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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.
Student-Attorney Recounts Asylum Case
Sydney Barron, a 3L Immigration Clinic student-attorney, authored a post about assisting in an asylum case on the blog of law firm Benach Ragland LLP. Ms. Barron chronicles the case of her client "Julia" who was recently granted asylum in the United States after fleeing domestic violence in her home country of Guatemala. GW Law's Immigration Clinic assisted Julia in appealing her case after an immigration court denied her initial asylum request. Ms. Barron concluded, "The opportunity to help protect her [Julia] from further abuse and finally bring her a sense of peace and closure was an amazing gift."
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NYT Profiles GW Law Brain Injury Course
In its Sunday edition, The New York Times profiled a new GW Law seminar about the legal implications of traumatic brain injuries. The law school developed this first of its kind course because of the concussion crisis gripping the NFL. "We look for areas of the law that need attention," said Interim Dean Gregory Maggs. Students in the class learn both legal theory and practice while considering questions ranging from liability to the epidemiology of brain injuries. According to the instructor, Professorial Lecturer in Law Michael Kaplen, "The number of concussions is vastly underreported."
April 15, 2014 . Read more
Orin Kerr on Camera
SCOTUSblog, the Peabody Award-winning Supreme Court blog, interviewed Orin Kerr, Fred C. Stevenson Research Professor of Law, for a five-part series about his professional expertise and experiences at the Court. In the first segment, Professor Kerr spoke on topics from his background in mechanical engineering and work at the Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section of the Department of Justice to his experiences clerking for Justice Anthony Kennedy and his time at GW Law.
April 11, 2014 . Watch the interview
Alfreda Robinson Receives NBA Award
Alfreda Robinson, Associate Dean for Trial Advocacy, received the Heman Marion Sweatt Award from the National Bar Association (NBA). The award honors individuals engaged in barrier-breaking work who display a commitment to excellence. Dean Robinson has a long history of service within the NBA and currently chairs the organization's Standing Committee on Judicial Selection. She has previously served as Chair of the Law Professors Division, member of the Board of Governors, and Regional Director for Washington, D.C. In 2008, the NBA also awarded Dean Robinson with its highest honor, the C. Francis Stradford Award.
April 10, 2014 .
Alumna Helps Free Innocent Man
Susan Friedman, JD '11, led a legal team including attorneys from The Mid-Atlantic Innocence Project in overturning the murder conviction of Sabein Burgess, a man who spent almost 20 years in prison for a crime he did not commit. While participating in an Equal Justice Works Fellowship, Ms. Friedman not only proved that incorrect forensic evidence was used, but also provided a different theory that was likely to have occurred. "I hope that this outcome helps others who are investigating wrongful convictions based on faulty forensic science evidence, and heightens awareness in the criminal justice system of the problems with gunshot residue evidence as well as other forensic science evidence," she said.
April 07, 2014 . Read more
Iselin Gambert Awarded Australian Fellowship
The Australian government has awarded the prestigious Endeavour Executive Fellowship to Iselin Gambert, Associate Professor of Legal Research and Writing, who will spend two months this spring as a Visiting Scholar at Melbourne Law School. The Australian government awards the fellowships to high achieving professionals, with the goal of allowing them to further develop their skills and international engagement. During her time in Australia, Professor Gambert will collaborate with faculty on innovative ways to bring legal writing and professional development training into the law school curriculum.
April 04, 2014 .
Professors Solove and Swaine Elected to ALI
The American Law Institute (ALI) announced the election of 69 new members, among them Professor Edward Swaine and Daniel Solove, John Marshall Harlan Research Professor of Law. Through a confidential nomination supported by three current members, ALI elects individuals who "reflect the excellence and diversity of today's legal profession" and who have a demonstrated interest in law reform. As part of the Institute, Professors Swaine and Solove will produce scholarly work that clarifies, modernizes, and otherwise improves the law.
April 03, 2014 . Read more
3L Gives Naturalization Ceremony Keynote
Jessica Leal, 3L and Immigration Clinic student-attorney, gave the keynote speech at a naturalization ceremony held at GW Law by the Washington D.C., District Office of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. Twenty young people between the ages of 14 and 22 took an oath of U.S. citizenship at the event, which was hosted in coordination with the law school's Immigration Clinic and the Immigration Law Association. In her remarks, Ms. Leal illustrated the opportunities that citizenship can provide.
April 01, 2014 . Read more
Professors Weigh In on Hobby Lobby Case
On March 24, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments on Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores and Conestoga Wood Specialties Corp. v. Sebelius, two highly anticipated cases dealing with the intersection of the Affordable Care Act and religious freedom. Several GW Law faculty members have closely followed and commented on the cases, including Ira Lupu, F. Elwood and Eleanor Davis Professor Emeritus; Robert Tuttle, David R. and Sherry Kirschner Berz Research Professor or Law and Religion; and Professor of Law Jeffrey Rosen.
