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Alumnae Awards

Created in 1998, the Georgetown Law Alumnae Award is given to female graduates in recognition of their contributions to the legal profession, their communities, and the Law Center. The 2017 Alumnae Award recipients will be recognized during the Women's Forum Luncheon on Friday, February 24, 2017. 

We are pleased to announce the 2017 Alumnae Award Recipients: Avril Haines, L'01, and Emily Spitzer, L'80. 

Avril Haines

Avril Haines, L'01, is former Assistant to the President and former Principal Deputy National Security Advisor. Prior to her appointment, she was the Deputy Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, having served in that position from August 2013 through January 2015, and before that she served as the Deputy Counsel to the President for National Security Affairs at the White House. Before joining the White House Counsel's office, she was Assistant Legal Adviser for Treaty Affairs at the Department of State. She previously worked in the Office of the Legal Adviser at the Department of State from 2003 to 2006, first in the Office of Treaty Affairs and then in the Office of Political-Military Affairs. From 2007 to 2008, she worked for the United States Senate committee on Foreign Relations as Deputy Chief Counsel for the Majority. From 2002 until 2003, she served as a law clerk for Judge Danny Boggs on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. From 2001 to 2002, she was a Legal Officer at The Hague Conference on Private International Law.

Ms. Haines received a bachelor's degree in Physics from the University of Chicago, founded and ran a bookstore cafe for five years while engaged in community service in Baltimore, and then went to law school at Georgetown University Law Center, where she received her law degree.

Emily Spitzer

Emily Spitzer, L'80, is the President of The Bernard and Anne Spitzer Charitable Trust, where she helps to set the strategic direction for her family foundation that is focused on social justice, advocacy and the environment. She was previously the Executive Director of the National Health Law Program, where she managed and directed the three-office national public interest firm, working for justice in health care for low-income people, and passage and implementation of the Affordable Care Act. Ms. Spitzer came to the National Health Law Program with a wealth of experience in law, health care and fundraising. She served as the Director of the District of Columbia Bar Foundation from 2002-2005, where she brought together the D.C. Bar, the legal services community, private law firms, and the courts to create the D.C. Access to Justice Commission. Ms. Spitzer has held numerous staff and board positions with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, from 1989 to the present. She has also been staff attorney and acting legal director for the NOW Legal Defense & Education Fund. She holds degrees from Harvard University and Georgetown University Law Center.

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