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Several Law Classes Celebrate Reunion Weekend

GW Law held a reunion for several classes Oct. 11-13. Alumni from the class years of '51, '52, '61, '62, '76, '77, '91, '92, '96, and '97 gathered for special celebrations. Events included a reception at the Egyptian Embassy, tours of the new Law School facilities, and separate dinners on Friday evening for class years celebrating anniversaries. Mark your calendars for this year's reunion, planned for Oct. 17 and 18, 2003, which will celebrate the reunions of the law classes of '53, '68, '78, and '93.

GW Law alumni joined the Ambassador of Egypt for a lecture and luncheon at the Egyptian Embassy.

Alumni enjoyed cocktails and hors d'oevres in the newly named Kelly Lounge in the Law School. Alumni then went on to their respective class dinners.

At the alumni cocktail reception, gift chairman Dan Black presented the dean with a check from the 2002 reunion giving program. Final tabulations for reunion giving by those anniversary classes totaled more than $700,000.

Members of the Black Law Alumni Association and GW Law students mingle, network, and enjoy Finnish cuisine at the Finnish Embassy.

Alumni Mentor Program Experiences Tremendous Growth

Building on a successful inauguration last year, the Alumni Mentoring Program has grown to encompass almost 90 mentors and more than 200 first-year students. This past fall, the program got off to a wonderful start with individual training sessions for both the mentors and mentees. Following the training, a joint mentor-mentee mixer allowed mentees to “meet their mentors.” Additional joint events, including mixers and panel discussions on topics for 1L's, occurred in the spring semester.

Alumni mentor/mentee pairs have shared lunches, met for cocktails, and exchanged many e-mails and phone calls. Some mentors have given tours of their offices and some mentees have given alumni tours of the Law Schoolˇwhich has changed a great deal since graduation.

Should you desire to be a mentor for next year's program, please contact Joe Coleman, JD '88, at (703) 416-9111, e-mail: jcoleman@gwu.edu. Also check the Law School alumni Web site for information at www.law.gwu.edu/alumni. Plans call for forms and information about the program to be posted online in June.

Alumni from the classes of 1961, 1952, and 1951 enjoyed dinner at the Cosmos Club.

Alumni from the classes of 1997, 1996, 1992, and 1991 and guests dined at the Dacor Bacon House.

Ari Brose Orr, JD '89, and mentee Geoffrey Lanyon, '05, enjoy coffee and conversation.

Recognizing Service

At the Oct. 25 meeting of The George Washington Law Alumni Association Board of Directors, incoming President Rick Richmond presented a plaque to outgoing President Mike Warnecke, recognizing his years of service to the Board.

Denver Reception

Denver alumni hosted Dean Young for a cocktail reception Feb. 20 at Rothgerber Johnson & Lyons. Judge Carolos Lucero, JD '64, served as chairman of the host committee for the event. Other host committee members were Thomas M. “Trey” Rogers III, JD '97, John R. “Jack” Sperber, JD '92, and Susan L. Sperber, JD '92.

Attention! Seeking Alumni Award Nominations

The George Washington Law Alumni Association is seeking nominations for its Distinguished Alumnus Award and J. Fulbright Distinguished Public Service Award for 2003-04. The Distinguished Alumnus Award recognizes an individual who has made a significant impact through career achievement and contributions to the Law School, financial or otherwise. Past recipients of the Law Alumnus Award include U.S. Senators Harry Reid and Daniel K. Inouye, and Judge Ruth Burg. The J. Fulbright Distinguished Public Service Award focuses on career achievement in the public sector. Past recipients include Law School Professors John Cibinic Jr. and Ralph C. Nash, and Patricia Roberts Harris.

To make a nomination please submit:
The name of the nominee, the award for which he or she is being nominated, and a brief paragraph stating your reasons for recommending the nominee.

Please send this information by June 30, 2003, to: Susan M. Hoffman Crowell & Moring 1001 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W. Washington, D.C. 20004 Via e-mail: shoffman@crowell.com

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