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Race and America's Gun Culture

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.

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Alum Designated as Convening Authority

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.

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Meeting the Ukrainian President

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.

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Ugandan Fulbright Research Scholar Joins GW Law

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.

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"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.

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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.

 

Professor Awarded Grant to Research Domestic Violence

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.


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News Stories


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


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Faculty in the News


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

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

Buzzfeed . October 17, 2014
Naomi Cahn is quoted about companies paying for female employees to freeze their eggs. More

Law360 . October 17, 2014
Jessica Tillipman is quoted about the risks defense companies face when engaging in offset agreements. More

The Takeaway . October 16, 2014
Naomi Cahn is interviewed about tech companies offering to freeze a woman's eggs as part of workplace benefits. More

MarketWatch . October 16, 2014
Naomi Cahn is quoted about Apple and Facebook's plan to cover egg-freezing costs. More

San Francisco Daily Journal . October 16, 2014
Joan Meier writes about the issues that the U.S. Supreme Court will address in Ohio v. Clark. More

Federal News Radio . October 15, 2014
Daniel Gordon is interviewed about bid and contract award protests. More

NPR . October 15, 2014
John Banzhaf is interviewed about Harvard's new sexual assault policy. More

KPCC-FM . October 13, 2014
Naomi Cahn is interviewed about the legal issues surrounding sperm donation. More

Politico . October 13, 2014
Naomi Cahn writes about why the ranks of America's unmarried moms keep growing. More

Al Jazeera . October 12, 2014
Peter Raven-Hansen is quoted about a jury ruling that found Arab Bank liable for supporting Hamas. More

The Baltimore Sun . October 12, 2014
Joan Meier writes about cases in which joint custody of children is the wrong answer. More

Financial Times . October 10, 2014
Donald Clarke writes about the disenfranchisement of Alibaba’s shareholders. More

CNN . October 10, 2014
Robert Cottrol is quoted about the role of race in shaping gun control laws. More

Forbes . October 09, 2014
Orin Kerr is quoted about the upcoming Fourth Amendment Supreme Court case Heien v. North Carolina. More

Businessweek . October 08, 2014
Jonathan Turley is quoted about Google and Facebook seeking a court ruling that would allow them to disclose more about the user information they are forced to share with U.S. spy agencies. More


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Upcoming Events

October
27
Monday
Unpacking the African Backlash to the International Criminal Court

Join the International and Comparative Law Program for a talk from GW Law Fulbright Visiting Research Scholar Joe Oloka-Onyango.

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October
29
Wednesday
Cyber Contractors and the Law of Armed Conflict

This panel discussion features Professor Laura A. Dickinson and is co-sponsored by the Battle Space and Contingency Procurements Committee of ABA's Section of Public Contract Law.

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October
30
Thursday
Litigating International Investment Disputes

Join the International and Comparative Law Program for a discussion in the Jacob Burns Moot Court Room.

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November
3
Monday
Alumni Reception in Bethesda

Join the GW Law Alumni Association, host Arthur F. Lafionatis, JD '80, and Dean Blake D. Morant for a reception at Morton's the Steakhouse.

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November
4
Tuesday
Berkshire Beyond Buffett: The Enduring Value of Values

Join GW Law, C-LEAF, and the GW School of Business for a discussion and book signing of Professor Lawrence A. Cunningham's new book Berkshire Beyond Buffett: The Enduring Value of Values.

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November
4
Tuesday
The Role of Directors in Dealing with Activist Investors

Join GW Law's Center for Law, Economics & Finance (C-LEAF) and the Institute for Corporate Responsibility of the GW School of Business for a program in the ongoing series on Challenges in Corporate Governance.

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November
4
Tuesday
Expanding Open Procurement Markets Under the WTO's Government Procurement Agreement

Join GW's Government Procurement Law Program for a discussion panel of senior procurement experts exploring key hurdles in bringing Brazil into the WTO's Government Procurement Agreement.

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November
5
Wednesday
Financial Stability after Dodd Frank: Have We Ended Too Big to Fail?

Join GW Law's Center for Law, Economics and Finance (C-LEAF) for this conference on financial stability four years after the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act was passed.

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