George Washington University Statement Regarding the Death of GW Law Student Eric Fatla

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December 28, 2010

George Washington University law student Eric Fatla died Monday December 27 after a fall Christmas Eve in Chicago. A first-year law student, Eric was a graduate of Illinois Wesleyan University and had served as a staff member for former Illinois Congressman Jerry Weller (R-IL).

“Eric’s death saddens the entire GW Law community,” said Interim GW Law School Dean Gregory E. Maggs. “When a student with such wonderful potential is taken from us, we all deeply feel the loss. Our heartfelt sympathies go out to his family, friends, and classmates during this difficult time.”

Professor Jonathan Turley, who taught Eric in his Torts class and Legal Theory class, expressed condolences on his blog, ( ):

“I cannot express the profound sadness over the loss of Eric, who was a brilliant young man with an extraordinary background and an even brighter future,” Turley wrote.

“Eric had already accomplished more than most people accomplish in a lifetime. He had gone to China on a research project, gone to Honduras as an election monitor and worked in Congress as a staffer. He was currently with a lobbying and law firm while attending class in the evenings.”

The GW community extends sincere sympathies to Eric Fatla’s family and friends.

Members of the George Washington community who are affected by this tragic incident may contact the University Counseling Center at (202) 994-5300 or



Courtney Bowe - 202-994-5631 - [email protected]
Michelle Sherrard - 202-994-1423 - [email protected]



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