Upcoming Events

March
31
Tuesday
NYC Alumni & Admitted Student Reception

Join Dean Blake D. Morant and GW Law Intellectual Property Board Member John Murnane, JD '79, for a reception at Fitzpatrick, Cella, Harper, & Scinto.

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April
1
Wednesday
Boston Alumni & Admitted Student Reception

Join the GW Law Alumni Association and hosts Mark Burnett, JD '83, and Thomas Beaudoin, JD '86 for a reception at Goodwin Procter LLP.

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April
2
Thursday
"Innovation Sticks: The Limited Case for Penalizing Failures to Innovate"

Join the Intellectual Property Law Program as they host Professor Amy Kapczynski of Yale Law School | 1:30—3 pm, Faculty Conference Center.


April
7 -
April
8
International Self-Determination Conference

Join the International and Comparative Law Program for an international conference on the topic of "State Oppression, Violence Against Minorities, and the Possibilities for Remedial Secession and Independence."

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April
8
Wednesday
Class Actions Settlements Roundtable

Join GW Law's James F. Humphreys Complex Litigation Center for a roundtable discussion on how the federal class action rule may be amended to improve the settlement class action review and certification process.

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April
9
Thursday
Law Review Alumni Reception

Join the Law Review for the annual alumni reception at the Front Page.

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April
14
Tuesday
Dean's Jeans Day

Join students, faculty, and staff for this annual afternoon of food, games, and fun | 4-6:30 pm, University Yard.


GW Law Alum Harry Reid Announces<br>Senate Retirement

GW Law Alum Harry Reid Announces
Senate Retirement

Senator Harry Reid, JD '64, who has led the Senate Democrats since 2005, announced on Friday that he will not seek re-election after serving in Congress for more than three decades. While studying law part-time in the 60s, Mr. Reid worked six days per week as a policeman at the U.S. Capitol. He returned to campus in May 2005 to deliver the law school's Commencement address. "My advice to you graduates is that you each use your education to stand for the rule of law, not of man," he said. "My advice is that you play the game hard, but play by the rules. And if the game goes against you, work harder, train harder, and play again."


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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


CBS News . March 27, 2015
Robert Brauneis is quoted about the copyright of the song “Happy Birthday to You.” More

Federal Times . March 26, 2015
Daniel Gordon is quoted about Department of Defense spending. More

Justia Verdict . March 26, 2015
Neil Buchanan writes about the fatal flaws in the debt ceiling law. More

The Washington Times . March 26, 2015
Jonathan Turley is quoted about alleged constitutional overreach by President Obama. More

ThinkProgress . March 25, 2015
Robert Glicksman is quoted about a San Diego lawsuit against Monsanto over PCB pollution. More

The New York Times . March 23, 2015
Arthur Wilmarth is quoted about risk exposure in large banks. 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


Daniel Gordon Testifies on Reverse Auctions

Daniel Gordon Testifies on Reverse Auctions | Daniel I. Gordon, Senior Adviser to the Government Procurement Law Program, testified before the House of Representatives Committee on Small Business about "reverse auctions." In these auctions, companies submit bids for government work through a third party company, FedBid, which collects a fee for each contract awarded. Critics, including Mr. Gordon, say that this system does not always act in the best interests of the government. FedBid "has an organizational conflict of interest," said Daniel I. Gordon, a former top Obama administration procurement official. "They have a financial interest in having as many reverse auctions as possible. Regardless of whether it's suitable, they get a fee."

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From Hot Dogs to Top Dogs

From Hot Dogs to Top Dogs | Two alums, Teresa M. Schwartz, JD ’71, and Daniel C. Schwartz, JD ’69, have pledged to create a need-based scholarship for a JD student at GW Law. Both were enrolled in the law school during the 1968-69 academic year, and finances were tight—they fondly recall it as the “the year of the hot dog.” Teresa, taught on the GW Law faculty for 25 years, and Dan, who served in a number of prestigious government positions, never forgot the impact of the scholarships they received while attending law school. “I owe a great deal to GW,” Teresa said. “I was a scholarship student in my first year of law school, and I know what it means to have that kind of support.”

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Burnett Family Endows International Law Dean's Fund

Burnett Family Endows International Law Dean's Fund | This February, GW Law Board of Trustees member Weston (Wes) Burnett, JD '75, LLM '83, and his wife, Barbara, endowed the Burnett Family International and Comparative Law and Policy Studies Dean's Fund to support international and comparative law at GW. The fund director, Associate Dean for International and Comparative Legal Studies Susan L. Karamanian, was named the Burnett Family Professorial Lecturer in International and Comparative Law and Policy. "Susan Karamanian works tirelessly to promote the International and Comparative Law Program, attract high‐quality students, and both teach and nurture those students during their time at the law school," said Blake D. Morant, Dean and Robert Kramer Research Professor of Law. "I share the Burnett family’s enthusiasm in recognizing her contributions."

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The Future of Legal Education

The Future of Legal Education | Dean Blake D. Morant spoke in The Chronicle of Higher Education's "On Leadership" video series about the future of legal education in the United States. Addressing the primary challenges facing law schools, Dean Morant explained how legal education is adjusting to better prepare graduates for the job market and why he thinks now is a great time to consider getting a legal education.

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Lecturing Around the World

Lecturing Around the World | Sean D. Murphy, Patricia Roberts Harris Research Professor of Law, traveled to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, in February to deliver the opening lectures for the 2015 United Nations Regional Course in International Law. Held for the fifth consecutive year at the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, the course trains thirty young lawyers, who are based in African foreign ministries or international organizations, for four weeks of intensive lectures on public international law by scholars and judges from around the world.

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