012), discussed the music industry’s response to the advent of broadcast radio in the 1920s. Professor Peter Menell of UC-Berkeley School of Law then presented his lecture, "This American Copyright Life: Reflections on Re-equilibrating Copyright for the Internet Age." For more about these events and other stories, click "Read more" to see the Intellectual Property Law newsletter.
January 02, 2014 . Read more
2013 News Stories
Watch the C-LEAF Fed Symposium
On December 13, the Center for Law, Economics & Finance (C-LEAF) presented the first of a series of symposiums on the Federal Reserve and the nation’s banking system. The event covered the Fed’s role in setting monetary policy, its influence in the global markets and the economy, and its role as primary supervisor and regulator of the nation’s largest banks and financial institutions. C-SPAN recorded videos of the three primary panels and an interview with former Federal Reserve Vice-Chairman Donald Kohn.
December 30, 2013 . Watch the video
Restricting Voting Rights
Professor Spencer Overton appeared on MSNBC's Disrupt to discuss North Carolina's new voting law. Since passing the legislation, the state has been criticized for cutting early voting days, eliminating same day registration, and requiring voters to show state issued identification, among other restrictions. "We certainly have war on voting in many states around the country," said Overton, who also suggested that any bipartisan efforts to expand the ballot should be encouraged and celebrated. Professor Overton specializes in voting rights and campaign finance and is the Director of the Political Law Studies Initiative.
December 27, 2013 . Watch the segment
In Review: The International Fight Against Corruption
Under the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development's (OECD) Anti-Bribery Convention, member countries must criminalize bribing a foreign public official in business transactions. GW Law recently hosted an event to discuss if this convention is meeting its objectives, since its launch in 1997. In his keynote address, Mark Pieth, an OECD Chairman for 25 years, said, "We will have a real challenge to maintain the standards. We are having trouble in getting standards in existing countries."
December 23, 2013 . Read more
Alumna Talks Government Procurement
In the most recent edition of the Government Procurement Law Perspectives newsletter, Katie John, JD '12, shared reflections on her time at GW Law and McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP, where she is now an associate. According to Ms. John, her classwork in the Government Procurement Law Program helped prepare her for her career by teaching her how to tackle clients' "gray-area" problems. "Most of the time, clients aren't calling to ask us about an area of the law that is black-and-white," she said. "They are calling about areas of ambiguity, and with questions that they couldn’t answer in-house." This full interview (p.3) and other newsletter updates can be found by clicking “Read more.”
December 19, 2013 . Read more
Explaining the Volcker Rule
Professor Jeffrey Manns appeared on San Francisco radio station KCBS to explain the recently-approved Volcker Rule’s restrictions on banks. According to Professor Manns, who is an expert on securities regulation and financial institutions, the rule helps to hold banks accountable under the Dodd-Frank financial regulation legislation passed in 2010. “The crux of the rule is that it’s limiting banks from speculating with their own money and investing in private equity and hedge funds.”
December 18, 2013 . Listen to the segment
Professor Turley and GW Law Team Successfully Represent Sister Wives Family
A federal district court just ruled that part of an anti-polygamy law in Utah violates the First Amendment guarantee of free exercise of religion, as well as constitutional due process. The case was brought against Utah by Kody Brown of TLC's reality-TV show Sister Wives more than two years ago. Jonathan Turley, J.B. and Maurice C. Shapiro Professor of Public Interest Law, was the lead counsel for the Brown family throughout the multi-year court battle with help from several GW Law students.
December 17, 2013 . Read more
Intellectual Property Policy in the International Economy
Francis Gurry, Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), visited GW Law to discuss "Intellectual Property Policy in the International Economy." Mr. Gurry provided an overview of WIPO's recent work, including the Marrakesh Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works by Visually Impaired Persons and Persons with Print Disabilities, and the Beijing Treaty on Audiovisual Performances. Mr. Gurry also presented his views on major trends affecting intellectual property and outlined his vision for WIPO's continued role in negotiating and administering international agreements, providing education and technical assistance, and fostering dialogue on issues such as the protection of traditional knowledge.
December 16, 2013 .
The Future of Voting Rights
Watch Professor Spencer Overton debate "The Future of Voting Rights" at the New York University Law Alumni Association Annual Fall Conference. Professor Overton disputes NYU Professor Samuel Issacharoff’s view that Congress should turn away from an outdated and "race-driven use" of the Fifteenth Amendment and rely solely on the Elections Clause to prevent voting discrimination. The debate stemmed from Professor Overton's essay on the same topic, where he further explains his perspective on how to protect voting rights.
December 13, 2013 . Watch the debate
Madeline Stano, JD '12, appeared on a California radio station to discuss laws regulating induced hydraulic fracturing. Commonly referred to as "fracking," induced hydraulic fracturing is a process used to extract oil and gas from the ground. Ms. Stano, who is the Luke Cole Memorial Fellow at The Center on Race, Poverty, and the Environment, said that at the federal level, fracking is largely exempt from all major environmental laws because of the Energy Policy Act of 2005, which Congress created to promote domestic energy production. Ms. Stano's segment begins at 9:40.
December 09, 2013 . Read more
Faculty on the Hill
Our professors strive to exemplify "Law in Action." The members of our faculty are a fixture on Capitol Hill, appearing frequently as expert witnesses at U.S. Senate and House hearings on a variety of important issues, from the legality of NSA data collection programs to constitutional restrictions on presidential powers. Read more to see a collection of 2013's faculty testimonials.
December 06, 2013 . Read more
Thoko Kaime on Access to Energy in Africa
Dr. Thoko Kaime, a native of Malawi and lecturer in international environmental law at the University of Leicester, visited GW Law as part of a Shapiro Lecture series. Professor Kaime, who maintains broad interests in the area of public international law and the social critique of law and legal policy, spoke about his current work on legal issues related to energy access in Africa. For the past several months, Professor Kaime has been conducting research on the topic in a few southern African countries.
December 05, 2013 .
Sean Murphy and Students Work for U.N. in Geneva
This summer, four students traveled with Sean D. Murphy, Patricia Roberts Harris Research Professor of Law, to Geneva to work for the U.N. International Law Commission (ILC). Professor Murphy serves as a member of the ILC, having been elected to a 2012-2017 term by the U.N. General Assembly. Casey Rubinoff, JD '14, worked for the ILC member from Colombia; Anthony Kuhn, JD '14, and Josh Doherty, JD '14, worked for Professor Murphy; and Marija Dordeska, LLM '13, worked for the ILC member from Slovenia. For this and other updates, read the full fall 2013 edition of the "International and Comparative Law Perspectives" newsletter.
December 04, 2013 . Read more
Faculty Scholarship: Finding Our Families
Naomi Cahn, Harold H. Greene Professor of Law, released her new book Finding Our Families on December 3, 2013. Written in conjunction with Wendy Kramer, the co-founder of the Donor Sibling Registry, the book serves as an all-inclusive guide for donor-conceived people, parents, and doctors. Finding Our Families is Professor Cahn’s most recent scholarship on reproduction and family. She has also previously authored law review articles and been quoted in the media about feminist jurisprudence, family law, and reproductive technology.
December 03, 2013 . Read more
Removing Restrictions to Enhance Gender Equality
The International and Comparative Law Program recently hosted a panel discussion to mark the launch of the World Bank-IFC report, Women, Business, and the Law 2014: Removing Restrictions to Enhance Gender Equality. Three speakers discussed the report’s extensive findings, including its focus on violence against women and its tax and policy implications.
December 02, 2013 . Read more
Turkey Day Torts 2013
Jonathan Turley, J.B. and Maurice C. Shapiro Professor of Public Interest Law, continues his annual "Turkey Torts" column about potential and actual lawsuits relating to Thanksgiving. In Professor Turley's words, Thanksgiving "continues to be replete with torts from deep-fried turkeys to salmonella salads." Read more to see the full collection of this year's cases.
November 28, 2013 . Read more
Religious Liberty and the Contraceptive Mandate
The U.S. Supreme Court recently agreed to take on two cases about the Affordable Care Act mandate requiring businesses, even those with religious objections, to provide insurance coverage for employee birth control. Ira C. Lupu, F. Elwood and Eleanor Davis Professor Emeritus of Law, recently moderated a panel at the Newseum in Washington, D.C., about litigation surrounding this contraceptive mandate. Daniel Mach, Director of the ACLU's Program on Freedom of Religion and Belief, and Lori Windham, Senior Counsel at the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, joined Professor Lupu for this discussion marking the 20th anniversary of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.
November 26, 2013 . Watch the panel
"What to Do With the NSA"
Orin Kerr, Fred C. Stevenson Research Professor of Law, recently appeared on NPR's On Point to discuss how the United States can restrain NSA activities while still maintaining a reasonable level of national security. Professor Kerr believes these activities have potential to be safely limited, explaining that this issue deals with major policy questions, better suited for Congress, rather than the courts. According to Professor Kerr, this is "an issue for the people and their public opinion to be translated into congressional action." Professor Kerr's segment begins at 20:00.
November 25, 2013 . Listen to the segment
Alumnus Receives Prestigious IP Award
The American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA) presented Joseph R. Newman, JD ’13, with the Jan Jancin Award, one of the top IP student awards in the country, at its annual meeting in October. Associate Dean John Whealan nominated Mr. Newman for his academic and extracurricular achievements. In addition to graduating with honors, Mr. Newman wrote an IP paper about targeted advertising on the web that won the 2012 Finnegan Writing Competition and was later accepted for publication in the AIPLA Quarterly Journal. During his time at GW Law, he worked as a research assistant for two IP professors, interned at four different organizations, and played saxophone in DeNovo, a rock ‘n roll cover band fronted by Randall R. Rader, Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.
November 22, 2013 .
Student Scholarship: Creative Solutions Competition
Through the generosity of Howard J. Rudge, JD '64, a retired Senior Vice President of DuPont Corporation, the Law School will award a cash prize of $5000 to a GW student enrolled in the J.D. or LL.M. degree program for the best paper proposing a creative solution to a serious societal problem in the United States.
November 20, 2013 . Read more
Magic and Law: Library Features Harry Potter
The Jacob Burns Law Library is showcasing an exhibit that uses the Harry Potter series to teach about civil suit issues and copyright law. Compiled by reference librarians Karen Wahl and Mary Kate Hunter, the exhibit highlights several law review articles that discuss mediation, tort theory, and fan fiction in relation to J.K. Rowling’s fictional universe. The display also features two books from the law library’s collection: The Law and Harry Potter and Law and Magic: A Collection of Essays. This exhibit runs through December, 2013.
November 19, 2013 . Read more.
Interview and Book Signing with Jigar Shah
Jigar Shah, Founder of Sun Edison and first CEO of the Carbon War Room, discussed his book Creating Climate Wealth with members of the GW community. Mr. Shah's presentation is the first in a series of talks with energy sector thought-leaders. The interview and discussion with the audience covered many aspects of the future of energy development, including the importance of standardization and government guidance to facilitating mainstream capital investment and the potential for addressing many of the problems in developing nations through innovative business models.
November 15, 2013 .
Clinic Students Bring Hope and Help to the Unemployed
Last semester, Lilyanne Ohanesian, JD '13, and Rosanne Niforos, JD '13, worked for the Public Justice Advocacy Clinic under the guidance of Professor Jeffrey Gutman to represent a client who was denied unemployment compensation because of work he missed after a fire destroyed his house. At the hearing, Ohanesian and Niforos successfully gained their client unemployment benefits by demonstrating that the absences had been excused—putting into real practice such courtroom skills as subpoenaing their client's time sheets and introducing them into evidence, cross-examining the employer, conducting direct examinations of their client and his fiancée, and delivering a closing argument. Read the Fall 2013 Clinics Newsletter for the full story (p.3), more on PJAC's work, and other Jacob Burns Community Legal Clinics news.
November 13, 2013 . Read more
Voting Rights in North Carolina
Professor Spencer Overton appeared on NPR’s Tell Me More to debate The United States Department of Justice’s lawsuit against North Carolina over new restrictions in the voting procedures that the state adopted after the U.S. Supreme Court invalidated parts of the Voting Rights Act. Appearing opposite of Hans von Spakovsky, a Senior Legal Fellow at The Heritage Foundation, Professor Overton argued that North Carolina’s new law is among the most restrictive in the nation, and that the new rules will disproportionately affect minority voters.
November 11, 2013 . Read more
Military Sexual Assault Fix is "No Fix At All"
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Lisa M. Schenck recently wrote a column arguing against proposed reforms to the way sexual assault cases are prosecuted in the military. Currently, senior commanders are responsible for convening courts-martial, but a group of senators seeks to place that power with military prosecutors. Dean Schenck, who served in the Army Judge Advocate General's Corps for more than 25 years, and her fellow author Major General John D. Altenburg (U.S. Army Ret.) point to statistics showing that countries with reduced commander responsibility, such as the United Kingdom and Israel, have fewer sexual assault prosecutions on average than the United States.
November 08, 2013 . Read more
Scott Kieff Sworn in As Commissioner of USITC
The GW Law community congratulates F. Scott Kieff, who has taken a leave of absence from his role as Fred C. Stevenson Research Professor to be sworn in as a Commissioner of the U.S. International Trade Commission. In his new position, Professor Kieff will help oversee the agency that provides trade expertise to the legislative and executive branches of government, determines the impact of imports on U.S. industries, and directs actions against certain unfair trade practices such as patent, trademark, and copyright infringement.
November 07, 2013 . Read more
Bribing Egypt's Famed "Indiana Jones"
Assistant Dean Jessica Tillipman was recently quoted in an article about a criminal investigation of National Geographic’s relationship with well-known "Egyptologist" Dr. Zahi Hawass. For years, National Geographic paid Dr. Hawass, who is employed by the Egyptian government to manage artifacts, for his expertise. This exchange is considered potentially illegal under The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, which states that paying foreign officials is not allowed for "securing any improper advantage." Dean Tillipman, who teaches an Anti-Corruption seminar that focuses on government procurement, explains that on rare occasions it can be legal to pay a foreign bureaucrat—as long as there’s no effort to interfere with official duties.
