Center for the Study of the Legal Profession

Panel Discussions


Iron Tech Lawyer Competition

During the Spring 2012 semester, Georgetown Law Professor Tanina Rostain and Adjunct Professor Roger Skalbeck offered a new experiential seminar on "Technology, Innovation and Legal Practice." Students in the seminar heard from a range of experts on topics relating to law practice innovation enabled by technology. By using the tools introduced in the seminar or platforms they created independently, student teams began working to develop applications that solve a legal practice problem, either by increasing access to the legal system or by making legal practice more efficient. The students presented their final projects in Georgetown Law's first "Iron Tech Lawyer Competition" on Wednesday, April 18th. A panel of judges, made up of Julie Cohen (Professor, Georgetown University Law Center), David Johnson (Professor, Georgetown University Law Center), Gerry Spann (Professor, Georgetown University Law Center), and Ed Walters (Founder and CEO, Fastcase), decided which is the best platform, program or expert system designed in the class.

Georgetown Law Students and Apps:

Business Entity Adviser

Dayo Lesi (MBA '11, L'12) & Jack Moore (L'12)

Copyright Navigator

Bill Cheng (L'13) & Stacey David (L'12)

Protective Orders Made Easy

On the Beat: Automobile Search Warrant Adviser

Claudia Greves (L'13) & Dustin Robinson (L'12)

Same-Sex Marriage Adviser

Brittany Clement (L'12), Hallie Sears (L'12) & Lisa Umans (L'12)

The Citizen Adviser App.

Konstantinos Rokas (L'12) & Maryam Tabatabai (L'12)


Discussion on The End of the Pipeline by Carla Pratt and Dorothy Evensen

Co-sponsored by the Georgetown Law chapter of the Black Law Students Association. Speakers included Carla Pratt, the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor at the Dickinson School of Law, Pennsylvania State University; Co-Author of The End of the Pipeline; and Veta Richardson, President and CEO, Association of Corporate Counsel; former Executive Director, Minority Corporate Counsel Association.



Women and the Supreme Court Bar

Co-sponsored by the Supreme Court Institute and the Women's Legal Alliance. Speakers included Hon. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States and former Supreme Court practitioner; Professor Pamela Karlan, Professor, Stanford Law School, and Co-Director, Stanford Supreme Court Litigation Clinic; Ms. Patricia Millett, Partner and Co-Chair of Supreme Court Practice, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, and former Assistant to the Solicitor General; Ms. Virginia Seitz, Partner, Supreme Court and Appellate Practice, Sidley Austin LLP; and moderated by Professor Pamela Harris, Executive Director, Supreme Court Institute.


Discussion on The Torture Memos: Rationalizing the Unthinkable by David Cole

The Center for the Study of the Legal Profession co-sponsored with the Dean's office a presentation and panel discussion on David Cole's new book The Torture Memos: Rationalizing the Unthinkable. The book collects in one place the memos prepared by the Office of Legal Counsel (OLC) that provided legal authorization for the CIA to use controversial interrogation techniques with prisoners suspected of having information on terrorism. The book also contains David's thoughtful introductory analysis of the memos. The discussion focused on whether the OLC lawyers acted consistently with their professional responsibilities, and, if not, whether they should be subject to discipline or other sanctions. Panelists presented a range of views on these issues.


Panel Discussion on Work-Life Balance

The Center for the Study of the Legal Profession, the Office of Career Services and Workplace Flexibility 2010 sponsored a panel to examine negotiating careers with personal life, the definition of "work-life" balance, costs and benefits associated with taking advantage of work-life balance policies, and more.

Speakers included:
  • Linda Oliver, Partner, Hogan & Hartson, formerly with the FCC (legal advisor to Commissioner Ervin S. Duggan and senior trial attorney)
  • Mike Nannes, Chairman, Dickstein Shapiro
  • Audrey Bracey Deegan, director, Deloitte Consulting LLP
  • Mitch Bailin, Dean of Students, Georgetown Law Center

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