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Alumni Events

"Celebrating Change" Black Law Alumni Association Reception

The Black Law Alumni Association hosted a celebration Jan. 19 in honor of the presidential inauguration of Barack Obama and Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The event featured remarks from professor Spencer Overton, a leading election law scholar who currently serves as the principal deputy assistant attorney general for the Office of Legal Policy in the U.S. Department of Justice.

Professor Spencer Overton shares his campaign experience with the audience.

Will Wilder, JD ’06, president of the Black Law Alumni Association, and Hon. Darrin Gayles, JD ’93, enjoy the celebration.

Belva Ann Lockwood Award Luncheon

The Law Association for Women and the George Washington Law Alumni Association honored Wilma B. Liebman, JD ’74, chairman of the National Labor Relations Board, as this year’s recipient of the Belva Ann Lockwood Award. The award is given annually in memory of the “irrepressible” Belva Ann Lockwood, LLB 1873, the first woman to argue a case before the U.S. Supreme Court.

Jacob Heyman-Kantor, JD ’09; Jillian Volkmar, JD ’09; Wilma Liebman, JD ’74; Vanessa Batters, JD ’09; and Kristalyn Loson, JD ’09, enjoy the luncheon.

Award winner Wilma Liebman, JD ’74, speaks with luncheon guests during the ceremony April 17.

Richard Hanson, Hon. Ruth C. Burg, JD ’50, Tara Ward, JD ’09, and Herman Levy

Government Procurement Law Program’s Annual Luncheon

Alumni and friends enjoyed an annual luncheon on Feb. 20 in conjunction with the West Government Contracts Year in Review Conference.

GW Law 2009 Golf Outing

The George Washington Law Alumni Association hosted its annual golf outing for alumni, students, faculty, and staff on May 2. Despite the drizzle, golfers enjoyed the scramble at Westfields Golf Club in Clifton, Va.

Golfers admire their team’s tee shot.

Students Natalie Pous, Dan George, Kate Lesker, and Chris Pietila get ready to hit the links.

Professor Spencer Overton; Chris Higgins, JD ’08; Matt Haynie, JD ’08; and Bryan King, JD ’08, return to defend their 2008 first place title.


The George Washington Law Alumni Association Board of Directors

Weston D. Burnett, JD ’75, LLM ’83

Catherine Harrington-McBride, JD ’94

Paul M. Fires, JD ’85
Executive Committee Member

Eric A. Koester, JD ’06
Executive Committee Member

Douglas Mickle, JD ’90
Executive Committee Member

Patricia H. Wittie, JD ’77
Executive Committee Member

Andrea Agathoklis, JD ’01
Gerardo Barrios, JD ’87
Mark Berthiaume, JD ’80

Minaksi Bhatt, JD ’90
Joseph Blute, JD ’82
Matthew J. Brief, JD ’80
Hon. Darrin P. Gayles, JD ’93
Jonathan L. Greenblatt, JD ’80
Paul C. Harris Sr., JD ’95
John J. Hay, JD ’80
Bradford W. Irelan, JD ’86
Sam Jammal, JD ’07
John Lewis Jr., JD ’90
Stephen Oggel, JD ’67
Francis J. O’Rourke, JD ’61
Hon. Denise Sweet Owens, JD ’79
Chad T. Sarchio, JD ’95
Brett D. Sheats, JD ’09
John Sorrenti, JD ’10
Jessica Tillipman, JD ’03
Jonathan Willingham, JD ’06

2009 Baseball Outing

Despite the rain, alumni and guests gathered together to watch the Washington Nationals doubleheader against the San Francisco Giants on June 4.

Arianna Gleckel, JD ’07; Karen Greenwood, JD ’07; and Jacqueline Chan, JD ’07, catch up during the game.

Michael Steelman and Dawna Steelman, JD ’09, cheered on the Washington Nationals through the rainy innings.

Other Events

Coffee with Experience

Students and alumni took part in the third annual Coffee with Experience networking event on Jan. 13, which was designed to introduce students to new practice and alternative career areas. Our appreciation goes to Chuck Adkins-Blanch, JD ’90; Rich Bedell, JD ’88; Matt Benz, JD ’06; Mini Bhatt, JD ’90; Dina Biblin, JD ’78; Stephanie Deckter, JD ’05; Maggie DiMoscato, JD ’02; Colleen Heisey, JD ’02; Bobbie James, LLM ’08; Hilary Jochmans, JD ’06; Rob Kimmer, JD ’05; Doug Mickle, JD ’90; Elizabeth Ross, JD ’02; Mary Schoelen, JD ’93; Priscilla Skillman, JD ’74; Heidi Wicker, JD ’03; and Stephanie Yu, JD ’02, for their participation and support of this year’s program.

It’s Just Good Business: Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility

GW Law alumni and GW School of Business alumni in Philadelphia attended a networking reception and lecture Feb. 4 by Jennifer J. Griffin, associate professor of strategic management.

Law Revue Alumni Reception

Alumni gathered Feb. 21 for a pre-show reception at Lisner Auditorium before the 2009 Law Revue show, Yes We Dance!

Alumni and Admitted Student Receptions

The George Washington Law Alumni Association went on the road in March for its annual receptions that bring together alumni and admitted students around the country. This year’s stops included San Diego, Los Angeles, Chicago, Boston, Seattle, Houston, New Orleans, San Francisco, Salt Lake City, New York, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Miami, and Ann Arbor, Mich.

Tips to Landing a Job During an Economic Downturn” Panel Presentation

The Latino Law Alumni Association and the Hispanic Bar Association of D.C. teamed up to present a panel discussion on April 8.

Alumni Lunch in Brazil

Alumni and guests in Brazil gathered May 8 for lunch hosted by Otto Licks, LLM ’95.

Regional Programs

We continue to celebrate ties to GW Law across the country and around the world with regional events. Thank you to our regional hosts for recent happy hours and other activities: Leila Laoudji, JD ’01; David Levine, JD ’00; David Mayman, JD ’06; Alina Morris, JD ’04; Mark Nagle, JD ’06; and Karleen O’Connor, JD ’00.

Would you like to connect with other alumni in your area? Is there an event where you live that you think a group of GW Law alumni would like to attend? The Office of Alumni Relations will be happy to help you organize and host an event near you! Contact us at or 202-994-7166 to get an event started.