November 06, 2013 . Read more
U.S. Surveillance Court Is "Even Worse Than You Knew"
Professor Jeffrey Rosen recently composed an article for The New Republic expressing concern about an opinion released by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISA) that upholds the National Security Agency's mass surveillance of telephone metadata. Professor Rosen writes, "The secret FISA court, having received constitutional and statutory arguments only from the government, merely repeats and endorses those arguments, rather than even engaging the best arguments on the other side." The "best arguments of the other side" include assertions that telephone mass surveillance would be considered an unconstitutional seizure of property and search under the Fourth Amendment and that Section 215 of the Patriot Act requires the existence of an investigation at the time of application rather than authorizing the collecting of data that might be useful to future investigations.
November 05, 2013 . Read more
Explaining Town of Greece v. Galloway
Ira C. Lupu, F. Elwood and Eleanor Davis Professor Emeritus of Law, recently lent his expertise to an article about the upcoming Town of Greece v. Galloway U.S. Supreme Court case that will consider the constitutionality of government-sponsored prayers at the opening of meetings of the Town Board. Professor Lupu said, "This case is about first principles: whether the government of a town, acting through its town board, can advance a particular brand of Christianity or any other faith.” Professor Lupu, a nationally recognized scholar on the religion clauses of the First Amendment, is the co-author (with GW Law Professor Robert Tuttle) of "Secular Government, Religious People" (forthcoming, Eerdmans Pub. Co, 2014).
November 04, 2013 . Read more
Student Research Helps Drive Virginia Solar and Wind Energy
On March 14, 2013, Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell signed HB 2334 into law, allowing a pilot program for third parties to develop small solar and wind energy projects. GW Law students Lauren Eckhardt Snyder and Shannon Huecker conducted research on third-party Power Purchase Agreements, which helped inform the Virginia General Assembly, the Virginia Alternative and Renewable Energy Association, and other stakeholders in the debate about the legislation. Read this story and more in the Fall 2013 Environmental & Energy Law Program newsletter.
November 01, 2013 . Read more
Professor David Fontana Meets with Arab Spring Leaders
In the several years since the Arab Spring revolutions of 2010 and 2011, Professor David Fontana has met with Middle Eastern and North African leaders from countries in the midst of drafting constitutions and transitioning to democracy. In these meetings, Professor Fontana helped address issues involved in the drafting process. Describing his work, Professor Fontana said, "There is no more important development in democratic constitutionalism in the new century than what is happening in the Arab Spring countries. Talking to people there about these issues has been a distinct honor and a great experience."
October 31, 2013 .
Alumnus Awarded LAMP Distinguished Service Award
Joerg Moddelmog, LLM '93, was recently presented with The American Bar Association’s Legal Assistance for Military Personnel (LAMP) Distinguished Service Award for his work in 2012. Mr. Moddelmog, a German citizen, is the first non-American to receive the honor for his work as an Attorney-Advisor with U.S. Army Europe, a position that draws regularly on his linguistic skills and first-hand experience of American culture to simplify German legal concepts for American soldiers. Describing his work, Mr. Moddelmog says, "When soldiers come to a foreign country, they don't understand the law, there's a language barrier, and they just want to know how things work. I try to do my job as best as I can by working at different levels with different approaches. I like helping soldiers."
October 28, 2013 . Read more
Chief Justice Roberts Appoints Orin Kerr to Advisory Committee
Chief Justice of the United States John Roberts has appointed Orin S. Kerr, Fred C. Stevenson Research Professor of Law, to a three-year term on the Judicial Conference Advisory Committee for the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure. The Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure govern the federal criminal trial process. Members of the Committee meet twice annually and vote on proposed changes to the federal rules, which are then sent to the U.S. Supreme Court for approval. "I am honored by the appointment, and I am looking forward to our first meeting," Kerr commented. The first meeting of the Committee will take place in Salt Lake City, Utah, on October 18. Kerr is not the only member of the GW Law faculty to have served on the Committee—Stephen Saltzburg (1990 to 1995) and Laird Kirkpatrick (1999 to 2001) have served on this Committee as members as well.
October 25, 2013 .
Alfreda Robinson Appointed as NBA Committee Chair
National Bar Association (NBA) President Patricia Rosier appointed Associate Dean Alfreda Robinson as chair of the NBA's Judicial Selection Standing Committee, effective from August 1, 2013. As chair, Dean Robinson leads a committee of nationally recognized jurists and lawyers who evaluate the qualifications of legal professionals seeking a Presidential appointment and recommend outstanding judges and lawyers for appointment to the Federal Bench. Dean Robinson has previously served in this role with extraordinary distinction; she was appointed by six former NBA presidents and received the NBA's highest honor, the C. Francis Stradford Award, among others.
October 24, 2013 .
Professor Cahn Writes "Must-Read Book"
Professor Naomi Cahn's book, On the Frontlines: Gender, War and the Post Conflict Process, recently appeared on a list of 10 must-read books about sexualized violence in war. Along with fellow authors Fionnuala Ní Aoláin and Dina Francesca Haynes, Professor Cahn argues that improving the status of women in post-war settings would serve to not only improve their lives, but would also ultimately benefit citizens of the state. Ms. Cahn, the Harold H. Greene Professor of Law, is a well-published expert in family law, reproductive technology, and feminist jurisprudence.
October 18, 2013 . Read more
Alumnus Published in Financial Express
Abhinav Goel, JD '13, was recently published in The Financial Express for his article promoting foreign investment in India. Mr. Goel advocates for India to rethink its stance on the "Convention on the Settlement of Investment Disputes between States and Nationals of other States," commonly known as ICSID. According to Mr. Goel, signing onto ICSID, as Pakistan and China have done, will go a long way in protecting the investments of Indian multinationals in other countries and steer foreign investment to India's lagging infrastructure and utility sectors.
October 17, 2013 . Read more
Professor Buchanan Leads Debt Ceiling Discussion
During October's two-and-a-half week government shutdown, the United States Treasury sought out options to pay the country’s financial obligations if Congress failed to increase the debt ceiling by October 18. Professor Neil Buchanan, an economist and legal scholar, was at the forefront of the national conversation about alternatives available to the President and Congressional leaders.
October 16, 2013 . Read more
SJD Candidate Featured on Saudi Arabian TV
Saudi Arabian television station KSA TV recently broadcast a feature story about the work of SJD candidate Abdulrahman Alothman. Mr. Alothman, who previously taught law at Imam University in Saudi Arabia, came to GW to study the United States’ jury system. He thinks that introducing a similar system in the Kingdom could be beneficial to his home country and will write his thesis on the topic.
October 15, 2013 . Watch the video
Passion for Privacy Law
Technology | Academics | Policy (TAP), a blog for academics leading the dialogue on the impact of technological innovation, recently interviewed Daniel J. Solove, John Marshall Harlan Research Professor of Law, about his career path and expert work in the rapidly changing field of privacy law. Professor Solove said, "Education is what I do. So I set out to create programs that are engaging, fun and filled with passion and enthusiasm for the topic." In addition to teaching courses at GW Law, Professor Solove runs TeachPrivacy, a company that provides engaging data security and privacy training programs.
October 13, 2013 . Read more
National Hispanic Heritage Month: GW Law Recognizes Alumnus
Pedro R. Pierluisi, JD ’84, is Puerto Rico’s Resident Commissioner in Washington, D.C. Congressman Pierluisi began his career in the District by working for six years as a litigator. He then served from 1993 to 1996 as the Attorney General of Puerto Rico and supervised over 500 legal professionals. After a successful decade of work in private practice, he returned to public office in 2009 as Puerto Rico’s Resident Commissioner, a role in which he serves as the sole representative of over four million American citizens to Congress.
October 11, 2013 . Read more
Facial Recognition: Security Versus Privacy
Professor Jeffrey Rosen joined John Hockenberry, host of Public Radio International and WNYC Radio’s The Takeaway, to discuss the legal implications of facial recognition technology in law enforcement. Ohio and 26 other states have been using the technology for months to associate personal information with images by matching driver’s license photos and surveillance footage. Professor Rosen questions whether the government needs to have a reason to suspect someone before identification and if our actions should be followed at all, with or without suspicion.
October 08, 2013 . Read more
Schaffner Wins ABA Animal Law Award
Professor Joan E. Schaffner received the "Excellence in the Advancement of Animal Law Award" from the Animal Law Committee of the American Bar Association. The award recognizes Professor Schaffner’s commitment and leadership in advancing humane animal treatment through legal means. She directs the GW Animal Law Program, which includes the Animal Welfare Project, seminars in animal law, and a student chapter of the Animal Legal Defense Fund. She also coordinates the Animal Law Lawyering Project which provides students with outside placements in the field.
October 07, 2013 . Read more
Thomas Buergenthal Presented with Two High Honors
Thomas Buergenthal, Lobingier Professor of Comparative Law and Jurisprudence, was awarded with two high honors—the Presidential Order of Excellence and the Law School Dean’s Medallion—during the 2013 International Alumni Weekend. Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili (pictured with Buergenthal), who studied at GW Law in the mid-'90s, and Interim Dean Gregory Maggs both presented Professor Buergenthal with the awards in recognition of his achievements in the fields of International Law and Human Rights, and for his commitment to the Law School. Professor Buergenthal joined the GW Law Faculty in 1989, served for a decade on the International Court of Justice in The Hague, and is recognized as one of the world’s leading international human rights experts.
October 04, 2013 . Read more
Right and Wrong Kinds of Judicial Activism
The American Constitution Society for Law and Policy has published an issue brief by Alan B. Morrison, Lerner Family Associate Dean for Public Interest and Public Service Law, titled, "Revisiting Judicial Activism: The Right and Wrong Kinds." The report explains Dean Morrison’s definition of "judicial activism" and contends that in certain cases, such activism by the U.S. Supreme Court can be deemed legitimate. He applies his theory to the Supreme Court’s recent decisions regarding the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act, the Voting Rights Act, California’s Proposition 8, and the Defense of Marriage Act.
October 03, 2013 . Read more
The Next Challenge: Raising the Debt Ceiling
As the United States government continues its shutdown, The New York Times references Professor Neil H. Buchanan in an opinion piece about the next federal funding challenge—raising the debt ceiling. Professor Buchanan says, "as bad as the shutdown is, yet another confrontation over the debt ceiling will be much, much worse." The Constitution mandates that the president spend what Congress requires him to spend while borrowing no more than Congress authorizes. However, President Obama will not be able to fulfill both of these legal obligations if Congress does not raise the national debt limit in mid-October. In that situation, Professor Buchanan argues that disregarding the debt ceiling is the most legally acceptable option available to the president. He fully explains his reasoning in his new scholarship, The Debt Ceiling Disasters.
October 02, 2013 . Read more
Donald Clarke: Top 50 China Studies Twitterati
Donald C. Clarke, David Weaver Research Professor of Law, is featured on the list, “The China Studies Twitterati 50,” which compiles influential scholars who teach or research at a university and are active social media posters of China and Taiwan-related content. Professor Clarke was named for his expertise in Chinese law, including extensive scholarly writings on subjects ranging from Chinese criminal law and procedure to corporate governance. In addition to his academic work, he maintains the leading internet listserv on Chinese law, writes the Chinese Law Prof Blog, and is fluent in Mandarin Chinese.
October 01, 2013 . Read more
Professor Kerr’s Final Guggenheim Lecture
Professor Kerr’s Final Guggenheim Lecture | The Law Library of Congress presents the final Guggenheim lecture by Orin S. Kerr, Fred C. Stevenson Research Professor of Law. Professor Kerr discusses his article, "The Next Generation Privacy Act." His paper argues that Congress should repeal the Electronic Communications Privacy Act of 1986 and replace it with a new statute that reflects current technologies and addresses privacy threats. Professor Kerr is a recognized expert on the way new technologies change criminal law and investigations.
September 30, 2013 . Watch the lecture
"Starting a Privacy Law Career"
Daniel J. Solove, John Marshall Harlan Research Professor of Law, pens an article for LinkedIn on the challenges of starting a privacy law career. According to Professor Solove, many employers prefer candidates with two to five years of previous work in the field, but scarce entry-level positions make it difficult to gain such experience. Professor Solove offers a series of seven tips to work around the bottleneck, including taking a course in privacy law and looking for non-traditional types of jobs, such as fellowships or policymaking positions.
September 27, 2013 . Read more
Alumnus and Former FBI Spy Hunter Changes Roles
Eric O'Neill, JD '03, has taken on a new position as special advisor to CyberSponse, Inc., a Phoenix company that helps businesses fight cybercrime. Mr. O'Neill is a former FBI operative best known for his role in bringing down Robert Hanssen, the infamous American agent who sold government secrets to the USSR during the Cold War. The incident was later made into the major motion picture, Breach. After leaving the FBI, Mr. O’Neill attended GW Law and co-founded the Georgetown Group, which specializes in cyber security vulnerability assessments, counterintelligence and counterterrorism operations, and investigations into economic espionage.
September 25, 2013 . Read more
Alumni Bookshelf: Gina the Gymnast
GW Law Alumna Regina A. DeMeo, JD '98, has published her first children's book, Gina the Gymnast, which follows a young girl on a journey to discover the joy of acceptance and belonging through reconnecting with her family. Ms. DeMeo will discuss the publishing process with her co-author Pia Valdivia in an episode of her show "Making It Last" for MMCTV. In addition to writing, Ms. Demeo works as a family law attorney in Washington, D.C., and recently appeared on Good Morning America to discuss divorce financing.
September 24, 2013 . Read more
"Putting the Anti-Trust in Rating Agency Reform"
Professor Jeffrey Manns pens an opinion piece in Asset Securitization Report about the need for rating agency reform highlighted by the U.S. financial crisis. According to Professor Manns, although the Dodd-Frank Act promised to overhaul the industry, the Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC) has struggled to meet the set objectives. He proposes that breaking up the "rating agency oligopoly" would effectively boost competition while avoiding the pitfalls of other proposals under discussion by the SEC.
