Monthly Archives: May 2017

Notes on Construction Notes

mlyniec-wally_1[1]The name Wally Mlyniec should be familiar to any current Georgetown student.  Professor Mlyniec served as director of Georgetown Law’s pioneering Juvenile Justice clinic from 1973 to 2015, a whopping 42 years of service.  However, most students probably know Mlyniec’s name from Construction Notes, the sprawling tomes of information that grace the entire campus’ inbox.

As I prepared to leave campus in a few days, I had the pleasure of sitting down with Professor Mlyniec to discuss Construction Notes, his interest in construction, and what he thinks Capitol Crossing will do for the area and for Georgetown Law.

Construction Notes have been a constant across my experience at Georgetown Law.  The ambitious Capitol Crossing project, the plan to cover and develop the segment of I-395 adjacent to campus, served as an environmental alarm clock for me during my 1L year.  The construction crew’s bright floodlights shining into my corner room at the Gewirz Student Center encouraged me to work well into the night.  The first e-mails I received from Professor Mlyniec were not welcome, often informing me of a water shutdown.

As the fog of 1L faded, I began to read these curious e-mails called Construction Notes, filled with the kind of trivia that I desperately needed between reading assignments.  Eventually, I would ask people on campus – “So, how about those e-mails from Wally Mlyniec?”  There are two responses to that question: blank stares, or instant recognition and mutual understanding.

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First Daughter Tiffany Trump Is Poised to Become a Hoya Lawyer

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By now, you’ve been able to connect the dots between the flurry of “Make Georgetown Law Great Again” comments across social media. 23-year-old Tiffany Trump will be attending Georgetown University Law Center. President Trump’s second daughter will presumably become a 2020 graduate of GULC (GULC has confirmed the First Daughter’s position in the new cohort of accepted students).

While students are buried in exam preparation and taking, some practical questions abound about what fall 2017 will look like on campus. No doubt, Trump will have security detail, which has the potential to cause some inconveniences. But news about a member of America’s First Family is prompting some varied reactions.

“I hope every one treats her with respect, whether they agree with her father’s politics or not,” Sarah Naiman said, an incoming evening division student. “She is part of the community and needs to be treated as such. And at the very least, this is probably the safest this campus will ever be!”

“She is the President’s daughter and therefore has her choice of law schools. That she chose Georgetown is a testament to the schools offerings and capabilities, regardless of her reasons for choosing our school over others,” 1E Christian Dibblee said. “It’s unsettling that some are advocating against her being at the law school just because of who her father is.”

While Georgetown Law has already admitted students for the incoming class, there are students on waiting lists. And the impact of this news might even influence student’s decision to attend GULC, now labeled a “T-15” school according to the latest U.S. News & World Report edition.

“Having Tiffany Trump in the classroom will no doubt affect the students’ experience of law school,” Jana Sneed said, a prospective law student. “Discussion in the classroom regarding our nation’s politics could either be provoked or restrained due to her presence among the students. It’s hard to say whether it will be a positive or a negative impact.”

Georgetown Law Professor Randy Barnett weighed in on the action through social media. According to his Twitter page, he said he hopes Trump will attend events at the Georgetown Center for the Constitution (which he directs).

Regardless of what happens in a few months time, Trump will be poised to join a long list of famous GULC alumni too exhaustive to list. Greta Van Susteren and, Savannah Guthrie are among GULC’s alum on TV, while Hoya Congressmen include John Delaney, Richard Durbin, Steny Hoyer, and Patrick Leahy.