Second Annual Family Weekend Draws a Crowd

September 15, 2015 —

Georgetown Law hosted its second annual Family Weekend September 11 and 12 — with Dean William M. Treanor, Dean of Admissions Andy Cornblatt and the rest of the Law Center community rolling out the red carpet for almost 700 new and returning students and their families.

“Attending Georgetown University Law Center made a tremendous impact on the person I have become,” said R. Seth Williams (L’92), now the district attorney of the City of Philadelphia, on Friday night in Hart Auditorium. Williams urged students to make the most of Georgetown Law and of Washington, D.C. 

On Saturday morning, Vice Dean Jane Aiken, Dean of Students Mitch Bailin, Assistant Dean for Career Services Marcia Shannon and Assistant Dean for Financial Aid Charles Pruett told families of the many opportunities students have at Georgetown and beyond. Students Carmen Chambers (L’17), Darian Hands (L’16), Kat Hannah (L’16) and Jenadee Nanini (L’17) related their own experiences. 

“I remember how difficult first year was and how important my support system — my family — was in getting me through it,” Hannah said later, explaining why she chose to participate in Family Weekend for the second year in a row. “But the Georgetown Law community was a huge support system as well.”

On Saturday afternoon, Judge Cornelia “Nina” T.L. Pillard of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit (also a former Georgetown Law professor) led a discussion on what it’s like to argue cases in the Supreme Court — with former Solicitor General and Lecturer Paul Clement (F’88) and Professor David Cole. A Supreme Court overview and mock argument followed, with Professors David Vladeck and Michael Gottesman arguing the upcoming voting rights case of Evenwel v. Abbott.

“To hear the world-class professors and the moot court argument was incredible,” said Sherry Bindeman, mother of Brooke Kahn (L’18). The weekend, she said, gave both lawyer and non-lawyer family members a sense of the issues their students are learning at Georgetown. “We weren't sure how a Parents Weekend for law school would work; now we know, and it couldn't have been more thoughtfully conceived and executed.”

Professor Mike Seidman reprised his role as “chief justice” in the moot court presentation, with Professor Marty Lederman, Supreme Court Institute Executive Director Irv Gornstein and Institute Director Dori Bernstein, director of Georgetown Law’s Supreme Court Institute, serving as associate justices. Parents’ Leadership Council co-chairs Dale Pinto (P’17) and Rachel Sullivan (P’16) were also on hand to welcome visitors.   

“You’re one of us now,” Cornblatt told the parents and loved ones. “Welcome to the Georgetown family.”

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