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Jean-Jacques Verdeaux

LLM Alumnus Makes His Next Career Move

March 28, 2017
After 15 years in the World Bank, Jean-Jacques Verdeaux, LLM '02, will join the European Investment Bank as a Procurement Advisor.
Jessica Floyd Alexander

Dr. Jessica Floyd Alexander Joins Dean of Students as Program Administrator

March 23, 2017
Dr. Floyd Alexander is the new Program Administrator for Wellness, Diversity, and Inclusion.
Sarah Adwoa Sofa

LLM Alumna Appointed Minister of State

March 22, 2017
Hon. Sarah Adwoa Safo, LLM '05, was recently appointed as Minister of State in charge of Procurement at the Presidency of the Republic of Ghana.

A Q&A with Professor Thornton

March 17, 2017
Professor Karen Da Ponte Thornton discusses her upcoming role as Director of the Government Procurement Law Program.
DCC Graduates

Alumni Graduate Army's Direct Commissioning Course

March 16, 2017
The newly minted first lieutenants received guidance from several former JAG officers on the faculty.

GW BLSA Wins Regional Awards

March 07, 2017
The Mid-Atlantic Black Law Students Association honored the hard work and dedication of the organization.

How to Develop a Career in Cybersecurity Law

March 01, 2017
The Cybersecurity Law Initiative held its first event, a discussion with Eric Wenger, JD '93.
Peggy Cooper Cafritz

The Art of Law

March 01, 2017
Peggy Cooper Cafritz, JD '71, has inspired thousands with her decades of work in the arts and education.

A Q&A with LLM Alum and Creative Artist June Gachui

February 28, 2017
June Gachui, LLM '09, spoke about life after GW Law and the process of releasing her first album, Twenty Years.
Pro Bono-Photo

Pro Bono Case Builds Connection

February 27, 2017
Daniel Singer, JD '11, and students discuss successful pro bono case.

From Government Contracts to Food Blogging: An Alum Makes An Exciting Career Move

February 22, 2017
Lisa Lin, JD '13, discusses how she found success with her popular food blog, “Healthy Nibbles and Bits.”
Students and Judges

Navy-Marine Corps Court Comes to Campus

February 21, 2017
The U.S. Navy-Marine Corps Court of Criminal Appeals heard an oral argument in the Jacob Burns Moot Courtroom and then held a Q+A with students.

How a Mississippi Law Could Threaten LGBT Rights

February 16, 2017
Professor Tuttle and Professor Emeritus Lupu discuss Mississippi's HB 1523, a law that has the potential to threaten the interests of the LGBT community.
Church and State

Church & State Together Again?

February 15, 2017
Professor Galston discusses President Trump's promise to free religious organizations from constraints on political activity.

Pro Bono, Trial Advocacy, and International Law Rank High

February 10, 2017
PreLaw magazine honors GW Law for its significant contributions.

Parker Lewton Wins ABA’s Public Contract Law Writing Competition

February 08, 2017
The winning paper focused on the intersection of government contracting and refugee resettlement.

GW Law Hosts the 22nd Mid-Atlantic People of Color Legal Scholarship Conference

February 08, 2017
Scholars, policy-makers, lawyers, activists, and law students discussed the legal and political changes that took place during the Obama Era.
Trump Panel

Trump Administration and the Law

February 02, 2017
GW Law faculty discussed the legal issues surrounding the Trump administration the week after his inauguration.
Michelle-Ramus-Van Vleck Finals

Students Argue Property Rights at Van Vleck Moot Court Finals

February 01, 2017
Michelle Ramus and Elizabeth Upton argued against Brittany Crosby and Sarah Cornwell McLeod-Warrick in the Van Vleck Finals.

GW Law Faculty Among Most Downloaded Law Authors

January 18, 2017
Professors Orin S. Kerr and Daniel J. Solove are among the 10 most downloaded law professors on SSRN.
Natasha Baker

3L Awarded Prestigious Skadden Foundation Fellowship

January 17, 2017
Natasha Baker, 3L, has received an opportunity to pursue her passion in juvenile justice following graduation as a 2017-19 Skadden Fellow.
United Nations

Three Faculty Members Discuss International Law for U.N.'s Lecture Series

January 12, 2017
Presentations by Dean Karamanian, Professor Murphy, and Professor Emeritus Buergenthal have been included in the U.N. Library.

