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The Search for a Missing Oscar

The Search for a Missing Oscar | Professor W. Burlette Carter spoke to The Hollywood Reporter about her yearlong research into the missing Oscar of Hattie McDaniel, the first black person to ever win an Academy Award. Professor Carter discovered that the Oscar was gifted to Howard University, residing there until 1972 before disappearing from a glass display case. The finding refuted the theory that the trophy was tossed in the Potomac River by "angry protesting students" after Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination. "It's a sad story," says Professor Carter, "but this Oscar represents a triumph for blacks—because we can look back and see that things really are so much better now."

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NCMA Honors Daniel Gordon

NCMA Honors Daniel Gordon | The National Contract Management Association (NCMA) presented Daniel I. Gordon, Senior Adviser to the Government Procurement Law Program, with its annual Herbert Roback Memorial Award. The highest honor given by NCMA, the Roback award recognizes a "nationally renowned and distinguished American who made a significant contribution to the betterment of public contract management through lifelong achievement in the public or private sectors." Mr. Gordon received his award at the annual Government Contracts Alumni Luncheon, which coincides with the West Government Contracts Year in Review Conference.

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It's Time to Manage Your Digital Afterlife

It's Time to Manage Your Digital Afterlife | CNN interviewed Naomi Cahn, Harold H. Greene Professor of Law, to discuss what happens to your digital presence after you pass away. The interview came after Facebook gave users the option to choose a "legacy contact" to maintain their profile after they die. A digital presence can also include other aspects of our lives such as domain names or online storage of photos and videos. "Such a large part of our lives is lived online and we think that we will be able to manage them forever," said Professor Cahn. "We can't, and it does make sense for people to be proactive."

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GW Team Wins National Moot Court Competition

GW Team Wins National Moot Court Competition | A team from GW Law won the 2015 National Moot Court Competition hosted by the New York City Bar Association. 4L Kyle Singhal and 2L Dane Shikman defeated USC and Oklahoma in the preliminary National Rounds and then went on to beat Gonzaga, Drake, and Wake Forest to set up a finals meeting with Georgetown. Richard Friedman, an adjunct professor and attorney at the Department of Justice, coached the team. The competition is recognized as one of the oldest, largest, and most prestigious moot courts in the U.S. and had 189 teams competing this year. Kyle and Dane are pictured here with Dean Blake D. Morant after receiving an award for winning the regional portion of this competition.

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Examining Open Records Laws and Public Researchers

Examining Open Records Laws and Public Researchers | GW Today writes about a proposal by Alan Morrison, Lerner Family Associate Dean for Public Interest and Public Service Law, that addresses Freedom of Information Act requests targeted at public university scientists. The issue gained a high profile in 2014 when global warming skeptics sought emails from a UVA climatologist and the case went to the Virginia Supreme Court. Dean Morrison believes that academic public disclosure decisions should be the responsibility of large federal granting agencies such as the National Science Foundation.

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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.

 

LLM Students Make International News for Organizing Panel

LLM Students Make International News for Organizing Panel

Three student groups—the GW Criminal Law Society, The Society of European Law Students, and the Anti-Corruption and Compliance Association—organized a panel about anti-corruption. Current foreign LLM candidates, including Judge Mavis Kwainoe from Ghana, Alexandre Rodde from France, Matthew Gray from the U.K., and Jieying Chen from China spoke about anti-corruption efforts around the world, while Assistant Dean Jessica Tillipman offered a domestic perspective. Ghana's widest-circulated newspaper reported on the event, specifically highlighting the comments of Judge Kwainoe who is studying at GW as a Thomas Buergenthal Scholar.


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News Stories


The Search for a Missing Oscar
Professor W. Burlette Carter spoke to The Hollywood Reporter about her yearlong research into the missing Oscar of Hattie McDaniel, the first black person to ever win an Academy Award. Professor Carter discovered that the Oscar was gifted to Howard University, residing there until 1972 before disappearing from a glass display case. The finding refuted the theory that the trophy was tossed in the Potomac River by "angry protesting students" after Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination. "It's a sad story," says Professor Carter, "but this Oscar represents a triumph for blacks—because we can look back and see that things really are so much better now."
February 24, 2015 . Read more

NCMA Honors Daniel Gordon
The National Contract Management Association (NCMA) presented Daniel I. Gordon, Senior Adviser to the Government Procurement Law Program, with its annual Herbert Roback Memorial Award. The highest honor given by NCMA, the Roback award recognizes a "nationally renowned and distinguished American who made a significant contribution to the betterment of public contract management through lifelong achievement in the public or private sectors." Mr. Gordon received his award at the annual Government Contracts Alumni Luncheon, which coincides with the West Government Contracts Year in Review Conference.
February 23, 2015 .

