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Reunion 2007

Thank you to everyone who joined us for our Reunion 2007 celebrations this year. The class of 1962 enjoyed dinner at the Georgetown Club on June 23, and the classes of 1957, 1967, 1977, 1982, 1987, 1997, and 2002 celebrated on campus Sept. 28-30.

Stockton Guard Luncheon

Senior Associate Dean Steven L. Schooner, LLM ’89, (left) joins Stockton Guard members at their luncheon (from left): Arnold Weber, JD ’54, LLM ’56; Eugene H. Ruark, LLB, ’56, LLM ’57; Professor Emeritus Ralph C. Nash, JD ’57; Betty Hedrick Vertiz, JD ’55; R. Bruce Hughes, JD ’53; George Malhiot, JD ’57; and Ronald Maurice, JD ’57.

Eugene H. Ruark, LLB ’56, LLM ’57, and Professor Emeritus Ralph C. Nash, JD ’57, enjoy a laugh at the Stockton Guard Luncheon and Induction Ceremony. The Stockton Guard honors those who have graduated 50 years ago or more.

Emeritus Faculty Breakfast

There was a large turnout of emeriti faculty at this year’s Emeritus Faculty Breakfast. (From left) Senior Associate Dean Steven L. Schooner, LLM ’89; Professor Emeritus David Robinson Jr.; Leroy S. Merrifield, Lobingier Professor Emeritus of Jurisprudence and Comparative Law; Professor Emeritus David B. Weaver; Frederick J. Lees, E.K. Gubin Professor Emeritus of Government Contracts Law; Professor Emeritus Eric. S. Sirulnik, LLM ’70; Professor Emeritus Edward A. Potts; Professor Emeritus Ralph C. Nash Jr., JD ’57; and Professor Emeritus Robert Stanek, JD ’79.

Alumni and emeritus faculty interact at the Emeritus Faculty Breakfast during Reunion Weekend.

Law Alumni BBQ and Carnival

Members of the Class of 2002 reunite at the Law Alumni BBQ and Carnival on the University Yard.

The Law Alumni BBQ and Carnival was a great family event.

Class Dinner and Award Ceremony

Montgomery County (Md.) Executive Isiah “Ike” Leggett, LLM ’76; Dean Frederick M. Lawrence; and Catherine Leggett at the 2007 Class Dinner and Award Ceremony. Leggett was the 2007 recipient of the J. William Fulbright Distinguished Public Service Award. Also honored that evening was Eric Sirulnik, LLM ’70, with the Jacob Burns Award for Extraordinary Service to the Law School.

Class chairs from 1997 (from left): Melanie Bernstein Chapman; Christy Fast Kane; Heather Whitaker Goldstein; and Stephanie Wellen Melia.

Professor Joan Strand, BA ’72, JD ’75, and Robert Joselow, JD ’69, at the 2007 Class Dinner and Award Ceremony.

The Organization of American States Headquarters provided a beautiful backdrop for dinner. (From left) Professor Peter Meyers, JD ’71, and his wife, Laura Chin, MA ’71; Jerome Lopez; Alice Sullivan Fitzgerald, JD ’86; Norma Lamont, director of legal clinic support services; and Visiting Associate Professor Elizabeth L. Young, JD ’04.

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The Alumni Culinary Experience

Law alumni have enjoyed several culinary delights this season. On July 26, the Washington Wine Academy conducted a wine tasting in the Michael K. Young Faculty Conference Center. Chocolate was the food of choice at the Alumni Chocolate Tasting on Oct. 18. Hosted by Binta Robinson, JD ’06, alumni sampled 10 different types of chocolates provided by Kingsbury Chocolates.


