Trump Taps Gorsuch to fill Supreme Court Vacancy

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On Tuesday, January 31, President Donald Trump announced that he will nominate 10th Circuit Judge Neil Gorsuch to fill the Supreme Court seat left behind by the late Justice Antonin Scalia last February.
Judge Gorsuch was appointed to the 10th Circuit by President George W. Bush in 2006. Judge Gorsuch is a graduate of Columbia University, with honors, and Harvard Law School, with honors. Following law school, Judge Gorsuch completed his doctorate at the University of Oxford as a Marshall Scholar. Gorsuch will become the 6th Harvard Law graduate on the current Supreme Court. Justices Clarence Thomas and Sonia Sotomayor hail from Yale Law School, and Justice Anthony Kennedy, representing the west coast, is of Stanford Law School. Continue reading

Stories from Inauguration and the Women’s March

unnamed-3This weekend, I, a moderately liberal white female law student raised between California and the Midwest who is admittedly privileged in many regards, went to both President Trump’s inauguration on Friday and the Women’s March the day after. Upfront, my experience came with implicit biases. I am not a Trump voter; I attempted to remain unbiased and objective at inauguration, but fully intended on protesting at the march. I consider myself a pragmatist with a love for dialogue; I wanted to talk to people, hear their stories and perspectives, and see for myself what the mood was like between the two very different groups that descended on Washington this weekend.

Official numbers have not been released of how many people attended the inauguration. As of 11am on Friday morning, WMATA had recorded over 193,000 rides for the day. Presumably, not all of those rides were individuals attending the Inauguration, and a portion of inaugural attendees would not have used the metro. My personal metrics say that the size of the crowd was somewhere between being sparse enough where I could have done a cartwheel in any direction without harming anyone, but condensed enough that I easily inhaled a pack of cigarettes via second-hand smoke. However, photos comparing the inaugural crowds during President Obama’s first inauguration in 2009, and President Trump’s inauguration went viral not long after the ceremony finished. If you have yet to see them, just know that they were less than favorable for President Trump.

My ticket entrance was on 3rd and Constitution, directly adjacent to Judiciary Square. This was the only location where I personally encountered large-scale protests. As we approached the entrance there were four or so young African-American women chained together and to the metal gates delineating the entrance. They – and the protestors wearing all black in front of them – chanted “This checkpoint is closed” along with a number of other refrains denouncing white supremacy and President Trump. A man from Takoma Park who attended with the protestors said he would have preferred the blockade to have been closer to the gate; further out it served as more of a “spectacle” than to stop Trump supporters from entering the inauguration.

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The Georgetown Law Student’s Inauguration Survival Guide

mezzanine_800-resize-800x450Law Weekly reporters Ravan Austin and Amy Hendel contributed the majority of the content of this article.

The Presidential inauguration is a multi-day slate of events that will affect the lives of everyone living in the District of Columbia.  Although Georgetown Law’s campus is closed on Inauguration Day itself, Friday the 20th, events and accompanying traffic restrictions will begin as early as Wednesday and will last through the weekend.  The Law Weekly has prepared this guide to help Georgetown Law students get through the weekend, whether they are attending the inauguration, attending alternative events, or just staying in the city.

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It is impossible to say how big the Trump inauguration will be – so far, enthusiasm seems to be less than anticipated, but hundreds of thousands are expected for post-inauguration protests and rallies. Much of the downtown corridor of Washington will be shut down before, during and after the inauguration events, increasing commute headaches across the region regardless of the true number of visitors.

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Georgetown Law students advocate for cancelling Election Day classes

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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.

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Georgetown Technology Review fills tech law need in student publications

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.

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SBA RECAP: Dean Wu Defends Wolff Library Changes

gulc_south_quadThe 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

“Obnoxiously Optimistic”: A Conversation with SBA President Sandor Callahan

 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.

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