News & Announcements



Lori Young, GW Paralegal Studies program alumna Congratulations to GW Paralegal Studies alumna Lori Young, who has joined the faculty at University of California Santa Barbara Extension as an adjunct. She will be teaching a course she created: Aging and the Law.


Congratulations to GW Paralegal Studies Professor Diane Morgan, who completed the New Hanover County Citizen's Academy.

Professor Diane Morgan graduates from the New Hanover County Citizen's Academy

The Sheriff’s Citizen’s Academy is designed to expose participants to many different aspects of law enforcement to include the day-to-day operation of the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office.

"I am so very proud to have completed the NHC Sheriff's Citizens Academy!! I cannot thank Sheriff McMahon and his staff enough for the experience," said Professor Morgan.

Congratulations to GW Paralegal Studies student Nina Ning on winning the American Association for Paralegal Education (AAfPE) national scholarship contest! This is the second year in a row that a student from GW has won the contest. Nice job, Nina!

Congratulations to GW Professor Evan Franke, Chief, Litigation and National Security Coordination Division, OCC, USCIS, who along with the Executive Action Litigation team has won the "One OGC Award" from the United States Department of Homeland Security.

GW Professor Evan Franke

GW Paralegal Studies Assistant Program Director Professor Ethel Badawi will be co-chairing the annual national conference of the American Association for Paralegal Education in San Antonio, Texas.

Professor Ethel Badawi, Assistant Program Director for the GW Paralegal Studies program



GW Paralegal Studies student Christopher Paul Queen has won the American Association for Paralegal Education LEX scholarship. LEX is Lambda Epsilon Chi, the national paralegal honor society. 

GW Paralegal Studies Professor Donald Cravins has been named National Urban League’s Senior Vice President for Policy and Executive Director of National Urban League Washington Bureau.

GW Paralegal Studies Professor Donald Cravins

GW Paralegal Studies Intellectual Property Professor Drew Hirshfeld has been sworn in as the Commissioner of Patents for the United States Patent and Trademark Office

Professor Drew Hirshfeld, GW Paralegal Studies Intellectual Property



GW paralegal alumna Stephanie Wooster has had an article entitled "Is it Art?" published this week in the State Bar of Michigan's paralegal/legal assistant section's newsletter. 

She also given three lectures titled "Changing the Context for Art: Art v. Law" to undergraduates Aesthetics classes at Kendall College of Art and Design in Grand Rapids, Michigan on art law topics. 

Finally, NALS of Lansing, Michigan has invited Stephanie to give a CLE on art law based on the "Is it Art?" article. 


GW Paralegal Profession Panel DiscussionChanging the Legal Landscape: The Evolution of the Paralegal

The paralegal profession has evolved significantly since its origin in the 1970s. While paralegals originally assisted attorneys in a secretarial capacity by formatting legal documents, they have since assumed substantive roles in legal offices, the government and corporations both large and small. Little by little, paralegals have become savvier, more educated, and more professional. Today paralegals are fully contributing members of legal teams. View Infographic



GW Paralegal Profession Panel DiscussionParalegal Profession - An Insider's Perspective

On November 7, 2013 the Paralegal Student & Alumni Associations, in partnership with Career Services and the Office for Alumni Affairs, hosted a panel discussion entitled The Paralegal Profession - An Insider's Perspective. The discussion centered on the breadth of the paralegal profession and current trends impacting the field. View Video - Read Handout

GW paralegal master’s students Cynthia Whitaker and Belle Smirnoff have won the prestigious Lambda Epsilon Chi scholarship. Lambda Epsilon Chi (LEX) is the national honor society founded by the American Association for Paralegal Education. There are 146 Chapters throughout the United States and thousands of inductees who have been honored for their outstanding academic achievements. This year’s competition received many excellent submissions, but these fine GW paralegal students distinguished themselves even among such a robust and impressive field.

Each year the host institutions select those students who meet high academic criteria – at GW the requirements are a GPA of 3.9 or higher and standing in the top 10 percent of the class – and cite them for their accomplishments by inducting them into Lambda Epsilon Chi. GW honors these students at a formal ceremony at which we award the a Certificate of Induction, a special pin, and a gold honor cord to wear on their robes. They are then entered into the permanent rolls of LEX.

Women's Rights in East Africa

On October 15, 2012 the GW Law, GW Global Women's Institute, and GW College of Professional Studies Paralegal Program hosted a special symposium on Women’s Rights in East Africa. The symposium discussed the rights of women in East Africa, the initiative’s to provide women access to legal service, and how the paralegal programs of GW College of Professional Studies and the University of Bagamoyo are training paralegals to educate others on the rule of law.

