Upcoming Events

September
9
Wednesday
The GW New Ventures Competition Hosted by the Center for Law, Economics, and Finance (C-LEAF)

Want to be an Entrepreneur? Want to win startup capital for your business venture? Learn from the GW New Ventures Competition on September 9th from Noon-1pm in Stuart 101. Free Pizza! Please RSVP to guarantee your space.

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September
24 -
September
25
150th Kickoff Celebration

Register today to join in celebrating the 150th Anniversary of GW Law.

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September
24
Thursday
Presidential Summit on the Challenges Facing Higher Education

Join GW Law Dean Blake D. Morant and many other higher education luminaries for an intimate discussion about current challenges facing higher education.

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September
26
Saturday
Board Meeting for the Black Law Alumni Association

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September
29
Tuesday
NYC CLE 2015

Join the GW Law Alumni Association in New York for a complementary CLE Presentation on "Adversity in Patent Practice and Beyond and Professionalism in Fee Agreements."

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October
1
Thursday
Challenges in Corporate Governance: Mergers and Acquisitions

Join The Institute for Corporate Responsibility and C-LEAF for a program on the role of Directors in dealing with mergers and acquisitions.

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Clinics Play Vital Role in Clemency Cases

Clinics Play Vital Role in Clemency Cases

Law school clinics play a vital role in clemency cases, according to Jessica Steinberg, Associate Professor of Clinical Law, in a New York Times letter. The letter came in response to a recent article about GW Law’s Neighborhood Law and Policy Clinic winning clemency from President Barack Obama for a client serving a long sentence for a non-violent drug offense. "At a time when law school admissions are down, and the justice gap separating poor and wealthy Americans has never been greater, this is one example of law schools at their best," writes Professor Steinberg.


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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 New York Times . September 01, 2015
Jessica Steinberg writes about law school clinics’ role in clemency cases. More

Financial Times . September 01, 2015
Edward Swaine is quoted about General Electric buying Alstom’s energy assets. More

The New York Times . September 01, 2015
William Kovacic is quoted about Google antitrust inquiries around the world. 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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In the Spotlight


Neil Ruiz to Direct C-LEAF

Neil Ruiz to Direct C-LEAF | This summer, GW's Center for Law, Economics & Finance (C-LEAF) announced Neil G. Ruiz as its new Executive Director. Dr. Ruiz is an internationally recognized expert on the political economy of the global race for talent, skills, and labor. He has spent the past decade as a research scholar at The Brookings Institution, The World Bank, and the Asian Development Bank. He holds a PhD in political science from MIT, an MSc in economic history from Oxford University, and a BA in political science from the University of California, Berkeley. At GW, he assumes leadership over all of C-LEAF's operations.

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GW Law, IIT Kharagpur Law School to Exchange Students

GW Law, IIT Kharagpur Law School to Exchange Students | Vinod Gupta, an alumnus of the Indian Institute of Technology–Kharagpur, has pledged $250,000 to exchange 8-10 students and a faculty member between GW Law and IIT's law school over each of the next five years. "Thanks to Vin Gupta, students and faculty from leading institutions in India and the United States will continue to learn more about the other country's legal system and culture," said Susan L. Karamanian, Associate Dean for International and Comparative Legal Studies and Burnett Family Professorial Lecturer in International and Comparative Law and Policy.

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Presidential Clemency for a Clinic Client

Presidential Clemency for a Clinic Client | Last year, GW's Neighborhood Law and Policy Clinic won clemency for a client, Rudolph Norris, from President Barack Obama. Mr. Norris was an excellent fit for the Obama administration's clemency program; he demonstrated model behavior while serving at least 10 years for a relatively low-level, nonviolent drug crime. Then student-attorney Courtney Francik, JD '15, worked tirelessly on the case with support from Professor Jessica Steinberg and Friedman Fellow Mira Edmonds. In a new article, The New York Times profiles their work and Mr. Norris' recent release.

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Professor Cunningham Covers $37 Billion Deal

Professor Cunningham Covers $37 Billion Deal | In a deal valued at $37.2 billion, Berkshire Hathaway agreed to buy Precision Castparts, a maker of equipment for the aerospace and energy industries. Lawrence A. Cunningham, Henry St. George Tucker III Research Professor of Law, explained the purchase to several media outlets, including The Washington Post, Bloomberg News, and Oregon Public Radio. Professor Cunningham, an expert on corporate law and author of two books on Warren Buffett and Berkshire Hathaway, lauded the deal, calling it “absolutely worth it” and a “spot-on kind of Berkshire acquisition.”

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Professor Overton on 50 Years of the Voting Rights Act

Professor Overton on 50 Years of the Voting Rights Act | Thursday, August 6 marked the 50th anniversary of President Lyndon B. Johnson signing the Voting Rights Act, which banned race-based discrimination at the polls and required states to get federal approval before changing election laws. Professor Spencer Overton, a voting rights expert, joined Southern California Public Radio to explain the law and express his view that additions are needed from Congress to update the Act. “We need some common sense reforms that make sure eligible voters can participate with few barriers, and at the same time, ensure that those who are not eligible do not vote.”

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