Upcoming Events

October
2
Thursday
Next Generation Environmental Compliance and Enforcement with Cynthia Giles

Join the Environmental Law Institute for a launch reception of the new book Next Generation Environmental Compliance and Enforcement edited by Associate Dean Lee Paddock and former Visiting Professor and Environmental Law Fellow Jessica Wentz.

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October
6
Monday
National Security Law Career Fair

Join GW's National Security Law Association for the 2014 National Security Law Career Fair including several representatives from the National Security community.

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October
9
Thursday
Alumni Reception on Capitol Hill

Join the GW Law Alumni Association, Dean Blake D. Morant, and Jonathan Willingham, JD '06, for a reception at Hawk 'n' Dove.

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October
14
Tuesday
Alumni Reception in Chicago

Join the GW Law Alumni Association for a reception with incoming Dean Blake D. Morant at the Metropolitan Club.

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October
15
Wednesday
Breakfast with Belva in DC

Join fellow GW Law alumnae for a breakfast panel and discussion on issues affecting women in the legal industry and related professional settings.

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October
16
Thursday
"Costly Designs"

Join the Intellectual Property Law Program as they host Professor Sarah Burnstein of the University of Oklahoma College of Law as a part of the IP Speaker Series | 1:30—3:30 pm, Faculty Conference Center.


October
20
Monday
Discussion with Richard Whittle

Join GW's Government Procurement Law Program as they host Richard Whittle, author of The Dream Machine and Predator.

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GW Law's Government Procurement Program

GW Law's Government Procurement Program

Established in 1960, GW's Government Procurement Law Program was founded by Professors Emeritus Ralph C. Nash, Jr. and John Cibinic, Jr. The program provides unparalleled faculty resources, course offerings, professional development opportunities, and a supportive alumni community. Learn more about studying procurement law at GW from faculty and former students.


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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


U.S. News & World Report . September 30, 2014
John Banzhaf is quoted about California’s new law designed to address sexual assault on college campuses. More

MSNBC . September 29, 2014
Stephen Saltzburg is quoted about the next selection for attorney general. More

The Wall Street Journal . September 28, 2014
Alan Morrison is quoted about an appeals court case that challenges bans on campaign contributions by individual and corporate contractors. 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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In the Spotlight


Balancing Security with Liberty

Balancing Security with Liberty | Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson recently delivered a keynote at GW Law as part of a symposium hosted by the Homeland Security & Defense Business Council. In his talk, Mr. Johnson addressed several pressing issues, including this year's child immigration crisis and ISIS. He also emphasized the challenge of balancing world safety with protecting the liberties of Americans. "We cannot do [our job] at the cost of sacrificing who we are as a nation of people who value freedom of movement, privacy, civil liberties and cherish diversity and heritage," he said. "Every day I think about striking that right balance in homeland security."

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Military Contractors<br>Prep for ISIL Action

Military Contractors
Prep for ISIL Action | Over the past decade in Iraq and Afghanistan, the United States government spent more than 200 billion dollars on private military contractors. As the Pentagon reaches out to the private sector again for estimates on confronting ISIL, Steven Schooner, Nash & Cibinic Professor of Government Procurement Law, spoke to Al Jazeera about the widespread use of contractors. "The reality today for the United States, and frankly for many countries around the world, is that the military simply can't function without the support of arms-bearing contractors specifically and broader contractors generally," said Professor Schooner.

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Asylum After 16 Years

Asylum After 16 Years | After more than 16 years, an immigration judge granted humanitarian asylum to a GW Law Immigration Clinic client. Immigration Clinic Paralegal Jonathan Bialosky, JD '10, writes a blog post detailing how the client qualified for "other serious harm" asylum because of past persecution and serious medical conditions. According to Mr. Bialosky, "One doctor wrote a letter stating that sending my client to Sierra Leone was a 'death sentence,' and that he wouldn't last more than a few weeks there." The immigration judge agreed; the merits hearing lasted just 20 minutes.

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50 Years at GW Law

50 Years at GW Law | This month, Professor James E. Starrs entered the classroom for his 50th and final year on the George Washington University faculty. Professor Starrs, who holds a joint appointment with GW Law and the Forensic Sciences Department in the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, is well-known at the university for taking on famous forensic science cases. "I've enjoyed the students immensely. It's been a wonderful, constant wave of students," he said of his half-century at GW. "This last class of mine, 18 students, are just marvelous, they ask intelligent questions and are so wonderful. Every year is better as you go."

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Alumnus Awarded

Alumnus Awarded "Genius Grant" | The MacArthur Foundation announced Jonathan Rapping, JD '95, as one of its 2014 MacArthur Fellows for his work training public defenders in the South. Affectionately known as "genius grants," the fellowships award a $625,000 cash prize to "talented individuals who have shown extraordinary originality and dedication in their creative pursuits and a marked capacity for self-direction." Through his nonprofit Gideon's Promise, Mr. Rapping works to change the culture of the public defense system by teaching new lawyers important skills in a structured multi-year program. Three GW Law alumni are part of the organization's 2014 class.

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