On October 5, Georgetown University Law Center launched its 150th Anniversary Year of celebration with a week of special, virtual programming and the completion of a successful fundraising challenge.
Anniversary programming is set to continue throughout the academic year. Upcoming events include virtual events focused on Georgetown Law’s history and the work of its Institute for Technology Law and Policy and its Center for the Advancement of Law in the Americas (CAROLA).
The 150-Hour Giving Challenge, held September 29 to October 5, raised over 400 gifts totaling more than $400,000.
In a separate effort, Law Center leaders aim to raise 150 gifts of $150,000 or more by June 30, 2021.
The 150th Anniversary Week, held October 5-9, highlighted a diverse cross-section of alumni and faculty members. Virtual programs examined the Law Center’s leadership in the areas of national and global health law, voting rights, national security law, and racial and criminal justice reform.
Recordings of programs held that week and throughout the academic year are available on the 150th Anniversary website.
Recap of the 150th Anniversary Week
Monday, October 5
Georgetown Law marked the anniversary of its first law classes, held in 1870.
- Dean William M. Treanor offered remarks and premiered an Anniversary video, Educating Lawyers for Justice – 150 Years of Georgetown Law.
- An online Photo-Mosaic began digitally self-assembling from images shared by students, alumni, faculty, and staff.
- Members of the Georgetown Law community began sharing videos, photos, and anecdotes on a newly launched Community Memories page.
- An Alumni Congratulations video celebrated the 150th Anniversary with shout-outs from alumni around the globe.
Tuesday, October 6
Georgetown Law at 150: Lawyers as Leaders — Lawrence Gostin
This virtual event was the first in a series of digital sessions from Dean William M. Treanor‘s new class, Lawyers as Leaders. In the program for this day, “The Great Coronavirus Pandemic of 2020: The Critical Lessons,” Dean Treanor interviewed Lawrence Gostin about his life and career in national and global health law. Gostin serves as Georgetown University Professor, Founding O’Neill Chair in Global Health Law, Faculty Director of the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law, and Director of the World Health Organization Collaborating Center on National & Global Health Law.
Wednesday, October 7
Georgetown Law at 150: Alumni and Faculty in Conversation — Voting Rights
Dean William M. Treanor convened a live, virtual panel discussion on the topic of Voting Rights. National leaders from Georgetown Law’s faculty body joined with distinguished alumni to discuss current developments in election law and long-term strategy in the movement for voting justice.
Aderson François, Agnes N. Williams Research Professor and Director of the Institute for Public Representation Civil Rights Law Clinic, moderated a panel featuring:
- Sylvia Albert (L’06), Director of Voting and Elections at Common Cause
- Rick Hasen, Visiting Professor at Georgetown Law, Election Law Analyst for CNN
- Marc Morial (L’83), President and CEO of the National Urban League
- Paul Smith, Professor from Practice at Georgetown Law, Vice President for Litigation and Strategy at the Campaign Legal Center
- Andrea Young (L’79), Executive Director of the ACLU of Georgia.
Thursday, October 8
Georgetown Law at 150: Lawyers as Leaders — Neal Katyal
“Litigating Guantanamo and Other Supreme Court Cases.” This virtual event featured Dean William M. Treanor interviewing Neal Katyal about his life and career, with a focus on national security law and the United States Supreme Court. Katyal serves as Paul and Patricia Saunders Professor of National Security Law.
Friday, October 9
Georgetown Law at 150: Lawyers as Leaders — Paul Butler
“Lawyers are good at reform, but what about when reform is not enough?” This virtual event featured Dean William M. Treanor interviewing Paul Butler about his life and career, with a focus on his scholarship in the area of criminal justice reform. Butler serves as the Albert Brick Professor in Law.
Programming continues throughout the academic year.
For details, visit this site’s events page.