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Celebrating Commencement 2015

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.

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Demonstrating Excellence in Learning and Service

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.

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Watch: A Conversation with the Honorable<br>John Paul Stevens

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.

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GW Law Students Help Fight Hunger in D.C.

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."

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Alumna Creates Podcast to Explore the Issues Behind

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.

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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.

 

Dean Morant Addresses Graduating Montana Law Students

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.


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News Stories


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


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Faculty in the News


The Washington Post . May 27, 2015
Jessica Tillipman is quoted about how the U.S. arrested FIFA officials in Switzerland. More

Deseret News . May 27, 2015
Robert Tuttle is quoted about the 7th Circuit denying the University of Notre Dame a religious exemption from the Affordable Care Act’s contraceptive mandate. More

CNBC . May 26, 2015
Lawrence Cunningham is quoted on energy policy amid Nevada debate pitting a Berkshire Hathaway subsidiary against proponents of rapid solar expansion. More

The Virginian-Pilot . May 23, 2015
Charles Craver is quoted about attorney payments in class action lawsuits. More

Missoulian . May 23, 2015
Blake Morant is quoted from his address to graduates at the University of Montana School of Law. More

CBS News, Montana . May 23, 2015
Blake Morant is mentioned for his address at the University of Montana School of Law commencement ceremony. More

Bloomberg . May 22, 2015
Naomi Cahn is interviewed about a legal battle over frozen embryo custody between actress Sofia Vergara and her ex-fiance. More

Missoulian . May 20, 2015
Blake Morant is mentioned for giving the graduation address at the University of Montana School of Law. More

Bloomberg . May 20, 2015
Arthur Wilmarth is quoted about Department of Justice criminal charges leveled against large banks. More


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Upcoming Events

June
3
Wednesday
Brunch at VA Bar Ceremony

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June
5 -
June
6
Reunion Weekend 2015

Register today for Reunion Weekend 2015!

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June
6
Saturday
CLE Presentation: Avoiding Malpractice and Bar Complaints

A recent rise in malpractice claims against firms has caused a resurgent need for care and professionalism in all aspects of legal work. Join GW Law for a complimentary ethics CLE on how to avoid these issues.

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June
6
Saturday
Rare Law Book Exhibition

The Jacob Burns Law Library is hosting an exhibition of rare law texts from the Library's Special Collections, featuring books, incunabula, and manuscripts from the 15th through 19th centuries.

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June
24
Wednesday
2015 Alumni Summer Baseball Outing

Join the GW Law Alumni Association for the annual alumni baseball outing as the Washington Nationals play the Atlanta Braves.

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