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Reunion Weekend 2006

Alumni from across the nation gathered at GW Law in October to celebrate Reunion Weekend. Special tributes were paid to the Classes of 1956, 1976, 1981, 1996, and 2001. Events included an Old Guard luncheon, a jazz reception, an emeritus reception, and a Class Dinner held at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in D.C.

At the Class Dinner, former Secretary of the Treasury John W. Snow, JD ’67, received the J. William Fulbright Distinguished Public Service Award. Dean Robert V. Stanek, JD ’79, received the Jacob Burns Award for Extraordinary Service to The George Washington University Law School. Dean Frederick M. Lawrence offered Snow and Stanek his thanks and congratulations, and welcomed all alumni to the event.

Reunion class chairs were Arnold I. Weber, 1956; Dick Champion and Alan Dubin, 1976; Eli Ciamrone, Jill A. Kotvis, and Andrew Perellis, 1981; Laura Arsenault and Matthew Keiser, 1996; and John Filamor, Robert J. Garagiola, Janeen M. Thomas, and Venus Griffith Trunnel, 2001.

Old Guard Luncheon

Old Guard celebrants, from left to right: A. Fred Starobin, JD ’56; Ricardo A. Ratti, JD ’56; Dean Frederick M. Lawrence; James E. Landry, JD ’56; Arnold I. Weber, JD ’54, LLM ’56; and Arthur E. Neuman, JD ’55

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At the Old Guard luncheon, members of the classes of 1956 and earlier—including A. Fred Starobin, JD ’56 (left), and Arthur E. Neuman, JD ’55—were honored.

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Jazz Reception

Anna Marie Baca, JD ’06, and Hon. Joseph F. Baca, JD ’64, and Dorothy Baca

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Allison Silverblatt Colker, JD ’01, and Ryan Colker, JD ’01

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Emeritus Reception

Dean Frederick M. Lawrence greets Professor Emeritus Leroy S. Merrifield (right) and alumni at a reception for emeriti professors.

Claire Duggan

Upcoming Events

Nov. 30—Join GW Law alumni in New York for a reception at the 21 Club, 21 West 52nd St. From 7 to 9 p.m., GW Law alumni will mix and mingle at this popular establishment.

Dec. 6—Cake and Champagne is back! Food Network personality Warren Brown, MPH ’98, JD ’98, owner of CakeLove and LoveCafe in Washington, returns to his alma mater to discuss alternative uses of a law degree. He will bring samples of favorite treats as well as new products including vegan cakes, low-sugar cakes, and gluten-free cakes.

Jan. 18—The GW Law Alumni Association is hosting a Florida Law Alumni Reception at the Hyatt Regency Miami from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The event will coincide with the Florida Bar Mid-Year Meeting.

Feb. 23—Mark your calendars for the annual Government Contracts Luncheon. See as updates are made available.

Class Dinner

Dean Frederick M. Lawrence with former Secretary of the Treasury John W. Snow, JD ’67 (left), recipient of the J. William Fulbright Distinguished Public Service Award, and Dean Robert V. Stanek, JD ’79, recipient of the Jacob Burns Award for Extraordinary Service to GW Law.

From left to right: Judith Jurin Semo, JD ’77; Joseph Semo, JD ’76; reunion class co-chair Dick Champion, JD ’76; and Lila Anderson Hillard, JD ’76

Rebecca Keiser and reunion class co-chair Matthew Keiser, JD ’96

Reunion class co-chair Andrew Perellis, JD ’81, and Florie Shertzer Perellis, JD ’82

Photos by Abdul El-Tayef/WPPI

Alumni in Action

NBA Reception in Detroit

At the National Bar Association’s Annual Conference in downtown Detroit in August, GW Law alumni reunited at a Caribbean-themed reception. Dean Lawrence, Associate Dean Alfreda Robinson, and GW Black Law Alumni Association President Monica Monroe hosted the festivities.

(From left to right) Joan Singleton; Michael D. Patterson, JD ’74; Pamela Bethel; and Colone Pearson, JD ’74

Monica Monroe

From left to right) Professor Rodney Austin of University College London; Diane Austin; Leonard Quaranto, JD ’77; Professor Michael Bridge, dean of the University College London Faculty of Laws; Akalemwa Ngenda, LLM ’00; Judith Dobkin, JD ’71; Amer Siddiqui, LLM ’02; Kathy Lawrence, GW adjunct faculty member and wife of Dean Lawrence; and Dean Lawrence

Dinner with the Dean in London

On July 6, alumni residing in the United Kingdom met Dean Frederick M. Lawrence for a dinner at Claridge’s in London. Alumni shared personal updates and learned about changes and improvements at GW Law.


Billiards and Buffalo Wings

Washington-area alumni gathered for an evening of billiards and buffalo wings at Finn MacCool’s Irish Publick House in the Eastern Market on Sept. 28. The event was hosted by H. Scott Johnson Jr., JD ’00, and Alison Wilson, JD ’97.

Lisa Barton, JD ’98, and Lorraine Campos, JD ’98

(Clockwise from top left) Thelma Lourie; Leonard Lourie, JD ’64; Rich Collins, Dean Lawrence, Melissa de Beer, and Sandi Cumberland

Claire Duggan

Dinner with the Dean in London

Alumni gathered for a pre-game reception, then traveled to RFK Stadium to watch the Washington Nationals take on the Philadelphia Phillies on June 8. The exciting game ended with a Nationals victory, 5 to 3.