Upcoming Events

Opening International Procurement Markets: Perspectives on Economics and the Law

Join the Government Procurement Law Program as they host an open colloquium to discuss a newly released study that suggests competitive procurement negotiations encourage cross-border procurement.

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Executive Actions: Steering Companies and Reimagining Industries

Join GW and The Washington Post as they present an intimate conversation with some of the nation's top chief executives on the challenges and opportunites for global business today.

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The United Kingdom’s Implementation of the New European Union Procurement Directives

Join the Government Procurement Law Program as they host an open colloquium discussing the implementation process of the newly revised European Procurement Directives.

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Alleged Abuses of Presidential Power

Join GW Law as they host a program in which leading scholars and advocates will address the questions of whether President Obama, in some cases joined by his predecessors, has exceeded or misused the powers of the President.

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"Copyright and the Music Marketplace"

Join GW Law and the Copyright Society of the USA as they discuss the Copyright Office's newly released study "Copyright and the Music Marketplace." Students and faculty do not need to register for this event, but do need to bring a GW ID for entry.

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Denver Alumni Reception

Join the GW Law Alumni Association for an alumni reception at Sheridan Ross PC.

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Symposium on Intellectual Property

Join the Intellectual Property Law Program and speakers from a variety of administrative agencies, private practice, the judiciary and academia to discuss hot topics and recent developments in patent law.

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Commencement Weekend 2015

The weekend's events include the Dean's Reception at the Air & Space Museum, Academic Awards Ceremony, University Commencement on the National Mall, and Law School Diploma Ceremony.

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The "MEANS" to End Food Waste

Grant Nelson, a 2L, and Maria Belding, a freshman at American University won more than $60,000 in cash and prizes this week in the 2015 GW Business Plan Competition. The pair created the searchable MEANS Database, which allows food pantries and suppliers to share information about their inventories and reduce food waste. Mr. Nelson, the SBA's Director of Technology, personally wrote every line of code for the database. "Beyond the prizes, this has just been such a valuable experience," he said.

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GW Law Experiences

  • Tara Pistorese, LLM Candidate '15
  • Joseph Dougherty, 4L
  • Sydney English, 2L
  • Heather Fincher, 3L
  • Jason Boyd, JD '12
  • Kathleen Oprea, JD '13
  • Marla Spindel, JD '93, and Claudia Gwilliam, JD '01

Tara Pistorese, LLM Candidate '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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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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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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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

Al Jazeera America . April 16, 2015
John Banzhaf is quoted about the dangers of e-cigarettes. More

NY Daily News . April 16, 2015
Naomi Cahn is quoted about fertility agreements for couples freezing embryos. More

The Atlantic . April 15, 2015
Jeffrey Rosen writes about how John Roberts will rule in the Supreme Court cases on gay marriage and the Affordable Care Act. More

The Wall Street Journal . April 14, 2015
Arthur Wilmarth is quoted about executive officer changes at Citigroup. More

The Washington Post . April 13, 2015
Naomi Cahn is quoted about regulation of assisted reproduction technologies. More

The Oklahoman . April 12, 2015
Thomas Buergenthal is mentioned for adding a new chapter to his award-winning Auschwitz memoir. 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

Bobby R. Burchfield to Deliver Diploma Ceremony Address

Bobby R. Burchfield to Deliver Diploma Ceremony Address | Bobby R. Burchfield, JD ’79, one of the top trial and appellate attorneys in the United States, will deliver the keynote address at the Law School Diploma Ceremony on Sunday, May 17, 2015. A partner in the Washington, D.C., office of King & Spalding, Mr. Burchfield has won many awards for his work in complex corporate litigation. He is also a longtime GW Law volunteer, most notably having served on the Dean’s Board of Advisors for the past two decades.

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GW to Launch Free Online Course on Federal Reserve

GW to Launch Free Online Course on Federal Reserve | On April 13, The George Washington University will launch a new open online course, "The Past, Present, and Future of the Federal Reserve," that will trace the influence of the Fed, the United States' central banking system. Moderated by GW SMPA Director Frank Sesno, a former CNN news anchor, the classes will incorporate material from the series of lectures delivered at GW by Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke. It will also include original presentations and interviews with former and current Fed officials and policymakers such as Paul Volcker, Don Kohn, U.S. Representative Jim Himes, and former U.S. Congressman and Chair of the House Financial Services Committee Barney Frank.

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Chief Intelligence Correspondent Fields LLM Questions

Chief Intelligence Correspondent Fields LLM Questions | A group of National Security and U.S. Foreign Relations Law LLM students had the opportunity to participate in an intimate question and answer session with Catherine Herridge, Chief Intelligence Correspondent for Fox News Channel. Professor Gregory Maggs led the discussion, which centered on Ms. Herridge’s book, The Next Wave: On the Hunt for Al Qaeda’s American Recruits. "It was an incredible honor to listen to and directly engage with one of the top journalists covering national security issues today," said Aaron Jackson, one of the LLM candidates in attendance and a current U.S. Air Force Judge Advocate.

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Alumnus and Apple VP Endows IP Scholarship

Alumnus and Apple VP Endows IP Scholarship | Apple Senior VP and General Counsel Bruce Sewell and his wife Cynthia have given $1 million to establish a scholarship within the law school. The scholarship, to be known as the D. Bruce Sewell, JD '86, and Cynthia Gozigian Sewell, BA '82, MBA '87 Scholarship, will be awarded to a JD student studying in the field of intellectual property law. Mr. Sewell is a member of GW Law's campaign committee, holds a seat on the Intellectual Property Advisory Board, and also delivered the 2014 Commencement keynote address.

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Common Ground on Women's Rights

Common Ground on Women's Rights | "You don't hear much these days about liberals and conservatives working together," writes Professor Naomi Schoenbaum in a new piece for Politico. But, she says, there's one area where they have occasional common ground: women's rights. Professor Schoenbaum refers to a "Care Caucus" that emerged to support a pregnant worker in the Supreme Court Case Young v. UPS. Both liberal groups and pro-life organizations filed amicus briefs supporting Young, who sued for disparate treatment under the Pregnancy Discrimination Act.

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