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The George Washington University Law School continues to grow and prosper, thanks to the generous financial support of alumni and friends who recognize the value of investing in the future. Gifts to the law school help ensure its strength by supporting institutional priorities including financial aid, academic programs, facilities, and faculty support. View the funds available for support below.

 

 


General Funds

 

 

Law School Dean's Fund

The Dean’s Fund provides crucial support for GW Law’s greatest needs. Contributions to the Dean’s Fund enable us to enhance student and faculty support, bolster student placement services, invite renowned guest speakers, enhance student networking opportunities, and bolster other law school programs.

 

GW Law Power and Promise Fund

Support for Power & Promise student aid ensures that qualified students, regardless of financial resources, can take full advantage of a GW Law education. Student aid helps reduce the loan burdens of GW Law graduates so that the cost of their education will not limit their ability to make their mark on the world, no matter their area of study or professional path.

 

Jacob Burns Community Legal Clinics Fund

Dedicated in 1991 to acknowledge the generous support of Jacob Burns (LLB '24, Hon. LLC '70), The Jacob Burns Community Legal Clinics vary considerably in purpose, duration, requirements, and duties. Despite their diversity, all the clinics create an exciting and supportive educational environment in which law students are provided the opportunity to develop lawyering skills and to gain insights into law and the legal profession while providing vital legal services to people who need them.

 

 

Jacob Burns Law Library Fund

Support the Jacob Burns Law Library's ability to maintain and enhance the quality and scope of its important collections and provide assurance of continued excellence for future generations of students and researchers.

 

In Memoriam

This page will feature links that families of recently deceased constituents are directing funds to in honor or in memory of their loved one.

 

Class Funds

As the cost of legal education in the United States continues to rise, more and more students require financial assistance to achieve their educational goals. Class Gifts provide critical support to the Law school’s most pressing need, to provide funding support that will make a GW Law education possible for future generations. Find your class year and support GW Law students today!

 

 


Program Funds

 

 

National Family Violence Law Center Fund

GW Law’s National Family Violence Law Center supports research, advocacy, and litigation to improve the legal system's responses to domestic and family violence, with an emphasis on protection of children at risk from an abusive parent. The Center partners with child advocacy and domestic violence organizations worldwide to build a powerful movement for system change.

 

Tax Law Program Fund

The Taxation Law Program examines the fundamental rules regarding the taxation of individuals and other entities, such as the taxation of corporations and partnerships, the taxation of wealth transfers, and the tax rules applicable to particular transactions or industries. This fund allows the Taxation Law Program to draw upon the support, advice, and expertise of a wide range of leaders in order to deliver innovative curriculum around the tax law field.  

 

 

Equal Justice Foundation Events Fund

The GW Law Equal Justice Foundation organizes activities at the university and in the community to raise money for public interest work. Support the Equal Justice Foundation Events today.

 

 

Business & Finance Law Funds

 

 

Business and Finance Law Program Fund

This fund allows GW Law’s Business and Finance Law Program to provide a diverse curriculum for the study of the laws governing economic and financial markets and institutions, as well as corporate law, commercial law, tax law, bankruptcy law, accounting law, and the laws governing U.S. and international business transactions.

 

Center for Law, Economics, & Finance Fund

GW Law’s Center for Law, Economics, and Finance has incubated a broad range of programs and scholarship in business and finance law since its founding in 2009. This center is a central focal point of research initiatives at the frontiers of law, economics, and finance. Current scholarly initiatives focus on the concept of “quality shareholders” as well as “financial technology.”

 

 

Environmental & Energy Law Funds

 

 

Energy Law and Policy Fund

This fund allows GW Law’s Energy Law Program to provide an innovative curriculum based on real-time advances in the competitive markets of sustainability, clean and renewable energy, energy efficiency, energy alternatives, and the laws and policy that accompany this dynamic industry.

 

Environmental and Energy Futures Fund

A 50th-anniversary fundraising effort to provide scholarship support to students interested in the practice of environmental or energy law and to provide funding for innovative new programming that will allow GW to build on its leadership role in environmental and energy law education.

 

 

Government Procurement Funds

 

 

Ruth Burg Government Procurement Law Scholarship Fund

Judge Burg graduated first in her GW Law class in 1950, the first woman to ever do so. She was also the first woman appointed an administrative judge at the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals, and despite objection from officials within the Department of Defense, she was the first woman chair of the American Bar Association Section of Public Contract Law. This endowment honors Judge Burg's extraordinary career, exemplary leadership, extensive efforts to mentor female attorneys and encourage her male counterparts to expand opportunities for women, and her generosity to the law school.

