Ten Scholars Join the GW Law Community to Teach First-Year Students

Photo collage of Robert Parrish, Cori Alonso-Yoder, Cheryl Kettler, & Erika Pont
August 01, 2022

GW Law is excited to announce the appointment of ten new full-time faculty members to join the Fundamentals of Lawyering Program. The new FL faculty join Interim Director Iselin Gambert and Associate Director Anita Singh as full-time members of the GW Law faculty. The FL program introduces first-year students to the skills necessary for a successful transition from the classroom to the law firm, boardroom, courtroom, and the many other settings where law is practiced. 

These ten professors join our experienced community of scholars to teach 1Ls the critical lawyering skills they will need in practice.

 

 


 

Why GW Law?

 

 

Cori Alonso-Yoder

 

 

Cori Alonso Yoder

Associate Professor of Fundamentals of Lawyering

"I am so pleased to be joining GW Law and its community of distinguished scholars, dedicated professionals, and accomplished students. Teaching with the Fundamentals of Lawyering Program to equip students in exploring a sense of place and purpose in the law while developing their professional skills is particularly thrilling to me."

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Natalia Blinkova

 

 

Natalia Blinkova

Acting Writing Center Coordinator; Associate Professor of Fundamentals of Lawyering 

"As for why I chose to stay at GW — that part is easy! I love shepherding our wonderfully talented students through their 1L experience, introducing them to the critical lawyering skills they will need in practice, and helping them think through what kind of lawyers they would like to become. I also feel like I've found a home among the FL faculty, who are the most collaborative, forward-thinking, and supportive group of professionals I have ever encountered."

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Leslie Callahan

 

 

Leslie Callahan

Associate Professor of Fundamentals of Lawyering

“I’m thrilled to join GW Law's innovative 'Fundamentals of Lawyering Program' which is at the forefront of our profession in preparing students to excel in the workplace. The Fundamentals program integrates traditional research and writing skills with a broader array of skills such as client counseling, all while providing the opportunity for professional identity formation. GW Law’s program is truly unique among top law schools and I cannot wait to begin working with this extraordinary group of professionals!”

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Katya Cronin

 

 

Katya Cronin

Associate Professor of Fundamentals of Lawyering 

"GW Law's Fundamentals of Lawyering Program is on the cutting edge of legal experiential education and I am thrilled to work side by side with its many accomplished and dedicated faculty members who share a commitment to excellence in teaching, student well-being, and rigorous and impactful scholarship."

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Robin Juni

 

 

Robin Juni

Associate Professor of Fundamentals of Lawyering 

"GW Law is a special place. I'm thrilled to be teaching Fundamentals of Lawyering, in particular, because the whole community is invested in and supportive of the groundwork we lay in FL that allows students to pursue any of the countless opportunities GW Law offers to become the lawyers they want to be."

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Cheryl Kettler

 

 

Cheryl A. Kettler

Associate Professor of Fundamentals of Lawyering 

"I have had the pleasure of teaching at GW Law for six of the last seven years. During that time, I have worked with numerous highly talented and energetic first-year law students. Their enthusiasm for learning has made teaching here very rewarding. Moreover, GW Law has offered me opportunities to work with esteemed faculty, generous adjuncts, dedicated Dean's Fellows, the Writing Center's earnestly caring Writing Fellows, our various journals' many writers, and the Inns of Court student members and advisors. Visitors at other schools are lucky if they engage with a few colleagues. Here, they are part of a larger community. 

The fundamentals of lawyering are more than the name of a course at GW Law. They are ingrained in curriculum, extracurricular activity, and the culture of the law school. By bringing people together to support our first-year law students, we ensure they leave here with a network of support and the skills to face the challenges of practice."

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Brooke Ellinwood MDonough

 

 

Brooke Ellinwood McDonough

Acting Coordinator of Scholarly Writing and Co-Coordinator of Problem Development; Associate Professor of Fundamentals of Lawyering 

“For nearly thirty years, GW has been part of my life. In the ‘90s, I was an undergrad. In the ‘00s, a law student. In the ‘10s an adjunct and visiting professor. From those experiences, I have a deeply rooted appreciation for the unique contributions that the school has on its students and the larger community, and seek to carry on that tradition for the next generation as I enter my fourth decade with GW.”

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Robert Parrish

 

 

Robert Parrish

Professor of Fundamentals of Lawyering

“I chose GW Law because of its Fundamentals of Lawyering program and the unique opportunity it presents to be a small part of an innovative program that has the potential to be a model for law schools across the nation.”

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Jennifer Wimsatt Pusateri

 

 

Jennifer Wimsatt Pusateri

Associate Professor of Fundamentals of Lawyering

"GW Law students are special. They have a grit and practicality about them that makes them a joy to teach. I’m excited to continue teaching them the skills they need to develop into successful lawyers as part of the Fundamentals of Lawyering program.”

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Erika Pont

 

 

Erika N. Pont

Interim Associate Director, Fundamentals of Lawyering Program; Coordinator of the Dean’s Fellow Program; Associate Professor of Fundamentals of Lawyering 

"I joke that I "grew up" at GW Law: first as a student and Deans Fellow, then as an adjunct professor for over a decade, and finally as full-time faculty in the Fundamentals of Lawyering Program. I chose to teach at GW Law for many of the same reasons I chose to attend GW Law as a student: an unparalleled location in Washington, DC, a uniquely talented and collegial student body, and an institutional commitment to graduating "practice ready" lawyers. Joining the Fundamentals of Lawyering faculty is a dream come true. I'm grateful for the opportunity to build on GW Law's rich foundation of professional development and experiential learning. It's an honor to help develop and teach our 1L students this innovative curriculum that's designed to prepare our students to serve clients, impact their community, and better their profession — and to be their healthiest happiest selves in the process."

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Fundamentals of Lawyering

 

At GW Law, the Fundamentals of Lawyering Program introduces first-year students to the skills that will advance them from the classroom to the law firm, boardroom, courtroom, and the many other settings where law is practiced. The FL Program, an innovative yearlong course for 1Ls which works hand-in-hand with Inns of Court, was launched in fall of 2019. The centerpiece of the most significant reform of GW Law's first-year curriculum in a generation, the six-credit course was designed to reflect the changing practice of law and gives graduates the essential lawyering skills emplooyers value most.

First-year students work with a faculty drawn from law firms of all sizes, governmental agencies, and nonprofits to learn what it takes to succeed in a profession that demands the highest commitment to adherence to the rule of law and delivering justice. Our faculty members bring decades of experience building relationships with clients and meeting their needs with creativity and skill.