JoAnna B. Adkisson

JoAnna Adkisson

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.

JoAnna Adkisson earned her Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry and Political Science from Belmont University. She also earned her Master’s in Public International Law: Human Rights and Transitional Justice from Hebrew University of Jerusalem.  JoAnna was the editor-in-chief of The George Washington International Law Review.


Favorite Memory from GW Law

Soccer matches and closing dinner at the GW-Oxford International Human Rights Law Program


With Gratitude

To every staff member, classmate, and professor who has held space for each moment throughout this journey - I am truly grateful. There is no better group of people to have walked out these past three years with.

To my people: my friends, my family - you have celebrated with me in my highs and held my arms up in my lows. You have made life beautiful in the midst of heartache and disappointment and have pointed me back to myself when I have lost my way. Thank you for every text, phone call, letter, last minute visit, shared meal, and rally cry that you have so generously offered over the years. I am the luckiest to have each of you in my corner.

Holding each of you in the light as we walk into new spaces in the moments ahead.
Thank you for shaping my life in unimagined ways.