Reunion Weekend 2006
Alumni from across the nation gathered at GW
Law in October to celebrate Reunion Weekend. Special
tributes were paid to the Classes of 1956, 1976,
1981, 1996, and 2001. Events included an Old Guard
luncheon, a jazz reception, an emeritus reception,
and a Class Dinner held at the Corcoran Gallery
of Art in D.C.
At the Class Dinner, former Secretary of the
Treasury John W. Snow, JD ’67, received
the J. William Fulbright Distinguished Public
Service Award. Dean Robert V. Stanek, JD ’79,
received the Jacob Burns Award for Extraordinary
Service to The George Washington University Law
School. Dean Frederick M. Lawrence offered Snow
and Stanek his thanks and congratulations, and
welcomed all alumni to the event.
Reunion class chairs were Arnold I. Weber, 1956;
Dick Champion and Alan Dubin, 1976; Eli Ciamrone,
Jill A. Kotvis, and Andrew Perellis, 1981; Laura
Arsenault and Matthew Keiser, 1996; and John Filamor,
Robert J. Garagiola, Janeen M. Thomas, and Venus
Griffith Trunnel, 2001.
Old Guard Luncheon
Old Guard celebrants, from left to right:
A. Fred Starobin, JD ’56; Ricardo A.
Ratti, JD ’56; Dean Frederick M. Lawrence;
James E. Landry, JD ’56; Arnold I. Weber,
JD ’54, LLM ’56; and Arthur E.
Neuman, JD ’55
At the Old Guard luncheon, members of
the classes of 1956 and earlier—including
A. Fred Starobin, JD ’56 (left),
and Arthur E. Neuman, JD ’55—were
Dean Frederick M. Lawrence greets Professor
Emeritus Leroy S. Merrifield (right) and alumni
at a reception for emeriti professors.
Nov. 30—Join GW
Law alumni in New York for a reception at
the 21 Club, 21 West 52nd St. From 7 to
9 p.m., GW Law alumni will mix and mingle
at this popular establishment.
Dec. 6—Cake and
Champagne is back! Food Network personality
Warren Brown, MPH ’98, JD ’98,
owner of CakeLove and LoveCafe in Washington,
returns to his alma mater to discuss alternative
uses of a law degree. He will bring samples
of favorite treats as well as new products
including vegan cakes, low-sugar cakes,
and gluten-free cakes.
Jan. 18—The GW
Law Alumni Association is hosting a Florida
Law Alumni Reception at the Hyatt Regency
Miami from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The event will
coincide with the Florida Bar Mid-Year Meeting.
Feb. 23—Mark your
calendars for the annual Government Contracts
Luncheon. See www.law.gwu.edu/alumni
as updates are made available.
Dean Frederick M. Lawrence with former Secretary
of the Treasury John W. Snow, JD ’67
(left), recipient of the J. William Fulbright
Distinguished Public Service Award, and
Dean Robert V. Stanek, JD ’79, recipient
of the Jacob Burns Award for Extraordinary
Service to GW Law.
From left to right: Judith Jurin Semo, JD
’77; Joseph Semo, JD ’76; reunion
class co-chair Dick Champion, JD ’76;
and Lila Anderson Hillard, JD ’76
Rebecca Keiser and reunion class co-chair
Matthew Keiser, JD ’96
Reunion class co-chair Andrew Perellis,
JD ’81, and Florie Shertzer Perellis,
Photos by Abdul
Alumni in Action
Reception in Detroit
At the National Bar Association’s
Annual Conference in downtown Detroit in
August, GW Law alumni reunited at a Caribbean-themed
reception. Dean Lawrence, Associate Dean
Alfreda Robinson, and GW Black Law Alumni
Association President Monica Monroe hosted
left to right) Joan Singleton; Michael
D. Patterson, JD ’74; Pamela Bethel;
and Colone Pearson, JD ’74
left to right) Professor Rodney Austin of
University College London; Diane Austin; Leonard
Quaranto, JD ’77; Professor Michael
Bridge, dean of the University College London
Faculty of Laws; Akalemwa Ngenda, LLM ’00;
Judith Dobkin, JD ’71; Amer Siddiqui,
LLM ’02; Kathy Lawrence, GW adjunct
faculty member and wife of Dean Lawrence;
and Dean Lawrence
Dinner with the Dean in London
On July 6, alumni residing in the United
Kingdom met Dean Frederick M. Lawrence
for a dinner at Claridge’s in London.
Alumni shared personal updates and learned
about changes and improvements at GW Law.
and Buffalo Wings
Washington-area alumni gathered for an
evening of billiards and buffalo wings at
Finn MacCool’s Irish Publick House
in the Eastern Market on Sept. 28. The event
was hosted by H. Scott Johnson Jr., JD ’00,
and Alison Wilson, JD ’97.
Barton, JD ’98, and Lorraine Campos,
(Clockwise from top left) Thelma Lourie; Leonard
Lourie, JD ’64; Rich Collins, Dean Lawrence,
Melissa de Beer, and Sandi Cumberland
Dinner with the Dean in London
Alumni gathered for a pre-game reception,
then traveled to RFK Stadium to watch
the Washington Nationals take on the Philadelphia
Phillies on June 8. The exciting game
ended with a Nationals victory, 5 to 3.