Upcoming Events

April
24
Thursday
Lambda Law Alumni Association Reception

Join the current Lambda Law Alumni Association leaders for a reception at Bar Dupont in the Dupont Circle Hotel.

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May
6
Tuesday
Symposium on Intellectual Property

Join the Intellectual Property Law Program for the 2014 Symposium featuring speakers from important administrative agencies, private practice, the judiciary, and academia to discuss recent developments in patent law.

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May
13
Tuesday
The New WTO Government Procurement Agreement: Its Impact on World Procurement Markets

Join the Government Procurement Law Program for this panel discussion on the new WTO Government Procurement Agreement and the likely impact on procurement markets, here and abroad.

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May
14
Wednesday
BLAA Alumni and 3L Happy Hour

Join the Black Law Alumni Association (BLAA) for a networking happy hour at Tonic Restaurant.

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May
18
Sunday
Commencement 2014

University Commencement and Law School Diploma Ceremony.

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May
18
Sunday
Stockton Guard Lunch and Induction Ceremony

Join the members of the Stockton Guard to celebrate GW Law alumni who graduated 40 or more years ago.

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June
1
Sunday
2014 Spring Baseball Outing

Join alumni and guests as the Washington Nationals take on the Texas Rangers.

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June
6 -
June
7
Reunion 2014

In June, GW Law will welcome back alumni who graduated in a year ending in a 4 or a 9. If you graduated in one of these years, be sure to save the date for a trip back to campus.

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Has GM Pulled a Pinto?

Has GM Pulled a Pinto?

Jonathan Turley, J.B. and Maurice C. Shapiro Professor of Public Interest Law, wrote an op-ed for the Los Angeles Times asking, "Has GM pulled a Pinto?" For years General Motors produced the Cobalt, a low-cost car with a design flaw that the company acknowledges was responsible for more than a dozen deaths. Professor Turley draws parallels to Ford's production of the Pinto in the 1970s, a model infamous for exploding in rear-end collisions even at low speeds. Both companies identified problems with their vehicles, but rejected fixes because of a "tooling cost deemed too high."


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Student Success


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

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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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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Faculty in the News


Los Angeles Times . April 14, 2014
Jonathan Turley writes about similarities between GM rejecting fixes for its Cobalt model and Ford not fixing issues with its Pinto model in the ‘70s. More

The New York Times . April 13, 2014
Gregory Maggs is quoted on a new course offered at GW Law about the legal implications of traumatic brain injuries. More

The Wall Street Journal . April 13, 2014
Naomi Cahn is quoted about responsibility for student loan debt after a divorce.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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GW Making History: Professor Maggs

Third-generation law professor Interim Dean Gregory Maggs shares why he loves being in the classroom at GW Law.

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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


NYT Profiles GW Law Brain Injury Course

NYT Profiles GW Law Brain Injury Course | In its Sunday edition, The New York Times profiled a new GW Law seminar about the legal implications of traumatic brain injuries. The law school developed this first of its kind course because of the concussion crisis gripping the NFL. "We look for areas of the law that need attention," said Interim Dean Gregory Maggs. Students in the class learn both legal theory and practice while considering questions ranging from liability to the epidemiology of brain injuries. According to the instructor, Professorial Lecturer in Law Michael Kaplen, "The number of concussions is vastly underreported."

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Orin Kerr on Camera

Orin Kerr on Camera | SCOTUSblog, the Peabody Award-winning Supreme Court blog, interviewed Orin Kerr, Fred C. Stevenson Research Professor of Law, for a five-part series about his professional expertise and experiences at the Court. In the first segment, Professor Kerr spoke on topics from his background in mechanical engineering and work at the Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section of the Department of Justice to his experiences clerking for Justice Anthony Kennedy and his time at GW Law.

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Alfreda Robinson Receives NBA Award

Alfreda Robinson Receives NBA Award | Alfreda Robinson, Associate Dean for Trial Advocacy, received the Heman Marion Sweatt Award from the National Bar Association (NBA). The award honors individuals engaged in barrier-breaking work who display a commitment to excellence. Dean Robinson has a long history of service within the NBA and currently chairs the organization's Standing Committee on Judicial Selection. She has previously served as Chair of the Law Professors Division, member of the Board of Governors, and Regional Director for Washington, D.C. In 2008, the NBA also awarded Dean Robinson with its highest honor, the C. Francis Stradford Award.

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Professors Solove and Swaine Elected to ALI

Professors Solove and Swaine Elected to ALI | The American Law Institute (ALI) announced the election of 69 new members, among them Professor Edward Swaine and Daniel Solove, John Marshall Harlan Research Professor of Law. Through a confidential nomination supported by three current members, ALI elects individuals who "reflect the excellence and diversity of today's legal profession" and who have a demonstrated interest in law reform. As part of the Institute, Professors Swaine and Solove will produce scholarly work that clarifies, modernizes, and otherwise improves the law.

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3L Gives Naturalization Ceremony Keynote

3L Gives Naturalization Ceremony Keynote | Jessica Leal, 3L and Immigration Clinic student-attorney, gave the keynote speech at a naturalization ceremony held at GW Law by the Washington D.C., District Office of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. Twenty young people between the ages of 14 and 22 took an oath of U.S. citizenship at the event, which was hosted in coordination with the law school's Immigration Clinic and the Immigration Law Association. In her remarks, Ms. Leal illustrated the opportunities that citizenship can provide.

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