Congratulations to Stephanie Adams, Paralegal Studies Graduate, on being accepted to the International Copyright course offered by Harvard Law School. This is the first course of its kind to be offered by the Law School.

Congratulations to GW Professor Donald Cravins on being named United States Senator Mary Landrieu's Chief of Staff.



Professor Cheryl Miller is now Director of Government Relations for Verizon. In this capacity, she will be handling intellectual property issues, cybersecurity, privacy, Internet and content issues.

Congratulations and good luck to GW paralegal studies alumna Nadine Robert on the launch of her legal translation company, Legaco!

GW Paralegal Studies Master’s Program Alum Accepts “Dream Job”

Elona Jouben, a 2010 graduate of GW’s paralegal studies master’s program, has recently accepted a position as a paralegal/program assistant with the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) in Washington, D.C.

Congratulations to the new GW Paralegal Student & Alumni Association officer and Board of Directors:

JANUARY 21, 2011

Co-Presidents Mehvish Khan
Kelly McLaughlin
Treasurer Tabitha Latimore
First Vice President Maria Bright
Vice President, Alumni Philip Greene
Vice President, Distance Students Kim Barrett
Newsletter Editor Jennifer Drewry
Board of Directors Ana Martinez
Brittney Carter
Stephen Bowers
Kelly McNulty
Tracey Ankerson

Join Eric Mateusewitch, NYU professor, and former deputy director of the New York City 
Equal Employment Practices Commission for a presentation on Employment
Discrimination law. Gelman Library, 2130 H Street NW, room 301, Monday, November 8, 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Click here for more information.

Professor Cheryl Miller Johns is currently serving a detail at the United States Senate. She is directing telecommunications and IP issues for the Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship, Chaired by Senator Mary L. Landrieu.

Bluebook Government Contract Citations Seminar

As you may know, GW paralegal studies professors Richard Lieberman and Jason Morgan and paralegal master's alumnus Philip Greene have written a new section on government contracts citations for the 19th edition of the Bluebook, which will come out on June 1.

We will be presenting a seminar on the new section at the GW Law School on May 11. This event is FREE for GW students.

GW Law School Clinics

GW paralegal students have the opportunity to do their practicum at the legal clinics, and we are now taking applications for summer semester.

The GW clinics are among the most prestigious and highly-regarded in the country. Students will work with real clients on real cases, under the supervision of Law School professors and alongside law students. Lisa Guffey, the clinic manager, works very hard to ensure that students do meaningful, enriching work. They will not be alphabetizing files.

The summer is a particularly nice time to work at the law school, as things are not crowded and are relaxed. Students will have the opportunity to do a wide range of tasks in many clinics.

Students who work at law firms or corporations may be able to do this on the side and use their hours at the clinic to add to the firm’s pro bono tally.

All of the students who do this love the experience, and I have had many students ask to extend their time there.



GW’s Paralegal Studies Program Recognized as 2010 Program of Excellence by University Continuing Education Association

National Award Honors GW’s College of Professional Studies Program as Exemplar in Meeting Needs of Students Through Innovative Distance Learning

GW Legal Assistant Program Alumni May Participate in the Alumni Course Audit Program

The Alumni Course Audit Program allows GW Legal Assistant Program alumni the opportunity to attend paralegal courses on a not-for-credit basis. Participation in the Alumni Course Audit Program is a wonderful way for individuals to enhance professional skills, increase knowledge, and pursue a commitment to lifelong learning. If you received a certificate from the GW Legal Assistant Program, you are eligible to participate in this exciting program.

Please visit the GW Alumni site for more information about the many benefits and opportunities that await you as GW alumni.

GW Faculty Writing the Book on Government Contracts

The Bluebook: A Uniform System of CitationFaculty of the George Washington University paralegal studies program and the GW Law School are contributing a new section on government contracts citations to the nineteenth edition of The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation.

The Bluebook, named for its distinctive blue cover, is a style guide compiled by the Harvard Law Review Association, the Columbia Law Review, the University of Pennsylvania Law Review, and the Yale Law Journal. It prescribes the most widely used citation system in the United States and is a staple of every legal research and writing course, law office, courtroom, and law library in the country.

Richard D. Lieberman, J.D., a professorial lecturer in law at the GW Law School, Jason D. Morgan, J.D., a professorial lecturer in paralegal studies, and Philip Greene, M.P.S., a graduate of the GW paralegal studies master’s degree program, have written a new section on government contracts citations that will now become a part of the Bluebook.

Following in the proud tradition established when GW Law professors Ralph Nash and John Cibinic wrote the definitive text on the law of government contracts, GW faculty are once again literally writing the book on government contracts law.