News Stories

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"The Future of Criminal Justice Reform"

May 04, 2021
In a special bicentennial issue of GW Magazine, Professor Kate Weisburd writes that in order to truly reform criminal justice, we need to rely less on incarceration and punishment and instead redirect our resources toward meeting people's basic needs.
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"Q & A: The Implications of the Verdict in the Derek Chauvin Trial"

April 27, 2021
Professor Cynthia Lee discusses with GW Today the potential impact on policing and law enforcement prosecutions following the conviction of former police officer Derek Chauvin in the killing of George Floyd.
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GW Law Names 2021 Diploma Ceremony Speaker

April 20, 2021
Michael Hausfeld, JD '69, a groundbreaking human rights lawyer and one of the top civil litigators in the United States, will deliver the keynote address at GW Law’s Diploma Ceremony on Sunday, May 16, 2021.
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Professor Bearer-Friend Receives Fulbright Award

April 16, 2021
Professor Jeremy Bearer-Friend is the recipient of a Fulbright Award to the United Kingdom, where he will research poll taxes at the National Library of Scotland in the spring of 2022.
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Professor Fairfax Named Dean of American University Washington College of Law

April 14, 2021
Professor Roger A. Fairfax, Jr. has been named the next dean of American University Washington College of Law. He will begin his term as dean July 1.
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SBA Resolution Denounces Anti-AAPI Violence

April 08, 2021
The GW Law Student Bar Association issues a joint resolution condemning all forms of violence against Asian American and Pacific Islander communities in the United States.
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Professor Kohn Selected to Lead Clinics

April 07, 2021
Laurie S. Kohn, Associate Professor of Clinical Law and Director of the Family Justice Litigation Clinic, is appointed as the Jacob Burns Foundation Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs.
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A Conversation with U.S. Rep. Susan Wild

March 22, 2021
In a celebration of Women's History Month, U.S. Rep. Susan Wild, JD '82, PA-07, joined by her son Clay Wild, JD '20, spoke with Dean Dayna Bowen Matthew about women in leadership, her advocacy for mental health, and the January 6 Capitol Hill attack.
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Dean Matthew Interviews First Black ACLU President

March 05, 2021
In a celebration of Black History Month, ACLU President Deborah N. Archer spoke with Dean Dayna Bowen Matthew about how the law can be used to build a foundation toward equality and announced the organization’s renewed vision for fighting racial injustice.
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Professor Schaffner Shepherds Effort Calling for an International Animal Welfare Treaty

February 26, 2021
Professor Joan E. Schaffner led the group that worked on a resolution adopted by the ABA House of Delegates calling for the U.S. Department of State to negotiate an international convention for the protection of animals.
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Alumnus Establishes IP Scholarship with $2 Million Bequest

February 23, 2021
A planned gift from IP attorney Kenneth E. Jaconetty, JD '88, creates an endowed scholarship fund to provide need-based support to law students from diverse backgrounds who wish to pursue studies in intellectual property law.
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Professor Fairfax Appointed to NITA Board

February 18, 2021
Professor Roger A. Fairfax, Jr. is named a member of the Board of Trustees for the National Institute for Trial Advocacy, an advocacy teaching organization that provides opportunities and resources for attorneys to hone and refine their lawyering skills.
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Alexandra Marshall, 2L, Publishes Article in BioNews

February 16, 2021
Ms. Marshall reviews the HBO documentary "Baby God" about a prominent gynecologist who, over the course of his 60-year career, is believed to have used his own sperm to impregnate hundreds of patients without their knowledge.
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In Memoriam: Gerald Phillip Johnston

February 12, 2021
Gerald Phillip Johnston, Professor Emeritus of Law, passed away on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 26, 2020, at the age of 83. A specialist in wills, trusts, estates, and legal ethics, he served on the GW Law faculty for nearly 20 years.
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Dominion Voting Systems v. Rudy Giuliani

February 03, 2021
In a Q&A with GW Law, Professor Roger Schechter offers his views on the $1.3 billion defamation suit filed by the voting machine manufacturer against former President Donald Trump's lawyer and advises law students on the issues they should be following in the case.