Duard Barnes, LLB ’50, and Elizabeth Barnes at the Alumni Chocolate tasting

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Alumni Abroad

Berlin, Germany, and Paris, France, provided the backdrops for two Law Alumni Dinners this season. On July 26, Professors David Fontana and Donald C. Clarke joined German alumni for dinner at the elegant Französischer Hofst in downtown Berlin. In Paris, law alumni enjoyed a classic French meal at Chez René in the Latin Quarter on Oct. 23. The dinner was hosted by John T. McLoughlin, JD ’76. Law School representatives in attendance included Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Steven L. Schooner, LLM ’89; Professor Joshua I. Schwartz; and Professor Christopher R. Yukins.

Law Alumni in Germany enjoy dinner at Französischer Hof in Berlin.

Law alumni at Chez René in Paris (from left): Géraldine Blanche, LLM ’06; Bijan E. Eghbal, MCL ’88; John T. McLoughlin, JD ’76; Professor Joshua I. Schwartz; Laurence Folliot-Lalliot (former GW Law visiting scholar); Senior Associate Dean Steven Schooner, LLM ’89; Jean-Jacques Verdeaux, LLM ’02; Aurore Tenenbaum, LLM ’02.

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Alumni Lecture Series

The Office of Law Alumni Relations has teamed up with GW Law professors to talk about interesting, relevant topics. On July 11, Professor Donald Braman led a discussion titled “Beyond the Gunfight,” which explored gun control laws after the Virginia Tech shootings. “Religious Expression in the Public Schools—Contemporary Issues” was the topic on Oct. 24 and was led by Professor Ira “Chip” Lupu, F. Elwood and Eleanor Davis Professor of Law; and Professor Robert Tuttle, JD ’91, the David R. and Sherry Kirschner Berz Research Professor of Law and Religion.


(Professor Donald Braman moderates a discussion among GW Law alumni.

Alumni and Student Golf Outing

The 2007 GW Law Golf Outing at Westfields Golf Club was a terrific success. Fifteen teams of students, alumni, faculty, staff, and guests played in a four-person scramble outing on Aug. 25. The winning team included Professor Spencer Overton, SBA President Bryan King, SBA Student-Alumni Relations Chair Matt Haynie, and 3L Chris Higgins. We look forward to our next GW Law Golf Outing on Saturday, May 3, 2008. Please visit the Law Alumni Events Calendar at for outing details and registration information in the spring!

SBA Student-Alumni Relations Chair Matt Haynie, Professor Spencer Overton, 3L Chris Higgins, and SBA President Bryan King at the SBA-sponsored “hole-in-one” contest.

Nick Bassett, JD ’06, and Vincent Pellecchia, JD ’06, wait their turn to tee off at the Alumni and Student Golf Outing.

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New Jersey Baseball Outing

GW Law Board of Advisors member Steven Tasher, JD ’73, hosted Law School alumni for a day at the ballpark with the Somerset Patriots in Bridgewater, N.J., on Sept. 16.


Steven Tasher, JD ’73 (top center), law alumni, and family enjoy a Somerset Patriots game from the owner’s box behind first base.

Senior Associate Dean Tom Morrison, LLM ’83, (second from left) mingles with GW Latino Law Alumni in San Juan.

Latino Law Alumni in Puerto Rico

In conjunction with the Hispanic National Bar Association’s Annual Meeting, the GW Latino Law Alumni Association gathered at the Caribe Hilton in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on Oct. 4.

Wine Tasting With Experience

In a format similar to last spring’s “Coffee with Experience,” 15 law alumni from as many practice areas gathered in the Student Conference Center on Oct. 9 to impart their knowledge and experience to eager students. This time, participants sampled a selection of wines while they chatted.


Jason Smyczek, JD ’01 (left), discusses his role as counsel for the IRS with a student.

Hosts Leta Seletzky, JD ’02; Brad Irelan, JD ’86; and Jacob DeLeon, JD ’02, at the Hotel Zaza in Houston.

Night at the Museum

On Oct. 18, Law School alumni in Houston enjoyed a private tour of the Museum of Fine Arts of Houston followed by refreshments at the trendy Hotel Zaza. Thanks to our hosts Brad Irelan, JD ’86; Leta Seletzky, JD ’02; and Jacob DeLeon, JD ’02.