September 20, 2013 . Read more
East African Dam Disputes
Alumna and Professor Hdeel Abdelhady, JD '02, appeared on WVON Radio Chicago's African Diaspora Today to speak about the dispute between Egypt and Ethiopia over the latter’s Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam project. Professor Abdelhady and fellow guest John Mbaku, non-resident senior fellow of the Africa Growth Initiative at the Brookings Institution, discussed the project’s environmental, economic, and legal implications. Professor Abdelhady’s expertise includes cross-border investment and finance, anti-corruption compliance, and investment disputes.
September 18, 2013 . Read more
Faculty Success: Inaugural Kaminstein Scholar Named
Robert Brauneis, Professor of Law and Co-Director of the Intellectual Property Law Program, was selected to serve as the first Abraham L. Kaminstein Scholar in Residence at the U.S. Copyright Office. Professor Brauneis will be in residence at the Copyright Office for the 2013-2014 academic year, working on projects related to copyright records and copyright law reform.
September 17, 2013 . Read more
Government Procurement Shines at ABA Meeting
Christopher R. Yukins, Lynn David Research Professor in Government Procurement Law and Co-Director of the Government Procurement Law Program, moderated a panel in front of the Section of Public Contract Law’s Council about necessary changes to the ABA’s Model Procurement Code for state and local governments. The discussion was based on research by Professor Yukins’ students, who presented their findings in front of the leadership and 150 members of the bar. The students’ work can have a positive real-world impact by helping states to revise their procurement laws in ways that should reduce corruption and increase efficiency.
September 16, 2013 .
Young Leaders in Foreign Policy
Mary David, JD '12 and Saif Khan, JD candidate '15, have been named in The Diplomatic Courier's "Top 99 under 33 Foreign Policy Leaders" list. Ms. David, Director of Public Relations at the Foundation for Post Conflict Development, helped draft some of Maryland’s first laws against human trafficking and serves as the Deputy Chair of Public Awareness for the Maryland Human Trafficking Task Force. As Executive Director of the American Veterans Committee, Saif Khan links U.S. Armed Forces veterans to employment, networking, and international business opportunities.
September 14, 2013 . Read more
Obama Nominates Alumna to Michigan Federal Bench
President Obama nominated GW Law alumna Linda V. Parker, JD ’83, to the federal bench in Eastern Michigan. Prior to her nomination, Parker served as the director of the Michigan Department of Civil Rights, a federal prosecutor, and a partner at Dickinson Wright. She began her legal career in Washington, D.C., working as a staff attorney at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and as a law clerk in the District of Columbia Superior Court.
September 13, 2013 . Read more
New Faculty Scholarship: The Debt Ceiling Disasters
Professor Neil H. Buchanan writes about the repeated threat of a federal default hanging over the United States. The book explains why the debt ceiling law is unconstitutional and how the president can legally respond if Congress refuses to increase federal borrowing limits. The book illustrates that the debt ceiling cannot be used to extort political concessions from the president for both legal and economic reasons.
September 11, 2013 . Read more
Racial Bias and 'Stand Your Ground' Laws
Professor Robert J. Cottrol is quoted in a Christian Science Monitor article discussing "stand-your-ground" laws and whether race-based fears influence juries. Drawing upon his multi-disciplinary expertise in history, sociology, and law, Professor Cottrol traces the historical origins of American self-defense law and comments on "microcultures of violence" in poor, black communities. Professor Cottrol specializes in American legal history, gun control, and race relations.
September 10, 2013 . Read more
"The Dueling Syrian War Powers Resolutions"
Alan B. Morrison, Lerner Family Associate Dean for Public Interest and Public Service Law, writes an opinion piece in the Huffington Post about the different Syrian War Powers Resolutions presented before Congress. According to Dean Morrison, President Obama's proposal requests too much power to conduct operations in Syria, while the Senate Foreign Relations Committee proposal burdens the executive branch with too much oversight. Dean Morrison believes that examination of both Resolutions must persist, saying, "Words matter; let the re-drafting continue."
September 09, 2013 . Read more
Alumna to Head DOJ Criminal Division
The United States Department of Justice (DOJ) selected GW Law alumna and former Enron lead prosecutor Leslie R. Caldwell, JD ’82, to head its Criminal Division and replace Lanny A. Breuer who resigned as Assistant Attorney General in March. At the DOJ, Caldwell will oversee nearly 600 attorneys who prosecute federal criminal cases across the country and help develop criminal law. She previously worked at the DOJ as the director of the government’s Enron investigation and as a partner at private firm Morgan Lewis & Bockius focusing on white-collar crime.
September 07, 2013 . Read more
"An Evening with Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg"
Watch Professor Jeffrey Rosen interview Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in a broad conversation about the U.S. Supreme Court, past and present. Thise interview with Justice Ginsburg is a part of the Town Hall program series hosted by The National Constitution Center where Professor Rosen is President and CEO. Justice Ginsburg is the second woman to serve on the Supreme Court after being nominated by President Clinton as an Associate Justice and taking her seat on August 10, 1993.
September 06, 2013 . Watch the interview
Meeting the Marshals
Twenty incoming GW Law students participated in a visit to the United States Marshals Service through the Public Interest and Pro Bono Pre-Orientation Program. The new students visited a U.S. Marshal Mobile headquarters (pictured) and met with Chief Inspector Michael Pyo. While there, the students learned about the role U.S. Marshals play enforcing federal court decrees; without the U.S. Marshal Service, judicial orders—such as those integrating schools in the '50s and '60s—might be disregarded. Responsibilities of the U.S. Marshals also include guarding the judiciary and transporting defendants to and from detention facilities and court hearings.
September 05, 2013 .
Justice Antonin Scalia to Speak at Lisner
In honor of Constitution Day, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia will deliver a lecture open to the university community on September 16. "We are very pleased to welcome Justice Scalia back to GW. Giving our law students the chance to hear directly from a sitting Supreme Court Justice is an experience unlike anything they could ever imagine," said Interim Dean Gregory Maggs.
September 04, 2013 . Read more
Alumna Suzanne Mitchell Sworn in As U.S. Magistrate Judge
This summer, Judge Suzanne Mitchell, JD ‘96, was sworn in as a U.S. Magistrate Judge in the Western District of Oklahoma. Speaking on her time at GW Law, Judge Mitchell said, “My appreciation and continued enjoyment of research, analysis, debate, and writing stems directly from my exposure to GW Law's stellar faculty. I have always been proud to be a member of the legal profession, and I appreciate the large role GW Law played and continues to play in my legal career.”
August 30, 2013 . Read more
"The Bo Xilai Trial and China's 'Rule of Law': Same Old, Same Old"
David Weaver Research Professor of Law Donald Clarke pens this editorial for The Atlantic on the trial of disgraced former Communist Party Chief Bo Xilai, taking an in-depth look at criminal law and the rule of law in China: "Far from being a victory for the rule of law, then, the Bo Xilai trial looks to be just the same old, same old. Nobody believes that Bo is the only corrupt politician of his stature in China; the fact that others are not being prosecuted suggests that what is operating here is not a law-like principle of cause and effect, of crime and punishment."
August 29, 2013 . Read more
I Have a Dream 50 Years Later
Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Christopher A. Bracey, is quoted in a New York Times article commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington and Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s historic "I Have a Dream" speech. On Wednesday, August 28, 2013 thousands gathered to participate in the commemorative "March for Jobs and Justice," followed by the "Let Freedom Ring" ceremony, including remarks from President Barack Obama, and former Presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. Dean Bracey is an internationally recognized expert in the fields of U.S. race relations and individual rights.
August 28, 2013 . Read more
Engaging the Moroccan Diaspora
Abdellatif Mazouz, Minister Delegate to the Head of Government in Charge of Moroccans Living Abroad, spoke on a panel at GW Law about the potential of the Moroccan diaspora to serve as a “lever for development in Morocco.” Covered by The Washington Diplomat, the panel discussion, “Morocco’s Rule of Law Reforms: Toward an Evolved Perspective on Diaspora Engagement,” was a collaboration between the law school, the Alliance for Rule of Law Promotion and Alternative Dispute Resolution (ARPA), and the Moroccan Embassy.
August 27, 2013 . Read more
"Area 51: The Real Cover-up"
Jonathan Turley writes on the CIA declassification of a report on Area 51 and whether it sheds light on the alleged criminal activity that went on inside the controversial and "non-existent" base. According to Professor Turley, "the document's release will do little to quash the glut of Area 51 conspiracy theories about recovered alien spaceships and government cover-ups. But the real cover-up there has nothing to do with UFOs. Area 51 was more than a national security site; it was also an alleged crime scene, and at least two good men may have died from what occurred there."
August 23, 2013 . Read more
Professor Dinah Shelton Receives ASIL Medal
Manatt/Ahn Professor of International Law Dinah L. Shelton was recently awarded the Goler T. Butcher Medal by the American Society of International Law (ASIL) for outstanding contributions to the development and effective realization of international human rights law. Highlighting Professor Shelton's extensive career, Astrid Avedissian of ASIL wrote, "She has been an indefatigable advocate in human rights law and international environmental law and is a distinguished specialist on the intersection of these two disciplines, as well as on regional protection of human rights."
August 20, 2013 . Read more
Repeating History: Professor Overton on Voting Rights
Professor Spencer Overton appeared on MSNBC's "Disrupt" to discuss the history of rhetoric surrounding the voting rights debate. The segment focused on arguments made by opponents of the Voting Rights Act in 1965 that also are being used today: Voting protections are unnecessary and infringe on states' rights, promoting voting rights stokes racial division, and voting restrictions advance electoral integrity.
August 16, 2013 . More
Alumnus Selected As Supreme Court Fellow
Dawinder S. Sidhu, JD '04, was chosen to be the 2013–2014 Supreme Court Fellow at the United States Sentencing Commission (USSC). Created in 1973 by the late Chief Justice Warren E. Burger, the Supreme Court Fellows Program provides an opportunity for fellows to gain insight into the contemporary policy issues facing the judiciary, as well as an appreciation of the nature of judicial administration. Beginning his fellowship this fall, Mr. Sidhu will conduct legal research concerning sentencing guideline issues and legislative directives pending before the USSC.
August 15, 2013 . Read more
Alumna on the Federal Bench
Linda V. Parker, JD '83, now sits on the federal bench in Eastern Michigan. The U.S. Senate confirmed her earlier this year after her nomination by President Obama. Prior to her nomination, Ms. Parker served as the director of the Michigan Department of Civil Rights, a federal prosecutor, and a partner at Dickinson Wright. She began her legal career in Washington, D.C., working as a staff attorney at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and as a law clerk in the District of Columbia Superior Court.
August 14, 2013 . Read more
"Another Arab Spring Moment That Matters"
Professor David Fontana analyzes what the recent murder of prominent Tunisian opposition leader Mohammed Brahmi means for Tunisia in the context of the Arab Spring movement. "Tunisia has always been a protagonist in the events of the Arab Spring," Professor Fontana writes, "and Brahmi's assassination threatens a happy ending in Tunisia at the most critical moment so far in its transition to democracy."
August 13, 2013 . Read more
"Why Your Cell Phone's Location Isn't Protected by the Fourth Amendement"
The New Yorker published a piece by Orin Kerr, Fred C. Stevenson Research Professor of Law, on the constitutional protection of cell phone location. "In a major decision last week, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the location of your cell phone when you place a call is not protected by the Fourth Amendment," Professor Kerr wrote. "The important legal question is how much protection these records receive when the government wants to make providers turn them over. In other words, what kind of evidence should the government be required to present in order to get your location records from a cell phone company?"
August 08, 2013 . Read more
Alumnus' Organization Profiled in Gideon's Army Documentary
Jonathan Rapping, JD '95, is the dynamic leader and founder of Gideon's Promise, an Atlanta-based organization committed to building a generation of public defenders in the nation’s most broken systems to lead the effort in making equal justice a reality for all. The alums' organization is spotlighted on HBO this summer in the documentary, Gideon's Army. The film follows a group of young public defenders supported by Gideon's Promise in the Deep South where lawyers face particularly difficult challenges due to high bonds, minimum mandatory sentencing, and a culture that is traditionally "tough on crime."
August 07, 2013 . Read more
A Unanimous Vote Confirms Scott Kieff As Member of ITC
The United States Senate confirmed F. Scott Kieff, Fred C. Stevenson Research Professor of Law, to be a member of the United States International Trade Commission (USITC) by unanimous consent. The USITC is an independent quasi-judicial federal agency with broad investigative responsibilities on matters of trade. “Scott Kieff has spent his career working on issues related to international trade, in both the public and private sectors and in academia. He is well qualified to serve on the International Trade Commission,” Senator and Chairman of the Senate Committee on Finance Max Baucus said. “This committee will continue to move forward with an ambitious trade agenda, and we will look to the ITC to fairly and objectively enforce our trade laws.”
August 05, 2013 . Read more
Remembering Arthur R. Whale
The GW Law community celebrates the life of alumnus Arthur Richard "Dick" Whale, JD '56, who passed away July 26, 2013 at 89 years old. After graduating from GW Law, Dick launched a patent law career that spanned more than 45 years. Two of his most significant achievements include securing patents for both Prozac and multigrade asphalt. In retirement, Dick reconnected with Professor Glen Weston, who was a great influence during Dick's law school years, and valued friend. The family will have a private memorial service. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Dick's name to the Macular Degeneration Center at Johns Hopkins University or to the Cure Alzheimer’s Fund.
August 01, 2013 .
Lisa Schenck Joins Military Sexual Assault Conversation
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and retired military criminal appellate judge and colonel, U.S. Army Judge Advocate General's Corps, Lisa Schenck joined Senators Ayotte, McCaskill, and Tester, as well as five other retired female service members, in a recent press conference to discuss draft provisions in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) which aim to support victims of sexual assault in the military and to stress the importance of the role of commanders in the military justice process. Drawing from her 25 years of military experience, Dean Schenck spoke on the detrimental effects the removal of authority would have on the military justice system as well as the victims of sexual assault. [Video: Dean Schenck begins 16:13.]
