Letter from the Dean
The role of convener is an important one at Georgetown Law. We often bring academics, experts and organizations together to connect and share. We are a meeting place, a nexus. In late July, I participated in a remarkable group of meetings on public-private partnerships in rural America (see page 10). After attending the White House Rural Council’s Rural Opportunity Investment Conference and announcing the Law Center’s own series of symposia on public-private partnerships to be held here this academic year, I hosted a luncheon at which U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Thomas Vilsack, CoBank CEO Robert B. Engel and Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear all spoke about the value of partnerships. Vilsack thanked the Law Center for convening the luncheon and “understanding the conversations.”
As you’ll learn in this issue’s cover story (on page 24), our environmental law program is also built on the sorts of connections that happen when great minds share important ideas. Senior Environmental Protection Agency staff made it clear, for instance, that our Climate Center’s work with the states was frequently discussed and cited when drawing up the Obama administration’s proposal to reduce carbon emissions from U.S. power plants 30 percent by 2030. Our new environmental law LL.M. is the latest proof of our growing dominance in this field.
Professor William Buzbee, who joins the environmental law faculty from Emory, is one of four new full-time faculty members. I am also pleased to welcome to the faculty Anne Fleming, a scholar in the history of consumer credit regulation and former Climenko Fellow at Harvard, and Anne Marie Whitesell, former secretary general of the International Court of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce. In addition, we are pleased to welcome an impressive roster of visiting faculty, including George Yin from the University of Virginia and Sheila Foster and Robin Lenhardt of Fordham Law. Three leaders in the fields of tax, trade and international law join us at a time in which these issues are more important than ever — Jennifer Hillman, former judge of the WTO’s Appellate Body, Joost Pauwelyn of the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, Switzerland, and former Columbia Law School Dean David Schizer, who is this year’s Martin D. Ginsburg Visiting Professor of Taxation. (See pages 2-9.)
With such strong faculty and programs, it’s no wonder that we attract students from all over the nation and the world. In this issue you’ll learn about our summer “boot camp” for foreign LL.M. students, Foundations of American Law and Legal Education. It’s a program that has been here for decades and continues to showcase our extraordinary faculty and exceptional students (page 34). You’ll also read about some of our young J.D. graduates, who choose to give back to others right from the beginning of their careers (page 44). Giving back, moving forward, making connections — these are some of the many ways Georgetown Law continues to make a difference. Thanks for all you do to keep this institution strong.
Dean William Treanor