In Memoriam: Professor Raymond W. Mushal
The GW Law community remembers with gratitude the life of Ray Mushal, who taught Environmental Crimes at GW Law since 1993. Professor Mushal passed away last week. He was a tireless advocate of environmental crimes litigation, with a long career at the U.S. Department of Justice’s Environmental Crimes Division of the Environment and Natural Resources Section. Professor Mushal was passionate about his work at the DOJ and equally passionate about teaching. He cared deeply for his students and colleagues, and the Law School will greatly miss one of its most dedicated adjunct faculty members.
Professor Mushal was a trailblazer throughout his career in advancing the mission of the Environmental Crimes Division and a champion of environmental crimes programs nationwide. He began his career through the Attorney General's Honors Program in 1973, after serving with the U.S. Army in Vietnam and graduating from law school at the University of Pennsylvania.
At the DOJ, he was involved in landmark environmental crimes litigation; reviewed and drafted legislation and sentencing guidelines; developed important ENRD policies, including the Community Service Policy; trained agents and prosecutors; and created resource materials and a website for environmental prosecutors nationwide.