July 30, 2013 . Read more
"Leveling the Field for Human Egg Donors"
Professor Naomi Cahn writes an op-ed in the Los Angeles Times discussing the potential lift of the ban on selling human eggs for research purposes in California. "A bill co-sponsored by four female Democratic legislators would allow women to sell their eggs for research, just as men can sell their sperm. But is the proposal, which has gone to the governor after passage in both the state Senate and the Assembly, a good idea?"
July 26, 2013 . Read more
A Profile of Former Senior Associate Dean Morrison – "People, Money, and Facilities"
Former Senior Associate Dean Thomas A. Morrison, LLM '83, was profiled in Marquette University Law School’s alumni magazine. Dean Morrison contributed 14 years of leadership and service to GW Law from 1998–2012. Dean Morrison and was known for leading renovations of the Law School facilities. A veteran of the United States Navy, Dean Morrison worked as an attorney and legal management expert in the Navy's Judge Advocate General’s Corps for 28 years. The popular dean earned an LLM in Environmental Law and received the Jacob Burns Award for Extraordinary Service.
July 25, 2013 . Read more
NLJ: Three GW Law Alumnae Who Have Made Their Mark on D.C.
"The National Law Journal" has named Ayesha Khanna, JD '04 (Counsel and Policy Adviser, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid), Anne MacMillan, JD '10 (Deputy Chief of Staff, Agriculture Department), and Racquel Russell, JD '03 (Deputy Assistant to the President, Urban Affairs and Economic Mobility), as three of its "25 Most Influential Washington Women Under 35." Read more about the work of these alumnae and their impact as young professionals on law and policy in this annual Women of Washington list.
July 24, 2013 . Read more
"Creative Solutions" Competition Alumnus Endows Prize
Howard Rudge, JD '64, retired Senior Vice President of DuPont Corporation, recently endowed GW Law with a generous gift of $150,000 following the inaugural Howard Rudge "Creative Solutions" Competition. The competition called for papers highlighting a creative solution to a serious societal problem in the United States for which conventional solutions were failing. Caitlin Clarke, JD '13, won this year’s $5,000 prize after submitting a paper on reducing youth unemployment. This endowment will help ensure that the Rudge Prize continues in perpetuity and the amount of the prize grows with the endowment in years to come.
July 22, 2013 .
Professor Kovacic to Join Competition and Markets Authority Board
William Kovacic, Professor of Law and Policy and Director of the Competition Law Center, was appointed as a non-executive director of the new competition regulator in the UK, the Competition and Markets Authority. This appointment, which will combine the current duties of the Office of Fair Trading and the Competition Commission, is a major step towards creating the UK’s new strengthened and streamline competition regime. Kovacic was among four others appointed to the upcoming regulator’s board. The watchdog is set to begin operations April 1 of next year.
July 18, 2013 . Read more
Board of Trustees Elects GW Law Alumna
This July, the members of the George Washington University Board of Trustees elected Grace Speights, JD ’82, as one of their newest members. Ms. Speights is a partner at the Philadelphia-based law firm Morgan Lewis. As the managing partner of the Washington, D.C. office, she serves as deputy national leader of the labor and employment law practice. As a new board member, Ms. Speights will contribute her extensive background in labor and employment law, systemic employment litigation, technology industry, privacy, and public policy.
July 16, 2013 . Read more
GW Law Faculty is #2 Most Downloaded on SSRN
Our faculty's scholarship is again the second-most downloaded on the Social Science Research Network (SSRN) law school list, occupying this position in both the 12-month and all-time categories. The SSRN is an online depository for legal journal articles and research papers. Papers and articles written by GW Law faculty have been downloaded more than 90,281 times in the past year and more than 142,254 times since SSRN began in 1994. Congratulations to our faculty for their outstanding legal scholarship!
July 15, 2013 . Read More
Donna Attanasio Fills New Senior Advisor Position for Energy Law
Donna Attanasio joins GW Law as the new Senior Advisor for Energy Law Programs, a position made possible by a generous Constellation Energy Foundation grant. At GW Law, Ms. Attanasio will help establish a policy dialogue and research agenda for the Energy Law Program, build new partnerships that will allow continued growth of the programs, and work with students interested in energy law studies and career opportunities.
July 09, 2013 . Read more
Indian Minister of Corporate Affairs Visits GW Law
GW President Steven Knapp and Interim Dean Gregory Maggs recently welcomed India’s Minister of Corporate Affairs, H.E. Sachin Pilot, to the university. At a meeting with faculty members and officials from India’s Ministry of Corporate Affairs and the Embassy of India, they discussed issues relating to corporate law and governance and extended a memorandum of understanding between the Indian Institute of Corporate Affairs and GW Law to continue collaboration between the two institutions.
June 28, 2013 . Read more
Professors Discuss Supreme Court’s DOMA and Proposition 8 Decisions
Professors and constitutional law experts Jonathan Turley, Jeffrey Rosen, and Alan Morrison weigh in on the historic Supreme Court rulings on the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and California's Proposition 8.
June 26, 2013 . Read more
Schaffner Receives ABA Animal Law Award
The American Bar Association's Animal Law Committee's "Excellence in the Advancement of Animal Law Award" will be presented to Professor Joan Schaffner at the ABA Annual Meeting in August. The award recognizes exceptional work by an Animal Law Committee member who, through commitment and leadership, has advanced the humane treatment of animals through the law. Professor Schaffner's work with GW Law students through the Animal Law Program includes advancing the practice of animal law through legislation and scholarship.
June 15, 2013 .
Adjunct Professors Honored for Years of Service
GW Law recently honored 60 adjunct professors who have served for five or more years. Bringing a wide pool of experience and expertise to the law school, our adjunct faculty members provide an invaluable service to GW Law students as well as the University.
June 14, 2013 . Read more
WATCH | "Modern Family: Coupling and Uncoupling in America"
The New America Foundation hosts Professor Naomi Cahn and other experts to examine complicated questions about race and social class, the effects of women's growing earning power on family life, how couples divide domestic responsibilities, and the ways our gender roles are changing, perhaps forever.
June 12, 2013 . More
Alumnus Receives Judge Learned Hand Award for Philanthropy
From The Miami Herald: Alan T. Dimond, JD '68, was honored by the American Jewish Committee with the 2013 Judge Learned Hand Award for his "outstanding leadership in the legal profession and his dedication to philanthropic and community endeavors." Dimond, a shareholder at Greenberg Traurig who has more than 40 years of first-chair experience in commercial and real estate related litigation, has also dedicated his career to philanthropic work.
June 06, 2013 . Read more
At the Top of Her Game: ABA Journal Profiles Alumna
Anastasia "Stasia" Kelly, JD '81, co-managing partner at DLA Piper, was recently profiled by the ABA in an article recognizing careers of female law leaders. Attributing her success to being "unafraid to take risks," Kelly describes how she worked her way to the top in a field traditionally dominated by men.
June 05, 2013 . Read more
Student Paper on Alleviating Youth Unemployment Wins Rudge Prize
Recent GW Law graduate Caitlin Clarke, JD '13, won the inaugural Howard J. Rudge Creative Solutions Competition for her paper proposing using apprenticeship programs to reduce youth unemployment. Rudge, a 1964 alumnus, created and endowed this student paper competition to award a student for the best paper offering a creative solution to a serious societal problem in the United States.
May 24, 2013 . Read more
Law in Action: Immigration Clinic Gives Students Real-World Experience
The GW Immigration Law Clinic has given law students the opportunity to represent undocumented noncitizens in D.C. since 1979. Professor and Immigration Clinic Director Alberto Benítez and the student lawyers tell GW Today about their own experiences and their clients' stories.
May 15, 2013 . Read More
GW Alum and Rising 2L Receives Metro Weekly's Next Generation Award
Washington, DC's Metro Weekly this month named Michael Komo, CPS BA '11, GSPM MA '12 (right), as one its 2013 Next Generation Award recipients for his commitment to LGBT advocacy and activism. The annual award honors "the achievements and potential of LGBT leaders under the age of 30."
May 15, 2013 . Read more
Fairfax Named DirectWomen Board Institute Co-Chair
Professor Lisa M. Fairfax was recently named Co-Chair of the DirectWomen Board Institute. The Institute is the centerpeice of the DirectWomen intitative, the only initiative specifically designed to identify, develop, and support a select group of accomplished women attorneys to provide qualified directors needed by the boards of U.S. companies, while promoting the independence and diversity required for good corporate governance.
May 13, 2013 . Read More
Graduating Student Gordon Yu Publishes in "State Tax Notes"
May, 2013 graduate Gordon Yu was recently published in the influential tax news and analysis journal with his article, "Formulation and Enforcement of 'Amazon' Taxes." In his article, Yu covers why states are fighting for these taxes, how Amazon has responded, and how politics plays a role.
May 10, 2013 . Read More
Rosen is Named New President and CEO of the National Constitution Center
Professor Jeffrey Rosen to the NCC community, celebrating its 10-year anniversary as the museum of 'We the People': "As we look toward the decade ahead, our mission is as timely and important as ever—to illuminate constitutional ideals, inspire active citizenship, and celebrate freedom.
May 07, 2013 . Read More
Joel Meister Awarded Grodsky Prize
This spring, the Environmental and Energy Law program of GW Law was proud to award Joel Meister, a part-time JD student, the 2013 Jamie Grodsky Prize for Environmental Law Scholarship. Meister's award-winning paper highlights the issues that solar project developers face after the 1603 Treasury Grant Program has transitioned to the Investment Tax Credit (ITC).
May 01, 2013 . Read More
Digital Diplomacy with Justice O'Connor and Dean Karamanian
The U.S. Department of State late last month hosted former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, moderator Associate Dean for International and Comparative Law Susan L. Karamanian, and audience members around the world for a webchat on the development of women's empowerment and Justice O’Connor's own history as a groundbreaking female attorney and the first woman to serve as a Supreme Court Justice.
April 29, 2013 . Watch
Alumna Leads Boston Marathon Bomb Investigation and Prosecution
From Bloomberg: U.S. Attorney for the District of Massachusetts Carmen Ortiz, JD '81, helped lead the investigation into the April 15 Boston Marathon bombings and has now embarked on the prosecution of the surviving suspect.
April 23, 2013 . Read More
Alumna is First Hispanic Connecticut State Supreme Court Judge
NBC: Judge Carmen Espinosa, JD '76, last month took office as the first Hispanic jurist on the Connecticut State Supreme Court. She explains how GW Law influenced her accomplished and diverse career—one that includes FBI agent, assistant U.S. attorney, and public school French and Spanish teacher in addition to now judge.
April 22, 2013 . Read More
Alumnus to Step Into Key Administration Post
President Obama has appointed Brian Kamoie, JD '96, MPH '97, a professorial lecturer in health policy at GW, to serve as Assistant Administrator of FEMA's Grant Programs at the Department of Homeland Security. Currently, Professor Kamoie is the White House Senior Director of Preparedness.
April 17, 2013 . Read More
Undergrads Tell Judge Buergenthal's Story
GW students in a Holocaust and Memory class pieced together letters, timelines, telegrams, and black-and-white photographs to dive inside the life of Holocaust survivor and future ICJ Judge and GW Law Professor Thomas Buergenthal. Learn more about the Gelman exhibit in the GW Hatchet.
April 15, 2013 . Read More
GW Law Ranks #2 in Government and Public Interest Jobs
The National Law Journal has ranked George Washington University Law School second in percentage of its 2012 graduates going into government and public interest jobs.
April 14, 2013 . Read More
Rigney is Academic All-American
Inside Lacrosse has named 3L Patrick Rigney as a Men's Collegiate Lacrosse Association Academic All-American. The Colonials defensive midfielder graduates in May and will be working for the Montgomery Co. State's Attorney's Office.
April 12, 2013 . Read More
Alumnus Named First Asian-American Judge in Virginia History
From The Washington Post: John M. Tran, BA '81, JD '84, a former federal and Alexandria city prosecutor, was elected last week to the Fairfax County Circuit Court by the Virginia General Assembly.
April 05, 2013 . Read More
Environmental and Energy Law Perspectives
The Spring 2013 Environmental and Energy Law Newsletter for students, alumni, practitioners, scholars, and more.
April 01, 2013 . Read More
ILA Serves in Arizona on Alt Spring Break
During spring break this month, the GW Immigration Law Association (ILA) created and led a group of 12 law students to the Arizona/Mexico border for an Alternative Spring Break to explore immigration issues. As part of their experiential learning and pro bono service, the students engaged with a diverse group of actors on the border including advocacy groups, private parties, and government agents. Read about their journey on their blog.
March 22, 2013 . Read More
"The Iraq War, in One Lawyer's Words"
Alumnus and U.S. Army Major Adam Tiffen, JD '03, writes this article for AmLaw Daily on the 10-year anniversary of the beginning of the war.
March 22, 2013 . Read More
Government Procurement Law Perspectives
Government Procurement Law Perspectives is published three times a year for GW Government Contracting students, alumni, and friends.
March 15, 2013 . Read More
The Future of Legal Education
Dean Blake D. Morant spoke in The Chronicle of Higher Education's "On Leadership" video series about the future of legal education in the United States. Addressing the primary challenges facing law schools, Dean Morant explained how legal education is adjusting to better prepare graduates for the job market and why he thinks now is a great time to consider getting a legal education.
March 13, 2013 . Watch the video
Greg Maggs Promoted to Colonel in U.S. Army Reserve
Interim Dean and Professor of Law Gregory E. Maggs was promoted to the rank of colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve on March 8, during a ceremony on Fort Belvoir in Northern Virginia. Dean Maggs is a Reserve Associate Appellate Judge assigned to the U.S. Army Court of Criminal Appeals.
