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GW Law in History

25 Years Ago

The Lerner Building, named for Theodore N. Lerner, JD ’50, was completed after five years of planning and construction. The $16.7 million project increased the school’s space by 42 percent and showcased eight new classrooms and a full moot court room. “With the completion of the new facilities, the Law School will have no barriers stopping it from becoming one of the best law schools in the country,” said then-Dean Jerome A. Barron, according to The Hatchet.

50 Years Ago

The George Washington Law Review was awarded first place in a national competition among law school journals sponsored by the Fletcher Foundation of Rosemead, Calif. The law review was deemed “the most outstanding presentation of articles, case notes, and reviews in the field of patents,” according to the 1958 Cherry Tree.

100 Years Ago

First-year law students were applauded by The Hatchet for “exercising a powerful influence in the student activities of the University.” In particular, the newspaper pointed out that the class participated in athletics more than any other class at GW. Of the 14 players awarded their “W” in football that season, four were first-year Law School members, the paper states.

GW Magazine gratefully acknowledges the assistance of University Archives in the identification of interesting historical information. For more about GW’s history, check out the University Archives Web site by accessing The site’s The GW and Foggy Bottom Historical Encyclopedia is especially informative.