Nine Georgetown Law student organizations — spearheaded by the Georgetown Law Students for Democratic Reform and the American Constitution Society — are petitioning Georgetown Law administration to reschedule or cancel class on Election Day.
The initiative began with the publication of an open letter on Facebook, addressed to Dean William Treanor, Dean of Students Mitchell Bailin and Sally McCarthy, Assistant Dean of JD Academic Services.
“Georgetown Law has a strong commitment to public service and civic engagement. As one of the leading law schools in the country, Georgetown has an obligation to demonstrate the importance of equitable participation in our Nation’s democracy,” the letter reads. “By prioritizing the voting of its students, faculty and staff over classes and work on Election Day, Georgetown would exemplify these commitments.”
Dean Bailin, in an email to Atkins, said the law school will remain open and classes will meet on Election Day.
Georgetown Law’s family of 13 annual legal journals will welcome a cousin to campus this fall — the Georgetown Technology Review.
Though unaffiliated with the Office of Journal Administration, the online-only publication will draw inspiration from traditional journal formats: including student scholarship in the notes of articles, case comments and notes, with the addition of legal news and tech explainers.
“Traditional law reviews serve a very important purpose — they are incredibly useful and I think their continued longevity is evidence of that,” said Stephan Dalal, in charge of the technology side of GTR. “But something that is missing is pieces that can be read quickly and are easy to understand, but provide a high density of information.”
GTR is the brainchild of six students — Sara Ainsworth, Andrew Schreiber, Lindsey Barrett, Dalal, Edward George and Spencer Williams. It will be housed under the Institute for Technology Law and Policy, opening this fall.
The headline event at the Student Bar Association’s meeting on October 4th was a visit by Michelle Wu, Associate Dean for Library Services. She spent over an hour Tuesday evening discussing the recently announced changes to the Wolff Library space.
Expanding on the email sent to students last month, Wu explained that the Law Center has been battling space problems for at least a decade. There has been an ongoing, campus-wide effort to more efficiently use already existing campus spaces.
Wu’s reports were relatively light on details. Indeed, the relocation of the Wolff books to the E.B. Williams library is in its planning stages, and the consultation from Shelpy Bulfinch is needed before any substantive decisions can be made. Therefore, information as to what the new space will be used for specifically, when the transition will occur, and how much this will cost is still up in the air.
Wu was able to provide some concrete details. The collection of international law in Wolff Library will be relocated to the Williams Library, as will the associated staff. She reassured students that at least some of the two-floor Wolff area will remain 24-hour student space. In fact, Wu reassured students that the amount of available space in Wolff may not decrease. A survey, conducted by Shepley, will help the school and the firm assess what needs exist, and how best to address them. Building off that survey, which should be conducted this semester, the Law Center and Sheply will design a plan to repurpose the Wolff space. Wu also revealed that the school recently confirmed that, using compact shelving, the Wolff collection can fit inside the Williams building. Continue reading
It seems unnecessary to introduce our SBA president, because you probably already know who he is. I’ll do it anyways. Sandor Callahan, a 3L, is everywhere: outside playing soccer on the quad, working at the Office of Residence Life at Gewirz, hanging out in Hotung lobby, shouting a hello to you as you come through the revolving doors at Sport & Fitness (Do you know him? Doesn’t matter.). Sandor, who describes himself as “obnoxiously optimistic,” is standing at the helm of an award-winning Student Bar Association and frames his service as the highlight of his time at Georgetown. I believe him. As last year’s Vice President, he’s familiar with the SBA’s capabilities and has several overarching goals that shape his presidency. Chief among them is the development of a forum for students to participate in an ongoing dialogue regarding current events and concerns within the community. The SBA’s form and function make this and other goals attainable possibilities.
The Student Bar Association has announced that the third guest in its Speakership Series will be Khizr Khan.
The event will take place on Thursday, October 6 in Hart Auditorium, at 2:30pm. Ticket allocation will be handled on an RSVP, first-come, first-serve basis – a certain number of students who RSVP first will gain access. At the time of publication, the particulars of this RSVP system were not yet public, nor was a timeline for their release.
Khan rose to national prominence earlier this summer, when he and his wife Ghazala spoke at the Democratic National Convention. The Khans, who are Pakistani immigrants whose son died in the line of duty in Iraq, gave a speech critical of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, especially Trump’s proposed ban on Muslim immigration. The Khans’ speech, the image of Khizr Khan holding his pocket Constitution which he cited during his speech, and Trump’s critical reaction to the speech took the nation by storm and had a significant impact on the campaign trail.
The contents or particular subject matter of Khizr Khan’s visit are unknown at the time of publication.
In a campus-wide email sent Monday morning, Law Center Dean William Treanor announced the administration’s plan to relocate and repurpose the John Wolff International & Comparative Law Library, currently located in the Hotung International Law Building, in order to make way for as-yet undetermined alternative uses.
Students were made aware of the change as part of the announcement of a larger space planning announcement. The email opened by informing students that Sheply Bulfinch, the architectural firm which worked on the Hotung building, has been engaged by the Law Center to assist with “both short-term and long-term space planning.”
The decision to rearrange the libraries is being made to “consolidate the library collection so that all library materials are in the same building. This will simplify operations for the Law Center and will benefit students by preventing the need to go to two separate buildings to find their sources.” While students will surely appreciate not having to trek across campus to track down books, the most immediate impact for many students is likely to be the loss of a significant amount of study space in the Wolff library.
Distinguished Lecturers in Law Paul D. Clement and Viet D. Dinh, as well as the remaining thirteen attorneys at Bancroft PLLC will likely be picking out their new offices on
Pennsylvania Avenue come early October. As reported earlier this afternoon by Above the Law, the entire cast and crew of Bancroft PLLC will be joining big-law heavyweight Kirkland & Ellis just in time for the commencement of the Supreme Court’s October Term.
Professors Clement and Dinh have co-taught a Separation of Powers seminar for nine years. The offices of the former Bancroft PLLC are located at 500 New Jersey Avenue NW, just across the street from the Hotung building.
Professor Paul D. Clement served as the 43rd Solicitor General of the United States and has argued more than 75 cases before the Supreme Court. He graduated summa cum laude from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, and graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Law School, where he also served as the Supreme Court Editor for the Harvard Law Review. After graduation, Professor Clement clerked for Judge Laurence Silberman of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, and then for Associate Justice Antonin Scalia in the United States Supreme Court. This is not Professor Clement’s first stint at Kirkland & Ellis as he joined the firm’s Washington, DC office as an associate following his clerkships.
Professor Viet Dinh
Professor Viet D. Dinh served as United States Assistant Attorney General for Legal Policy from 2001 to 2003. While at the Department of Justice, Professor Dinh participated in the development of legal policy initiatives to combat terrorism, including the Patriot Act. Professor Dinh graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College and Harvard Law School, where he was a Class Marshal and an Olin Research Fellow in Law and Economics. Professor Dinh clerked for Judge Laurence Silberman of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, and then for Associate Justice Sandra Day O’Connor of the United States Supreme Court.
Both professors have been mentioned as possible nominees to the Supreme Court under a Republican administration.
Clement and Dinh are not the only Georgetown faculty to make headlines this year. Earlier this summer, Professor David Cole was named as the American Civil Liberties Union’s National Legal Director.