March 08, 2013 . Read More
GW Law Staff Member Shows Off His D.C. to the Travel Channel
Media Center Director Andrew Laurence, an ambassador for D.C.'s Ethiopian community, hosts "Bizarre Food"'s Andrew Zimmern on his quest to find the best Ethiopian cuisine in the city. Among just some of his many accomplishments: Laurence won the prestigious George Washington Award in 1991 for exceptional contributions to the University, and he founded and runs a microenterprise business in his home country of Ethiopia where women make ties and support themselves with their creations (Laurence wears a Tibeb Ties tie in this clip).
March 01, 2013 . Read More
"Dear Law Profs: How Do I Decide What Classes to Take?"
GW Law Professors Naomi Cahn and Todd Peterson and UMKC School of Law Professor Nancy Levit take questions from 1Ls for Wolters Kluwer's "Becoming a Lawyer."
March 01, 2013 . More
Spencer Overton on Protecting Voter Rights
Voting rights expert Professor Spencer Overton provides his opinion on the constitutionality of Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act ahead of the Shelby County v. Holder oral argument at the Supreme Court.
February 28, 2013 . Read More
GW Law School Magazine
Read about the historic meeting of members of the U.S. Supreme Court and the European Court of Human Rights, the first springtime alumni reunion, the efforts of the alumni-run D.C. Volunteer Lawyers Project, the career of federal prosecutor Carmen M. Ortiz, J.D. '81, and much more.
February 25, 2013 . Read More
GW Law Joins ACORE
The Environmental and Energy Law Program is excited to announce its membership in the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE), a non-profit membership organization dedicated to building a secure and prosperous America with clean, renewable energy. Membership in ACORE will help further expand the reach of GW's rapidly growing Energy Law Program.
February 13, 2013 . Read More
Alumna, Ghana Parliament Member Presented with Nobles International Award
Sarah Adwoa Safo, LL.M. '05, a recently elected Member of the Parliament of the Republic of Ghana, was awarded in November the West African Nobles Forum's Nobles International Award. The award honors "men and women of immense integrity and character in their chosen fields of endeavor" and was presented to Adwoa Safo for her work in the promulgation and passage of procurement laws and her pioneering role as the first female secretary to the committee that drafted the bill.
February 12, 2013 . Read More
Professor Turley On Recess Appointments
U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, Professor Jonathan Turley Agree on Interpretation of Recess Appointments Clause
January 25, 2013 . Read More
Rosen Receives LWI's Golden Pen Award
Earlier this month at the AALS Meeting in New Orleans, the Legal Writing Institute presented Professor Jeffrey Rosen—a prolific writer who is also the Legal Affairs Editor at The New Republic—the Golden Pen Award for "extraordinary contribution to the cause of better legal writing."
January 19, 2013 . Read More
Professor Fontana Interviews Author for C-SPAN's "Book TV"
C-SPAN "Book TV": Professor David Fontana interviewed Newman University Provost, Vice President, and Professor Michael Austin about his book, "That's Not What They Meant!: Reclaiming the Founding Fathers from America's Right Wing," in which the author analyzes dozens of speeches, books, and articles by conservative commentators to expose what he calls the "deep historical flaws in their use of America's founding history."
January 18, 2013 . Read More
Professor Buchanan Influences Debt Ceiling Debate
GW Law Professor Neil H. Buchanan and Cornell Law Professor Michael C. Dorf have been writing about the debt ceiling issue for years. In journal articles and media appearances, the professors explain why a President must—as a matter of constitutional imperative—choose to issue debt in excess of the statutory limit, if the budget otherwise requires him to do so, and why even Republicans in Congress should want the President to issue more debt, if Congress itself is unable to find a way to do its duty and increase the debt ceiling as needed.
January 11, 2013 . Read More
Commission Holds Forum on Sexual Assault in the Military
C-SPAN: Military justice expert Professorial Lecturer in Law Dwight H. Sullivan appeared before the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights to discuss the high rate of sexual assaults in the armed forces. Professor Sullivan explained issues such as how DOD reforms may have actually made prosecution of sexual assault cases more difficult and how military and civilian courts often cover one another in terms of making sure the accused is prosecuted.
January 11, 2013 . Read More
S.E.C. Names GW Law Adjunct Professor to Top Legal Post
The Securities and Exchange Commission announced Monday that it had named Geoffrey F. Aronow to be General Counsel. For Professorial Lecturer in Law Aronow, a Partner in the Washington office of Bingham McCutchen, the move represents a return to the regulatory world: Professor Aronow has served as counsel for more than 25 years in a wide variety of government enforcement investigations and proceedings before the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, and other financial regulatory agencies.
January 07, 2013 . Read More
Professor Unumb Wins NASCAR's Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award for Autism Advocacy
In November, Professorial Lecturer in Law Lorri Shealy Unumb was presented with the Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award for founding the Autism Academy of South Carolina. This NASCAR Foundation donation of $100,000 will be used for scholarships to assist children in attending the Autism Academy. Professor Unumb, who teaches a health care law seminar focusing on autism, was also awarded the prize for her tireless work in creating "Ryan's Law" in 2008.
January 02, 2013 . Read More
2012 News Stories
Gordon Receives "Lifetime Acquisition Excellence Award"
This fall, Associate Dean for Government Procurement Law Daniel I. Gordon was honored with the Coalition for Government Procurement's "Lifetime Acquisition Excellence Award," presented to an individual in the procurement community for delivering best-value solutions for the taxpayer and has demonstrated a long-term commitment to improving the federal acquisition system.
December 31, 2012 . Read More
In Memoriam: Daniel K. Inouye, J.D. '52
Daniel K. Inouye, the country's second longest-serving member of the U.S. Senate who represented the people and state of Hawaii for more than 50 years, passed away on December 17. He spent the majority of his life performing acts of public service, beginning as a Red Cross volunteer in the immediate aftermath of the bombing of Pearl Harbor and ending as the person who was third in line of succession for the Presidency.
December 18, 2012 . Read More
GW Law Joins Global Network Initiative
Thanks to the work of Professors Dawn Nunziato and Arturo Carrillo and their Global Internet Freedom and Human Rights Distinguished Speaker Series, GW Law and its faculty have been invited to become academic partners with the Global Network Initiative. GNI is a non–governmental organization that advocates for privacy on the Internet and the prevention of Internet censorship by authoritarian governments.
December 17, 2012 . Read More
Gregory Maggs Named Interim Dean
Professor Maggs will assume this role on January 16, 2013, when Dean Paul Berman moves to his new position as Vice Provost for Online Education and Academic Innovation. Maggs has served the Law School since 1993 as a faculty member, Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, and co-director of the National Security and U.S. Foreign Relations Law Program.
November 30, 2012 . Read More
GW Law Announces Alumnus-Endowed Prize for Paper Proposing a Creative Solution for a Pressing Societal Problem
Through the generosity of Howard J. Rudge, J.D. '64, a retired Senior Vice President of DuPont Corporation, the Law School will award a cash prize of $5,000 to a GW student enrolled in the J.D. or LL.M. degree program for the best paper proposing a creative solution to a serious societal problem in the United States.
November 20, 2012 . Read More
Professor Fontana on Fixing Judicial Gridlock
In an Op-ed in The Huffington Post, Professor David Fontana states that the need for the nomination and confirmation of qualified judges takes on a new sense of urgency during the second term of a Presidential administration, as it is the second term where laws that are enacted during the first are interpreted by the courts.
November 20, 2012 . Read More
GW Honors Employees' Contributions
Earlier this month, Associate Dean Hank Molinengo was awarded the Service Excellence Award for Staff for his leadership and dedication to the Law School. The Sustainability 1001 Teaching Team—including Associate Dean Lee Paddock and Visiting Associate Professor of Law and Environmental Program Fellow Jessica A. Wentz—received the Collaborative Initiative Award for their five-school interdisciplinary undergraduate course on sustainability.
November 16, 2012 . Read More
Professor Solove: Privacy Regulation is a Failure
In a symposium held by the Harvard Law Review, John Marshall Harlan Research Professor of Law Daniel J. Solove stated that current methods of privacy regulation in the United States are incapable of protecting the privacy of Americans from technologies that routinely collect, store, and share vast quantities of information, often with the consent of internet users themselves.
November 15, 2012 . Read More
New Role for Law Dean
Provost Steven Lerman announced that Paul Schiff Berman will serve as Vice Provost for Online Education and Academic Innovation.
November 13, 2012 . Read More
Reuters: Think Deal Lawyers Are Adding Value to Mergers? Think Again, Law Profs Say
GW Law Professor Jeffrey Manns and Pepperdine Law Professor Robert Anderson IV take an empirical look at use of mergers and acquisitions attorneys in business deals in an upcoming Cornell Law Review article. Read more about their research on this cost benefit analysis in news articles from Reuters "Breakingviews" and the ABA Journal.
November 12, 2012 . Read More
GW Today: A Sustainable Minor
GW's new minor in sustainability is generating enthusiasm from students and faculty. Learn more about this interdisciplinary initiative and the role GW Law, lead by Associate Dean Leroy Paddock, is playing.
November 09, 2012 . Read More
Professors Barron and Benitéz Honored with Beckman Award for Inspiring Their Students
Professor Jerome Barron and Professor Alberto Benitéz are each the recipients of the 2012 Elizabeth Hurlock Beckman Award, given to faculty members that inspire former students to make significant contributions to society.
November 06, 2012 . Read More
Human Rights Court Awards Resounding Victory to GW Law Clinic Clients
The Inter-American Court of Human Rights this month handed down its judgment in Vélez Restrepo and Family v. Colombia — a case of serious human rights violations suffered by journalist Richard Vélez, his wife Sara Román, and their two children, Mateo and Juliana.
October 18, 2012 . Read More
Professor Schoenbaum on the Affordable Care Act
Professor Naomi Schoenbaum's article on the Affordable Care Act was recently featured in The Atlantic. Health care has been one of the yardsticks of Obama's term in office and one of the touchstones of the 2012 election. But an important piece of the discussion on the health care law has been missing: is it a tax or a penalty?
October 17, 2012 . Read More
Immigration Clinic and Professor Benítez Honored with Community Award
Immigration Clinic and Professor Benítez Honored with Community Award | Professor Alberto Benítez last week accepted on behalf of the GW Law Immigration Clinic the District of Columbia Courts' Hispanic Heritage Celebration's Community Award. The annual CORO Awards brings together DC Court of Appeals and DC Superior Court judges, staff, and guests to honor those serving members of the Latino community. Superior Court Judge Marisa J. Demeo presented Professor Benítez with the award.
October 17, 2012 . Read More
Professor Solove Named as "Thought Leader" on LinkedIn
John Marshall Harlan Research Professor of Law Daniel Solove is among 150 "influential thought leaders" contributing essays to the professional networking site LinkedIn.
October 12, 2012 . Read More
Fisher v. University of Texas
GW Law alumnus and former Solicitor General Gregory Garre, J.D. '91, went before the U.S. Supreme Court today to argue this major affirmative action case on behalf of the University of Texas—one of four cases he will argue this term. Watch and read analysis of this case and its legal issues from Professor Jonathan Turley, Associate Dean Alan Morrison, and Professor Chris Bracey.
October 10, 2012 . Read More
Newly Appointed Endowed Chair and Research Professorships Announced
Dean Paul Schiff Berman announced today the appointments of Naomi Cahn as the new Harold H. Greene Professor of Law, Orin Kerr and F. Scott Kieff as Fred C. Stevenson Research Professors of Law, and Jonathan Siegel as the F. Elwood and Eleanor Davis Research Professor of Law.
October 05, 2012 . Read More
Professor Overton Discusses Election Law Issues on C-SPAN
Professor Spencer Overton appeared on C-SPAN's Book TV to talk about his book, "Stealing Democracy: The New Politics of Voter Suppression." A leading election law scholar and former Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Office of Legal Policy, U.S. Department of Justice, Spencer explains his assertion that politicians and bureaucrats—not citizens—control electoral outcomes and shape public policy, and discusses a range of issues from voter ID regulations to campaign finance.
September 30, 2012 . Read More
Dean Bracey Moderates Panel on Fisher v. University of Texas
George Washington University hosted a panel on this upcoming Supreme Court case, which focuses on one aspect of the undergraduate admissions program at The University of Texas at Austin.
September 29, 2012 . Read More
LL.M. Candidate Balances Family, Work, School, and Music
The rock band Virginia Coalition plays to capacity crowds in clubs and theaters all over the east coast. Guitarist and co-vocalist Steve Dawson has developed a career as an environmental compliance consultant as he is earning an LL.M. at GW Law.
September 26, 2012 . Read More
Professor Schoenbaum Explains South Korea-Japan Island Territory Dispute
Professor Thomas J. Schoenbaum speaks with VOA Korea about disputed claims to a group of islands — known as Dokdo in South Korea and Takeshima in Japan — and explains the legal issues of maritime zones, ICJ jurisdiction over the issue, and what role the United States could possibly play in assisting to resolve the dispute.
September 25, 2012 . Read More
Bringing Conversations on Race Into the Open
The inaugural "Black Male Experience" panel, held in the George Washington University Law School’s Jacob Burns Moot Court Room on September 21, featured discussions on education, marriage, and economic disparities that face the black community in America. Keynote speakers Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) and Rep. Danny Davis (D-Ill.) announced a new Congressional caucus on the issues facing black men and boys. Panelists included Georgetown University Professor Michael Eric Dyson, Georgetown Law Center Professor Everett Bellamy, and Maryland State Senator C. Anthony Muse.
September 24, 2012 . Read More
Remembering A. Sidney Katz, J.D. ‘66
The George Washington University Law School recently lost a distinguished alumnus and benefactor. Sid Katz, an intellectual property attorney, received numerous distinctions and awards over the course of his career. He was responsible for generous contributions to GW Law, including a lecture series and the archway that joins 20th Street and the quad.
September 24, 2012 . Read More
Professor Rosen's Book Reviews
GW Law Professor Jeffrey Rosen provides sharp analysis as both the Legal Editor for The New Republic, and as the reviewer of choice for The Washington Post and The New York Times. Professor Rosen has recently provided reviews for three new books involving important legal topics.
