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
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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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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