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Claire Duggan


Supreme Inspiration

GW Law’s proximity to national and international seats of power, including the Supreme Court, is often cited by alumni when asked what drew them to the school. But our ties to the Supreme Court go beyond location. Alumni and faculty members—including Chantel Febus, JD ’02, and professor Robert Brauneis—have served as clerks to several justices. Alumni including Bobby Burchfield, JD ’79, have argued in front of the court. Faculty members such as clinical law professor Joan Meier have helped students get involved with recent cases including Town of Castle Rock, Colorado v. Jessica Gonzales, the first domestic violence case to reach the Supreme Court. Several justices have judged the final round of the Van Vleck Constitutional Law Moot Court competition, including Chief Justice John G. Roberts this year. That tradition will continue in 2007, when Justice Samuel Alito will serve as one of the judges. Through its location close to campus and its professional and scholarly ties to GW Law, the Supreme Court inspires many students and alumni.