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GW LAW BRIEFS: Government Contracts Update

Gov't Contracts Update

It was a banner year for GW Law's Government Procurement Program, inside the classroom and out. Courses reached record enrollment numbers, and faculty members hosted and participated in numerous events across the nation and around the world. Among other activities, this fall Co-directors Steven L. Schooner and Christopher R. Yukins co-chaired the inaugural U.S.-European Procurement Leadership Roundtable in Düsseldorf, Germany. Other programs found Mr. Schooner, Mr. Yukins, and their fellow co-director Joshua Schwartz individually in Argentina, Belgium, China, Japan, Korea, and Italy.

The program continued to make an impact on both academia and the industry, and there is growth ahead—notably, the program will be filling a newly created associate dean position for government contracts law.

Highlights from 2010-11 academic year include:

Alumni and Friends Luncheon

The Government Procurement Program celebrated more than 50 years of excellence and achievement at its annual Alumni and Friends Luncheon on Feb. 25 at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C.

(left to right) Kent Morrison, senior counsel with Crowell & Moring; Megan Bartley, JD '11, Roger Boyd, Fellow and editor-in-chief of the Public Contract Law Journal; Co-director Steven L. Schooner, LLM '89

(left to right) Robert Anderson, counselor, World Trade Organization in Geneva, Switzerland; Co-director Christopher R. Yukins; Daniel Gordon, administrator for federal procurement policy at the Office of Management and Budget; Dan Beck, MA '82, director of external and advocacy communications at Boeing's Defense, Space & Security business unit; Professor Gregory E. Maggs; Professor Emeritus Ralph C. Nash Jr., JD '57; Tom Abbott, JD '84, chairman of the government contracts practice at McKenna Long & Aldridge; Co-director Joshua I. Schwartz; and Co-director Steven L. Schooner, LLM '89

(left to right) Co-director Steven L. Schooner, LLM '89, with 2011 graduates and event finalists John Ziegler, Katherine Veeder, Ashley Barbera, and Amy Siadak; and Alison Doyle, partner at McKenna Long & Aldridge

Government Contracts Moot Court

A record number of students participated in the 2011 McKenna Long & Aldridge "Gilbert A. Cuneo" Government Contracts Moot Court competition. Judges for the finals were George W. Miller, LLM '68, and Victor Wolski of the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, and Jeri K. Somers, vice chairman of the Civilian Board of Contract Appeals.

Alumni, Faculty Connect with Leaders in Budapest

Co-director Christopher R. Yukins; Leslie Megyeri, BA '63, JD '68, MBA '80, who served as an alumni ambassador at the event; Tünde Tátrai, professor at Corvinus University of Budapest and vice president of the Foundation for Public Procurement Culture; and Co-director Steven L. Schooner

Government Procurement Program faculty members and GW representatives met on May 25 in Budapest, Hungary, with GW alumni and students, as well as Bulgarian practitioners and academics. The event built on GW's international presence and set the stage for future collaborations.

In addition to the participants pictured above, the event was attended by István Stumpf, a judge for the Constitutional Court of Hungary; Robert Gajdos, president of the Public Procurement Council; Patay Geza, president of the Hungarian Bar; and Tamás Mészáros, rector of Corvinus University of Budapest.