Stories from Our Community

Photo of Yue Meng with other female entrepreneurs at the GWomen X Springboard program

Meng Chosen For Female Entrepreneurship Program

Dr. Katherine Meng participated in the Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship's two-day female entrepreneurship program, which provided training, mentorship, and networking opportunities.

Portrait of Morgan B. Monroe

Morgan Monroe: Pro Bono Work Is Not Optional to Me

Morgan B. Monroe, JD ’17, was featured by the DC Bar for her volunteer work. Ms. Monroe shares what helping her Southeast neighbors means to her and how pro bono service is an exciting way for young attorneys to learn about different areas of the law.

Associate Dean John Whealan at a table, testifying before a committee panel

Watch: Whealan Testifies Before the House Judiciary

Associate Dean John M. Whealan testified before the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet. He discussed the impact of recent court decisions on patent judge appointments.

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  • Jasmine Smith

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    "It's particularly helpful to have such accomplished female professors. I felt they understood that in a profession historically dominated by men, mine would be a different journey."​ - Jasmine Smith,
    JD '18​​​​​​

  • Nicolas Sabet

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    "The professors of GW in NY teach us about whatever they did that day. This real-world experience in the business field, for an entire semester—GW is the only law school offering that." - Nicolas Sabet, JD '18

  • Meredith Lapp

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    "One summer, I worked with another law student from the Midwest who had to cram the great experience of working in D.C. into a few weeks. But because I'm here in D.C., I could continue working at my externship during the school year. This led to a job offer." - Meredith Lapp

Beyond the Academy

  • Portrait of Joan S. Meier
  • Jonathan R. Siegel
  • Robert Brauneis
  • Lawrence Cunningham

During a panel for judicial candidates for family court in Pennsylvania, Judge to the Court of Common Pleas of Bucks County Jordan Yeager cited Professor Joan S. Meier's study on the negative outcomes for mothers who raise abuse claims in family court cases. The George Washington University study, Judge Yeager said, calls into question the validity of parental alienation cases and is an example of the kind of evidence-based research which should be provided in judicial trainings.

November 5, 2019

On Wednesday, June 26, Justice Gorsuch cited an article by Professor Jonathan Siegel in his concurring opinion in Kisor v. Wilkie. The case concerned whether courts should overturn the doctrine of "Auer defererence," which calls upon courts to defer to administrative agencies' reasonable interpretations of ambiguous agency regulations. Justice Gorsuch argued that since Auer deference was created, judicial interpretation has come to focus more on simply reading and understanding statutory and regulatory text. He cited a 1998 article by Professor Siegel for the proposition that "we are all textualists now." A search on WESTLAW shows that Professer Siegel was the first to publish this now-commonplace observation.

June 26, 2019

Professor Robert Brauneis is cited three times by Chief Justice John Roberts in his opinion for the Supreme Court in Knick v. Township of Scott, a case concerning the application of the Takings Clause of the Fifth Amendment. The Court ruled that plaintiffs who allege that state or local governments have taken their private property with no compensation may proceed directly to federal court with their grievances. Professor Brauneis’s article, The First Constitutional Tort: The Remedial Revolution in Nineteenth-Century State Just Compensation Law, 52 Vand. L. Rev. 57 (1999), provided important historical background from which the Court drew in deciding the case. The article has been cited in opinions in two other Supreme Court cases, as well as in a number of state court cases.

June 21, 2019

Lawrence A. Cunningham, Founding Faculty Director of GWNY, is cited extensively in a major contracts law opinion by the Tennessee Supreme Court. The case examines contract interpretation law, which Cunningham has portrayed as "untidy but pragmatic."  The court seemed to agree, in a case that’s been widely followed throughout the national business community. "This kind of dispute arises between businesses every day, and getting clarity around how to resolve it will add enormous value."

January 18, 2019