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President Obama's Executive Action on Immigration

President Obama's Executive Action on Immigration | President Obama announced immigration reform plans on Thursday, which will utilize his executive authority to crack down on illegal immigration and give undocumented workers an opportunity to request temporary relief from deportation. Professor Jeffrey Rosen spoke to C-SPAN's Washington Journal about the plan, focusing on its mechanics and legal basis, and offering arguments for and against the action.

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Professor Helps Launch Center for Children & Social Engagement

Professor Helps Launch Center for Children & Social Engagement | The Center for Children & Social Engagement, a think tank which exists to improve food security and child nutrition around the world, has announced Professor Catherine Ross as a Senior Fellow, Human and Civil Rights of Children. "I am very excited that the Center is giving me the opportunity to apply the scholarship and work I have done that has focused on children in the U.S. to help improve children's lives around the world," said Professor Ross. "My work with the Center also offers opportunities for our students: I'll be hiring law students to help with research and to assist in other ways and I am thrilled to be able to incorporate GW students into this important work."

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A Different Way to Learn Statutory Analysis

A Different Way to Learn Statutory Analysis | Effectively breaking down and applying statutes and regulations can be a difficult skill to master. That's why Robert Glicksman, J.B. and Maurice C. Shapiro Professor of Environmental Law, wrote Statutory Analysis in the Regulatory State with Richard Levy of the University of Kansas School of Law. The book takes a different approach to teaching statutory analysis skills: using extensive examples taken from real statutes and cases and adding a third section that allows for realistic practice of all the new skills.

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D.C. Legalizes Marijuana: Now What?

D.C. Legalizes Marijuana: Now What? | Voters in Washington, D.C. passed Initiative 71 during November elections, allowing D.C. residents who are 21 or older to posses and grow small amounts of marijuana. The initiative now will go through a 30-day period of review in Congress. In the meantime, Christopher A. Bracey, Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, interviewed with GW Today to explain Initiative 71, its impact on D.C. residents, and the challenges of reconciling federal and state marijuana laws.

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Our Changing Political Geography

Our Changing Political Geography | Professor David Fontana writes for The Daily Beast about the effects of increasing urbanization on American law and politics. As an example, he uses New York Governor Andrew Cuomo's new book, which focuses heavily on New York City, paying less attention to rural parts of the state. "One of the precious and underappreciated jewels of America has always been its geographical diversity," Professor Fontana writes. "We are and always have been a country of city and county, downtowns and small towns. But as Americans change where they live, our politics must change how it works in response.”

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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.

 

Learn About the Ruff Fellowship Program

Learn About the Ruff Fellowship Program

This month, a class of Charles F.C. Ruff Fellows visited District of Columbia Attorney General Irvin B. Nathan. A new class of Ruff Fellows are chosen each year to work at the Office of the Attorney General (OAG) and are funded by a partnership between the D.C. government and local law schools. Fellows work in several divisions within OAG and can be hired after their term is complete; 10 out of 11 members of the 2012 class now work at OAG in permanent positions and were joined this year by members of the class of 2013.


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News Stories


President Obama's Executive Action on Immigration
President Obama announced immigration reform plans on Thursday, which will utilize his executive authority to crack down on illegal immigration and give undocumented workers an opportunity to request temporary relief from deportation. Professor Jeffrey Rosen spoke to C-SPAN's Washington Journal about the plan, focusing on its mechanics and legal basis, and offering arguments for and against the action.
November 21, 2014 . Watch the video

Professor Helps Launch Center for Children & Social Engagement
The Center for Children & Social Engagement, a think tank which exists to improve food security and child nutrition around the world, has announced Professor Catherine Ross as a Senior Fellow, Human and Civil Rights of Children. "I am very excited that the Center is giving me the opportunity to apply the scholarship and work I have done that has focused on children in the U.S. to help improve children's lives around the world," said Professor Ross. "My work with the Center also offers opportunities for our students: I'll be hiring law students to help with research and to assist in other ways and I am thrilled to be able to incorporate GW students into this important work."
November 20, 2014 . Read more