September 21, 2012 . Read More
From the Classroom to the Courtroom
GW Law 3L Ryan Borchik applied lessons learned from Professor Orin Kerr’s Criminal Law and Computer Crimes classes to his summer internship at the Baltimore City State’s Attorney’s Office. Ryan offered invaluable assistance with two major criminal cases, including a murder trial with five co-defendants.
September 05, 2012 . Read More
Jeffrey Rosen Reviews "Rights at Risk"
David K. Shipler's new book "Rights at Risk: The Limits of Liberty in Modern America" is reviewed in The Washington Post by Professor Jeffrey Rosen. The book is an examination of significant constitutional cases that have defined American civil liberties both before and after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. "There are, of course, many books about the stories behind Supreme Court cases. Shipler's distinctive contribution is the thoroughness and originality of his reporting: By interviewing the protagonists in landmark cases, he uncovers some surprising and relevant facts."
August 24, 2012 . More
CNN: Professor Turley on PA Voter ID Laws
Professor Jonathan Turley recently appeared on CNN to discuss the likelihood of Pennsylvania’s new voter ID laws remaining in place. A judge recently refused to allow an injunction against the new voter requirements, and the case is expected to go before the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.
August 23, 2012 . More
Alumnus Robert Esposito Featured on PBS
Robert Esposito (LL.M. ‘12) recently participated in “Ask the Experts,” a segment of the PBS program “Need to Know.” Mr. Esposito analyzed the strengths and weaknesses of the island nation of Palau’s legal attempts to hold industrialized nations accountable for climate change.
August 20, 2012 . More
Professor Clarke Provides Expert Analysis of Chinese Murder Trial, Legal System
On August 16, CNN.com published Professor Donald C. Clarke's article, "China murder trial a rigged spectacle," in which he provides observations and analysis of the Chinese legal system through the lens of the high-profile murder trial of Gu Kailai, the wife of a recently-toppled party leader.
August 17, 2012 . More
Alumna Janna Ryan Hits the Campaign Trail
Janna Ryan (J.D. ‘98) has been in the news this week after presidential candidate Mitt Romney announced his selection of her husband Paul Ryan as candidate for Vice President. Janna served as a Legislative Assistant to former Oklahoma Rep. Bill Brewster (D-OK) while attending evening classes at GW Law.
August 15, 2012 . More
Senators Cite Professor Wilmarth in "Too Big To Fail" Debate
Professor Arthur Wilmarth's recent Senate testimony was cited by Senators Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and David Vitter (R-LA) in their letter to Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke.
August 14, 2012 . More
Public Interest Program Cleans up The National Mall
The GW Law Public Interest and Pro Bono Program hosted their annual Pre-Orientation Day of Service on Wednesday, August 16. Over 80 incoming 1L’s finished their three day Pre-Orientation by picking up litter on the National Mall with the help of Dean Paul Schiff Berman.
August 14, 2012 . More
GW Law Receives Donation for Energy Law and Policy Initiative
The Constellation Foundation has provided a $450,000 donation to launch an energy law and policy initiative at GW Law. The initiative has been designed to develop ideas and train leaders on legal and policy issues related to the United States electric energy sector and will debut during the 2012–13 academic year.
August 13, 2012 . More
GW Law Moot Court to Compete for National Championship
GW Law's Moot Court Program is one of the best in the country for the third consecutive year. Ranked #11 by the University of Houston Law Center for the 2011-2012 academic year, GW Law's Moot Court Program has qualified to compete in the National Moot Court Championship in January of 2013.
August 08, 2012 . More
GW Law and GW School of Business Launch New Joint Master of Science in Government Contracts Program
George Washington University Law School and George Washington University School of Business have launched a new and innovative interdisciplinary Master of Science in Government Contracts degree. The program blends the study of government procurement law and policy, in classes taught by GW Law professors, with a core business curriculum, in classes taught by the School of Business.
August 01, 2012 . More
Professor Steve Charnovitz Discusses Improving Energy, Climate Policies
GW Law Professor Steve Charnovitz and co-author Daniel C. Etsy of Yale Law School present a multifaceted strategy for improving U.S. energy policy in The World Financial Review. Their plan calls for incentives to private companies to embrace green technology, increasing research and development on green energy, and placing an emphasis on increasing American competition in the market of environmental goods.
July 31, 2012 . More
An Interview with Dean Paul Schiff Berman About Student Debt
Dean Berman was recently interviewed by NerdWallet.com, a personal finance website, on the subject of student loans. In the article he discusses initiatives at GW Law to help keep student loan debt down, as well as the changes created by the new federal student loan system and its income-based repayment program.
July 31, 2012 . More
Private Practice in Paradise
Elif Beall (J.D. ’04) has established a thriving immigration and appellate practice on the Hawaiian island of Kauai. In an interview with Kauai Midweek, Ms. Beall offered her thoughts on why she chose immigration and appellate law, and what she finds personally rewarding about her practice.
July 30, 2012 . More
"On the Frontlines," New Book by Professor Naomi Cahn
"On the Frontlines: Gender, War, and the Post-Conflict Process," a new book by Professor Naomi Cahn, has received positive reviews from the Global Journal. Co-authored by Fionnuala Ní Aoláin and Dina Francesca Haynes, the book examines the experiences of women during the aftermath of military conflicts in places such as Afghanistan, Columbia, Yugoslavia, and Northern Ireland.
July 26, 2012 . More
Professor Kerr is #2 Most Cited Criminal Law Scholar
Congratulations to Professor Orin Kerr, who was recently listed as the second-most cited criminal law scholar in the country in SSRN's survey of scholarly impact. Kerr's articles are cited approximately 15 times a year in published judicial decisions, including by the United States Supreme Court and every regional circuit court.
July 20, 2012 . More
GW Law Faculty Among Most Cited Nationally
GW Law's faculty has been recognized as one of the most influential in terms of scholarly impact. Using academic excellence and professional outcomes as criteria, Brian Leiter’s Law School Rankings places GW Law faculty among the top 20 in the country.
July 17, 2012 . More
Dean Berman Named One of Legal Times' "Champions & Visionaries"
The National Law Journal and Legal Times announced their fifth annual awards for lawyers who have helped advance the practice of law in Washington. One of this year's honorees is GW Law Dean Paul Schiff Berman, acknowledged for his "energy and ambition."
July 16, 2012 . More
Cahn and Carbone: Working-Class Women are Missing from the Discussion about How to "Have it All."
GW Law Professor Naomi Cahn and UMKC Law Professor June Carbone add their thoughts on AlterNet to the hot topic about helping highly educated women have it all—stressing that what is missing from this conversation is the plight of working-class women to have it at all.
July 15, 2012 . More
Analyzing Citizens United: "Corporate Tax Incentives and the Equal Protection Clause"
Analyzing Citizens United: "Corporate Tax Incentives and the Equal Protection Clause" | May graduate Justin T. Golart (J.D. '12) publishes "Corporate Tax Incentives and the Equal Protection Clause" for State Tax Notes.
July 11, 2012 . More
Affordable Care Act Analysis
Professors Neil Buchanan, Orin Kerr, Sara Rosenbaum, Jeffrey Rosen, and Jonathan Turley educate the public and provide opinions on questions of constitutional law, the analysis of the Supreme Court, the role of Chief Justice John G. Roberts, the case's policy implications, and more.
July 10, 2012 . More
PBS NewsHour: Professor Buchanan on the State Level Medicaid Debate
Health law and policy expert Professor Neil Buchanan analyzes the Supreme Court's healthcare ruling regarding Medicaid expansion and gives his thoughts on the ACA's policy implications on people and states.
July 05, 2012 . More
GW Law Alumni are 2012 "Nation's Best Advocates: 40 Lawyers Under 40"
Four George Washington University Law School alumni have been selected by the National Bar Association and IMPACT as this year's "Nation's Best Advocates: 40 Lawyers Under 40": Tremayne Bunaugh (J.D. ‘01), Rodney Pratt (J.D. ‘01), Annamaria Steward-Dymond (J.D. ’99), and Erek Barron (J.D. ’99).
June 20, 2012 . More
ACS's 2011-2012 Supreme Court Review: Professor Fairfax Breaks Down the High Court's Crim Pro Cases
The American Constitution Society hosted a panel discussion examining the current Supreme Court term—with leading academics and practitioners including GW Law Professor Roger Anthony Fairfax and former Solicitors General Paul D. Clement and Walter Dellinger—to analyze the Court's most noteworthy decisions and identify emerging trends. Watch the full program at the ACS website.
June 19, 2012 . More
Associate Dean Goldfarb Awarded "Outstanding Advocate for Clinical Teachers"
The Clinical Legal Education Association—a national organization of clinical educators which seeks to integrate clinical teaching methods into legal education and promote excellence in clinical teaching and scholarship—has named Jacob Burns Foundation Professor of Clinical Law and Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs Phyllis Goldfarb its "2012 Outstanding Advocate for Clinical Teachers." The award recognizes an individual who has shown commitment to the field of clinical legal education, contributed to its advancement, and fostered a spirit of community.
June 11, 2012 . More
Alumna Highlighted By White House for Entrepreneurship
Yael Krigman (J.D. '09), owner of Baked by Yael, creates many treats and is best known for her bagels and cake pops. Learn more about this accolade from the White House and how her GW Law degree helped her launch a thriving business.
June 07, 2012 . More
Communications Law Publication is Eighth Student-Operated Journal at GW Law
This summer, GW Law will become home to the Federal Communications Law Journal of the Federal Communications Bar Association—enhancing both the school's already prominent list of scholarly journals and its expertise in communications law. "The FCLJ saw in our school what we students already knew: each day, GW students leave the classroom to put the law in action at the forefront of national discourse. It's why we came to GW," said outgoing SBA President Nick Nikic.
June 06, 2012 . More
In Memoriam: Dorothy Shapiro
Dorothy Shapiro, a longtime GW benefactor who sought to improve lives and protect the environment, passed away last week. She and her family donated $8.7 million to George Washington University and established several professorships, fellowships, and conferences at the Law School.
June 05, 2012 . More
The 145th commencement of George Washington University Law School was held on Sunday, May 20, 2012 with 542 J.D. and 138 LL.M. graduates receiving degrees at the University Ceremony on the National Mall and at the Law School Diploma Ceremony in the Smith Center.
May 23, 2012 . More
Professor Maggs Among 2012 GW Award Recipients
Professor Gregory Maggs received the 2012 George Washington Award—one of the most prestigious awards bestowed by GW—at the University Commencement ceremony. Professor Maggs embodies integrity, collaboration, and dedication, and we congratulate him on this well-deserved recognition.
May 20, 2012 . More
AHA Member Spotlight: Robert Cottrol
The American Historical Association profiles Harold Paul Green Research Professor of Law Robert J. Cottrol. Professor Cottrol is also a professor of history and sociology at GW and has been a member of AHA since 1976.
May 16, 2012 . More
"Contracts in the Real World: Stories of Popular Contracts and Why They Matter"
Contracts, the foundation of economic activity, are both vital and misunderstood. Professor Lawrence A. Cunningham's latest book corrects the misunderstandings through a series of engaging stories involving such diverse individuals as Martin Luther King, Maya Angelou, Clive Cussler, Lady Gaga, and Donald Trump.
May 15, 2012 . More
2012 Jamie Grodsky Prize Awarded
This spring, the George Washington University Law School was proud to award Lieutenant Commander Jonathan Dowling, JAGC, USN, (LL.M. ’11), the 2012 Jamie Grodsky Prize for Environmental Law Scholarship. Dowling’s paper, “Improving Energy Security with the Great Green Fleet: The Case for Transitioning from Ethanol to Drop-In Renewable Fuels,” highlights the U.S. Navy’s planned Great Green Fleet, a strike group that will be comprised of nuclear powered carriers and submarines, hybrid electric ships powered by algae-based naval propulsion fuel, and aircraft flying on a blend of camelina-based naval aviation fuel.
May 09, 2012 . More
Jeffrey Rosen on the Role of Courts in Democracies
The ABA hosted legal luminaries for "The Courts and Constitutional Democracy in America" which included discussions on judicial procedures, judicial elections, separation of powers, and case volume. (View video on C-SPAN).
May 09, 2012 . More
C-SPAN's "Q&A" Interviews GW Alumnus and Professor Brian Kamoie
1996 GW Law alumnus (also a 1997 GW MPH grad and a GW SPHHS Professor since 2001) Brian Kamoie was interviewed about his life and career—including his service in the Bush administration and currently in the Obama administration as the White House Senior Director of Preparedness, as well as his time at GW as a student and professor.
May 08, 2012 . More
The Law Profs
GW Law Professors Naomi Cahn and Todd Peterson and UMKC Law Professor Nancy Levit debut their blog for Wolters Kluwer's "Becoming a Lawyer." This month, The Law Profs tackle the topic of finding a summer job for those still looking and those thinking ahead to next summer.
May 07, 2012 . More
Report: "Gender Equality in Employment: Policy and Practices in the Switzerland and the U.S."
Professor Naomi Cahn, 3L Michael Peters, and 2L Lindsay Luken are part of a GW team that gathered and analyzed data examining gender equality. The joint GW-U.S. Embassy of Switzerland report found women in both countries face similar employment challenges.
April 26, 2012 . More
Alumni Establish Thriving Law Practice
Following graduation, Brendan Klaproth (J.D.'10) and Sergey Basyuk (J.D.'10) opened their own legal practice in DC. Today, Basyuk & Klaproth LLP is well on its way to establishing a presence in commercial, entertainment, and immigration law.
April 23, 2012 . More
Honoring Corinne Ball
The George Washington Law Alumni Association and the Law Association for Women (LAW) recognized attorney Corinne Ball (J.D. '78) with the Belva Ann Lockwood Award, which celebrates the enduring legacy of women’s rights. Ball is one of the country’s premiere bankruptcy and restructuring lawyers.
April 11, 2012 . More
International Competitions Prepare Students for Legal Careers
Students tested their oral and written skills arguing before faculty scholars and a DC Bar arbitration expert in GW Law’s recent international competitions.
