Upcoming Events

October
27
Monday
Unpacking the African Backlash to the International Criminal Court

Join the International and Comparative Law Program for a talk from GW Law Fulbright Visiting Research Scholar Joe Oloka-Onyango.

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October
29
Wednesday
Cyber Contractors and the Law of Armed Conflict

This panel discussion features Professor Laura A. Dickinson and is co-sponsored by the Battle Space and Contingency Procurements Committee of ABA's Section of Public Contract Law.

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October
30
Thursday
Litigating International Investment Disputes

Join the International and Comparative Law Program for a discussion in the Jacob Burns Moot Court Room.

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November
3
Monday
Alumni Reception in Bethesda

Join the GW Law Alumni Association, host Arthur F. Lafionatis, JD '80, and Dean Blake D. Morant for a reception at Morton's the Steakhouse.

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November
4
Tuesday
Berkshire Beyond Buffett: The Enduring Value of Values

Join GW Law, C-LEAF, and the GW School of Business for a discussion and book signing of Professor Lawrence A. Cunningham's new book Berkshire Beyond Buffett: The Enduring Value of Values.

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November
4
Tuesday
The Role of Directors in Dealing with Activist Investors

Join GW Law's Center for Law, Economics & Finance (C-LEAF) and the Institute for Corporate Responsibility of the GW School of Business for a program in the ongoing series on Challenges in Corporate Governance.

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November
4
Tuesday
Expanding Open Procurement Markets Under the WTO's Government Procurement Agreement

Join GW's Government Procurement Law Program for a discussion panel of senior procurement experts exploring key hurdles in bringing Brazil into the WTO's Government Procurement Agreement.

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November
5
Wednesday
Financial Stability after Dodd Frank: Have We Ended Too Big to Fail?

Join GW Law's Center for Law, Economics and Finance (C-LEAF) for this conference on financial stability four years after the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act was passed.

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Professor Awarded Grant to Research Domestic Violence

Professor Awarded Grant to Research Domestic Violence

The National Institute of Justice (NIJ) awarded Professor of Clinical Law Joan S. Meier a grant to fund in-depth empirical research on how family courts decide custody cases involving abuse allegations. Worth $500,000 over three years, the grant will fund the development of a database of published court opinions from a 15-year period. Professor Meier and her team of legal and statistical experts will then use the database to conduct a non-subjective analysis of abuse allegations, parental alienation, the courts' factual findings, and case outcomes.


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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."


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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


National Review . October 22, 2014
Orin Kerr is mentioned for his hypothetical legal solution to law enforcement problems created by increased levels of phone encryption. More

The Daily Beast . October 19, 2014
John Banzhaf is mentioned in an article about new regulations at Harvard on how to handle sexual assault. More

The Washington Post . October 18, 2014
Richard Pierce is quoted about Social Security Administration judges who hear disability benefits appeals. More

Buzzfeed . October 17, 2014
Naomi Cahn is quoted about companies paying for female employees to freeze their eggs. 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


Race and America's Gun Culture

Race and America's Gun Culture | CNN interviewed Robert Cottrol, Harold Paul Green Research Professor of Law, on how race affects the debate over guns in America. Among other interesting facts, Professor Cottrol, a specialist in American legal history and author of The Long, Lingering Shadow: Slavery, Race, and Law in the American Hemisphere, asserts that guns helped spawn the civil rights movement by affording activists protection from vigilantes.

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Alum Designated as Convening Authority

Alum Designated as Convening Authority | Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel has designated Vaughn A. Ary, LLM '95, as the Convening Authority for Military Commissions. The Convening Authority is empowered to convene military commissions, refer charges to trial, negotiate pre-trial agreements, and review records of trial. Mr. Ary will also provide an accused person the opportunity for clemency before taking action on all cases. He assumed the post after retiring as a Major General in the Marine Corps, where he served as Staff Judge Advocate to the Commandant.

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Meeting the Ukrainian President

Meeting the Ukrainian President | During a joint meeting of the U.S. Congress on September 18, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko asked for support in the conflict with Russia that began when the larger neighbor invaded Crimea. Professor Steve Charnovitz suggested LLM candidate Tetyana Girenko, who is Ukrainian and taking a course on international law, attend the event. He wrote to Speaker John Boehner's office, and they invited Ms. Girenko not only to the address, but also to a reception with the President. "It was such an honor for me to be a part of this remarkable event," she said.

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Ugandan Fulbright Research Scholar Joins GW Law

Ugandan Fulbright Research Scholar Joins GW Law | Joe Oloka-Onyango, former Dean of Makere University in Uganda, has joined GW Law for the 2014 fall semester as a Fulbright Visiting Research Scholar. Mr. Oloka-Onyango and his wife, Sylvia Tamale, have been at the forefront of the human rights movement in Africa and were involved in a recent case that struck down Uganda's anti-homosexuality law. While at GW Law, Mr. Oloka-Onyango will continue to research international human rights law, with a focus on LGBT issues.

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"Ruth Bader Ginsburg Is an American Hero" | Professor Jeffrey Rosen sat down with U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg to ask a series of questions, both personal and professional. Among other answers, Justice Ginsburg discussed how it feels to be an internet sensation, what she thinks is the worst ruling produced by the current Supreme Court, and what her message is to those who view her as a role model.

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