3L Wins During NYU's Cybersecurity Awareness Week

December 29, 2016

Austin Mooney, 3L, and his team won first place in the Policy Competition category of the 13th annual New York University's Cyber Security Awareness Week (NYU CSAW) in November.

Public Justice Advocacy Clinic Complaint

GW Law Clinic Students Tackle Animal Welfare Reform

December 21, 2016
The Public Justice Advocacy Clinic is representing the Animal Welfare Institute in a complaint against the USDA.
Revisiting Langdell

Dean Contributes Article in New Book about Legal Education Reform

December 20, 2016
Blake Morant responds to the alleged crisis in legal education in new article.
Dinah Shelton

Professor Emerita Dinah Shelton Receives 2016 CIEL International Environmental Law Award

December 14, 2016
The Board of Trustees recognized Professor Shelton's scholarship in international environmental and human rights law.

Catching Up With 'MEANS' Co-Founder and GW Law Alum Grant Nelson

December 13, 2016
The 2016 graduate discusses his part in building a successful online initiative that helps the hungry.
Nash & Cibinic Report

The Nash & Cibinic Report Turns 30

December 06, 2016
The report was founded in 1987 by Professors Ralph C. Nash, Jr., and John Cibinic, Jr., GW's legendary government contracts law team.
Leslie Caldwell

Assistant Attorney General Leslie Caldwell Visits GW Law

December 01, 2016
Ms. Caldwell spoke about investigations and enforcement of international corruption and fraud by the DOJ's Criminal Division.
Steven Schooner

Professor Eyes Potential Presidential Conflicts of Interest

November 30, 2016
Steven Schooner is leading a national conversation about Donald Trump's potential conflicts of interest as president.
Michelle K. Lee

First Woman to Head USPTO Speaks at Fall 2016 Katz Lecture

November 22, 2016
Director Lee shared insights about her career and advice for students.
Former Governor O'Malley with GW Students

Martin O’Malley Talks Maryland’s Health Care Revolution

November 21, 2016
The former Maryland Governor spoke on the role of states in health care reform at GW Law’s first Health Care Law Symposium.
Catherine Ross

Professor Ross Receives 2016 AESA Critics' Choice Book Award

November 16, 2016
Her book on censorship in schools was honored this month at the organization’s annual conference in Seattle.
Judge Paul L. Friedman

GW Law Honors Judge Paul L. Friedman

November 09, 2016
Judge Friedman was presented with the Charles R. Richey Equal Justice Award in October.
Sean Murphy

U.N. General Assembly Elects Professor Murphy to Second Term

November 09, 2016
The General Assembly elected 34 members to serve five-year terms with the International Law Commission.
Bradford Clark at Justice Scalia Memorial

Professor Clark Speaks at Memorial Ceremony for Justice Scalia

November 08, 2016

The Supreme Court honored the late Justice Antonin Scalia in a ceremony on November 4 by adopting a resolution offered by the Supreme Court Bar.

Naomi Cahn

Professor Cahn Elected to American Law Institute

November 02, 2016
New members bring their perspectives and areas of expertise to ALI’s work of clarifying the law.
Jason Amerine

National Security Program Hosts Lieutenant Colonel

October 24, 2016
LTC (R) Jason Amerine discussed his experiences rescuing hostages abroad.
Michael Warnecke

Alumnus Speaks as Distinguished Guest in Palau

October 24, 2016
Michael O. Warnecke, JD '67, was a distinguished speaker at the Advanced Trial Advocacy Symposium hosted by the Republic of Palau.
Nuclear Power Plant

The Nuclear Option

October 20, 2016
According to a new report authored by GW Law Professor Emily Hammond, preserving existing nuclear power is critical to meeting carbon dioxide reduction goals in the near term.
First Amendment Moot Court Competition

GW Law Named Top School for Moot Court Success

October 18, 2016

GW Law is one of the best schools in the country when it comes to Moot Court success, according to preLaw magazine.

