Upcoming Events

July
28 -
July
29
Boxed Lunches During 2015 VA Bar Exam

Join the GW Law Alumni Association as they offer boxed lunches for the alumni sitting of the Virginia Bar Exam in July 2015.

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July
31
Friday
GW Law Reception during the ABA Annual Meeting

Join the GW Law Alumni Association for a reception during the ABA Annual Meeting in Chicago.

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August
10 -
August
14
Fall Semester Orientation

Orientation begins for International LLM and Exchange students from Monday-Friday; Transfer students on Tuesday; 1L Evening Students on Tuesday and Thursday; and 1L Day Students on Thursday and Friday.


August
17
Monday
Classes Begin for 1Ls and International LLM Students


August
21
Friday
U.S. LLM Orientation Begins


August
24
Monday
Classes Begin for 2L, 3L, 4L, and U.S. LLM Students

In the Spotlight


Faculty in Action: Professors File Supreme Court Amicus

Faculty in Action: Professors File Supreme Court Amicus | Two GW Law faculty members, Professors Emily Hammond and Richard J. Pierce, have filed an amicus brief in the upcoming Supreme Court case Electric Power Supply Association v. FERC. The case considers whether the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has the power to set uniform rules for demand response compensation in the wholesale electricity markets. The professors, along with their co-authors, argue that the D.C. Circuit improperly interpreted parts of the Federal Power Act when it ruled against FERC.

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SCOTUSblog Interviews Professor Jeffrey Rosen

SCOTUSblog Interviews Professor Jeffrey Rosen | SCOTUSblog, the Peabody Award-winning Supreme Court blog, interviewed Professor Jeffrey Rosen for a series focused on the Constitution. In this five-part interview, Professor Rosen discusses his work at the National Constitution Center; the accessibility of our founding documents; the historical understanding of the Constitution and new technological questions; his admiration of Justice Louis D. Brandeis; and the importance of exploring constitutional—rather than political—questions.

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The Latest Gerrymander: Voters Instead of People

The Latest Gerrymander: Voters Instead of People | This fall, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments in Evenwel v. Abbott, a case which challenges how states draw their legislative districts—districts that have enormous implications for our nation's politics. Currently, districts are decided based on the number of people in an area, but the plaintiffs argue that the Equal Protection Clause requires states to use the number of voters instead. In an op-ed for The Huffington Post, Alan Morrison, Lerner Family Associate Dean for Public Interest and Public Service Law, writes about why states must continue to base districts on population if equality is to be assured.

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Roger A. Fairfax, Jr. Named Senior Associate Dean

Roger A. Fairfax, Jr. Named Senior Associate Dean | GW Law Dean Blake D. Morant announced the appointment of Professor Roger A. Fairfax, Jr. as Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs effective July 1, 2015. "I am absolutely delighted to welcome our new Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs,” said, Dean Morant. “We are indeed fortunate to have someone of Roger's managerial and professional acumen in the Dean's Office and I look forward to the invaluable contributions he will make in this role."

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Alumna Receives ASIL Helton Fellowship

Alumna Receives ASIL Helton Fellowship | The American Society of International Law (ASIL) selected Amy Testa, JD '13, as part of its 11th annual class of Helton Fellowship winners. Established in 2004, the program annually gives young professionals micro-grants to pursue fieldwork or research in areas of international law. Ms. Testa will work with the Asia Pacific Refugees Rights Network and the Bangkok Asylum Seeker and Refugee Assistance Network to develop a platform for information sharing among service providers, other civil society organizations, and refugee communities.

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A Response to<br>Ta-Nehisi Coates

A Response to
Ta-Nehisi Coates

In The Huffington Post, Professor Spencer Overton writes a response to Ta-Nehisi Coates’ new book Between the World and Me. Mr. Coates—a journalist known for his coverage of cultural, social, and political issues—wrote the book to delve into violence against black people in the form of an autobiographical letter to his teenage son. In his response, Professor Overton writes that "Between the World and Me provides essential perspective into a critical topic: violence against black people," and also points out what he considers to be the book's primary shortcoming.


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GW Law Experiences


  • Mike Michel, JD '15
  • Tara Pistorese, LLM '15
  • Sydney English, 2L
  • Heather Fincher, 3L
  • Jason Boyd, JD '12
  • Joseph Dougherty, 4L
  • Kathleen Oprea, JD '13
  • Marla Spindel, JD '93, and Claudia Gwilliam, JD '01

Mike Michel, JD '15

A recent graduate shares his experiences as an active law student in a clinic, on a journal, and helping to lead student organizations.


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Tara Pistorese, LLM '15

"GW Law's LLM program has worked so well for me because I came with a goal and just needed the support and assistance to reach it. The faculty at GW offered me a wonderful education and exceptional connections. They were just so dedicated to helping me achieve my goals, and I'm incredibly grateful."


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Sydney English, 2L

Sydney hopes to develop a well-rounded founda­tion in IP law while leveraging her expe­riences in design, branding and product development to further her career.


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Heather Fincher, 3L

"We really are right in the heart of things in D.C. I mean, I can so easily get to my externships at the Treasury Department and the U.S. Tax court, or attend tax law conferences right in downtown, or even just meet for coffee with lawyers nearby."


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Jason Boyd, JD '12

"A wealth of practical learning opportunities forms the heart of the GW Law experience. Field placements with immigration-focused nonprofit organizations, together with my work at the GW Immigration Clinic, propelled my professional development and paved the way for my postgraduate employment."


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Joseph Dougherty, 4L

"GW has an unbelievable collection of professors and advisers who work or have worked at the highest levels of environmental law, whether it was with a corporation, private law firm, the government, NGOs, or elsewhere."


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Kathleen Oprea, JD '13

Kathleen transferred to GW Law after she "realized that there were more opportunities for environmental coursework as well as externship opportunities in Washington, D.C., and particularly at GW Law."


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Marla Spindel, JD '93, and Claudia Gwilliam, JD '01

The D.C. Volunteer Lawyers Project addresses the need for legal representation among D.C.'s indigent population. GW Law alums Marla Spindel, Co-Founder, and Claudia Gwilliam, Managing Director, work to address that need through DCVLP, which handled more than 350 cases
last year.


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Faculty in the News


The Huffington Post . July 24, 2015
Spencer Overton writes about Ta-Nehisi Coates’s new book Between the World and Me. More

The Atlantic . July 24, 2015
Dinah Shelton is quoted about The European Court of Human Rights ruling that Italy must recognize same-sex marriages. More

Asia Policy . July 23, 2015
Donald Clarke writes about China's legal system and the Fourth Plenum. More


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Videos and Slideshows


Inside the Jacob Burns Community
Legal Clinics

Learn more about the practical learning students experience through GW Law's clinical programs.

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Government Procurement at GW Law

The field of government procurement law continues to interest policymakers, corporations, and legal employers. Learn more about GW's one of a kind Government Procurement Law Program.

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