A Different Way to Learn Statutory Analysis
Effectively breaking down and applying statutes and regulations can be a difficult skill to master. That's why Robert Glicksman, J.B. and Maurice C. Shapiro Professor of Environmental Law, wrote Statutory Analysis in the Regulatory State with Richard Levy of the University of Kansas School of Law. The book takes a different approach to teaching statutory analysis skills: using extensive examples taken from real statutes and cases and adding a third section that allows for realistic practice of all the new skills.
November 19, 2014 . Read more

D.C. Legalizes Marijuana: Now What?
Voters in Washington, D.C. passed Initiative 71 during November elections, allowing D.C. residents who are 21 or older to posses and grow small amounts of marijuana. The initiative now will go through a 30-day period of review in Congress. In the meantime, Christopher A. Bracey, Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, interviewed with GW Today to explain Initiative 71, its impact on D.C. residents, and the challenges of reconciling federal and state marijuana laws.
November 18, 2014 . Read more

Our Changing Political Geography
Professor David Fontana writes for The Daily Beast about the effects of increasing urbanization on American law and politics. As an example, he uses New York Governor Andrew Cuomo's new book, which focuses heavily on New York City, paying less attention to rural parts of the state. "One of the precious and underappreciated jewels of America has always been its geographical diversity," Professor Fontana writes. "We are and always have been a country of city and county, downtowns and small towns. But as Americans change where they live, our politics must change how it works in response.”
November 14, 2014 . Read more

3L Works and Wins Asylum Case
For Lifted Lamp, GW Law Immigration Clinic student-attorney Paulina Vera writes about her experience working on the asylum case of S-G-L, who fled Honduras in 2009 after repeated domestic abuse. Ms. Vera, a 3L, recalls the history of the case and explains the lessons she learned while putting together the pre-trial filing and preparing for direct examination.
November 13, 2014 . Read more

Recapping Berkshire Beyond Buffett
Lawrence Cunningham, Henry St. George Tucker III Research Professor of Law, held a book launch for Berkshire Beyond Buffett: The Enduring Value of Values. The book contradicts the belief that Berkshire Hathaway—currently number four among the Fortune 500—will suffer a decline after the retirement of its CEO, 84-year-old Warren Buffett. Professor Cunningham's research shows reasons to believe that Mr. Buffett has built a strong corporate culture and an "organization larger than himself."
November 11, 2014 . Read more

Student Scholarship: 2015 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 JD or LLM degree program for the best paper proposing a creative solution to a serious societal problem in the United States.
November 10, 2014 . Read more

Visiting the Supreme Court
The GW Student Chapter of the American Constitution Society (ACS) went to the U.S. Supreme Court last week to hear the case of Zivotofsky v. Kerry. Although the group arrived at the court by 5:30 am and stood in line for nearly four hours in order to secure their spots in the courtroom, it was worth the wait. "There is really no substitute for hearing one of the justices pose a hypothetical, and thinking about what you would respond with if you were arguing the case yourself," said ACS Student Chapter President David Seidel. "Especially knowing that the answer to such hypotheticals may be the very reason the Court goes one way or the other."
November 07, 2014 . Read more

Learning More: U.S. Military Commissions
Last week, Mark S. Martins, a Brigadier General in the United States Army Judge Advocate General's Corps, spoke to students focusing on National Security Law about the United States' military commissions system. As the Chief Prosecutor of Military Commissions, General Martins is responsible for overseeing the trials of detainees held at Guantánamo Bay. Following an overview of the system and a discussion of arguments for and against its use, attendees engaged in a Q and A session with General Martins about military commissions.
November 06, 2014 .

