GW Law Celebrates Reunion Weekend 2023

June 22, 2023
GW Law 2023 Reunion class photo

Nearly 250 alumni from across the country returned to GW on June 2nd and 3rd to celebrate GW Law Reunion Weekend. The weekend kicked off with the GW Law Tour for Stockton Guard Alumni and the Stockton Guard Brunch with Dean Dayna Bowen Matthew.

"I was overjoyed to celebrate GW Law Reunion Weekend with our amazing alumni spanning more than half a century. My heartiest congratulations go to Mark Chichester—the winner of the 2023 Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award. In addition to Mark's many impressive professional achievements, he serves as Vice Chair of the GW Board of Trustees and has served our law school in a variety of important ways through the years.

I also congratulate the many other deserving winners of this year's alumni awards and class cups. My special thanks go to the Class of 1983 for showing up in such strong numbers and to the Class of 2023 for donating so generously to the Class Gift Campaign--outperforming all undergraduate class gifts at GW.

Finally, I am grateful to the committee members who planned a magnificent weekend of events and to the many reunion celebrants who returned to campus from near and far to reconnect and reminisce. Congratulations to you all!"

Dayna Bowen Matthew
GW Law Dean and Harold H. Greene Professor of Law

Saturday afternoon included a taste of DC BBQ, followed by the alumni class photo. The day concluded with the All-Class Dinner, Reception, and Reunion Awards, where the following recipients of the awards were announced:

  • Fulbright Public Service Award - Honorable Ed Blackmon ‘73
  • Burns Service to GW Law Award - Raymond Banoun ‘68
  • Stockton Guard Alumni Award - Jonathan Kahan ‘73
  • Distinguished Alumni Award - Mark Chichester ‘93
  • Recent Alumni Award - Anika Patterson ‘13

The following Cups and Bowl were announced:

  • Deans Cup: 1978
  • Stockton Cup: 1983
  • Friedenthal Bowl: 1988
  • Lawrence Cup: 2013
  • Barron Cup: O'Connor Inn

Congratulations to all our award recipients and thank you to all of our alums who made this weekend a success.

"I traveled in June nearly 5,000 miles from Honolulu, Hawaii to Washington, DC for my 45th-year reunion. During Reunion Weekend I enjoyed reconnecting with my GW Law '78 classmates and chatting with other alumni. It was a wonderful opportunity to talk with Dean Dayna Bowen Matthew. Kudos to the Development & Alumni Relations Office team which planned the events including the tours, the Stockton Guard brunch, the family-friendly BBQ lunch, and the All-Class reception and dinner. At the dinner, my '78 classmates and I proudly received The Dean's Cup, which is awarded to the class with the highest overall participation rate in the reunion class gift campaign. Just as I've been doing every 5 years, I plan to attend the next reunion."

Marvin S.C. Dang
Class of 1978 Reunion Committee Member

We look forward to celebrating next year's reunion class! Information on the 2024 Reunion Weekend will be released later this year. 

2023 Reunion Weekend Photo Gallery