NBA Reception

Atlanta was the setting for this year’s National Bar Association Annual Meeting. GW Law School’s Black Law Alumni Association hosted a well attended reception during the week-long meeting, hosted by BLAA President Will Wilder, JD ’06, and Associate Dean for Trial Advocacy Alfreda Robinson, JD ’78.


Alumna MaKara J. Rumley, JD ’01, and guest at the NBA reception in Atlanta

Other Events

Law Alumni at the Theater

On July 21, Law Alumni were treated to a theater-themed reception at the Law School and then transported to the Kennedy Center for a viewing of the famed production, The Phantom of the Opera. Shakespeare was the theme on Nov. 8 when law alumni and students met for dinner and an evening of The Taming of the Shrew at the Lansburgh Theater.

Law Alumni Around the Town

Alumni happy hours continue to draw large crowds in the Washington, D.C., area. The Office of Alumni Relations would like to thank our hosts for their continued support: Manuel Cordovez, JD ’05; Maggie Dimoscato, JD ’02; Eli Hoory, JD ’04; Greg Huntington, JD ’04; Cleveland Lawrence, JD ’01; Debora Motyka, JD ’05; Sheldon Noel, JD ’02; Jeff Sun, JD ’02; and Leonor Velazquez, JD ’05.

American Bar Association Reception

This year’s American Bar Association Annual Meeting was held in San Francisco on Aug. 10. GW Law School was on hand to greet both the local and out-of-town law alumni at a reception in the InterContinental Mark Hopkins Hotel.

Challenges of Municipal Governance

On Oct. 23, New York Law School alumni were hosted by Richard H. Champion, JD '76, to learn about the finer points of municipal governance. At the 3 West Club in Manhattan, alumni listened to Bernard Gordon, JD ’73, mayor of Pleasantville, N.Y.; and Pat Menna, mayor of Red Hook, N.J., describe the trials and tribulations of managing a “small town.”

Virginia Bar Swearing-In Brunch

Senior Associate Dean Steven L. Schooner, LLM ’89, welcomed GW Law’s newest members of the Virginia State Bar. On Oct. 29, GW Law hosted a brunch for the graduates and their families prior to the swearing-in ceremony.

Happy Hour in Philadelphia

Philadelphia was the setting for another regional event this season at the Mission Grill in downtown Center City on Nov. 8. Hosted by Kory Grushka, JD ’06, Law School alumni enjoyed networking and
good conversation.


The George Washington Law Alumni Association Board of Directors


Richard D. Heideman, JD ’72

Executive Committee Members

Kenneth E. Adelsberg, JD ’79
Monica E. Monroe, JD ’98
Christina D. Rodriguez, JD ’05

Board of Directors

Jacqueline D. Arthur, JD ’02
Donald K. Bandler, JD ’79
Stanley Barg, JD ’74
Minaksi Bhatt, JD ’90
David E. Breskin, JD ’79
Matthew J. Brief, JD ’80
Weston D. Burnett, JD ’75, LLM ’83
C. Philip Curley, JD ’79
Alan S. Dubin, JD ’76
Caren F. Fires, JD ’85

Paul M. Fires, JD ’85
Catherine Harrington-McBride, JD ’94
John J. Hay, JD ’80
Sam Jammal, JD ’07
H. Scott Johnson, Jr., JD ’97
Matthew D. Keiser, JD ’96
Paul F. Kemp, JD ’74
Bryan King, JD ’08
Steven G. Kobre, JD ’93
Eric A. Koester, JD '06
Jacqueline C. Ledón, JD ’05
Douglas Mickle, JD ’90
Hon. Denise Sweet Owens, JD ’79
Alfreda Robinson, JD ’78
Chad T. Sarchio, JD '95
Christina Guerola Sarchio, JD ’95
Jessica Tillipman, JD ’03
Jonathan Willingham, JD '06
Alison B. Wilson, JD ’00
Darius B. Withers, JD ’94
Patricia H. Wittie, JD ’77
William Hochman, JD '62