Student Profile: Lilyanne Ohanesian, JD '13

Lilyanne Ohanesian lived in D.C. for three years before applying to GW Law, and she couldn't imagine studying law anyplace else—for someone who wants to create change, she reasoned, why leave the heart of the legal world? During an externship at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), where she dealt with issues of employment discrimination, Ms. Ohanesian was engaged in work that "directly improved people's quality of life."

Throughout her clinics experience, Ms. Ohanesian continued that work, arguing a winning unemployment compensation case for one client and presenting another case regarding overtime wages that was settled in favor of her client. "With my clinics experience, I gained a solid, tangible accomplishment by helping my client win her case", she said. "It was a victory I could call mine, and I helped real people. This is why I went to law school." 


Current Job

Judicial Law Clerk, United States Postal Service 

Experiential Learning at GW Law

3L fall: Student Attorney, Public Justice Advocacy Clinic

3L summer: Legal Intern, U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

2L fall: Legal Intern, U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia

1L summer: Legal Intern, Voting Section, Civil Rights Division, U.S. Department of Justice

Activities at GW Law

Editor-in-Chief, The Federal Circuit Bar Journal

Articles Published

“Protecting Uncle Sam’s Whistleblowers: All-Circuit Review of WPA Appeals,” 22 Fed. Cir. B.J. 615


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