Upcoming Events

July
26
Saturday
Screening of Redemption: The No Kill Revolution in America

Join GW Law for a screening of the documentary Redemption: The No Kill Revolution in America, including a discussion with the film's writer Nathan Winograd. A reception will be held in the Marvin Center following the film | 4:30—9:30 pm; Lerner LL101.

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July
27
Sunday
BLAA Reception at the NBA Annual Convention

Join the Black Law Alumni Association for an alumni reception during the 89th Annual National Bar Association convention in Atlanta.

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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.

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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In Memoriam:<br>Stephen M. Goldman

In Memoriam:
Stephen M. Goldman

Stephen M. Goldman, a highly regarded member of the GW Law adjunct faculty, passed away on July 10. Professor Goldman taught Corporations at the law school and published on issues related to pre-trial practice, including preparation of witnesses for deposition, and corporate governance. After earning a law degree in 1971, he clerked with The Hon. John Paul Stevens of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, worked at law firm Kirkpatrick & Lockhart LLP, and published a book on ethical choices and legal obligations in the office.


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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


NPR . July 21, 2014
Jeffrey Manns is quoted about ongoing implementation of the Dodd-Frank Act. More

Los Angeles Times . July 19, 2014
Robert Tuttle and Ira Lupu are quoted about the work of the Becket Fund for Relgious Liberty, the small law firm that argued the Hobby Lobby case before the U.S. Supreme Court. More

The New York Times . July 18, 2014
Alan Morrison is quoted about the class-action lawsuit of former NFL players against the league for brain injuries sustained while playing. More

WTOP . July 18, 2014
John Banzhaf is interviewed about keeping teens safe behind the wheel. 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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