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Alumni Events

From left: Ziyang Fan, JD ’05; Ruixue Ran, LLM ’01; Aifan Liu, LLM ’97; Professor Donald Clarke; Jing Wang; Norman Huoqiong Li, LLM ’02; Jesse Weiner, JD ’09; and Derek Ze Liu, LLM ’03, met for dinner in Beijing.

Dinner in Beijing

Law alumni living in Beijing were treated to an evening at the elegant Xi He Ya Ju in the Chaoyang District with Professor Donald Clarke on July 25.

Members of the panel included, from left: Adam Chavarria, executive director, White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans; Ariana Quiñones-Miranda, deputy director, Friends of Choice in Urban Schools (FOCUS); and James Sandman, general counsel, D.C. Public Schools.

Panel Discussion on Education Reforms

The Latino Law Alumni Association teamed up with the Hispanic Bar Association of the District of Columbia on July 10 to present the dynamic panel discussion “Education Reforms and the Latino/Hispanic Student.”

Annamaria Steward, JD ’99, (right) networked with other lawyers at the 2008 National Bar Association Annual Meeting in Houston.

Bar Association Events

Law alumni often travel to annual bar association meetings, so it’s only fitting for GW Law to host receptions and allow our alums to network with friends from around the country! This summer, law alumni mingled at the National Bar Association Annual Meeting in Houston, at the American Bar Association Annual Meeting in New York, and at the Hispanic National Bar Association Annual Meeting in Hollywood, Calif.

Wes Burnett, JD ’75, LLM ’83, enjoys prime seats at the Nationals game.

Claire Duggan

Alumni Baseball Outing

Due to the popularity of the April baseball outing, the Law School scheduled a second sold-out event on Aug. 14. Law alumni cheered the Nationals from a private suite while dining on traditional baseball park fare.

David Hunter, JD ’82; Liz Dietrich Gaukroger, JD ’05; and Gavin Gaukroger, JD ’06, at the Seattle Happy Hour

Seattle Happy Hour

Eric Koester, JD ’06, was the host for a law alumni happy hour in Seattle on Nov. 13. Attendees enjoyed one another’s company at Brassa Restaurant.

Guests enjoy pre-theater hors d’oeuvres at the Law School prior to the show.

The Lion King

Law alumni enjoyed a jungle-themed reception at the Law School prior to an evening at the Kennedy Center to see The Lion King on Aug. 23.

Law alumnus Doug Mickle, JD ’90 (right), talks to students about opportunities at the Department of Justice.

Claire Duggan

Department of Justice Externship Happy Hour

Current GW Law students were treated to an evening of food and drink on Nov. 5 while learning about externship opportunities at the Department of Justice from GW Law alumni. A special thanks to the event sponsors: Wes Burnett, JD ’75, LLM ’83, president, George Washington Law Alumni Board of Directors; and Doug Mickle, JD ’90, member, George Washington Law Alumni Board of Directors.

From left, Adjunct Professor Robin L. Juni; Associate Dean for Environmental Studies Lee Paddock; Ira Dassa, JD ’89; and David Dickenson, JD ’89.

Claire Duggan

Environmental Law Reception

The first reception for alumni working in the field of environmental law was held on Thursday, Nov. 20. Guests heard from new Associate Dean for Environmental Studies Lee Paddock, Associate Professor Jamie Grodsky, and Professor Emeritus Arnold Reitze, and learned about new developments in the Environmental Law Program at their alma mater.

Other Events

Government Contracts Law Alumni

Law alumni who practice in the field of government contracts had two opportunities to meet and mingle this past fall. On Nov. 8, law alumni met for a dinner at Famous Luigi’s. Mackey’s was the setting for a casual happy hour on Dec. 11, where alumni joined current students for a “last day of class” celebration!

Happy Hours in D.C.

GW Law alumni continue to expand their networks at our monthly happy hours in and around the District. The Office of Alumni Relations thanks the most recent hosts: Ben Deneweth, JD ’08; Maggie DiMoscato, JD ’02; Sam Jammal, JD ’07; Kristine Kassekert, JD ’01; Tree Martschink, JD ’03; Jonathan Pischa, JD ’03; Mike Silver, JD ’04; Maria Swaby, LLM ’07; Kate Swisher, JD ’05; Philip Warrick, JD ’06; and Jonathan Willingham, JD ’06.

