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Daniel Gordon Testifies on Reverse Auctions

Daniel Gordon Testifies on Reverse Auctions | Daniel I. Gordon, Senior Adviser to the Government Procurement Law Program, testified before the House of Representatives Committee on Small Business about "reverse auctions." In these auctions, companies submit bids for government work through a third party company, FedBid, which collects a fee for each contract awarded. Critics, including Mr. Gordon, say that this system does not always act in the best interests of the government. FedBid "has an organizational conflict of interest," said Daniel I. Gordon, a former top Obama administration procurement official. "They have a financial interest in having as many reverse auctions as possible. Regardless of whether it's suitable, they get a fee."

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From Hot Dogs to Top Dogs

From Hot Dogs to Top Dogs | Two alums, Teresa M. Schwartz, JD ’71, and Daniel C. Schwartz, JD ’69, have pledged to create a need-based scholarship for a JD student at GW Law. Both were enrolled in the law school during the 1968-69 academic year, and finances were tight—they fondly recall it as the “the year of the hot dog.” Teresa, taught on the GW Law faculty for 25 years, and Dan, who served in a number of prestigious government positions, never forgot the impact of the scholarships they received while attending law school. “I owe a great deal to GW,” Teresa said. “I was a scholarship student in my first year of law school, and I know what it means to have that kind of support.”

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Burnett Family Endows International Law Dean's Fund

Burnett Family Endows International Law Dean's Fund | This February, GW Law Board of Trustees member Weston (Wes) Burnett, JD '75, LLM '83, and his wife, Barbara, endowed the Burnett Family International and Comparative Law and Policy Studies Dean's Fund to support international and comparative law at GW. The fund director, Associate Dean for International and Comparative Legal Studies Susan L. Karamanian, was named the Burnett Family Professorial Lecturer in International and Comparative Law and Policy. "Susan Karamanian works tirelessly to promote the International and Comparative Law Program, attract high‐quality students, and both teach and nurture those students during their time at the law school," said Blake D. Morant, Dean and Robert Kramer Research Professor of Law. "I share the Burnett family’s enthusiasm in recognizing her contributions."

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The Future of Legal Education

The Future of Legal Education | Dean Blake D. Morant spoke in The Chronicle of Higher Education's "On Leadership" video series about the future of legal education in the United States. Addressing the primary challenges facing law schools, Dean Morant explained how legal education is adjusting to better prepare graduates for the job market and why he thinks now is a great time to consider getting a legal education.

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Lecturing Around the World

Lecturing Around the World | Sean D. Murphy, Patricia Roberts Harris Research Professor of Law, traveled to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, in February to deliver the opening lectures for the 2015 United Nations Regional Course in International Law. Held for the fifth consecutive year at the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, the course trains thirty young lawyers, who are based in African foreign ministries or international organizations, for four weeks of intensive lectures on public international law by scholars and judges from around the world.

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Professor Banzhaf and His Innovative Legal Tactics are Highlighted in PBS Ken Burns' Doc

Professor Banzhaf and His Innovative Legal Tactics are Highlighted in PBS Ken Burns' Doc

In 1966, Public interest attorney and Professor John F. Banzhaf had the idea to use the Fairness Doctrine and petition the FCC to force broadcasters airing cigarette advertisements to also run ads warning of the dangers of tobacco. Professor Banzhaf's impact on cigarette television advertising—and ultimately the downturn in tobacco use—using game-changing legal tactics is an important story in this documentary based on an award-winning book. Ken Burns' "Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies" begins airing tonight and Professor Banzhaf is featured on Wednesday, April 1 (9 pm, PBS).


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News Stories


Daniel Gordon Testifies on Reverse Auctions
Daniel I. Gordon, Senior Adviser to the Government Procurement Law Program, testified before the House of Representatives Committee on Small Business about "reverse auctions." In these auctions, companies submit bids for government work through a third party company, FedBid, which collects a fee for each contract awarded. Critics, including Mr. Gordon, say that this system does not always act in the best interests of the government. FedBid "has an organizational conflict of interest," said Daniel I. Gordon, a former top Obama administration procurement official. "They have a financial interest in having as many reverse auctions as possible. Regardless of whether it's suitable, they get a fee."
March 20, 2015 . Read more

