Government Procurement Community Gathers for Luncheon

Kent Morrison, Senior Counsel with Crowell & Moring (left)
and Professor Steven Schooner congratulate 2012 Boyd Scholar
Award winner Shauna Johnston (J.D. '12) at the luncheon.
Visit GW Law Photography for photos from the event.

In February, the GW Government Procurement Law Program hosted its annual Alumni & Friends Luncheon at the Omni Shoreham Hotel that brought together 200 alumni, students, faculty, staff, and supporters to celebrate the enduring strength and success of the program.

Professor Steven Schooner and newly appointed Associate Dean Daniel Gordon emceed the event, offering an inspiring overview of the past year's achievements and plans for future successes.

Associate Dean Gordon, who has hit the ground running since joining GW Law in December, energized the room with his enthusiasm and expertise. “This Law School is a treasure in all areas, but especially in Government Contracts,” Gordon said. He discussed goals for the future that will keep the program on the cutting edge, saying, “We need to go even farther in being accessible to Capitol Hill, the executive branch, and industry; bringing together the key players in DC; and meeting the educational needs of the next generation of government procurement.”

The new Associate Dean brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the program. He previously served as the Administrator for Federal Procurement Policy, a position to which he was nominated by President Obama and confirmed by the Senate. Before that, he worked for 17 years in the Office of General Counsel of the Government Accountability Office (GAO).

"We're ecstatic to have Dan on the team, and the warm welcome he received at the luncheon from our alumni and friends only serves to confirm that we're lucky to have him," Professor Schooner said.

The luncheon welcomed Government Procurement Program veterans and newcomers and gave people the chance to meet and mingle. Among the many guests integral to the program were Emeritus Professor and program founder Ralph Nash; Emeritus Professor Fred Lees, who taught Government Contract Law at GW for almost 20 years and served as a program co-director; and the Honorable Ruth Burg (J.D. ‘50), former Administrative Judge on the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals.

Third-year student Shauna Johnston was recognized as the Roger Boyd Scholar during the luncheon. The Boyd scholar receives a stipend for her work as Editor-in-Chief of the Public Contract Law Journal. The scholarship is named in honor of the late Crowell and Moring Partner Roger Boyd, who passed away in 2003. 

The Government Contracts Luncheon, which has become a valuable and cherished annual tradition, once again demonstrated the enthusiasm and commitment that will ensure the program continues to grow and advance the field for many years to come.