The GW Law community celebrates the life of Jeanette A. Michael (J.D. ’75), member of the GW Board of Trustees and a founder of GW’s Black Law Alumni Association, who passed away in November. Michael was a passionate advocate for both breast cancer awareness and the advancement of African-American members of the legal community.
In addition to her service as the first president of the BLAA, Michael was an active, encouraging member of GW’s Black Law Student Association, calling the organization “a revolutionary group of folks whose common goals and experiences kept us connected to one another.”
“Jeanette was the rarest of rare jewels. She had an incomparable passion, commitment, and devotion to the Law School, BLSA, and the BLAA,” said Associate Dean Alfreda Robinson.
In 2009, GW recognized Michael with the Spirit of Life Award at its Annual Cancer Gala. A breast cancer fighter herself, Michael inspired others as a community leader and personal example of perseverance and hope. She also received an Outstanding Alumnus Award from the University in 1997.
“Jeanette lived an extraordinary life. She held herself to the highest standards and taught others to do the same,” said Dean Frederick M. Lawrence. “Her legacy at the Law School extends from current students to countless alumni, to future generations of scholars and lawyers.”
During her distinguished career, Michael was a past president of the D.C. Chapter of the National Forum on Black Public Administrators, former chief of staff to the D.C. mayor, and a former executive director of the D.C. Lottery and Charitable Games Board.
The GW Law community is exceptionally proud of the life, career, and advocacy of our friend and colleague Jeanette Michael. In recognition of her commitment to the GW Law community, the Law School established a scholarship in her name.
Please visit The Jeanette Michael Memorial Scholarship Fund for more information.
Visitation and Funeral Mass
Saturday, December 5, 2009
Saint Augustine Roman Catholic Church
1419 V Street NW, Washington DC, 20009
9-11am Visitation and Contribution
11am Funeral Mass
Read more about Jeanette Michael's life in a 2005 profile by GW Law Magazine