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.