Upcoming Events

August
8
Friday
Alumni Reception at the ABA Annual Meeting

Join the GW Law Alumni Association for a reception at the American Bar Association meeting in Boston.

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August
11 -
August
15
Orientation

Incoming 1L Day, 1L Evening, Transfer, and International LLM students. Login to the portal for additional details.


August
22
Friday
U.S. LLM Orientation

Incoming U.S. LLM students. Login to the portal for additional details.


August
22
Friday
Alumni Reception at 2014 Lavender Law Conference

Join the GW Lambda Law Alumni Association for a networking reception during the 2014 Lavendar Law conference in New York City.

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September
11
Thursday
LLAA Reception at Hispanic National Bar Association Convention

Join the GW Latino Law Alumni Association for an alumni reception during the Hispanic National Bar Association's 39th Annual Convention in Washington, D.C.

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September
18 -
September
20
Alumni Weekend 2014

The GW Law Alumni Association invites you back to campus for events during the annual Alumni Weekend.

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In the Spotlight


Five Alumni Named Top Trailblazers Under 40

Five Alumni Named Top Trailblazers Under 40 | Diallo T. Crenshaw, JD '01, Kathlyn Card Beckles, JD '02, Michelle Thomas, JD '04, Tamiko Walker, LLM '06, and Dionna Lewis, LLM '12, were selected by the National Bar Association to receive the "Trailblazers Under 40" award. The award honors legal professionals who have achieved prominence and distinction in their fields of endeavor — be it the practice of law, academia, business, civic and charitable affairs, the judiciary, or politics — and who have demonstrated a strong commitment to advancing the goals and mission of the National Bar Association. These five alumni will be honored at a gala on July 26 in Atlanta, Georgia.

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Redemption: The No Kill Revolution in America

Redemption: The No Kill Revolution in America | Join Professor Joan Schaffner and members of the Animal Law community for the July 26 screening of the film "Redemption: The No Kill Revolution in America," which challenges the idea that pet euthanasia is necessary to stop animal overpopulation. The screening will be followed by a discussion with the documentary's creator, no-kill activist Nathan Winograd, and a reception.

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Three Alumni Chosen for Public Defenders Program

Three Alumni Chosen for Public Defenders Program | Gideon's Promise announced its 2014 Law School Partnership Program (LSPP) class—a group of 15 recent law school graduates poised to join a group of public defenders committed to transforming criminal justice. Three 2014 GW Law graduates were chosen for this inaugural class: Adam Pienciak, Jack Talaska and Thomas Rimmer. "The work these young lawyers do represents the highest calling of our profession," said Gideon's Promise founder and president Jonathan Rapping, JD '95. "We are grateful to these schools for working with Gideon’s Promise and the Department of Justice to provide these graduates this opportunity."

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Professor Turley and GW Litigation Team Win Al-Arian Case

Professor Turley and GW Litigation Team Win Al-Arian Case | After eight years of work by Jonathan Turley, J.B. and Maurice C. Shapiro Professor of Public Interest Law, and his team of GW Law students, the Justice Department in late June dropped its criminal prosecution of former college professor Dr. Sami Al-Arian. "Our client, Dr. Al-Arian, and I could not be more proud of the hard work that our GW litigation team has dedicated to this case to help him get justice as well as our partnership with Bryan Cave as our local counsel," said Professor Turley. "The students, many of whom are now alumni, had an opportunity to work on a case with international significance and to produce a result that advances the rule of law in a real and tangible way."

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Q&A with Judge Jeri Somers

Q&A with Judge Jeri Somers | Judge Jeri K. Somers of the U.S. Civilian Board of Contract Appeals has been teaching at GW Law for several years as an adjunct faculty member. She recently responded to questions about her experience at the law school, offered advice to students, and discussed her career in government procurement law. "I have always believed in the value of good teachers and mentors for success in life and career," she said. "As a result, I strive to be both an educator and mentor regardless of my 'day job.'"

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Staking a Claim

Staking a Claim

A Virginia man made the news last week after planting a flag to claim contested land between Egypt and Sudan with the intention of being king and naming his daughter princess. Professor Edward Swaine explained to an international news agency what it would take for the "Kingdom of North Sudan" to be valid under international law. "At a basic level, he has to be correct in asserting that this is unclaimed land," Professor Swaine said.


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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


The Atlantic . July 30, 2014
Ira Lupu is quoted about religious liberty claims by Satanists following the U.S. Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby ruling. More

USA Today . July 30, 2014
Jonathan Turley writes about accusations of politics in recent Affordable Care Act rulings. More

The New York Times . July 27, 2014
Orin Kerr is quoted about law enforcement access to digital evidence located domestically and abroad. More

The New York Times . July 26, 2014
Naomi Cahn's book Marriage Markets is profiled. 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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