BLSA Members Meet FTC Chairwoman Edith Ramirez

BLSA Members Meet FTC Chairwoman Edith Ramirez

October 17, 2016
Tatiana Cody, Halcyon Apy, and Jordan Green met FTC Chairwoman Edith Ramirez during a roundtable last month.
Ford F. Farabow

In Memoriam: Ford F. Farabow, Jr., JD '63

October 14, 2016
GW Law remembers one of its greatest supporters.

Professor Dmitry Karshtedt Awarded the Thomas Edison Innovation Fellowship

October 12, 2016
Professor Karshtedt will participate in a year-long curriculum through the Center for the Protection of Intellectual Property.
Maggs Award

A Salute to Professor Maggs

October 11, 2016
Gregory E. Maggs won the Commandant's Distinguished Writing Award in September.
Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump

Professor Buchanan Has His Eyes on the 2016 Presidential Election

October 06, 2016

GW Law Professor Neil H. Buchanan has been keeping his eyes closely on the road to the 2016 presidential election.

Judge Young and Alberto Benitez, Professor of Clinic Law and Immigration Clinic Director

Alumna Appointed Immigration Judge for the San Francisco Immigration Court

October 04, 2016

On September 23, 2016, the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) appointed Elizabeth L. Young as a judge to the San Francisco Immigration Court.

Ray Niro

In Memoriam: Raymond P. Niro, Sr., JD '69

September 28, 2016

Raymond P. Niro, Sr., JD '69 was a senior partner of Niro Law and worked for more than 40 years in the trial of intellectual property law cases.

Alfreda Robinson

Associate Dean Elected to National Bar Association Board

September 26, 2016

In July 2016, the National Bar Association (NBA) installed 

Justice Elena Kagan

Elena Kagan: ‘Every Case is Consequential’

September 19, 2016

By Ruth Steinhardt

Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan doesn’t consider herself to have been destined for the nation’s highest bench.

Paul Berman Portrain Unveiling

GW Law Honors Former Dean Paul Schiff Berman with Portrait Unveiling

September 13, 2016
On June 29, 2016, University leaders, distinguished alumni, faculty, staff, and students gathered to celebrate the Law School Deanship of Paul Schiff Berman.
Cape Town

A Retrospective On South Africa - Lawyers As Vanguards

September 09, 2016

On a recent visit to Cape Town, South Africa, Dean Blake D.

Professor Peter Raven-Hansen

GW Alums and Law Professor Named 2016 Public Justice Trial Lawyers of the Year

September 07, 2016
The award celebrates and recognizes the work of an attorney or team of attorneys working on behalf of individuals and groups that have suffered injustice and harmful abuse.
Photos of GW Law professors lecturing abroad.

Lecturing Away

July 28, 2016
Faculty, administrators, and staff went abroad this summer to teach and exchange ideas.
Theater Curtain Photo

Professor Makes Debut As Character In New Play

July 22, 2016
Daniel J. Solove is written as a character in "Privacy," starring Daniel Radcliffe.
Photo of hands on a globe

Recent Graduate Wins ABA's Family Law Essay Contest

July 19, 2016
Lisa R. Havilland, JD '16, will have her paper on international child abduction published on the ABA website.
Photo of the Supreme Court

Professors Weigh In on Final Cases of the Supreme Court Term

July 06, 2016
GW Law faculty members shared their expertise in the media.
Gregory Garre Photo

Alum Successfully Argues Affirmative Action Case Before the Supreme Court

July 01, 2016
Gregory Garre, JD '91, served as Counsel of Record for the university in Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin.
Clovis Maksoud Photo

In Memoriam: Clovis Maksoud, JD '51

June 30, 2016

Clovis Maksoud, JD '51, a scholar, journalist, and prominent diplomat passed away in May at the age of 89.

Fellows with Professor Sean Murphy at the International Law Commission.

