Judge Richard J. Leon Speaks at Admitted Students’ Open House

January 27, 2014 — “I suppose those of you who are still undecided are here in part in the hope of hearing something that will help you to make that choice,” Judge Richard J. Leon of the U.S. District Court told a group of approximately 200 potential Hoyas at an admitted students’ open house event on January 23. “That’s where I come in.”

Leon, who handed down the first NSA wiretapping decision last month, calls the congressional investigations class he co-teaches here with John Podesta (L'76), “a classic example of why going to school in Washington, D.C. is truly different. … This is our 19th year, and it is a labor of love for both of us.” Podesta currently serves as counselor to President Obama. 

“If you look at the adjunct faculty of this fine law school, you will see a veritable who’s who of the D.C. bar,” Leon added.

Dean William M. Treanor, Dean of Students Mitch Bailin, Dean of Admissions Andy Cornblatt, Assistant Dean of Public Interest and Community Service Barbara Moulton and Professor Chris Brummer all gave messages of welcome at the Hart Auditorium event.

Earlier in the day, Maureen Berard Soles (L’11) hosted a visit to the Supreme Court, while Monique Fortenberry (L’95), Robert Kaye (L’91), Simon Latcovich (L’06) and Misty Thomas (L’08) appeared on a career panel. Michael Telis, James Roberts, Allie Federoff and Matt Bogdan (all L’14) and Genevieve Ryan (G’14, L’15) gave a 3L perspective — not only about jobs but about the friendships that flourish at the Law Center. Cornblatt invited them all to speak after recently meeting up with them at one student’s out-of-state wedding.

“I was a little worried that this was such a big place that I wouldn’t get to know professors or friends [like] I got to know in college,” Telis said. As it turned out, he said, it was “the exact opposite.”