From Hot Dogs to Top Dogs
Two alums, Teresa M. Schwartz, JD ’71, and Daniel C. Schwartz, JD ’69, have pledged to create a need-based scholarship for a JD student at GW Law. Both were enrolled in the law school during the 1968-69 academic year, and finances were tight—they fondly recall it as the “the year of the hot dog.” Teresa, taught on the GW Law faculty for 25 years, and Dan, who served in a number of prestigious government positions, never forgot the impact of the scholarships they received while attending law school. “I owe a great deal to GW,” Teresa said. “I was a scholarship student in my first year of law school, and I know what it means to have that kind of support.”
March 17, 2015 . Read more

Burnett Family Endows International Law Dean's Fund
This February, GW Law Board of Trustees member Weston (Wes) Burnett, JD '75, LLM '83, and his wife, Barbara, endowed the Burnett Family International and Comparative Law and Policy Studies Dean's Fund to support international and comparative law at GW. The fund director, Associate Dean for International and Comparative Legal Studies Susan L. Karamanian, was named the Burnett Family Professorial Lecturer in International and Comparative Law and Policy. "Susan Karamanian works tirelessly to promote the International and Comparative Law Program, attract high‐quality students, and both teach and nurture those students during their time at the law school," said Blake D. Morant, Dean and Robert Kramer Research Professor of Law. "I share the Burnett family’s enthusiasm in recognizing her contributions."
March 16, 2015 .

Lecturing Around the World
Sean D. Murphy, Patricia Roberts Harris Research Professor of Law, traveled to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, in February to deliver the opening lectures for the 2015 United Nations Regional Course in International Law. Held for the fifth consecutive year at the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, the course trains thirty young lawyers, who are based in African foreign ministries or international organizations, for four weeks of intensive lectures on public international law by scholars and judges from around the world.
March 12, 2015 .


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Faculty in the News


AP . March 28, 2015
Jonathan Turley is quoted about paroling older prisoners. More

PBS . March 28, 2015
John Banzhaf is shown in part of the documentary “Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies, Conversation.” More

CBS News . March 27, 2015
Robert Brauneis is quoted about the copyright of the song “Happy Birthday to You.” More

The Washington Post . March 27, 2015
Orin Kerr writes about pending Section 215 cases. More

Federal Times . March 26, 2015
Daniel Gordon is quoted about Department of Defense spending. More

Justia Verdict . March 26, 2015
Neil Buchanan writes about the fatal flaws in the debt ceiling law. More

The Washington Times . March 26, 2015
Jonathan Turley is quoted about alleged constitutional overreach by President Obama. More

ThinkProgress . March 25, 2015
Robert Glicksman is quoted about a San Diego lawsuit against Monsanto over PCB pollution. More

The New York Times . March 23, 2015
Arthur Wilmarth is quoted about risk exposure in large banks. More

Federal News Radio . March 23, 2015
Daniel Gordon is interviewed about reverse auctions for government contracts. M ore

ESPN Radio . March 21, 2015
Spencer Overton is interviewed about voting rights and the 50th anniversary of the Selma march. More

The Washington Post . March 20, 2015
Jeffrey Rosen writes about what privacy expert Louis Brandeis would think of the digital age. More

CNBC . March 19, 2015
Lawrence Cunningham is quoted about Warren Buffett's views on climate change. More

Stateline . March 18, 2015
Naomi Cahn is quoted about regulation of assisted reproduction technologies. More

The Takeaway . March 17, 2015
Jeffrey Rosen is interviewed about free speech and censorship in the age of large social media corporations. More

The Washington Post . March 16, 2015
Mary Cheh is quoted about the departure of the chief federal prosecutor for the District of Columbia. More

Forbes . March 16, 2015
Jeffrey Rosen is quoted about tech companies’ power over what people can say. More

U.S. News & World Report . March 16, 2015
John Banzhaf is quoted about a proposed method for handling sexual assault allegations on college campuses. More

USA Today . March 15, 2015
Jonathan Turley writes about politicians shortening yellow lights and increasing fines for speeding to cover budget shortfalls. More

The New York Times . March 15, 2015
Orin Kerr is quoted about the FBI requiring local police who use its technology for cellphone tracking to sign a nondisclosure agreement. More

Forbes . March 14, 2015
Jeffrey Rosen is quoted about tech companies' power to censor free speech. More


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