Upcoming Events

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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September
19
Friday
2014 Stockton Guard Luncheon

Join the GW Law Alumni Association, the Honorable Bruce S. Mencher, JD '60, and the members of the Stockton Guard to celebrate GW Law alumni who graduated 40 or more years ago.

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September
20
Saturday
BLAA Board Meeting

Meet the alumni steering committee, hear about recent events, learn about this year's priorities, and network with fellow alumni during this open board meeting of the Black Law Alumni Association.

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September
30
Tuesday
Alumni Reception in NYC

Join the GW Law Alumni Association, Board of Advisors Chairman Corinne Ball, JD '78, and Dean Blake Morant for a reception at Maloney & Procelli.

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In the Spotlight


Same-sex Marriage on Hold

Same-sex Marriage on Hold | Alan Morrison, Lerner Family Associate Dean for Public Interest and Public Service Law, sat down with Fox 5 News to explain the U.S. Supreme Court's stay on Virginia's same-sex marriage ruling. Dean Morrison noted that several similar cases are coming through the federal court system and that the Supreme Court could take any or all of those cases. He expects the justices will take a same-sex marriage case sometime this fall, hear it in the spring, and announce a decision sometime by the first of July 2015.

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A New Theory on Religious Liberty

A New Theory on Religious Liberty | In their most recent work, Secular Government, Religious People, Professor Robert W. Tuttle and Professor Emeritus Ira C. Lupu present an original theory placing the secular character of the American government, rather than a set of individual rights, as the centerpiece of religious liberty in the United States. This month, the publisher is featuring both professors for their scholarship in religion, law, and the First Amendment.

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Discussing the Air Quality Act of 1967

Discussing the Air Quality Act of 1967 | Acting Dean of Students Robin Juni appeared on C-SPAN's Washington Journal to discuss the history and current state of the Clean Air Act. Dean Juni, who teaches in the Environmental and Energy Law Program and practiced environmental law for almost 20 years before joining GW, explained the evolution of air quality legislation and answered questions from callers.

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Alumnus Awarded ABA's Highest Honor

Alumnus Awarded ABA's Highest Honor | The American Bar Association awarded General Earl E. Anderson, Ret. USMC, JD '52, with its highest honor, the ABA Medal. The award is given only when the ABA Board of Governors decides a nominee has provided exceptional service to the law and the legal profession, with past recipients including Justice Thurgood Marshall, Watergate Special Prosecutor Leon Jaworski, and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. "The contributions of General Earl Anderson over the past 60-plus years will resonate within the ABA for decades," said ABA President James Silkenat.

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Obamacare's Grave Danger

Obamacare's Grave Danger | For Salon, Jonathan R. Siegel, F. Elwood and Eleanor Davis Research Professor of Law, writes about a potential threat to the Affordable Care Act. Two federal courts of appeals have issued conflicting rulings on a critical provision within the health care law, the more favorable of which enables the IRS to interpret ambiguous statutory language. Under President Obama, the IRS' interpretation allows the Affordable Care Act to function, but as Professor Siegel explains, "The next president, by simple executive action, without need for congressional approval, could potentially undo this critical piece of the Affordable Care Act's statutory scheme."

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WMATA 'Opens Doors' to Procurement Fraud

WMATA 'Opens Doors' to Procurement Fraud

On August 20, The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) announced a $4.2 million settlement with the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia to resolve several alleged procurement law violations. Assistant Dean Jessica Tillipman writes for the FCPA Blog about the settlement, noting that WMATA allegedly awarded contracts without the open competition mandated by law and also fired an employee who raised concerns. In a follow-up post, Professor Christopher R. Yukins expands on the policy questions raised by the settlement.


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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


Washington Business Journal . August 28, 2014
John Banzhaf is mentioned for his potential legal challenges to radio station licenses held by Dan Snyder, the owner of the Washington Redskins. More

Bloomberg . August 28, 2014
Jeffrey Manns is quoted about changes imposed by U.S. regulators on the credit-rating industry. More

Time . August 28, 2014
Joan Meier is quoted about the NFL instituting harsher penalties for domestic abuse. 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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