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Letter from Contributing Editor Sam Stone

This election is special in many ways—and not because it’s the most important one of our lifetime. Let’s face it: like most elections, it’s probably not.  But let’s look at what is special or unique about it.  On the presidential front, Gov. Romney is the first Mormon major party...

Introducing the Nota Bene Supreme Court Bureau

By David Bender and Zachary Prince The presence of GW Law in the heart of our nation’s capital is one of the primary reasons that prospective students are attracted to the school.  Upon arrival at 20th and H, this becomes a familiar refrain: one of the great things about...

Good Bye & Good Luck

By Katherine Mereand-Sinha Last week our peer and classmate Drew Cohen was published in USA Today with an editorial about campaign spending and Citizens United. It is a good piece; I hope you read it. As the outgoing Editor-In-Chief of this student-run GW Law publication, I...

Special Edition: 2012 SBA Election Issue Available for Download

Click here to download a copy of the 2012 SBA Election Issue: Digital Edition. Click here to download a copy of the 2012 SBA Election Issue: Digital Addition.

Senate Moves to Enfranchise 2L Transfers…Again

By Mark Aaron Cox GWSBA Correspondent Progress on bills pending in the SBA Senate last semester hit a snag due to an unexpected fire alarm. Originally scheduled for November 21st, the final meeting of the Senate was moved to the 28th to avoid extending the pre-Thanksgiving...

On Privacy

By Katherine Mereand-Sinha  A tall skinny man wearing a TSA uniform bore his eyes into mine. A crowd of 400 Washingtonians looked on in hushed silence. I had never met him before. He did not even have a copy of my I.D. Nonetheless, he knew my name, my new fully hyphenated married...

Statement from the Nota Bene Editorial Board

This issue of the Nota Bene marks our last of the semester. With that in mind, the Editorial Board would like take a moment to issue a brief statement relating to the contents of this week’s issue. In particular, one article, a major autobiographical feature by Staff Writer...

Simple Things: Individual Lockers for All

By Katherine Mereand   First year students at GW Law should have their own lockers, and until they do they should be upset that they do not have them. It is a simple thing, and mundane enough that it is hard as a first year student to complain. So much else is more important...

He Did Not Hurt Me, But It Hurt by Katherine Mereand-Sinha

I was walking by myself on 20th between L & M Streets, NW, at about 8:50 p.m. last Wednesday.  A stranger in a wide-brimmed felt hat and a nice trench coat walked towards me.  He stepped close, too close, said coldly “white bitch”, and flicked a lit cigarette butt...

What is a Newspaper? What is the News? by Katherine Mereand

In the coming months, I hope to answer this question more definitively. At present, I merely seek to ask it–of everyone. What is a newspaper? What is the role of an independent press? Nota Bene has been an independent student newspaper at The George Washington University Law...

GW Law Students Groups Invite You To Get Involved: Compiled by Katherine Mereand-Sinha

All George Washington University Law School student groups were invited to submit a profile to Nota Bene for publication. Groups that responded are profiled within. We encourage law students to get actively involved in student life on campus. It is both fun and career building....

Law Students Leave Junk for the SBA to Clean Up by Katherine Mereand-Sinha

Books and lunches. Umbrellas on the locks when it rains. Work out clothes, work clothes, and “emergency” ties or heels. Overnight bags. Toiletries. Necessities. The odd case of wine (believe me, it happens). The humble lockers that the SBA rents to students in singles and in...

Letter from the News Editor by Alex Giannattasio

To entering 1Ls, LLMs and of course, transferees, congratulations on your enrollment at George Washington Law, and welcome to the nation’s capital. To returning 2 and 3Ls, welcome back. My name is Alex Giannattasio, and I will be serving as your Nota Bene News Editor this year....

Rain Dance by Katherine Mereand-Sinha

In this economy GW Law students need to be optimistic, driven, and passionate about a few choice areas of the law. While the same could be said of anyone interested in a job in the field of law even during boom times, the imperative during an economic depression like the...