 

Coalition for Government Procurement Fund

The fund will support scholarships to assist qualified veterans in pursuing a graduate degree with a concentration in the field of U.S. government procurement. The Coalition has been a long-time supporter of organizations that assist returning warriors and veterans. Join us in supporting our veterans seeking to focus their professional careers in the field of US government procurement.

 

Government Contracts Law Program Fund

This fund allows GW Law’s Government Contracts Law Program to draw upon the support, advice, and expertise of a wide range of leaders in order to deliver an innovative curriculum around the public procurement and acquisition field.

 

 

Roger N. Boyd Fund

In memory of Roger Boyd, a distinguished government contracts practitioner and partner at Crowell & Moring, the Roger Boyd Fund was established at GW Law by his Firm, family, and other donors. The fund provides a scholarship stipend for the student editor-in-chief of the Public Contract Law Journal, published by GW Law in cooperation with the ABA's Section of Public Contract Law. 

 

Nash & Cibinic Professorship in Government Procurement Law

The Nash & Cibinic fund supports an endowed Professorship in Government Procurement Law. The chair commemorates GW Law alumni and emeritus professors Ralph C. Nash, Jr. and John Cibinic, Jr., whose multi-decade partnership at GW Law created the Government Procurement Law program and, in so doing, built the foundation for the modern study of government contract law, policy, and practice. In addition to teaching and mentoring a generation of students, they published the core library of materials that endure to this day.

 

EK Gubin Fund

The EK Gubin Fund supports a full-time tenured faculty member who teaches and engages in scholarship related to Federal Procurement Law.

 

 

Government Procurement Law Studies Fund

This fund helps GW Law’s Government Procurement Law Program provide international and comparative public procurement curriculum that adapts to the fluid and integrated global marketplace and empowers future leaders and policymakers in the acquisition community here and abroad.

 

Murray J. Schooner Scholarship for Government Procurement Law Fund

This scholarship honors Murray J. Schooner, MA '74, a well-known figure in the government contracting community and father of GW Law's Nash & Cibinic Professor of Government Procurement Law, Steven L. Schooner, LLM '89. Throughout his career, Murray championed small and disadvantaged business contracting programs, with a focus on minority, women-owned, and veteran-owned small businesses.

 

 

Intellectual Property Law

 

 

Dean Dinwoodey Fund

Funded in part by the Bureau of National Affairs in memory of its founder, Dean Dinwoodey, JD '29, this fund supports students studying Intellectual Property Law.

 

Intellectual Property and Technology Law Fund

GW Law has been a leader in intellectual property education and scholarship for more than a hundred years. Our Intellectual Property & Technology Law Program has well-rounded expertise in patent law with complementary strengths in copyright, trademark, communications, computer and internet regulation, electronic commerce, and genetics and medicine. This fund supports the IP Program's ability to provide expertise and deliver innovative curriculum, which in turn sets our students up for success in the intellectual property and technology law field.

 

 

 

 


Affinity Funds

 

 

Black Law Student Association Fund

GW Law’s Black Law Student Association is an official chapter of the National Black Law Students Association. BLSA members participate in the recruitment of minority students and provide information to the law school community about the contributions of African Americans to the field of law. BLSA is a service organization aimed at promoting academic excellence, professional development, community service, and social unity among its members.

 

 

Lambda 1L Annual Networking Reception Fund

The joint LGBT+ and 1L Networking Reception will help students refine their networking skills and encourage them to begin thinking about their participation in their schools' Fall Recruitment Programs. Support the Lambda 1L Annual Networking reception today. 

 

 

Latino Law Alumni Association Endowed Fund / LatinX Fund

This fund will provide a need-based scholarship for a student at GW Law with preference given to active members of the Hispanic Law Student Association or students who have a demonstrated interest in Hispanic history and culture. / The mission of Latinx is to develop a vibrant network of Latinx alumni and students; to support the members’ academic and professional development; and to promote the recruitment and advancement of Latinx students, faculty, and staff at GW Law.

 

 

 

Law School Military Law Society Fund
GW Law's Military Law Society is dedicated to promoting knowledge and awareness of military law issues affecting students, legal professionals, and members of America's armed forces. The organization also provides law students with opportunities to network, pursue internships and careers in relevant areas of law, and participate in military-affiliated pro bono work and general community service. Support GW Law’s MLSA today. 

