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 Past, Present, and Future of the Federal Reserve System"
Friday, 8:30 am—3:30 pm | GW Law's Center for Law, Economics & Finance
(C-LEAF) will sponsor "The Past, Present, and Future of the Federal Reserve System." This event, featuring Donald K. Kohn, a former Vice Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve; David Wessel, economics editor at the Wall Street Journal; Rep. Jim Himes, House Financial Services Committee; and many other industry and academic leaders, will cover the Fed’s role in setting monetary policy, its influence in the global markets and the economy, and its position as primary regulator of the nation's largest banks and financial institutions. Read more for a complete agenda, speakers list, and to register.
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Faculty on the Hill
Our professors strive to exemplify "Law in Action." The members of our faculty are a fixture on Capitol Hill, appearing frequently as expert witnesses at U.S. Senate and House hearings on a variety of important issues, from the legality of NSA data collection programs to constitutional restrictions on presidential powers. Read more to see a collection of 2013's faculty testimonials.
December 06, 2013 . Read more
Thoko Kaime on Access to Energy in Africa
Dr. Thoko Kaime, a native of Malawi and lecturer in international environmental law at the University of Leicester, visited GW Law as part of a Shapiro Lecture series. Professor Kaime, who maintains broad interests in the area of public international law and the social critique of law and legal policy, spoke about his current work on legal issues related to energy access in Africa. For the past several months, Professor Kaime has been conducting research on the topic in a few southern African countries.
December 05, 2013 .
Sean Murphy and Students Work for U.N. in Geneva
This summer, four students traveled with Sean D. Murphy, Patricia Roberts Harris Research Professor of Law, to Geneva to work for the U.N. International Law Commission (ILC). Professor Murphy serves as a member of the ILC, having been elected to a 2012-2017 term by the U.N. General Assembly. Casey Rubinoff, JD '14, worked for the ILC member from Colombia; Anthony Kuhn, JD '14, and Josh Doherty, JD '14, worked for Professor Murphy; and Marija Dordeska, LLM '13, worked for the ILC member from Slovenia. For this and other updates, read the full fall 2013 edition of the "International and Comparative Law Perspectives" newsletter.
December 04, 2013 . Read more
Faculty Scholarship: Finding Our Families
Naomi Cahn, Harold H. Greene Professor of Law, released her new book Finding Our Families on December 3, 2013. Written in conjunction with Wendy Kramer, the co-founder of the Donor Sibling Registry, the book serves as an all-inclusive guide for donor-conceived people, parents, and doctors. Finding Our Families is Professor Cahn’s most recent scholarship on reproduction and family. She has also previously authored law review articles and been quoted in the media about feminist jurisprudence, family law, and reproductive technology.
December 03, 2013 . Read more
Removing Restrictions to Enhance Gender Equality
The International and Comparative Law Program recently hosted a panel discussion to mark the launch of the World Bank-IFC report, Women, Business, and the Law 2014: Removing Restrictions to Enhance Gender Equality. Three speakers discussed the report’s extensive findings, including its focus on violence against women and its tax and policy implications.
December 02, 2013 . Read more
Turkey Day Torts 2013
Jonathan Turley, J.B. and Maurice C. Shapiro Professor of Public Interest Law, continues his annual "Turkey Torts" column about potential and actual lawsuits relating to Thanksgiving. In Professor Turley's words, Thanksgiving "continues to be replete with torts from deep-fried turkeys to salmonella salads." Read more to see the full collection of this year's cases.
November 28, 2013 . Read more
Religious Liberty and the Contraceptive Mandate
The U.S. Supreme Court recently agreed to take on two cases about the Affordable Care Act mandate requiring businesses, even those with religious objections, to provide insurance coverage for employee birth control. Ira C. Lupu, F. Elwood and Eleanor Davis Professor Emeritus of Law, recently moderated a panel at the Newseum in Washington, D.C., about litigation surrounding this contraceptive mandate. Daniel Mach, Director of the ACLU's Program on Freedom of Religion and Belief, and Lori Windham, Senior Counsel at the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, joined Professor Lupu for this discussion marking the 20th anniversary of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.
November 26, 2013 . Watch the panel
"What to Do With the NSA"
Orin Kerr, Fred C. Stevenson Research Professor of Law, recently appeared on NPR's On Point to discuss how the United States can restrain NSA activities while still maintaining a reasonable level of national security. Professor Kerr believes these activities have potential to be safely limited, explaining that this issue deals with major policy questions, better suited for Congress, rather than the courts. According to Professor Kerr, this is "an issue for the people and their public opinion to be translated into congressional action." Professor Kerr's segment begins at 20:00.
