Leahy Photography Exhibit on Display at Georgetown Law

September 3, 2014 —

Georgetown University Law Center is very pleased to host an exhibit of more than 50 photographs taken by Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), L’64. The exhibit coincides with the 50th anniversary of his law school graduation and 40th anniversary of his Senate service.

The exhibit is now on display until October 19 on the second floor of the Hotung Building, located on the Georgetown Law campus at 550 First Street, NW, Washington, D.C. 

“Whether he’s looking over President Obama’s shoulder as the president signs the 2014 Farm Bill, capturing images of the Dalai Lama at Middlebury College, or leaning out from a rocky ledge to watch children fly kites in the skies of Turkey, the perspective is Leahy’s own,” said Georgetown University Law Center Dean William M. Treanor. “With these photos, law students in the nation’s capital and citizens in Vermont will benefit from his unique perspective, witnessing historical events not only through the lens of a camera but filtered through his thoughtful, perspective and compassionate mind.” 

The photos, which run the gamut of Leahy’s 40-year Senate career, are part of an exhibit entitled, “World Leaders & Global Citizens, Photographs by Patrick Leahy, U.S. Senator.” The idea to bring the exhibit to Georgetown Law was the brainchild of Mara Williams, chief curator of the Brattleboro Museum & Art Center in Vermont. Treanor clerked for Williams’ late husband, Judge James L. Oakes of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit.

Leahy now is the Senate’s president pro tempore, chairman of the Judiciary Committee, and also the most senior member of the Appropriations and Agriculture Committees.  

“Patrick Leahy has a unique perspective on world events. At more than six feet tall, he also has an opportunity to shoot at dramatic angles over the heads and shoulders of the cast of characters on the political stage,” said Williams. “The difference between his photos and those of a photojournalist is a matter of perspective. For instance, no commercial photographer will ever stand behind a president of the United States and preserve for all time the act of signing, the document being signed, and the signature itself.”

During Georgetown Law Reunion weekend this fall, the Law Center will honor Leahy with the Robert F. Drinan, SJ, Alumni Public Service Award. In a public symposium as part of Reunion weekend, Treanor will also discuss with Leahy his professional life as experienced through his photography, among other topics. The photo exhibit will then travel to the Brattleboro Museum & Art Center when it leaves Georgetown Law.  

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