Spending Summer with the U.N. International Law Commission

June 23, 2016
Three GW Law students have fellowships in Geneva to work with members of the ILC, including Professor Sean Murphy.
Pro Bono Ceremony Photo

Class of 2016 Set Pro Bono Record

June 21, 2016
This year, 201 graduates contributed more than 68,000 pro bono hours, which almost doubled the previous high.
Orin Kerr Photo

Appellate Court Debates Professor's Scholarship

June 15, 2016
Professor Orin S. Kerr was cited 16 times in the Second Circuit's opinion in United States v. Ganias.
Blake D. Morant at the AALS Annual Meeting 2016

Training Future Legal Educators

June 10, 2016
Three GW Law community members are sharing their expertise at an AALS event for new law professors.
Alfreda Robinson Photo

WBA Names Associate Dean Alfreda Robinson to Board of Directors

June 07, 2016
Associate Dean Robinson will help guide one of the nation's oldest African American bar associations.
clinics participants photo

GW Law Community Plays Large Role at AALS Clinical Conference

June 06, 2016
Faculty members shared their expertise in Baltimore to advance clinical education.
Frederick M. Lawrence Photo

Phi Beta Kappa Names Former GW Law Dean as New CEO

June 01, 2016
Frederick M. Lawrence will lead the prestigious academic honor society.
Photo of the NCMA award winners

NCMA Chapter Recognizes GW Alumni

May 27, 2016
Three recent graduates won awards for outstanding academic achievement in the field of government contracts.
Photo of Miriam Galston

Committed to Service

May 23, 2016
The university honored Professor Miriam Galston with the Oscar and Shoshana Trachtenberg Prize for Service.
John Jones Photo

In Memoriam: John R.W.D. Jones QC, LLM '98

May 20, 2016
The renowned international criminal lawyer, who helped shape the field, passed away in April.
Photos of David Buchen and Bruce Sewell

Two GW Law Alums Named "Outstanding General Counsel"

May 20, 2016
David Buchen, JD '89, and Bruce Sewell, JD '86, are respectively the top legal officers at Altavis PLC and Apple, Inc.
Elizabeth Ewert Photos

Elizabeth Ewert Appointed Associate Dean of Students

May 11, 2016
Ms. Ewert will leverage her years of experience to provide students with academic, co-curricular, and personal assistance.
Professor Christopher R. Yukins

Providing Expertise At Home and Abroad

May 09, 2016
One GW Law Professor has now testified before both the U.S. Congress and EU Parliament on issues of procurement and trade.
Clemency Team Photo

Class Assignment: Free a Man from Prison

May 06, 2016
GW Magazine chronicles how alumni Courtney Francik and Bart Sheard petitioned President Obama to commute a man's sentence—and he did.
Gregory Garre Photo

Four Questions With Diploma Ceremony Speaker Gregory Garre

May 04, 2016
Mr. Garre explains why he's looking forward to Commencement and what he'd be doing if he wasn't practicing law.
Q Golparvar Photo

Adjunct Professor Kuyomars "Q" Golparvar Wins "Spark a Life" Award

April 29, 2016
Mr. Golparvar also recently began work as an immigration judge at the EOIR.
Julia Haigney and Dane Shikman Photos

3Ls Dane Shikman and Julia Haigney Named to "Top Law Students" List

April 28, 2016
Tipping the Scales profiled "The Top Law Students From The Class of 2016."
Kyle Zimmer Photo

Balancing the Books

April 28, 2016
Alumna Kyle Zimmer’s nonprofit, First Book, is pooling the buying power of educators and families in need to change the face of—and the access to—children’s publishing.
Trophy grahic

GW Law Students Shine in Advocacy Competitions

April 25, 2016
In the past year, GW Law students succeeded in external competitions that pitted them against teams from around the world.
Catherine Ross Photo

What Can’t You Say in School?

April 22, 2016
First Amendment rights for K-12 students are crucial to healthy democracy, Professor Catherine Ross tells GW Today.
Julia Haigney Photo

3L Julia Haigney Named Commencement Student Speaker

April 18, 2016

Selected from a pool of 54 students, the future double GW alumna will speak to an estimated 25,000 people.

Jessica Tillipman Photo

The Panama Papers: ‘Violations of Anti-Corruption, Money-Laundering, Fraud, Tax Laws’

April 13, 2016
Assistant Dean Jessica Tillipman answers questions about leaders implicated in the journalism world’s largest data leak.
Community Art Gallery Photo

Students, Faculty, Staff, and Alumni Showcase Work at Community Art Gallery

April 11, 2016
A new exhibit came to GW Law this March with the launch of a "Community Art Gallery" featuring the photography of seven law school community members.
Katz Lecture at GW Law

Lessons from the Spring 2016 Katz Lecture

April 07, 2016
Federal Circuit Judge William C. Bryson shares his experiences and advice.
Michele Flournoy Photo

National Security LLMs Hosted The Honorable Michèle Flournoy

April 04, 2016
Students had the chance to ask questions of Ms. Flournoy, who was once the highest-ranking woman at the Pentagon.
Photo of nuclear plant cooling towers.

