News & Events
With several events taking place each day, GW Law is a hub of legal activity. From moot court competitions judged by Supreme Court justices to lectures by prominent legal minds to career development programs, the Law School is always abuzz with activities that benefit students, faculty, and the GW community.
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."
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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
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Faculty in the News
Bloomberg . October 29, 2014
Lawrence Cunningham is mentioned for a talk he organized about Warren Buffett. More
NPR . October 29, 2014
Stephen Saltzburg is quoted about a case where federal agents posed as utility repairmen to find evidence. More
The Huffington Post . October 28, 2014
Joan Meier writes about a pending U.S. Supreme Court case that involves children's reports of abuse. More
Politico . October 27, 2014
Jonathan Turley is quoted about whether the federal or state governments have quarantine powers. More
CNN . October 27, 2014
Jonathan Turley is interviewed about the constitutionality of quarantine law. More
The Wall Street Journal . October 26, 2014
Lawrence Cunningham is quoted about the future of Berkshire Hathaway. More
National Review . October 22, 2014
Orin Kerr is mentioned for his hypothetical legal solution to law enforcement problems created by increased levels of phone encryption. More
Bloomberg TV . October 21, 2014
Lawrence Cunningham is interviewed about Warren Buffett and Berkshire Hathaway. More
Federal News Radio . October 21, 2014
Steven Schooner is interviewed about topics in government procurement, including potential reform. More
The Daily Beast . October 19, 2014
John Banzhaf is mentioned in an article about new regulations at Harvard on how to handle sexual assault. More
The Washington Post . October 18, 2014
Richard Pierce is quoted about Social Security Administration judges who hear disability benefits appeals. More
Bloomberg . October 17, 2014
Jonathan Turley is quoted about the impact of new technologies on law enforcement. More
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