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Raymond J. Wyrsch

wyrsch@law.edu
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Prof. Raymond J. Wyrsch graduated from the University of Houston School of Law in 1972. He has also received a Masters in Law (L.L.M.) from the George Washington University School of Law (Corporation Law), and a Masters in Business (M.B.A.) from the George Washington University, School of Business.

Prof. Wyrsch specializes in corporate law, unincorporated business organizations (general partnerships, limited partnerships, limited liability companies, and limited liability partnerships), and legal accounting and finance. Prof. Wyrsch enjoys discussing both the “practice-side” and the “business-side” of the legal cases and issues that are covered in class, considerations that he believes are essential for any lawyer to succeed in the business world. “Professor of the Year” at Catholic in academic years 2001-2002, 2002-2003 and 2006-2007. The law students at Catholic voted Prof. Wyrsch as “Most Supportive Professor” in the following academic years: 2003-2004, 2004-2005, 2005-2006, 2006-2007, 2008-2009, 2009-2010, 2010-2011, 2011-2112, and 2112-2113. The graduating students voted Prof. Wyrsch as their Faculty Graduation Marshal in the following years: 2002, 2003, 2007 and 2012.

Prof. Wyrsch served as an officer in the U.S. Army (3rd Infantry Division), as a Headquarters and Headquarters Company Commander and a Division Procurement / Supply Officer (1967-1969). Following his graduation from law school Prof. Wyrsch worked for the Office of General Counsel, the Government Accountability Office, as a Senior Attorney for almost 30 years (1972-2001). He specialized in issues of national security, intelligence, international affairs, the defense industry, as well as government budgeting, accounting and financial matters. During his tenure Prof. Wyrsch drafted numerous legal opinions and decisions, major legally-intensive portions of GAO published reports, testimony before Congress, proposed federal legislation and segments of official congressional reports. His specialty areas of responsibilities and notable assignments are listed below.

Throughout most of his professional career Prof. Wyrsch had taught business law-related courses as an Adjunct Professor, both at Catholic and several other D.C. area universities
(George Washington, Georgetown, American and Howard).

Prof. Wyrsch retired in 2001 to in order to devote more time to working with law students to prepare for and excel in the practice of law. In 2001 Catholic appointed Prof. Wyrsch as a Distinguished Lecturer (full time), and he also teaches as a Professorial Lecturer at the George Washington University Law School and Howard University Law School. Prof. Wyrsch has also taught law courses in two foreign programs: (1) the American Law Program, which is a program co-sponsored by the Catholic Law School and the Jagiellonian University (Cracow, Poland); and (2) Florida International University, The Chapman Graduate School of Business, Panama City, Panama.

Prof. Wyrsch is currently a member of the following sections of the American Bar Association: the Business Law Section, the Litigation Section and the Administrative Law and Regulatory Practices Section.

On the personal side, Prof. Wyrsch and his wife Claire were married in 1968 and have two children, Kara, a practicing attorney in Bethesda, Maryland, and Michael, a career officer in the U.S. Marine Corp as a fighter jet pilot. For many years Prof. Wyrsch had worked in various leadership, volunteer positions in local government, community service, and youth sports organizations.


Notable assignments:

-- the federal organizational framework for combating international terrorism,
-- the regulation/prevention of over-concentration within the defense industry,
-- maintaining proper accountability over government corporations,
-- the strengthening of government accounting and auditing standards
-- the regulation of foreign acquisition of U.S. firms (the Exon-Florio Act),
-- use of military forces for civilian defense purposes (the Posse Commitatus Act),
-- the designation and handling of classified information by the executive branch,
-- the SEC’s implementation of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act,
-- GAO’s access to internal executive branch documents and materials,
-- establishing international safeguards against proliferation of nuclear materials,
-- the enactment and enforcement of the Federal Computer Security Act,
-- the prevention, detection and prosecution of fraud in federal programs,
-- use of organizational conflict of interest safeguards in government contracts,
-- administration of international agreements for the international space station,
-- oversight of confidential expenditure accounts in the executive branch,
-- federal regulation of the export of militarily-sensitive items by defense firms,
-- accountability of U.S. expenditures in international assistance programs,
-- the establishment of Inspector General Offices in federal agencies,
-- the enactment and implementation of the Ethics in Government Act of 1978,
-- federal agencies’ use and oversight of administrative law judges, and
-- the House Judiciary Committee’s consideration of Governor Nelson
    Rockefeller as Vice-President of the United States.