April 06, 2012 . More
Clean Water Act at 40 Event Videos
"The Clean Water Act at 40: The J.B. & Maurice C. Shapiro Environmental Law Symposium" | Speakers discussed a variety of clean water issues including the need for increased green infrastructure to aid in storm water control, green roofs, pervious pavements, and household rainwater collection; and for cities to rethink how they manage and meet water needs. Join the discussion and watch the panel presentation videos.
April 02, 2012 . More
The Clean Water Act at 40: The J.B. & Maurice C. Shapiro Environmental Law Symposium
This event took place March 22–23, 2012 at GW Law. The first day of the conference was held on the United Nations' "World Water Day” and featured distinguished speakers from across the nation. Nancy Stoner, Acting Associate Administrator for Water, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), provided the keynote address, that focused on the EPA's theme "Water is worth it."
March 28, 2012 . More
GW Law Faculty Offer Health Law and Policy Expertise on Historic Supreme Court Case
In a recent GW roundtable discussion with healthcare law and policy experts, GW Law Professor Peter Smith and School of Public Health Professor and GW Law Professor by Courtesy Sara Rosenbaum offered insight and analysis on a significant health law case that will be heard before the Supreme Court.
March 26, 2012 . More
Turley and Murphy Are 2011 Irish Legal 100 Honorees
Professors Jonathan Turley and Sean D. Murphy were honored in October as American attorneys of Irish descent for their legal accomplishments and commitment to the law and service.
March 17, 2012 . More
Government Contracts Community Gathers for Luncheon
In February, the GW Government Procurement Law Program hosted its annual Alumni & Friends Luncheon bringing together more than 200 to celebrate the program and honor Shauna Johnston (J.D. '12), this year's Boyd Scholar.
March 15, 2012 . More
In Memoriam: Professor Raymond W. Mushal
The GW Law community remembers with gratitude the life of Ray Mushal, who taught Environmental Crimes at GW Law since 1993. Professor Mushal was a tireless advocate of environmental crimes litigation with a long career at the U.S. Department of Justice's Environmental Crimes Division of the Environment and Natural Resources Section.
March 14, 2012 . More
An Historic Conversation: GW Law School Hosts Judges from the U.S. Supreme Court and European Court of Human Rights
Four U.S. Supreme Court justices and seven members of the European Court of Human Rights gathered at GW Law School on March 1 for an historic workshop focusing on issues relevant to both courts.
March 12, 2012 . More
Waiving Your Right to Sue
Associate Dean Alan Morrison was a guest on The Diane Rehm Show to discuss the growing number of forced arbitration clauses in contracts.
March 09, 2012 . More
C-LEAF Continues Leadership on Road to Financial Reform
GW's Center for Law, Economics & Finance hosted a conference focused on the impact of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. Gary Gensler, Chairman of the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission, provided the keynote address. C-LEAF has hosted six major conferences on the topic over the past two years. Learn more about GW Law's leadership in bringing together the worlds of Wall Street and Capitol Hill in this era of increased financial market regulation.
March 06, 2012 . More
Professor Straus Named as Slovenian Ambassador of Science
In recognition of his expertise, leadership, and numerous contributions to the academy and to the field of intellectual property and patent law, the Republic of Slovenia’s Committee for Prizes and Recognitions named Professor Josef Straus an Ambassador of Science for the year 2011.
February 29, 2012 . More
Professor Carrillo in Costa Rica to Litigate GW Law Clinic Case Before the Inter-American Court of Human Rights
GW International Human Rights Clinic students and Professor and Director Arturo Carrillo have been working on Vélez v. Colombia since 2007. The case denounces grave human rights abuses committed by the Colombian security forces against a journalist and his family in the late 1990s.
February 23, 2012 . More
Prominent Litigator Jim Humphreys Donates $1 Million Gift to His Alma Mater for GW Law Endowed Scholarship
Longtime GW benefactor James F. Humphreys (J.D. '78) continues to support access to legal education. "GW Law was the key to my career. The education and encouragement I received at the Law School enabled me to pursue a life-time dream of helping consumers and victims. I have been very fortunate financially and it is right and proper that I should pay back and support the institution that made my career possible."
February 21, 2012 . More
Conversations with Lawmakers: Professor Turley Talks Recess Appointments with House Judiciary
Professor Jonathan Turley headed to Capitol Hill to testify before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary and give his expert opinion on "Executive Overreach: The President’s Unprecedented 'Recess' Appointments."
February 18, 2012 . More
A Supreme Competition
U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Elena Kagan, U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit Judge Harris Hartz, and Florida Supreme Court Justice Barbara Pariente, JD ’73, judged the finals of GW’s 62nd annual Jacob Burns Van Vleck Constitutional Law Moot Court Competition on Feb. 2. Watch the video
February 08, 2012 . More
Dean Berman Announces New Health Care Law and Policy Program
In an interview with The National Law Journal, Dean Paul Schiff Berman outlines GW Law's plans to launch a health care law and policy program in the fall. The launch is made possible by a $1 million gift from an anonymous donor.
February 05, 2012 . More
GW Law Announces Winner of First Richard & Diane Cummins Legal History Research Grant
The Law School community congratulates Michel Morin of the Université de Montréal on winning the first annual Richard & Diane Cummins Legal History Research Grant, which provides a $10,000 stipend to support short-term historical research using the Special Collections Department at GW’s Jacob Burns Law Library.
February 03, 2012 . More
Gordon Selected for 2012 Federal 100 Award
Associate Dean Daniel Gordon has been selected to receive a 2012 Federal 100 Award. The awards are given to executives from government, industry, and academia who are found by a select panel of judges to have had the greatest impact on the government information systems community. Before starting at the Law School in January as Associate Dean for Government Procurement Law Studies, Gordon was the Administrator for Federal Procurement Policy.
February 01, 2012 . More
GW Law Tech Policy Talks
In recent weeks, GW Law faculty gathered with Internet policy and technology leaders to discuss breaking news and trends in the industry, highlighting the Law School’s expertise and leadership in the field.
January 30, 2012 . More
Students Excel in Writing Competitions
GW Law students in the Government Procurement Law Program excelled in major writing competitions in 2011. These scholars won $21,000 in prize money, published numerous articles in leading journals and earned the opportunity to present their research at major conferences.
January 26, 2012 . More
Carmen Ortiz to Speak at Commencement
Carmen Ortiz, U.S. Attorney for the District of Massachusetts (J.D. '81), will be the speaker at the 2012 Law School Diploma Ceremony.
January 20, 2012 . More
Alumnus Wins Supreme Court Case
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of Cory Maples, who is represented by GW Law alumnus Gregory Garre (J.D. '91). The case focused on whether a lawyer's errors can be attributed to their client, and the court's ruling will give the Alabama death-row inmate another chance to appeal his conviction.
January 18, 2012 . More
Law School Welcomes New Government Procurement Dean
The GW Law community welcomes Daniel Gordon, Associate Dean for Government Procurement Law Studies. Associate Dean Gordon joins the Law School after serving as the Administrator for Federal Procurement Policy, a position to which he was nominated by President Obama and confirmed by the Senate.
January 11, 2012 . More
Two Alumni Named to Supreme Court Clerkships
The GW Law community congratulates Mark Taticchi (J.D. ’10) and Ryan Watson (J.D. ’07), who recently were hired to serve as U.S. Supreme Court clerks for the October 2012 term. Taticchi will clerk for Justice Anthony Kennedy, and Watson will clerk for Justice Samuel Alito. Both join the distinguished ranks of alumni and faculty who have clerked for Supreme Court justices over the years.
January 09, 2012 . More
Professor Turley's "Res Ipsa Loquitur" Voted Top Legal Opinion Blog
Professor Jonathan Turley's blog has been voted the top legal opinion blog in the ABA Journal's Top 100 Blawg poll—the same week the site received its 10 millionth viewer. Placing second in the opinion category of the ABA Journal poll is the "The Volokh Conspiracy," co-authored by Professor Orin Kerr.
January 06, 2012 . More
2011 News Stories
Alumnus Honored with Pursuit of Justice Award
When Jack Olender visited the Law School in September 2011 to attend his 50th reunion, it was just one of many such points along an unwavering path of friendship with his alma mater that stretches back to 1961, when he earned his LL.M. degree. Recently, however, the Law School has enjoyed an especially fortuitous and somewhat unusual connection to one of its most accomplished alumni.
December 22, 2011 . More
Professor Kieff Named to European Academy of Sciences and Arts
The Academy promotes transnational dialogue and visionary developments of new scientific knowledge and academic thinking, and has more than 1,500 world-renowned members, 28 of whom have received Nobel Prizes.
December 16, 2011 . More
Public Justice Advocacy Clinic Works to Expand Preschool Special Education in D.C. Schools
Representing clients in a class-action lawsuit, Professor Jeffrey Gutman and his students in the Clinic devoted much time over several years to investigating important issues and crafting a litigation strategy to address the failure of the DC Public Schools to provide special education services to preschool-aged children.
December 15, 2011 . More
Professor Buergenthal Receives United Nations Association Human Rights Award
Last week, Thomas Buergenthal, Lobingier Professor of Comparative Law and Jurisprudence, was awarded the Louis B. Sohn Human Rights Award by the United Nations Association – National Capital Area. This award was one of three honors he has recently received for his work in international law and human rights.
December 12, 2011 . Read More
Alumna Honored for Public Service Work
Stasia Kelly, J.D.’81, was honored in October as the Centennial Attorney of the Year by the National Capital Area Council, Boy Scouts of America.
December 07, 2011 . More
C-LEAF in NY Event Explores European Financial Crisis
On December 6, GW’s Center for Law, Economics & Finance (C-LEAF) hosted the event, “Headwinds in the Global Economy and Strategies for Regaining Traction” in New York. The discussion featured distinguished panelists Corrine Ball (J.D. ’78) of Jones Day; Paul N. Roth of Shulte Roth & Zabel; and The Hon. John Snow (J.D. ’67) of JWS Associates and former Secretary of the Treasury.
December 06, 2011 . More
Associate Dean Morrison Testifies on Balanced Budget Amendment
On November 30, Lerner Family Associate Dean for Public Interest and Public Service Law Alan Morrison offered testimony before the Senate on the proposed balanced budget constitutional amendment.
December 02, 2011 . More
IHRC Urges Obama Administration to Support Colombian Human Rights Activists
In October, GW Law’s International Human Rights Clinic (IHRC) joined eight human rights organizations in urging Secretary of State Hilary Clinton and the Obama administration to increase protections for human rights activists in Colombia.
November 28, 2011 . More
Dean Berman Shares Thoughts on Legal Education
Read thoughts from Dean Paul Schiff Berman on GW Law, legal education, and on preparing students for their future.
November 21, 2011 . More
Professor Sean Murphy Elected to International Law Commission
Professor Sean Murphy was elected by the United Nations General Assembly to the International Law Commission (ILC). The Commission consists of 34 distinguished legal scholars, practitioners, and government officials from around the world who are elected to serve for five-year terms.
November 17, 2011 . More
Faculty Experts Weigh In on Supreme Court Arguments
Three GW Law faculty and national experts on privacy and Constitutional law—Jeffrey Rosen, Daniel Solove, and Orin Kerr—are lending their views and analysis to the media as the Supreme Court begins hearing arguments in a case involving surveillance and possible violations of the Fourth Amendment.
November 11, 2011 . More
Mock Trial Board Victory
Congratulations to the GW Law Mock Trial Board team on their recent victory at the ABA Labor and Employment Mock Trial Regional Competition in Washington, DC. The team consisted of Joseph Yarbough, Moses Cook (coach), James Bonneau, Meredith Dempsey, and Ariel Gould.
November 08, 2011 . More
GW Law Launches Political Law Studies Initiative
Directed by Professor Spencer Overton, GW’s Political Law Studies Initiative capitalizes on the Law School’s unique location, faculty, courses, alumni, and students to provide an intensive curriculum for studying political law. The initiative also provides a neutral venue for government officials, practitioners, policy advocates, law students, and scholars to discuss ideas, develop the political law field, and create bipartisan professional networks.
November 07, 2011 . More
GW Law Names New Associate Dean for Government Procurement Law Studies
GW Law is pleased to announce the appointment of Daniel I. Gordon, Administrator for Federal Procurement Policy in the Office of Management and Budget, as its new Associate Dean for Government Procurement Law Studies. He will assume the newly created position on Jan. 1, 2012.
November 02, 2011 . More
Professor Kieff Named Finalist for 2011 World Technology Awards
F. Scott Kieff was named a finalist in the prestigious 2011 World Technology Awards by the World Technology Network. The awards were presented at the United Nations on October 26 in association with TIME, Fortune, CNN, Technology Review, and Science magazine. Professor Kieff is a renowned scholar who has made significant contributions to the field of innovation.
November 01, 2011 . More
FTC Honors Professor Kovacic with Award for Lifetime Achievement
The Federal Trade Commission presented former Commissioner and Chairman William E. Kovacic with the Miles W. Kirkpatrick Award for Lifetime FTC Achievement. Learn more about Professor Kovacic’s remarkable, globe-trotting career, his return to the Law School faculty, and his plans for the future.
October 28, 2011 . More
Law School Hosts Second Annual Conference on Law of Demand Response
The event, co-sponsored by Husch Blackwell and the Peak Load Management Alliance, will be held October 26-27 in the Jacob Burns Moot Court Room at the Law School. This year’s conference will tackle emerging developments and key issues in the law as well as revisit some lingering challenging topics explored at last year’s gathering.
October 26, 2011 . More
Law Review Symposium 2011
The Law Review will host its 2011 Symposium Commemorating the 100th Anniversary of Farrand’s Records of the Federal Convention, co-sponsored by the Institute for Constitutional History, on November 3–4. The event features a keynote address by Associate Justice Antonin Scalia of the Supreme Court of the United States, scholarly panel discussions, and a post-symposium reception.
October 24, 2011 . More
Professor Awarded Civil Liberties Prize
Professor Laura Dickinson’s recent book, “Outsourcing War and Peace: Preserving Public Values in a World of Privatized Foreign Affairs,” has won the 2011 IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law/Roy C. Palmer Civil Liberties Prize.
