GW Law School Fall 2003
A Magazine for Alumni and Friends

Alumni Events

Regional Cocktail Soirees/Receptions

Throughout the past several months, the Law Alumni Association has hosted cocktail soirees in Washington, New York, Philadelphia, and Boston. The turnout at these events has been excellent, and they have provided alumni with an opportunity to meet other graduates in their region, as well as the chance to see old friends and classmates, and meet new colleagues. In the upcoming summer months, we have a variety of different events and programs planned to continue to give alumni more opportunities to gather.

D.C. area alumni from the classes of 1983 to 2003 were invited to a March 11 cocktail reception at Dragonfly. About 100 alumni were in attendance, as well as several faculty members.

More than 100 people attended the New York alumni reception at Zanzibar.

2004 Commencement and Old Guard Ceremony

The 137th Commencement of The George Washington University Law School was held Sunday, May 23. Prior to the commencement ceremony, members of the class of 1954 were inducted into Old Guard. The Old Guard denotes those alumni of The George Washington University Law School who graduated more than 50 years ago. At the brunch, new members were inducted into the Old Guard by the convenor for the class of 1954, Arnold I. Weber. After the brunch, Marion Edwyn Harrison, LLB ’54, LLM ’59, grand marshal, and the other members of the Old Guard led the academic procession into the Smith Center for the commencement ceremony.

Old Guard members: (back row, from left) Marion Edwyn Harrison, LLB ’54, LLM ’59 (Old Guard grand marshal); Arnold Weber, JD ’54, LLM ’56 (Old Guard convenor); David I. Haberman, JD ’53; J. Winfield Rankin, BA ’40, LLB ’46; F. Elwood Davis, JD ’43. (Front row, from left) William J. Dixon, JD ’50; Nettie Lewis, LLB ’42; Harry Gaberman, JD ’41; Orval H. Hansen, JD ’54, LLM ’73, PhD ’86.

Old Guard members: (from left) J. Winfield Rankin, AA ’38, BA ’40, LLB ’46; William J. Dixon, JD ’50; David I. Haberman, AA ’48, JD ’53; Arnold Weber, JD ’54, LLM ’56; Marion Edwyn Harrison, LLB ’54, LLM ’59.

Commencement speaker Thomas Buergenthal, his wife, Peggy, and Dean Michael K. Young attended the Old Guard reception.


Reunion 2004, October 15-17

We have begun planning for Reunion Weekend 2004, which will be held Oct. 15-17 in Washington as part of GW’s Colonials Weekend. The following class years will be honored, and listed are the class chairs who will oversee the Reunion Commitee:

1954: Dee J. Kelly, Arnold I. Weber
1959: Philip B. Fischer
1964: Joseph F. Baca, Carlos F. Lucero
1969: Heather S. Foley, Daniel R. Glickman, Michael D. Hausfeld
1974: Carol Elder Bruce
1979: Kenneth E. Adelsberg, Bobby R. Burchfield, Gerald Rosen
1984: Thomas J. Mikula
1989: Margarita B. Orr, Sally W. Kram
1994: Katie Harrington-McBride, Kristin L. Yohannan
1999: Maria Bremis, David B. Kramer, Scott M. Mory, Lysa Selfon Puma, Michael J. Puma, James W. Thomas, Jr., Jennifer A. Zenker

The schedule of events will include tours of the new Law School building, cocktail receptions, a class dinner, a series of lectures, and a University-wide alumni party. We are planning additional events as well.

For more details, check out If you are interested in volunteering on your class reunion committee, or if you have any questions, please contact the Alumni Relations office at (202) 994-7166 or We look forward to seeing you in October!

Other News/Notes:

The Association of American Law Schools held its annual meeting in Atlanta on Jan. 3, and once again, the Law School hosted a reception for area alumni and faculty. More than 50 people were in attendance at the well-received event.

The American Intellectual Property Law Association held its winter conference in Palm Springs, Calif., Jan. 30. GW was the only law school to host a reception at the conference and was congratulated by many conference-goers for doing so.

This year’s Newly Admitted Student Receptions were held in Washington, Philadelphia, New York City, Chicago, Boston, Los Angeles, and Palo Alto, Calif. As in years past, the events have been greatly appreciated by the prospective students, with many commenting that the event gave them a positive impression of GW and that they were thankful for the chance to speak with lawyers, faculty members, law students, and fellow prospective students. Several alumni graciously hosted the events at their law firms, including Jon A. Geier, JD ’85, at Paul Hastings; Stanley A. Barg, JD ’74, at Duane Morris; Kenneth E. Adelsberg, JD ’79, at Pillsbury Winthrop; David C. Gustman, JD ’79, at Freeborn & Peters; John G. Loughnane, JD ’90, at Gadsby Hannah; Rick Richmond, JD ’86, at Kirkland & Ellis; and C. Larry O’Rourke, JD ’71, at Finnegan Henderson.

Monica E. Monroe, JD ’98, is the new president of the Black Law Alumni Association. Monroe is currently an associate at Krooth & Altman LLP in Washington DC.

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