Upcoming Events

November
27
Thursday
GW Law in Tokyo—Annual Thanksgiving Celebration

The GW Law Alumni Association and Associate Dean Susan L. Karamanian welcome friends and classmates to gather to enjoy each other's company, reflect on our good fortune, and express our profound thanks for your friendship and support. Please RSVP by November 21 | 6:30pm, Nogizaka Club, Tokyo.

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December
3
Wednesday
VA Bar Swearing-In Lunch in Richmond

Join the GW Law Alumni Association for a buffet lunch honoring those participating in the December 2014 Virginia State Bar Admission and Orientation Ceremony.

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December
10
Wednesday
GW Law Military Community Luncheon

Join GW Law and Dean Blake D. Morant as they host a short program and luncheon to welcome and honor all military affiliated students, faculty, and staff | Noon—2 pm; Faculty Conference Center.


December
18
Thursday
New Orleans Alumni Happy Hour

GW Law Alumni Association Board member Gerry Barrios, JD '87, and Christy Kane, JD '97, invite alumni in New Orleans and the surrounding area to join them for a happy hour at the Swizzle Stick Bar at Cafe Adelaide. Help them welcome current GW Law students visiting for a volunteer trip with the Gulf Recovery Network.

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May
16
Saturday
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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June
5 -
June
6
Reunion Weekend 2015

Save the date for Reunion Weekend 2015!

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President Obama's Executive Action<br>on Immigration

President Obama's Executive Action
on Immigration

President Obama announced immigration reform plans on Thursday, which will utilize his executive authority to crack down on illegal immigration and give undocumented workers an opportunity to request temporary relief from deportation. Professor Jeffrey Rosen spoke to C-SPAN's Washington Journal about the plan, focusing on its mechanics and legal basis, and offering arguments for and against the action.


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GW Law Experiences


  • Joseph Dougherty, JD '15
  • Sydney English, JD '16
  • Heather Fincher, 3L
  • Jason Boyd, JD '12
  • Kathleen Oprea, JD '13
  • Marla Spindel, JD '93, and Claudia Gwilliam, JD '01

Joseph Dougherty, JD '15

"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, JD '16

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


The Washington Post . November 19, 2014
Jonathan Turley is mentioned for his new role as the lead attorney in a lawsuit against President Obama. More

The Detroit News . November 19, 2014
Laura Dickinson is quoted about the lack of military fraud oversight. More

The New York Times . November 18, 2014
Lawrence Cunningham writes about dealmaking lessons learned from Warren Buffett and Berkshire's other managers. 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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GW Law Portal Give Get Involved ABA Consumer Information Commencement 2015

In the Spotlight


D.C. Legalizes Marijuana: Now What?

D.C. Legalizes Marijuana: Now What? | Voters in Washington, D.C. passed Initiative 71 during November elections, allowing D.C. residents who are 21 or older to posses and grow small amounts of marijuana. The initiative now will go through a 30-day period of review in Congress. In the meantime, Christopher A. Bracey, Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, interviewed with GW Today to explain Initiative 71, its impact on D.C. residents, and the challenges of reconciling federal and state marijuana laws.

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Our Changing Political Geography

Our Changing Political Geography | Professor David Fontana writes for The Daily Beast about the effects of increasing urbanization on American law and politics. As an example, he uses New York Governor Andrew Cuomo's new book, which focuses heavily on New York City, paying less attention to rural parts of the state. "One of the precious and underappreciated jewels of America has always been its geographical diversity," Professor Fontana writes. "We are and always have been a country of city and county, downtowns and small towns. But as Americans change where they live, our politics must change how it works in response.”

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3L Works and Wins Asylum Case

3L Works and Wins Asylum Case | For Lifted Lamp, GW Law Immigration Clinic student-attorney Paulina Vera writes about her experience working on the asylum case of S-G-L, who fled Honduras in 2009 after repeated domestic abuse. Ms. Vera, a 3L, recalls the history of the case and explains the lessons she learned while putting together the pre-trial filing and preparing for direct examination.

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Recapping <em>Berkshire Beyond Buffett</em>

Recapping Berkshire Beyond Buffett | Lawrence Cunningham, Henry St. George Tucker III Research Professor of Law, held a book launch for Berkshire Beyond Buffett: The Enduring Value of Values. The book contradicts the belief that Berkshire Hathaway—currently number four among the Fortune 500—will suffer a decline after the retirement of its CEO, 84-year-old Warren Buffett. Professor Cunningham's research shows reasons to believe that Mr. Buffett has built a strong corporate culture and an "organization larger than himself."

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Student Scholarship: 2015 Creative Solutions Competition

Student Scholarship: 2015 Creative Solutions Competition | Through the generosity of Howard J. Rudge, JD '64, a retired Senior Vice President of DuPont Corporation, the law school will award a cash prize of $5000 to a GW student enrolled in the JD or LLM degree program for the best paper proposing a creative solution to a serious societal problem in the United States.

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