Upcoming Events

September
22
Monday
J. Reuben Clark Law Society Alumni and Students Reception

Alumni and students affiliated with the JRCLS are encouraged to attend this reception welcoming new members of the JRCLS community to GW Law.

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September
22
Monday
"International Law and LGBT Rights"

Join the International and Comparative Law Program for this discussion between J. Oloka-Onyango, lead petitioner on the constitutional challenge to Uganda's Anti-Homosexuality Act, and Professor Ralph Steinhardt.

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September
23
Tuesday
LLAA Board Meeting

Meet the alumni steering committee, hear about recent events, learn about this year's priorities, and network with fellow alumni during this open board meeting of the Latino Law Alumni Association.

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September
23
Tuesday
Lambda Law Board Meeting

Meet the alumni board, hear about recent events, learn about this year's priorities, and network with fellow alumni during this open board meeting of Lambda Law.

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50 Years at GW Law

50 Years at GW Law

This month, Professor James E. Starrs entered the classroom for his 50th and final year on the George Washington University faculty. Professor Starrs, who holds a joint appointment with GW Law and the Forensic Sciences Department in the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, is well-known at the university for taking on famous forensic science cases. "I've enjoyed the students immensely. It's been a wonderful, constant wave of students," he said of his half-century at GW. "This last class of mine, 18 students, are just marvelous, they ask intelligent questions and are so wonderful. Every year is better as you go."


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Student Success


  • Kathleen Oprea, JD '13
  • Jason Boyd, JD '12
  • Marla Spindel, JD '93, and Claudia Gwilliam, JD '01
  • Katie John, JD '12
  • Rodney Pratt, JD '01
  • Tiffany P Lee, JD '11

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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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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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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Katie John, JD '12

As a current law firm associate, Katie credits her GW Law education with providing practical and theoretical knowledge that aided her in "learning to think about how the law should work." She learned "not only what the law is, but how the doctrines developed and what behavior various provisions are trying
to incentivize."


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Rodney Pratt, JD '01

"The SBCED Clinic solidified my interest in corporate and transactional law and exposed me to nonprofit law. I leverage this experience daily in my work for Nike and the Nike Foundation."


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Tiffany P Lee, JD '11

"My first real exposure to tax law was in Professor Karen Brown’s federal income tax course during 2L year. I am now in a job in which I deal with the international tax issues I learned about in Professor Brown's class, and I see the concepts I learned in the classroom applied every day along with their accompanying real-world consequences."


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Faculty in the News


Bloomberg . September 19, 2014
Arthur Wilmarth is quoted about separating swaps units from banking operations. More

The Washington Times . September 17, 2014
Laura Dickinson is quoted about the State Department’s dependence on military contractors. More

Bloomberg Radio . September 17, 2014
Michael Selmi discusses the legal implications of Walmart’s new dress code. More


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Videos and Slideshows


A Supreme Competition

Watch the recap of the 64th annual Jacob Burns Van Vleck Constitutional Law Moot Court Competition, argued before a distinguished bench including Justice Sonia Sotomayor of the U.S. Supreme Court.

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C-LEAF Celebrates 100 Years of the Federal Reserve

C-SPAN covers this GW Center for Law, Economics & Finance and GW School of Business symposium, the first in a series marking the centennial of our nation's central bank.

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In the Spotlight


Professor Ross Discusses Parental Rights on Capitol Hill

Professor Ross Discusses Parental Rights on Capitol Hill | During a hearing on a proposed constitutional amendment about parental rights, Professor Catherine J. Ross testified before the United States House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary, Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice to share her expertise in constitutional and family law. Discussing the proposal in depth, Professor Ross explained why the amendment is unnecessary and could "threaten to transform the law in several respects with potentially harmful results."

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Ginsburg Talks Women's Rights

Ginsburg Talks Women's Rights | Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg visited GW on Friday for an early celebration of Constitution Day. Senior Associate Dean Christopher A. Bracey introduced Justice Ginsburg, who recounted her career as a trailblazer for women’s rights that began in an era when firms were upfront about not hiring female lawyers. During her conversation with Professor Maeva Marcus, she explained that despite many advances, there is still work left for women to gain equal rights. However, Justice Ginsburg did say that she takes comfort in the fact that three out of nine justices are female. "It looks like we're there to stay—one third of the court, no longer one-at-a-time curiosities."

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Focusing on Civil Discourse

Focusing on Civil Discourse | The Philadelphia Inquirer and Professor Jeffrey Rosen discuss his work at The National Constitution Center. Since taking over as President and CEO, Professor Rosen has organized a series of public forums featuring perspectives from all sides of constitutional issues, from gun control to drone strikes. "It is important in these polarized times for there to be a place where people can engage in constitutional conversations," he said. "This defines who we are as Americans. It is thrilling to see that people who disagree on everything else agree that we are defined by these documents."

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Gift Creates Health Law Research Professorship

Gift Creates Health Law Research Professorship | The George Washington University Law School received a $400,000 gift from the estate of John "Jack" Stafford, LLB '62, to create the John R. and Inge P. Stafford Faculty Research Professorship. The professorship will help advance GW Law's health law curriculum. "The John R. and Inge P. Stafford Faculty Research Professorship will honor our father's distinguished career in the field of health law," said Jennifer Stafford Farrow, Mr. Stafford’s daughter. "It reflects his belief that a GW Law education prepares students for practice and helps them to cross borders of separate academic disciplines by encouraging them to engage the world in enterprising and innovative ways."

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"A Lame Civil Rights Record" | For Politico, Michael Selmi, Samuel Tyler Research Professor of Law, writes about the U.S. Department of Justice's (DOJ) record on civil rights under the Obama Administration. The DOJ is currently investigating Ferguson's police force for a history of abusive actions, but according to Professor Selmi, who previously worked for its civil rights division, this type of investigation has been rare. "Much of the time, the vaunted Obama-Holder civil rights division has been reactive—responding to complaints filed by outside parties, rather than initiating investigations on its own."

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