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Heart of Human Rights: Thomas Buergenthal [Crystal City magazine]

by Hope Katz Gibbs
Crystal City magazine
Cover story
Photo by Bognovitz

Thomas Buergenthal’s eyes disarm you. They reveal a 50 year-old tale of his struggle to stay alive at Auschwitz, the horror of being 10 and separated from his parents only to learn that his father was executed three days before the war ended. Yet, there is a youthful twinkle in those gray-green eyes. A warmth which attracts heads of government to the 64 year-old diplomat, who is also a professor of Comparative and International Law and presiding director of the International Rule of Law Center at the George Washington University Law School. His job is to negotiate peaceful outcomes as a member, chairman and/or president of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, the United Nations Truth Commission for El Salvador, and the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Council. Last Spring, he was chosen by the Volcker Commission to become a member of the 16-person Claims Resolution Tribunal, which will determine who gets the millions of dollars that have been locked inside 7,000 dormant Swiss bank accounts since World War 11. And in September, he was elected to a second term to the prestigious United Nations Human Rights Committee. This treaty-monitoring body oversees the interpretation and application of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright supported Buergenthal’s nomination. “Professor Buergenthal has served with great distinction since his election in September 1994,” Albright said. “There is no one better qualified to serve on the committee. His work is vitally important.”

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Hire Education: DeVry University [Crystal City magazine]

by Hope Katz Gibbs
Crystal City magazine
Spring 2003

A short climb up a tiled staircase leads to the second floor campus of Crystal City’s newest resident, DeVry University. But bring your track shoes. This indoor campus encompasses 82,000-square feet and is filled with so many high-tech toys it will make even the most seasoned tech-head want to stay after school.

WHEN IT COMES TO CHOOSING A COLLEGE, many teens and their parents’ dream of buildings covered in ivy, a school filled with fraternities, sororities, and football teams that shine at college bowl time. But others look for a different kind of dream—especially those who could rebuild a toaster at age 10, spent their high school years in front of a computer monitor, and can’t wait to find out what the next new thing will be. For them, the high-tech nirvana of DeVry University has long been a top pick; previously, they had to travel to one of the school’s 26 campuses somewhere else in the county. But in the fall of 2001, the Crystal City campus opened, and within months, more than 500 students were registered. Since then, enrollment has steadily increased.

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Alumni Profile: Jack Olender, The Avenger [GW Magazine]

by Hope Katz Gibbs
GW Magazine

MALPRACTICE ATTORNEY JACK H. OLENDER (LLM ’61) is seated behind a microphone at “Of Consuming Interest,” a talk show at Washington radio station WTOP. Today’s topic is tort report, a topic that has drawn a lot of attention in the months since the U.S. House of Representatives passed the “Common Sense Product Liability Reform Law,” a bill which could put a $250,000 cap on malpractice awards and non-economic damages such as pain and suffering. Olender is doing everything he can to make sure it doesn’t become law. Today, he is debating the pros of can of the legislation with fellow attorney Roger Conner, founder and executive director of the DC-based American Alliance for Rights and Responsibility. The referee for the show is WTOP’s Shirley Rooker. Dressed in a finely cut black wool suit, starched white shirt and a matching and requisite red tie, Olender adjusts the microphone as his opponent takes the first shot.

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Can Distance Learning Go the Distance? [Fast Forward, The Washington Post]

by Hope Katz Gibbs
Special to The Washington Post
Fast Forward, Business

When Dorothy Hennessey gets home from her job at the Department of Defense, she does what most mothers of three do. She makes sure the kids – ages 4, 8 and 12 – are playing quietly or doing their homework, straightens up the house a little and starts to cook dinner.

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