Students Discuss Economics with President Obama at Town Hall Event
October 6, 2010—On September 20, 11 GW Law students participated in Investing in America: A CNBC Town Hall Event With President Obama, which aired live from the Newseum in downtown Washington, D.C. The hour-long program featured President Obama answering audience questions and presenting his views on the economy.
Many of the students were recommended to be part of the audience by Professor Lawrence Mitchell, who teaches business courses and is chair and executive director of GW’s Center for Law, Economics & Finance (C-LEAF). Professor Mitchell said that in addition to having the opportunity to engage with both C-LEAF and GW’s newly established LL.M. in Business and Finance, GW Law students interested in business and economics have the distinct advantage of studying these issues in the nation’s capital.
“Our students have a front-row seat to significant events and opportunities because of our connections throughout Washington, and I was proud and pleased to see them represent the Law School so well at this event with President Obama,” Professor Mitchell said.
“The experience was amazing. I was able to listen to our president speak about contested issues in person and shake his hand afterward,” said 2L Sarah Goodman. “This once-in-a-lifetime experience reaffirmed not only my love for Washington, D.C., but also for the Law School for enabling such an experience.”
While engaging with President Obama was an extraordinary opportunity for Goodman and her classmates, Dean Frederick M. Lawrence said access to senior government leaders and similar events is an advantage for every student at our Law School. Notably, recent and upcoming visitors to the Law School include SEC Chairman Mary L. Schapiro, J.D. ’80, and Associate Justice Stephen Breyer of the Supreme Court.
“When discussing the current activities and opportunities of our students to alumni and my colleagues at other law schools, I find myself continually saying, ‘Only in Washington,’” said Dean Frederick M. Lawrence. “It’s not a stretch for me, when reflecting on an opportunity like this, to say, ‘Only at GW Law.’”