November 25, 2013 . Listen to the segment
Alumnus Receives Prestigious IP Award
The American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA) presented Joseph R. Newman, JD ’13, with the Jan Jancin Award, one of the top IP student awards in the country, at its annual meeting in October. Associate Dean John Whealan nominated Mr. Newman for his academic and extracurricular achievements. In addition to graduating with honors, Mr. Newman wrote an IP paper about targeted advertising on the web that won the 2012 Finnegan Writing Competition and was later accepted for publication in the AIPLA Quarterly Journal. During his time at GW Law, he worked as a research assistant for two IP professors, interned at four different organizations, and played saxophone in DeNovo, a rock ‘n roll cover band fronted by Randall R. Rader, Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.
November 22, 2013 .
Student Scholarship: Creative Solutions Competition
Through the generosity of Howard J. Rudge, JD '64, a retired Senior Vice President of DuPont Corporation, the Law School will award a cash prize of $5000 to a GW student enrolled in the J.D. or LL.M. degree program for the best paper proposing a creative solution to a serious societal problem in the United States.
November 20, 2013 . Read more
Magic and Law: Library Features Harry Potter
The Jacob Burns Law Library is showcasing an exhibit that uses the Harry Potter series to teach about civil suit issues and copyright law. Compiled by reference librarians Karen Wahl and Mary Kate Hunter, the exhibit highlights several law review articles that discuss mediation, tort theory, and fan fiction in relation to J.K. Rowling’s fictional universe. The display also features two books from the law library’s collection: The Law and Harry Potter and Law and Magic: A Collection of Essays. This exhibit runs through December, 2013.
November 19, 2013 . Read more.
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Faculty in the News
The Washington Times . December 09, 2013
Sara Rosenbaum is quoted in an article about state resistance to the expansion of Medicaid. More
The Chicago Tribune . December 06, 2013
Charles Craver is quoted about pension threats to government workers in Illinois and Detroit. More
New Republic . December 06, 2013
Jeffrey Rosen pens an article about a new round of legal challenges to the Affordable Care Act. More
Bloomberg . December 05, 2013
Charles Craver is quoted about pension threats to government workers in Illinois and other states. More
Verdict . December 05, 2013
Neil Buchanan writes a column about the compensation system for college athletes. More
The Washington Post . December 04, 2013
Orin Kerr is quoted about the legality of the warrantless collection of cellphone metadata by the National Security Agency. More
C-SPAN | The Washington Post | The Christian Science Monitor | Fox News | Washington Examiner . December 03, 2013
Jonathan Turley gives his opinion on the intersection of Presidential powers and the Constitution before the House Judiciary Committee. More
The Washington Post . December 03, 2013
Sara Rosenbaum is quoted in an article about lawsuits concerning Affordable Care Act subsidies. More
U.S. News & World Report . December 02, 2013
Jonathan Turley is quoted about the constitutional rights of Terry Jones, a pastor who intended to burn 2,998 Qurans soaked in kerosene before Florida police arrested him for illegally transporting fuel. More
The Miami Herald . December 01, 2013
Orin Kerr's blog post is referenced in an article about the Foreign Intelligence Service Act (FISA) court’s approval of National Security Agency cellphone metadata collection. More
USA Today . November 29, 2013
Jonathan Turley is quoted about the First Amendment right of NFL players and other citizens to film police officers in public. More
CNN . November 27, 2013
Jonathan Turley comments on the two Affordable Care Act contraceptive mandate cases recently accepted by the U.S. Supreme Court. More
The Globe and Mail . November 27, 2013
W. Burlette Carter is quoted about a lawsuit brought against the National Hockey League by former players, who allege that they suffered permanent brain damage because of playing the sport. More
New Republic . November 26, 2013
Jeffrey Rosen writes a column about the religious liberty rights of corporations. More
The Hill . November 26, 2013
Ira Lupu is quoted in an article about the U.S. Supreme Court battle over the Affordable Care Act contraceptive mandate. More
The Wall Street Journal . November 22, 2013
Arthur Wilmarth, Jr. is quoted in an article about the United States selling the remainder of its stake in General Motors. More
Justia . November 21, 2013
Neil Buchanan pens a column about the need for negotiations without "hostage taking" in Congress. More
Forbes . November 21, 2013
Naomi Cahn is quoted in an article about the social media dangers faced by modern caregivers. More
The Huffington Post . November 03, 2013
Naomi Cahn writes a blog post about the plausibility of the movie Delivery Man, which addresses fertility clinics and sperm donation. More
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