Dear Georgetown Law Community:
I hope all of you were able to enjoy the long weekend and take some well-deserved time off.
In the past two weeks, we've brought a small number of classes back into our buildings for hybrid learning. (I’m attaching a few photos to the end of this email.) Students attending in the classroom have been learning masked-face to masked-face (more than six feet away, naturally!) from their professors, while those who do not join in-person continue to learn remotely. We have invested in technological upgrades, staff and faculty training, and health-and-safety measures to try to provide an excellent and safe learning environment. I was able to greet Professor Sunder's Property class in Hart Auditorium last week. It was a pleasure for me to see students in the classroom once again. We will continue to monitor, adjust, and improve our methods for delivering hybrid learning (our IST staff are becoming world-class experts at the nuances of microphone tuning). We hope to modestly increase the number of classes meeting in-person later in the term.
We also continue to work on other opportunities for students to safely use the Law Center campus. We are experimenting with increased access to library study spaces. Students can now reserve study space slots 12 hours in advance (previously 24 hours), and there is no cap on the number of slots you are permitted to sign up for in a week (previously four slots a week). The limited reopening of the Scott K. Ginsburg Sport & Fitness Center has also gone well. As Dean Bailin just announced, we will extend the program through the semester, with some minor adjustments to the operation of the building based on what we have learned. We will, of course, continue to employ rigorous health measures to ensure the safety of those who use the facility, including significant limitations on which spaces may be used and how many members may use the facility at once. Please see the Spring 2021 Fitness Center FAQs for detailed information.
Finally, last week we announced two historic gifts from two of the Law Center’s most generous and dedicated alumni. One gift, totaling nearly $24 million from the estate of Agnes N. Williams (L’54), will endow a suite of new professorships at the Law Center. The other, a $10 million gift from Timothy O’Neill (L’77) and Linda O’Neill (N’77), will establish the Center for Transformational Health Law at the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law.