Remembering Jamie Grodsky

The GW Law Community will be holding a memorial program for Jamie Grodsky on Monday, September 20, at 4 pm.

The event will be held in the Jack Morton Auditorium of The George Washington University Media and Public Affairs Building, located at 805 21st Street N.W, at the corner of 21st and H Street. Directions

The program will be followed be a reception.

The GW Law community celebrates the life of  Professor Jamie Grodsky who recently passed away. Professor Grodsky was a passionate teacher, mentor, and scholar who was at the height of her career. A memorial service will be held at the Law School during the upcoming fall semester.   

Professor Grodsky joined the Law School faculty in 2006, after serving as an associate professor of law at the University of Minnesota Law School. She taught and wrote in the areas of environmental, natural resources, and science and technology law.  Prior to entering academia, Professor Grodsky held legal positions in the federal government in Washington, D.C. She served as a Counsel to the Committee on Natural Resources of the United States House of Representatives from 1993 to 1995, Counsel to the Committee on the Judiciary of the United States Senate from 1995 to 1997, and was the Senior Advisor to the General Counsel of the United States Environmental Protection Agency from 1999 to 2001.

The GW Law community will always remember the kindness, dedication, and wisdom of Jamie Grodsky, our colleague, teacher, and cherished friend.

Jamie Grodsky Memorial Fund

If you are interested in donating to the Memorial Fund, please visit our Giving page. In the field where it asks for the indication of donation designation/location within the Law School, list "Jamie Grodsky Prize Fund".

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your memories of Jamie.

Washington Post Obituary
San Francisco Chronicle Obituary

Shared Memories:

"I had Professor Grodsky for Environmental Law in the Spring of 2009 and was deeply touched by her passion and enthusiasm for the subject. She was truly inspiring and one of the best professors I had while at GW Law. She generously wrote a letter of recommendation for me for my clerkship applications.

My favorite memory of her dates from the end of the fall semester of 2009. My wife had brought our newborn daughter, at that point about six weeks old, to school so that we could have lunch.  While waiting for the elevator on the fourth floor, Professor Grodsky walked by and the look of sheer joy and enthusiasm on her face was priceless. We chatted for a while, she took her time to enjoy the baby, and we parted.. I didn't speak to her again, but that moment captured everything I loved about Professor Grodsky - her warmth, her humanity, and her passion."

- Ben G.

"Professor Grodsky was so enthusiastic about environmental law. I wondered each class session how she managed to stay so engaged for three hours! I am certain she will be sorely missed. She had a genuine zeal for life."

- Kia H.

"I was a student in Professor Grodsky's environmental law class and held her in the highest regard as a professor, mentor, and person. She taught a tremendous environmental law class, my favorite class that I have taken at the law school, and I believe that I walked away with a command of that subject matter more so than any other class. The level of preparation and detail that she put in to each class was really remarkable. Despite the free spirit that pervaded her personality, she was unique in that she really packaged that with a tremendous work ethic and attention to detail in ensuring that her students really understood the nuances of environmental law and the dynamic process by which it was shaped by the three branches of government.

Outside the classroom, Professor Grodsky was responsible for getting me a great law clerk position at the U.S. Department of Justice, Environment and Natural Resources Division. She really was committed to energizing students about environmental law and doing everything she could even beyond the classroom to provide them with opportunities.

But really the most remarkable thing about Professor Grodsky was just the "warm" human being she was. That phrase is really tossed around a lot to describe nice people, but Professor Grodsky just really embodied it unlike anyone I have come across."

- Andrew S.

"I took Environmental Law with Professor Grodsky in Spring of 2009 and she really inspired me to pursue additional opportunities in the Environmental Law program at GW. Professor Grodsky was whip smart, funny and steadfastly dedicated to the environment. I relished the time she spent with us in and out of class and I was so incredibly sad to hear of her untimely passing. My biggest regret is that future students will miss out on the opportunity to share in her wisdom and passion for environmental law."

- Anne M.

"Professor Grodsky was a remarkable and inspiring professor. Her passion for environmental law shown through and she was always willing to continue discussion with students and to help them in any way she could. She assisted me throughout my early professional career, and her inspiration and advice will be missed."

- Jamie L.

"The environmental law class that I took from Professor Grodsky was the best class that I took at GW. Beyond the class material, Professor Grodsky was an amazing teacher. Her passion and enthusiasm for the subject was catching, and I looked forward to attending class every week. I subsequently took as many environmental classes as I could fit in to my schedule, and am focusing on this area in my professional life."

- Locke L.