March 28, 2014 . Read more
Alumnus Named CMA Commissioner
GW Law recognizes Najem AL Zaid, SJD '10, who was recently appointed by a Royal Order as a Commissioner and Board Member of The Capital Market Authority (CMA) in Saudi Arabia. As the equivalent of the Securities and Exchange Commission in the United States, the CMA issues rules and regulations to develop the Saudi Arabian Capital Market. “Najem has been at the forefront of helping build capacity for the regulation of capital in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia,” said Associate Dean Susan Karamanian (pictured). “We are delighted that the education he received at GW Law has helped play a part in his professional development, which has contributed so much to his country.”
March 27, 2014 .
2L Appointed to D.C. Veterans Affairs Board
Congratulations to 2L Saif Khan for his appointment by Mayor Vincent Gray to the Advisory Board for D.C. Veterans Affairs. Mr. Khan, an Iraq War veteran, said, "This appointment will allow me to represent the voices of fellow veterans living in D.C. by advising leaders about veterans' issues. I hope this opportunity will allow me to enact positive change in my community, just as I hope to do as an aspiring lawyer." Mr. Darryl Gorman, Director of the Office of Boards and Commissions for the D.C. Government, swore in Mr. Khan in early March.
March 24, 2014 .
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Faculty in the News
USA Today . April 17, 2014
Naomi Cahn is quoted about the origins of states’ anti-adultery laws. More
Politico . April 15, 2014
Jonathan Siegel is quoted about radical tax protestors. More
The Washington Post . April 15, 2014
Orin Kerr writes about curricular innovation at law schools. More
Los Angeles Times . April 14, 2014
Jonathan Turley writes about similarities between GM rejecting fixes for its Cobalt model and Ford not fixing issues with its Pinto model in the ‘70s. More
The New York Times . April 13, 2014
Gregory Maggs is quoted on a new course offered at GW Law about the legal implications of traumatic brain injuries. More
The Wall Street Journal . April 13, 2014
Naomi Cahn is quoted about responsibility for student loan debt after a divorce.More
BBC World Service . April 13, 2014
Jonathan Turley is interviewed about the judicial ethics of shaming punishments. More
The Washington Post . April 11, 2014
Orin Kerr writes about the need for computer-specific Fourth Amendment rules in the cell phone search cases before the U.S. Supreme Court. More
The Washington Post . April 11, 2014
Orin Kerr writes about a ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit vacating convictions in United States v. Auernheimer. More
Fox News . April 11, 2014
John Banzhaf is quoted about new federal dietary guidelines.More
The Washington Post . April 11, 2014
Orin Kerr is quoted on the federal appeals court ruling overturning the conviction of computer hacker Andrew Auernheimer. More
China Forum . April 11, 2014
Donald Clarke is interviewed about the Chinese legal system and the potential for reform. More
The Washington Post . April 10, 2014
Orin Kerr writes about merits briefs filed by respondents in the cell phone search cases before the U.S. Supreme Court. More
The Washington Post . April 09, 2014
Orin Kerr writes about a magistrate judge who denied a second application for a warrant to search an e-mail account. More
The Washington Times . April 08, 2014
Steven Schooner is quoted about the effects of new social policies on the federal procurement process. More
The Washington Post . April 08, 2014
John Banzhaf is quoted about the discriminatory dry cleaning practices of the late 1980s. More
The Washington Post . April 06, 2014
Orin Kerr writes about whether or not travelers have a right to leave the airport security screening areas without the TSA’s permission. More
Tampa Bay Times . April 04, 2014
Sara Rosenbaum is quoted about hardship exemptions from the individual mandate of the Affordable Care Act. More
The Miami Herald . April 04, 2014
Jonathan Turley is quoted about passivity by Congress and the federal judiciary while the executive branch concentrates authority. More
The Washington Post . April 04, 2014
Sara Rosenbaum is quoted about community health centers competing with private primary-care expansion. More
NPR . April 03, 2014
Jeffrey Rosen is interviewed about the U.S. Supreme Court striking down overall limits on campaign contributions. More
Reuters . April 03, 2014
Jeffrey Rosen writes about the campaign finance decision in the U.S. Supreme Court case McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission. More
NPR . April 03, 2014
Spencer Overton is interviewed about the The National Urban League’s new “State of Black America” report. More
American Banker . April 03, 2014
Arthur Wilmarth is quoted about the significance of a ruling recommending dismissal of a civil claims case against Bank of America. More
The New York Times . April 02, 2014
Sara Rosenbaum is quoted on the Medicaid provisions of the Affordable Care Act. More
The Washington Post . April 02, 2014
Orin Kerr writes about supplemental letters filed in United States v. Auernheimer. More
NPR . April 02, 2014
Jeffrey Rosen is interviewed about the U.S. Supreme Court’s campaign contributions ruling. More
The Wall Street Journal . April 01, 2014
David Fontana is quoted on Sonia Sotomayor’s prolific public appearances. More
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