Hayden Eugene Pendergrass

Hayden Pendergrass

JD, 2020



Judge Albert H. Grenadier Award

The Grenadier Award is presented to the members of the graduating Juris Doctor class who represented GW Law at the Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition, the largest moot court competition in the world. Each of the team members receives a monetary award, an engraved plaque, and will have their names permanently recorded on a wall plaque in the law school.

Hayden Pendergrass earned his Bachelor degree in Liberal Arts from St. John’s College and earned a postgraduate diploma in Intercultural Theology & Interreligious Studies from Trinity College Dublin’s Irish School of Ecumenics. He was also the articles editor for The George Washington International Law Review and an active member of the SBA.


Favorite Memory from GW Law

After two endless weeks in the windowless basement of the LLC, finally submitting our written submissions for the Jessup International Moot Court competition will be forever a fond memory. While at the time the experience seemed hellish, we completed a feat of greatness. Trent, Griffin, JoAnna, Lexi, and Christine: never forget LLC008!


Favorite Quote

"International law is part of our law, and must be ascertained and administered by the courts of justice of appropriate jurisdiction as often as questions of right depending upon it are duly presented for their determination. For this purpose, where there is no treaty and no controlling executive or legislative act or judicial decision, resort must be had to the customs and usages of civilized nations, and, as evidence of these, to the works of jurists and commentators who by years of labor, research, and experience have made themselves peculiarly well acquainted with the subjects of which they treat. Such works are resorted to by judicial tribunals not for the speculations of their authors concerning what the law ought to be, but for trustworthy evidence of what the law really is."

The Paquette Habana
175 U.S. 677, 700 (1900).

With Gratitude

My sincerest thanks to my family and friends that supported me over the past three years. I would not be sane without you. Special thanks and all my love to Ciara Barrick.

My experience at GW Law was made all the more meaningful thanks to the guidance and support of the many professors who, through teaching, coaching, and friendship, made me the lawyer I wanted to become. Special thanks to Professor Sean D. Murphy, Professor Ralph Steinhardt, and Professor Trent Buatte.