The Fall 2014 A. Sidney Katz Lecture
The Intellectual Property Law Program hosted the Honorable Pauline Newman of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit for the fall edition of its bi-annual A. Sidney Katz Lecture. A longtime member of the court, Judge Newman led the audience of students and practitioners on a firsthand journey through the history of the Federal Circuit, including how it came into being. For the full recap of the event, click "Read More."
October 31, 2014 . Read more

Professor Saltzburg Wins ABA Award
The American Bar Association Criminal Justice Section honored Stephen A. Saltzburg, Wallace and Beverley Woodbury University Professor of Law, with its inaugural Raeder-Taslitz Award. The award recognizes a law professor who exemplifies ethical and professional conduct; demonstrates excellence in scholarship, teaching, or community service; and has made a significant contribution to promoting public understanding of criminal justice, fairness in the criminal justice system, or best practices on the part of lawyers and judges. "The great esteem in which we hold Stephen, the first recipient, only adds to the prestige of the award," said Cynthia Orr, co-chair of the Criminal Justice Section.
October 30, 2014 . Read more

Tech Companies to Cover Egg Freezing for Employees
Facebook and Apple made national news this month after offering to pay for female employees to freeze their eggs. Naomi Cahn, Harold H. Greene Professor of Law, spoke to a variety of media outlets, including BuzzFeed, Public Radio International, and MarketWatch, about the issue. "The opportunity to freeze eggs really can be empowering, so that could certainly be one component of a family-friendly workplace," said Professor Cahn. "But a family-friendly workplace doesn't just include child care benefits and flexible time. It also includes paying a living wage to both men and women. And then once men and women do have children, making sure to support the families that they have."
October 29, 2014 .

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.
October 24, 2014 . Read more

Fighting Terrorism in Court
Professor Peter Raven-Hansen has spent years representing victims of terrorism in civil litigation brought under the Anti-Terrorism Act. Along with Gary Osen, JD '92, he is currently working on several cases against organizations that handle financial transactions linked to terrorist activities. After a jury found Arab Bank liable last month for supporting Hamas in a series of bombings, Professor Raven-Hansen answered a series of questions about his work.
October 17, 2014 . Read more

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


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Faculty in the News


USA Today . November 24, 2014
Jonathan Turley writes about a need for a fair investigation in Ferguson, Missouri. More

Los Angeles Times . November 23, 2014
Lawrence Cunningham's new book, Berkshire Beyond Buffett: The Enduring Value of Values, is reviewed. More

The Wall Street Journal . November 20, 2014
Jonathan Turley is mentioned for being hired as the House of Representative's attorney in a lawsuit against President Obama. More

The Washington Post . November 19, 2014
Jonathan Turley is mentioned for his new role as the lead attorney in a lawsuit against President Obama. More

The Detroit News . November 19, 2014
Laura Dickinson is quoted about the lack of military fraud oversight. More

MSNBC . November 18, 2014
Jonathan Turley is mentioned for agreeing to represent House Republicans in their possible future legal action against President Obama. More

Politico . November 18, 2014
Jonathan Turley is mentioned for his hiring by the GOP to oversee its lawsuit against President Obama. More

The Washington Post . November 18, 2014
Jonathan Turley is mentioned for becoming the lead attorney in the House GOP's lawsuit against President Obama. More

NPR . November 18, 2014
Jonathan Turley is quoted about President Obama's plan to provide temporary legal status to as many as 5 million people. More

The New York Times . November 18, 2014
Lawrence Cunningham writes about dealmaking lessons learned from Warren Buffett and Berkshire's other managers. More

Financial Times . November 16, 2014
Lawrence Cunningham's book, Berkshire Beyond Buffett: The Enduring Value of Values, is reviewed. More

AP . November 16, 2014
Laura Dickinson is quoted about a lack of accountability mechanisms to prevent military fraud. More

Army Times . November 14, 2014
Robert Tuttle is quoted about an ROTC program that is under review amid religion-based challenges. More

Bloomberg . November 14, 2014
Lawrence Cunningham is quoted about the U.S. having grounds to demand that AIG pay damages resulting from a $25 billion lawsuit. More