Third Biennial Judge Edward S. Northrop Lecture Series

The George Washington Law Alumni Association partnered with the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland to commemorate the late Judge Edward S. Northrop, LLB ’37. The featured keynote speaker in this third installment of the speaker series on Oct. 23 was Jeffrey Toobin, staff writer at The New Yorker and senior legal analyst for CNN.

Lecture by Professor Jonathan Turley

On Oct. 23, law alumni in New York enjoyed a lecture by Professor Jonathan Turley on “Unpacking the Court: The Expansion of the Supreme Court in the Twenty-First Century.”

Virginia Bar Swearing-In

The George Washington Law Alumni Association welcomed its newest members of the Virginia Bar with a pre-swearing-in brunch on Oct. 27. Professor Bob Tuttle, JD ’91, was on hand to congratulate the young law alumni.

Latino Law Alumni Happy Hour

On Thursday, Nov. 6, the Latino Law Alumni Association hosted a happy hour at La Tosca in downtown Washington, D.C.

New York City Happy Hour

Moda Restaurant was the scene of the latest GW Law alumni happy hour in New York City on Nov. 19. The Office of Alumni Relations thanks hosts Meghan DiPerna, JD ’05; Anthony Ellis, JD ’05; Kendrick Patterson, JD ’96; and Amir Shaikh, JD ’06, for their help in organizing this event.


GW Law alumni kicked off the holiday season with a trip to the Nutcracker ballet performed by The Washington Ballet on Dec. 11.

Dinner in Munich

Law alumni living in Munich, Germany, enjoyed dinner with Dean Frederick M. Lawrence at the trendy Königshof Restaurant on Dec. 16.

Alumni Weekend 2008

Dean Frederick M. Lawrence presents Steven Tasher, JD ’73, with the Jacob Burns Award for Extraordinary Service to the Law School.

Class Committee and GWLAA Board of Directors member Jessica Tillipman, JD ’03, with guest Dan Jennings and Professor Steve Schooner, LLM ’89, at the Class Dinner.

Brian G. Brunsvold, JD ’67, and Donald G. Daus, JD ’66, LLM ’73, socialize at the Stockton Guard Luncheon honoring alumni who graduated 40 years ago or more.

Ned Lips, JD ’88, and his wife, Barbara Lips, enjoy the Class Dinner at the historic Union Station.

Luis Torres, JD ’98, enjoys cocktails at the Alumni Weekend Class Dinner with guest Elizabeth Shook.


Michele Barbieri, MCL ’68, and his wife, Lydia Gould Barbieri, traveled from Italy to join the weekend festivities.

Leslie Megyeri, JD ’68, and Kathy Megyeri share a laugh at the Volunteer Appreciation Cocktail Hour.

Many thanks to the Alumni Weekend 2008 Class Committee Members!

Class of 1968
William F. Banta†
Sunny S. Dupree
Roger Kaplan†
Gary B. Landsman†
Leslie Laszlo Megyeri
Norman F. Oblon
Charles M. Rosenberg†
Dolph Sand†
Hank Schmelzer†
Ike Sorkin‡
Jerome Tankel†
Tim Waters‡

Class of 1973
David R. Berz†
David Callet
Jan F. Constantine†
Stephen J. Davidson†
Darrell L. Dreher†
Gary C. Granoff†
Jonathan S. Kahan†
Preston R. Padden†
William H. Shawn†
Steven Tasher‡*
Lawrence Zweifach†*

Class of 1978
Nancy Lawrence
Eric N. Macey
Alfreda Robinson
Janet Armuth Wolkoff

Class of 1983
Roy L. Bernstein
Arlyn Charles
Dennis LeVine
Joan M. Weiss

Class of 1988
Leib Dodell
Gordon Greenwood
David Hertz
Josh Horwitz
CeCelia C. Ibson
William H. Koch
Brian LaCorte
Elizabeth Link
Dennis J. Quinn
Jeffrey Schneider
Anne M. Siotka

Class of 1998
Janine M. Brookner
Tejpal Chawla
Elvia Gastelo
Repunzell R. Johnson
Monica Monroe
Robert M. Notigan Jr.
John T. Ruskusky
D. Michael Stroud
Luis F. Torres
Olga Coleman Williams

Class of 2003
Matthew Algeri
Zach Ellis
De Famuyiwa
Joel A. Montalvo
Shawna Persaud
Jessica Tillipman
Doohyeon Yang

* Class Social & Gift Committee Member
† Class Gift Committee
‡ Class Gift Committee Chair