Event Planning

The Events Team at the George Washington University Law School works with a multitude of stakeholders. Law school administration, faculty, students, alumni, staff, and members of the public to develop, plan and execute several hundred events per year. 

The Events Team at GW Law is the optimal starting point for organizing and hosting events on and off campus. We offer a wide range of creative, administrative, and logistical services to facilitate the successful execution of your program, conference or event through every step of planning and implementation. 

The team consists of Shawndece Colclough, Meetings and Operations Manager, and Deborah Gales, Associate Director of Law School Events. The team provides an array of services, including client consultation, contract management, event conceptualization, detailed planning, logistics, and assistance with virtual and on-site event management.

Deb Gales

Deborah Gales

Associate Director of Law School Events

[email protected]
Office: 202.994.1378

Shawndece Colclough

Shawndece Colclough

Meetings and Operations Manager

[email protected]
Office: 202.994.1859

Beginning Fall 2023, GW Law will charge for use of our event spaces to be in line with the University. Please see the price list below in planning your event which varies depending on whether you are an external organization looking to hold your event in one of our event spaces or a large lecture hall or if you are partnering with a member of the GW Law community.

External Event Pricing

GW Law Event Space Max Attendance External Price Internal Price
Event Space Max Capacity External Group External Group with Faculty/Staff Sponsor*
Dee Kelly Lounge 100 $500 $300
Burns Moot Court Room 106 $1000 $500
Student Conference Center (SCC) 80 $1500 $500
Faculty Conference Center (FCC) 80 $1500 $500
Tasher Great Room 80 $1500 $500
Lecture Halls 75-140 $600 $400
Medium sized classrooms, i.e. L202 58-70 $500 $300
Small classrooms 12-48 $300 $200
Lounges 40 $1000 $400
Housekeeping Charge   $400 $200

*Sponsor must be an active participant in event and event is open to faculty or students at the law school

GW Law Event Interest Form

Our goal is to streamline the event planning process so that our clients can focus on hosting their event, while our planning team can help with registration, reservations, event management, and work across departments within the law school. We strive to incorporate the school’s mission and encompass Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in every event we plan, and for these ideals to be reflected in all we do. Associate Director Deb Gales has earned a DEI certificate that focuses on improving engagement, counteracting unconscious bias, diversity, equity, and inclusion at work, and fostering an inclusive environment. All of which is critical to ensure all events are inclusive by design. Our goal is to make all events at GW Law successful for the planners and attendees.
Students in Kelly Lounge
Jacob Burns Moot Court Room
Tasher Great Room

Contact the Events Team

Thank you for working with the events team! For any questions or concerns please reach out to Deb Gales ([email protected]) and Shawndece Colclough ([email protected]).