Omaha World-Herald . November 14, 2014
Lawrence Cunningham is quoted about Berkshire Hathaway's acquisition of Duracell from Procter & Gamble. More

Fox News Channel . November 14, 2014
Jonathan Turley is interviewed about executive overreach by President Obama. More

The Wall Street Journal . November 14, 2014
Jonathan Turley is quoted about whether President Obama can shield millions of illegal immigrants from deportation. More

USA Today . November 13, 2014
Lawrence Cunningham is quoted about Berkshire Hathaway swapping stock for ownership of Duracell. More

Bloomberg . November 13, 2014
Lawrence Cunningham is interviewed about Berkshire Hathaway's acquisition of Duracell. More

The Wall Street Journal . November 13, 2014
Lawrence Cunningham is quoted about Warren Buffett trading Procter & Gamble stock for Duracell. More

CNBC . November 13, 2014
Lawrence Cunningham is quoted about Berkshire Hathaway purchasing Duracell using Procter & Gamble stock. More

NPR . November 13, 2014
Lawrence Cunningham is interviewed about Berkshire Hathaway's acquisition of Duracell. More

The Washington Post . November 12, 2014
Jonathan Siegel is quoted about a legal challenge that the FCC might face after deciding on net neutrality rules. More

The San Francisco Chronicle . November 12, 2014
Jonathan Turley is quoted about the dangers of an "uber-presidency." More

C-SPAN . November 12, 2014
Daniel Solove speaks on a panel about defining privacy. More

The New York Times . November 11, 2014
Lawrence Cunningham writes about the deficiencies of deferred prosecution agreements. More

The Washington Times . November 11, 2014
Stephen Saltzburg is quoted about a man locked up in a mental hospital for 40 years after a necklace theft charge. More

The Daily Beast . November 08, 2014
David Fontana writes about the urban focus of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. More

The Week . November 08, 2014
Steven Schooner is quoted about the U.S. government's use of private contractors in conflicts overseas. More

The New York Times . November 06, 2014
Sara Rosenbaum is quoted about the potential for a partial expansion of Medicaid. More

The Washington Post . November 05, 2014
Mary Cheh is mentioned for her reelection to the D.C. City Council. More

The New Republic . November 05, 2014
David Fontana writes about GOP political candidates who attended Ivy League schools. More

The Chronicle of Higher Education . November 03, 2014
Donald Braman is quoted about the research of Yale University law professor Dan Kahan. More

The Hill . November 03, 2014
Jonathan Turley is quoted about overreach by the executive branch. More

Bloomberg . November 03, 2014
Lawrence Cunningham is paraphrased about a possible upset in the AIG $25 billion bailout trial. More

Reuters . October 31, 2014
Lawrence Cunningham Berkshire Beyond Buffett is reviewed. More

Verdict . October 31, 2014
Neil Buchanan writes that progressive taxation and spending must both be part of the fight against inequality. More

The Huffington Post . October 30, 2014
David Fontana writes about whether the American public is isolationist. More

Bloomberg . October 29, 2014
Lawrence Cunningham is mentioned for a talk he organized about Warren Buffett. More

NPR . October 29, 2014
Stephen Saltzburg is quoted about a case in which federal agents posed as utility repairmen to find evidence. More

The Huffington Post . October 28, 2014
Joan Meier writes about a pending U.S. Supreme Court case that involves children's reports of abuse. More

Politico . October 27, 2014
Jonathan Turley is quoted about whether the federal or state governments have quarantine powers. More

CNN . October 27, 2014
Jonathan Turley is interviewed about the constitutionality of quarantine law. More

The Wall Street Journal . October 26, 2014
Lawrence Cunningham is quoted about the future of Berkshire Hathaway. More

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

Bloomberg TV . October 21, 2014
Lawrence Cunningham is interviewed about Warren Buffett and Berkshire Hathaway. More

Federal News Radio . October 21, 2014
Steven Schooner is interviewed about topics in government procurement, including potential reform. 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


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