Letter from the Dean
One of the pleasures of my job is introducing speakers and panels that represent the extraordinary intellectual life of this Law Center. It might be a gathering of national security experts discussing the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act or a lecture on the Constitution by a Supreme Court Justice. Many of these events flow from the 14 centers and institutes that are an integral part of Georgetown Law.
The centers and institutes (profiled in this issue on page 28) have phenomenal range and almost unlimited capacity. The O’Neill Institute for Global Health Law — with its projects on health reform, tobacco control and much more — has quickly gained a reputation as one of the leading health law organizations in the world. The Supreme Court Institute and its Moot Court Program, which last year mooted every case before the Court, provides a valued service to bench, bar — and to the students here, since every 1L has an opportunity to attend a moot court session. The Georgetown Climate Center encourages state-federal collaboration on everything from carbon pollution controls to adapting shorelines to rising seas. And then there’s the Human Rights Institute, the Center on National Security and the Law and many more. Centers provide remarkable benefits to the state, local, national and international communities and provide students with unparalleled access to experts and opportunities.
What excites me most about the centers and institutes is how multi-faceted they are, how they invigorate the Law Center by generating research, offering real-world work opportunities for students and building bridges to the rest of the world. Part of the connection they provide is to link current students with alumni in the field.
And speaking of alumni, we are always eager to hear — and share — your stories. In this issue, four litigators describe their “case of a lifetime.” (See page 44.)
Georgetown Law recently lost two of its treasured long-time faculty members. Professor Barry Carter, who arrived here in 1979, specialized in international law and helped to establish and maintain the path-breaking Center for Transnational Legal Studies in London. He died on January 15 at the age of 71. Professor Emeritus Roy Schotland, an expert in administrative law, came to the Law Center as associate dean in 1970 and was instrumental in creating diversity in both the student body and the faculty. He died on January 26 at the age of 80. We mourn them both.
As we prepare to launch yet another class of Georgetown lawyers into the world, we pause to contemplate all that has brought them to this moment — their own hard work, of course, as well as the dedication of faculty members, the array of opportunities this institution has given them — and the alumni support that has made it possible. As always, thanks for all you do to make the Law Center the rich, vibrant place that it is.
Dean William Treanor