It's Time to Manage Your Digital Afterlife
CNN interviewed Naomi Cahn, Harold H. Greene Professor of Law, to discuss what happens to your digital presence after you pass away. The interview came after Facebook gave users the option to choose a "legacy contact" to maintain their profile after they die. A digital presence can also include other aspects of our lives such as domain names or online storage of photos and videos. "Such a large part of our lives is lived online and we think that we will be able to manage them forever," said Professor Cahn. "We can't, and it does make sense for people to be proactive."
February 20, 2015 . Read more

GW Team Wins National Moot Court Competition
A team from GW Law won the 2015 National Moot Court Competition hosted by the New York City Bar Association. 4L Kyle Singhal and 2L Dane Shikman defeated USC and Oklahoma in the preliminary National Rounds and then went on to beat Gonzaga, Drake, and Wake Forest to set up a finals meeting with Georgetown. Richard Friedman, an adjunct professor and attorney at the Department of Justice, coached the team. The competition is recognized as one of the oldest, largest, and most prestigious moot courts in the U.S. and had 189 teams competing this year. Kyle and Dane are pictured here with Dean Blake D. Morant after receiving an award for winning the regional portion of this competition.
February 13, 2015 .


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Faculty in the News


The New York Times . March 02, 2015
Lawrence Cunningham writes about succession plans at Berkshire Hathaway for after Warren Buffett. More

The Wall Street Journal . March 01, 2015
Lawrence Cunningham is quoted about the potential of two Berkshire Hathaway executives to succeed Warren Bufett. More

Reuters . March 01, 2015
Lawrence Cunningham is quoted about Berkshire Hathaway executive Greg Abel. More

Bloomberg . March 01, 2015
Lawrence Cunningham is quoted about who will succeed Warren Buffett at Berkshire Hathaway. More

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel . February 27, 2015
Alan Morrison is quoted about the regulation of campaign finance. More

The Hill . February 27, 2015
Robert Brauneis is quoted from his testimony before the House Judiciary Committee about the role of the Copyright Office. More

Bloomberg . February 24, 2015
Jeffrey Manns is quoted about disclosure rules for when analysts at credit-rating companies join issuers. More

The Chronicle of Higher Education . February 23, 2015
Blake Morant is interviewed about the state of law schools. More

The Albany Times Union . February 21, 2015
Jonathan Turley is quoted about executive circumvention of the Constitution. More

The Hollywood Reporter . February 19, 2015
W. Burlette Carter is quoted about Hattie McDaniel's missing Oscar. More

Fox News . February 18, 2015
John Banzhaf is interviewed about policies on handling campus sexual assault allegations. More

CNN . February 18, 2015
Naomi Cahn is interviewed about Facebook’s new “legacy contact” policy. More

American Banker . February 18, 2015
Arthur Wilmarth is quoted on regulators’ concerns about leveraged lending. More


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March
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Tuesday
Orange County Alumni Reception

Join the GW Law Alumni Association and host Lindsey Martinez, JD '10, for a reception at Snell & Wilmer LLP.

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Los Angeles Alumni & Admitted Student Reception

Join Dean Blake D. Morant and GW Law Board of Advisors member Rick Richmond, JD '86, for a reception at California Club.

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Bay Area Alumni and Admitted Student Reception

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March
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Friday
2015 Intellectual Property Panel Symposium in Palo Alto

Join GW Law faculty, staff, and alumni for a day of networking and conversation on current issues in intellectual property law and the debate on net neutrality.

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Salt Lake City Law Alumni & Admitted Student Luncheon

Join the GW Law Alumni Association and Associate Dean for Administrative Affairs Hank Molinengo for a luncheon at Grand America Hotel.

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March
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"The Power of Ideas, the Dynamics of International Intellectual Property Lawmaking"

Join the Intellectual Property Law Program as they host Professor Donald Harris of the Temple University Beasley School of Law | 1:30—3 pm, Faculty Conference Center.


March
12
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Chicago Alumni and Admitted Students Reception

Join the GW Law Alumni Association for a reception at the Tavern in the Park.

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March
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Alexandria Alumni Reception

Join the GW Law Alumni Association and host Judge Barbara Milano Keenan, JD '74, for a reception in Alexandria.

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