GW Joins Nuclear Science and Security Consortium

March 31, 2016
Associate Dean Emily Hammond will educate students and researchers from eight universities about nuclear law and policy.
Photo of Carmen Ortiz

Carmen Ortiz, JD '81, Receives Belva Ann Lockwood Award

March 30, 2016
Ms. Ortiz is the first Hispanic and the first woman to represent Massachusetts as U.S. Attorney.
Photo of Gregory Garre

Dean Morant Announces Gregory Garre as Diploma Ceremony Speaker

March 23, 2016
Mr. Garre is a former Solicitor General of the United States and a graduate of the law school.
Photo of Bob Tuttle and Chip Lupu

Friends of the Court

March 22, 2016
Professors Ira C. Lupu and Robert W. Tuttle filed an amicus brief in a religious liberty case before the Supreme Court.
Grodsky Prize group photo.

Adrienne Thompson Wins 2016 Grodsky Prize

March 17, 2016
The award recognizes the best paper written by a student in the field of environmental law.
GW Law faculty and deans testify on the Hill.

GW Law on the Hill

March 17, 2016
Faculty and deans head outside our walls to share their expertise with Congress.
Photo of the FinTech Forum keynote.

Discussing the Future of "FinTech"

March 17, 2016
The Center for Law, Economics & Finance hosted a forum about what new banking and finance technologies mean for the law.
Photo of D.C. Cup Winners

GW Law Team Claims the D.C. Cup

March 11, 2016
2Ls Sophia Park and John Lockwood competed against teams from five other local schools and swept every possible award at the D.C. Bar-sponsored Moot Court Competition.
Photo of Barbara Humpton

Celebrating Women in Government Contracts

March 03, 2016
Women continue to find success in the nation’s oldest Government Procurement Law Program.
Photo of Bruce Sewell

Alum at the Center of Apple's Legal Battle with the FBI

March 02, 2016
Bruce Sewell, JD '86, testified in early March before the House Judiciary Committee.
GW BLSA Executive Officers

GW BLSA Named Regional Chapter of the Year

February 18, 2016
The organization is now up for national honors because of its extensive programming and dedication to community service.
Photo of judges of the U.S. Army Court of Criminal Appeals with GW Law students.

Army Court Comes to Campus

February 18, 2016
The U.S. Army Court of Criminal Appeals heard a case in the Jacob Burns Moot Court Room and then held a Q+A with students.
Scalia Constitution Day 2013

The Legacy of Antonin Scalia

February 16, 2016

Justice Antonin Scalia was an intellectual giant who left his mark not only on the Supreme Court, but also on how we discuss and interpret the Constitution.

Photo of rare book stacks.

Legally Bound

February 11, 2016
Inside the Jacob Burns Law Library's trove of 35,000 rare books.
Photo of Professor Dmitry Karshtedt

Four Questions with Dmitry Karshtedt

February 05, 2016
Professor Dmitry Karshtedt, an expert in patent law, joined the law school this past fall from the Center for Law and the Biosciences at Stanford Law School.
Supreme Court

What's at Stake before the Supreme Court?

February 01, 2016
Associate Dean Alan Morrison previews the upcoming term, which includes cases on immigration, workers' rights, reproductive health, and affirmative action.
Van Vleck 2016 Finals

Mock Argument—But Real Justice

January 26, 2016
Van Vleck Moot Court Competition brings Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito to Lisner Auditorium.

What Does It Take to Represent NBA Legends?

January 26, 2016
Super sports agent and Michael Jordan rep David Falk, JD '75, establishes new entreprenuerial academy at GW Law.
Lawrence A. Cunningham

12 Business Law Topics to Follow in 2016

January 20, 2016
We asked Professor Lawrence A. Cunningham about the stories he's following and the work he's doing in the new year.
Bullets on an American Flag

Will President Obama's Gun Control Measures Work?