 

Hobbs Scholarship for Native American & Indian Fund

Established by Charles A. Hobbs in 1999, this endowed scholarship provides financial assistance to qualified American Indian or Alaska-Native Juris Doctor degree candidates enrolled in the law school. This award is for any student who is a member of a federally recognized Indian tribe or a student with natural parents or grandparents who are/were members of a federally recognized tribe. Charles A. Hobbs (1928-2017) received his JD from GW Law in 1957 and dedicated his professional career towards working with American Indian tribes and organizations. He acted as lead attorney on several landmark Indian law cases.

 

Jeanette Michael Memorial Scholarship Fund

Jeanette Michael was a member of the GW Board of Trustees and a founder and first president of GW’s Black Law Alumni Association. During her distinguished career, Ms. Michael was a passionate advocate for the advancement of African American members of the legal community. In recognition of her commitment to GW Law, we established the Jeanette A. Michael Scholarship, awarded to a student reflects the principals evidenced by Ms. Michael's life. Specifically, students awarded this scholarship are active members of the GW Black Law Students Association and committed to community service. 

 

 


Scholarship Funds

 

 

John S. Jenkins Scholarship Fund

Established in 2003 by friends, family, and colleagues of Former Dean John S. Jenkins, JD ’61, to support scholarships for law students who have prior or current military service. 

 

Maggs Law Scholarship Fund

Established in 2018 in honor of law professor, Gregory E. Maggs, to provide financial assistance to qualified JD candidates enrolled at GW Law.

 

Dean Blake D. Morant Endowed Scholarship

This endowed scholarship will be awarded annually to an academically meritorious student of diverse background in need of financial support. Dean Morant’s accomplishments at the law school are too numerous to recite here; however, there is no doubt Blake has attracted the best and the brightest to the law school.

 

 

Ruth Burg Government Procurement Law Scholarship Fund

Judge Burg graduated first in her GW Law class in 1950, the first woman to ever do so. She was also the first woman appointed an administrative judge at the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals, and despite objection from officials within the Department of Defense, she was the first woman chair of the American Bar Association Section of Public Contract Law. This endowment honors Judge Burg's extraordinary career, exemplary leadership, extensive efforts to mentor female attorneys and encourage her male counterparts to expand opportunities for women, and her generosity to the law school.

 

Thomas Buergenthal Scholarship Fund

A child of the Holocaust who became a world leader in the pursuit of justice, Judge Buergenthal co-authored the first international human rights law textbook in the United States and is the author of more than 20 books on human rights. In 2008, he was the co-recipient of the 2008 Gruber Prize for Justice for his contributions to the promotion and protection of human rights; upon receiving the award, he established a scholarship fund to support law students. Thomas Buergenthal Scholarships are awarded to foreign LL.M. students based on academic merit and financial need.

 

Jeanette Michael Memorial Scholarship Fund

Jeanette Michael was a member of the GW Board of Trustees and a founder and first president of GW’s Black Law Alumni Association. During her distinguished career, Ms. Michael was a passionate advocate for the advancement of African American members of the legal community. In recognition of her commitment to GW Law, we established the Jeanette A. Michael Scholarship, awarded to a student reflects the principals evidenced by Ms. Michael's life. Specifically, students awarded this scholarship are active members of the GW Black Law Students Association and committed to community service. 

 

 

The Jack Friedenthal Scholarship Fund

This fund was established in 2010 by Edwin and Lan Widodo.  This fund will provide for a scholarship providing financial assistance to qualified Juris Doctor degree candidates enrolled in the George Washington University Law School.

 

Hobbs Scholarship for Native American & Indian Fund

Established by Charles A. Hobbs in 1999, this endowed scholarship provides financial assistance to qualified American Indian or Alaska-Native Juris Doctor degree candidates enrolled in the law school. This award is for any student who is a member of a federally recognized Indian tribe or a student with natural parents or grandparents who are/were members of a federally recognized tribe. Charles A. Hobbs (1928-2017) received his JD from GW Law in 1957 and dedicated his professional career towards working with American Indian tribes and organizations. He acted as lead attorney on several landmark Indian law cases.

 

 

 


Special Event Funds

 

 

 

 

Patricia Roberts Harris Endowed Scholarship Fund

Graduating at the top of her class in 1960, Mrs. Harris was a lauded public servant who achieved many great accomplishments during her career. Notably, she was the first African-American woman to serve as a U.S. Ambassador, serve in the U.S. Cabinet, and serve as Dean of a law school. In honor of Mrs. Harris' legacy, this scholarship supports an entering first-year law student.