October 10, 2011 . More
Professors Featured for "Groundbreaking Class"
The International Association for Asset Recovery recently featured a story on their website about the GW Law class "International Money Laundering, Corruption and Terrorism," taught by Professors Tom Lasich and Jack Smith. The class is the first of its kind and provides students with real-world experience and in-depth knowledge of asset recovery that most lawyers learn over the course of their careers.
October 01, 2011 . More
Prof. Murphy Honored as ILC Candidate
In September, the American Society of International Law hosted a reception in honor of Professor Sean D. Murphy, who has been nominated by the U.S. government for election to the International Law Commission this November by the U.N. General Assembly. Watch the video of Professor Murphy’s remarks, as well as introductions by ASIL Vice President John Crook and U.S. State Department Legal Adviser Harold H. Koh.
September 26, 2011 . More
GW Law Welcomes New Admissions Dean
The GW Law community welcomes Sophia Sim, Associate Dean for Admissions and Financial aid. Associate Dean Sim joins the Law School after serving for 14 years in admissions at Georgetown University Law Center.
September 20, 2011 . More
Alumna Named to Facebook Privacy Post
Erin M. Egan, JD ’94, joins Facebook in October as senior policy adviser and director of privacy in Washington. She currently is a partner with Covington & Burling.
September 15, 2011 . More
Law School Announces Visiting Associate Professor Program
GW Law invites applications for appointments in the Visiting Associate Professor Program for the 2012-2014 term. The program seeks candidates who demonstrate promise as legal scholars and a strong interest in entering the legal academy.
September 13, 2011 . More
Burns Law Library Announces Cummins Research Grant
GW Law is pleased to invite applications for the Richard & Diane Cummins Legal History Research Grant for 2012. The Cummins Grant provides a stipend to support short-term historical research using the Special Collections Department at GW's Jacob Burns Law Library.
September 06, 2011 . More
Professor Shelton, Others Secure Historic Human Rights Settlements with Paraguayan Government
The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, with Professor Dinah Shelton as president, negotiated significant human rights victories for victims and their families.
September 02, 2011 . More
GW Law Launches International Student Energy Research Project
In August, Associate Dean for Environmental Studies Lee Paddock, environmental law fellow Jennifer Bowmar, and six GW Law students launched the first International Student Energy Research Project in Groningen, The Netherlands.
August 30, 2011 . More
Media Seeks Professor Manns’ Financial Expertise
Professor Jeffrey Manns has been widely sought after by the news media in recent stories about the country’s current financial situation. He has discussed the United States’ downgraded credit rating, rating agencies and their actions, and current events within the government and financial sector.
August 22, 2011 . More
In Memoriam: The Hon. Glenn L. Archer
The Law School celebrates the life and legacy of The Hon. Glenn L. Archer, J.D. ’54, a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit who passed away in July.
August 19, 2011 . More
Professor Receives the Washington Area Lawyers for the Arts Lifetime Achievement Award
Professor Susan R. Jones, director and supervising attorney of GW Law's Small Business and Community Economic Development Clinic, received the Washington Area Lawyers for the Arts (WALA) Lifetime Achievement Award for distinctive service to the greater Washington, DC, creative community and for 20 years of service on the WALA board of directors.
August 11, 2011 .
Law School Alumnus Receives Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award
D. Bruce Sewell, J.D. ’86 and senior vice president, general counsel, and secretary of Apple, Inc., has been awarded the 2011 Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award by The George Washington University.
August 05, 2011 . More
Maria Pallante Appointed Register of Copyrights
At a moment when intellectual property law is at the forefront of numerous complex legal discussions, a GW Law graduate once again leads the nation in copyright law. The Library of Congress confirmed Maria A. Pallante, J.D. ’90, as the 12th Register of Copyrights and director of the United States Copyright Office in June.
August 02, 2011 . More
GW Law Professors Lead in Paper Downloads at SSRN
Professor Orin Kerr's "How to Read a Legal Opinion: A Guide for New Law Students" and Professor Richard Pierce's "What Should We Do About Administrative Law Judge Disability Decisionmaking?" were #1 and #4 respectively in downloads on SSRN for the week of July 29, 2011.
July 30, 2011 . More
The GW–Oxford International Human Rights Law Program at 17
Dean Berman discusses the history and achievements of the program on the Law School's 20th & H blog.
July 26, 2011 . More
Remembering Charles T. Manatt
The George Washington University is sad to report the passing on July 22 of its distinguished alumnus and Board of Trustees Chairman Emeritus Charles Taylor Manatt (J.D. '62). Chuck, as he liked to be called, was 75 years old.
July 22, 2011 . More
Electronic Discovery Event
The Law School hosted the event, "Electronic Discovery at the ITC: Current Challenges and Possible Improvements." Panelists and attendees included prominent leaders such as ITC Chairman Deanna Tanner Okun, Judge Randall Rader of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (J.D. '78), Magistrate Judge Elizabeth Laporte of the Northern District of California, Judges from the ITC, and associates from Apple, Intel, and local law firms.
July 20, 2011 . More
Professor Solove's 'Nothing to Hide'
Should one give up privacy to gain security? In his new book, Professor Daniel Solove explores the history of privacy rights and the challenges of present technology, and shows how regulation and oversight can preserve both security and privacy.
July 14, 2011 . More
Professor Challenges Utah Law
Jonathan Turley files a historic challenge to Utah's law criminalizing polygamous relations and cohabitation, representing members of the cast of TLC's 'Sister Wives.' His litigation team includes local counsel, 2010 alumnus Adam Alba, and students Joseph Haupt and Geoffrey Turley.
July 14, 2011 . Read More
Welcome Dean Berman
This month marks a new era for GW Law as Paul Schiff Berman, a renowned teacher, scholar, and proven academic administrator, takes the helm as the 18th dean of the George Washington University Law School. Please join us in welcoming him to our community and read more about his vision for the future of the Law School.
July 07, 2011 . More
C-LEAF in New York
GW's Center for Law Economics & Finance (C-LEAF) hosted its second annual "C-LEAF in New York" set of events with an alumni reception June 7 and a symposium on hedge fund regulation June 8.
June 28, 2011 . More
Professor Turley and Students File Lawsuit on Behalf of U.S. Congressmen
On June 15, Professor Jonathan Turley and his team of GW Law students filed a historic challenge to the Libyan War on behalf of their bipartisan Congressional clients claiming the president of the United States does not have the inherent authority to order combat operations without Congressional approval.
June 15, 2011 . More
GW Law Co-Hosts ICJ Discussion
On June 3, GW Law and the American Society of International Law (ASIL) co-hosted a workshop in cooperation with the U.S. Department of State’s Office of Legal Adviser.
June 13, 2011 . More
Honoring Adjunct Faculty
In May, GW Law paid tribute to its dedicated adjunct professors with an Adjunct Faculty Appreciation Luncheon. Awards and recognition were offered to adjunct professors who have served for five, 10, 15, 20, 25, and 35 years.
June 06, 2011 . More
Clinical Professor Joan H. Strand Becomes Professor Emeritus
Professor Joan H. Strand, director of the Civil and Family Litigation Clinic of The Jacob Burns Community Legal Clinics, was awarded professor emeritus status during the 2011 Law School Commencement ceremony on May 15, 2011. Named in 2008 “one of the 90 greatest Washington lawyers of the last 30 years” by the Legal Times, Professor Strand is retiring from GW Law following 32 years of service.
May 31, 2011 . More
For Vietnamese Family, An Emotional Rescue and Reunion
The Washington Post profiles 2011 graduate Ha-Thanh Nguyen and tells the story of how her family escaped communist Vietnam with the help of the U.S. Navy.
May 14, 2011 . More
Celebrating the Class of 2011
The Law School congratulates members of the graduating class of 2011 and recognizes the extraordinary effort that has led to their success. This year’s graduates held positions in government agencies, took classes by prominent Washington experts, and dedicated themselves to community service. Read about these experiences as a few 2011 graduates share their unique Law School stories.
May 12, 2011 . More
Students Excel in Moot Court Nationals
Congratulations to 3L Alexander Varond and 2L Thomas Yeh, who finished second overall to Harvard in the 2011 Giles Sutherland Rich Intellectual Property Moot Court National Championship in Washington, DC. The nationals were held at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit on April 15.
May 06, 2011 . More
Paul Schiff Berman Named Dean of GW Law
Paul Schiff Berman, currently the dean of the Arizona State University Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, has been named dean of the George Washington University Law School by GW President Steven Knapp. His first day at GW is July 1, 2011.
April 28, 2011 . More
GW Law International Human Rights Clinic Brings Its First Case Before the Inter-American Court of Human Rights
Vélez v. Colombia brings attention to the human rights abuses of a journalist and his family in Colombia.
April 11, 2011 . More
Opening College Admissions
For high-performing, low-income students attending D.C. public high schools, a new nonprofit led by Dele Butler (J.D. '09), aims to unlock barriers to admission to high-caliber universities.
April 06, 2011 . More
C-LEAF Inaugural Junior Faculty Workshop
Successful roundtable, co-sponsored by the law firm of Schulte Roth, brings together young academics and senior faculty for two days of in-depth discussions on various business law topics.
April 02, 2011 . More
Representing Puerto Rico
A GW Law education gave Pedro Pierluisi (J.D. '84) a head start in Washington.
April 01, 2011 . More
Professor Shelton Elected Chair of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights
Dinah L. Shelton, the Manatt/Ahn Professor of International Law, has been a commissioner on the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) since January 1, 2010.
March 25, 2011 . More
Professor Murphy Argues Case for Macedonia Before International Court of Justice
Professor Murphy is part of a team of lawyers from Macedonia, France, Belgium, and the United Kingdom that prepared written pleadings for the Court and is now presenting Macedonia’s case against the Republic of Greece at the oral hearing.
March 21, 2011 . More
Justice Thomas Guest Lectures at GW Law
Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas Taught the March 11 Contracts Class of One of His Former Law Clerks, Dean Gregory Maggs.
March 12, 2011 . More
Honoring Margaret Carlson
Margaret Carlson, a journalist and GW Law alumna, was awarded the Belva Ann Lockwood Award earlier this month. She currently writes a weekly column on politics for Bloomberg News, is the Washington editor of The Week, is a contributing editor at The Atlantic, and is a frequent commentator on MSNBC. She also holds the distinction of being named the first female columnist for Time magazine.
March 11, 2011 . More
Remembering Professor Donald P. Rothschild
GW Law remembers with gratitude the life of Donald P. Rothschild, who served as a professor at the Law School for 23 years and retired emeritus with a distinguished research chair named in his honor.
March 09, 2011 . More
GW Law Co-Chairs the U.S.-E.U. Procurement Leadership Roundtable
Law Students Attend Roundtable and Report on the Experience
March 07, 2011 . More
John Snow to Speak at Commencement
John W. Snow, former United States Secretary of the Treasury and a graduate of GW Law's Class of 1967, will be the speaker at the 2011 Law School Diploma Ceremony.
March 04, 2011 . More
Newhall and Williamson Win GNLU Moot Court for Second Year in a Row
The Times of India covers 3Ls Jeremiah Newhall (best oralist) and Sean Williamson's win at the Gujarat National Law University International Moot Court Competition in India. Their first-place finish marks the second year in a row that a GW Law team has won the prestigious competition.
February 14, 2011 . More
American History: Judge Sarah Tilghman Hughes (J.D. '22)
REH: Two-Gun Raconteur, a tribute blog to author Robert E. Howard and Texas history, profiles GW Law alumna Judge Sarah Tilghman Hughes (J.D. '22). A part-time law student who worked as a DC police officer, Judge Hughes played roles in major events including swearing-in President Johnson after President Kennedy's assassination and ruling on Roe v. Wade as a federal district judge. She is also remembered for championing womens and human rights.
February 08, 2011 . More
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg discussed life, family, and work with NPR journalist Nina Totenberg at a GW/Smithsonian event in February.
February 07, 2011 . More
Courting Victory: GW Law's Top Oral Advocates Go Head-to-Head in Van Vleck Finals
The 61st annual Jacob Burns Van Vleck Constitutional Law Moot Court Competition featured Jonathan Maier and Sean Sherman vs. Alexander Hastings and Ha-Thanh Nguyen before a bench of U.S. Court of Appeals Judges Joseph A. Greenaway Jr., Barbara Milano Keenan, and Leslie H. Southwick.
February 07, 2011 . More
Alumna Premiers Documentary at 2011 Sundance
Alumna Susan Saladoff (J.D. '83) premiered her documentary, "Hot Coffee," at Sundance. Decades of experience as a trial lawyer and her love of politics opened the doors for Susan to create this documentary The Washington Post calls a "stunning debut" and Reuters says is "informative and, best yet, entertaining."
January 28, 2011 . More
Examining Financial Reform
The Hon. Gary Gensler, chairman of the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), and former Sen. Chris Dodd (D-Conn.) anchored a high-powered lineup of guest speakers and panelists Jan. 14 at a full-day financial regulatory reform symposium at GW focusing on the impact of the historic Dodd-Frank Act.
January 24, 2011 . More
GW Law Students Win Moot Court Competition in India
Anne Sidwell (J.D. candidate 2011) and Shauna Johnston (J.D. candidate 2012) competed in and won the KK Luthra Memorial Moot Court Competition held over the weekend at the University of Delhi, India.
January 19, 2011 . More
GW Law Helps Rebuild Haitian Law Libraries
The Blog of Legal Times and The National Law Journal cover GW Law's work helping to rebuild Hatian law libraries after the earthquake last year. Read more about what Associate Dean Scott Pagel and others are doing for this effort.
January 18, 2011 . More
Sidwell and Johnston Place First in Indian Criminal Law Moot Court Competition
The Times of India covers the GW Law win this weekend at the KK Luthra Moot Court Competition at the Faculty of Law, Delhi University. Congratulations to 3L Anne Sidwell and 2L Shauna Johnston for their amazing advocacy (winners and best brief) at this prestigious criminal law moot court competition!
January 17, 2011 . More