January 13, 2016
Professor Robert J. Cottrol, an expert on gun control, spoke with GW Today.
Ruth Perrin

3L's Paper About Gender Bias in Custody Evaluations Wins ABA Competition

January 13, 2016
Ruth Perrin's paper will be published in the American University Journal of Gender, Social Policy & the Law.
Dean Morant in New York

From Challenge to Innovation: American Legal Education in 2016

January 07, 2016

From January 6–10, Dean Blake D. Morant, then President of the Association of American Law Schools, presided over the organization’s 110th annual meeting in New York City.

Capitol Building

"Racial Diversity Among Top Senate Staff"

December 30, 2015
The Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, lead by Professor Spencer Overton, released a new report about the “Racial Diversity Among Top Senate Staff.” Among its findings, the report noted people of color make up more than 36 percent of the U.S. population but only 7.1% of top Senate staffers.

How Many People Does it Take to Make a Baby?

December 22, 2015
Professor Sonia Suter Analyzes the implications of In Vitro Gametogenesis, a new reproductive technique.
Criminal Justice Section Logo

Alum Wins ABA Juvenile Justice Award

December 21, 2015
In October, The American Bar Association honored Mark Friedenthal, JD ’95, with its Livingston Hall Juvenile Justice Award. The award recognizes lawyers who devote their legal practice to youth and children and make positive contributions to the field both inside and outside the courtroom.
Wall Street Sign

Wilmarth Says “Fed’s Plan for Unwinding Behemoths Won’t Cut It”

December 18, 2015
In a new op-ed for American Banker, Professor Arthur Wilmarth writes about the Federal Reserve Board’s proposal requiring “total loss absorbing capacity” for megabanks.
Supreme Court Columns

"Religious Opt-Outs or Religious Vetoes?"

December 15, 2015
May an assertion of religious freedom ever be allowed to function as a religiously motivated veto of a policy designed to protect others? “As a matter of law, logic, morality, or politics, the answer is no,” write Ira C. Lupu, F. Elwood & Eleanor Davis Professor of Law Emeritus, and Robert W. Tuttle, David R. and Sherry Kirschner Berz Research Professor of Law and Religion.
Jeffrey Rosen

Explaining the Supreme Court Affirmative Action Case

December 10, 2015
The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in a case that could decide the future of affirmative action. Professor Jeffrey Rosen, an expert on constitutional law and the Supreme Court, went on NPR’s The Diane Rehm Show to explain the history of the case, break down the legal questions under consideration, and respond to calls from the audience.
Sean Murphy and Students

Secretary of State Nominates Professor Sean Murphy for Reelection to International Law Commission

December 04, 2015
Secretary of State John Kerry has nominated Sean Murphy, Patricia Roberts Harris Research Professor of Law, to run for reelection to the U.N. International Law Commission (ILC) in November 2016.
Jonathan Siegel

Siegel Named to Administrative Conference of the U.S.

December 02, 2015
The Administrative Conference of the United States named Jonathan Siegel, F. Elwood and Eleanor Davis Research Professor of Law, as a Public Member for a two-year term. The Administrative Conference is an independent federal agency that conducts applied research to provide nonpartisan expert advice and recommendations for improvement of federal agency procedures. Professor Siegel previously served as the Conference’s Director of Research and Policy upon its reestablishment in 2010.
Richard Heideman and Gregory Williams

Two Graduates Receive Alumni Achievement Award

December 01, 2015
In September, The George Washington University presented Richard D. Heideman, JD '72, and Gregory H. Williams, JD '71, with its Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award, the highest form of recognition given by the University and the George Washington Alumni Association.

Professor Catherine Ross' New Scholarship on Speech Rights in Schools

October 16, 2015

In her new book, Lessons in Censorship: How Schools and Courts Subvert Students’ First Amendment Rights, Professor Catherine Ross explores how court rulings affect the speech rights o

International Moot Court

GW Law Teams Shine in Moot Courts

February 09, 2015
2Ls Kathryn Sadasivan and Zelda Vassar placed second out of 56 teams in the Gujarat National Law University International Moot Court Competition—India's only moot court on International Trade Law.