Washington College of Law Fountain

Legal Eagle

Vol. 26 - February 2011

Dear Alumni,

Thank you for your continued assistance and support of Washington College of Law students and student groups. For so many, you are their mentors. They want to learn from your law school and career experiences. More importantly, they want to talk with you and your colleagues. Below are a few listings from student groups seeking assistance. Please help them if you can.

In addition, visit our Washington College of Law website redesign! You can find us at www.wcl.american.edu. And, while online, click on the alumni web pages for other alumni and student news and events. This information is also available on our online alumni community - InCircle at wcl.affinitycircles.com.

Thank you in advance for your help and support.

Sincerely,
Shelly Horn
Director, Alumni Relations
The Office of Development and Alumni Relations


Business Law Society: First Annual Business Law Week

During the week of February 21st, the Business Law Society will host WCL's first annual "Business Law Week." Alumni are needed as speakers and for the networking reception. Though tentative, three of the events are listed below:

Business Law Writing
Date: February 21, 2011
Time: 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Location: WCL

The Business Law Society will be hosting a discussion on writing in the business law field later this month. They anticipate a panel of professors, ABA representatives, and alumni who either have or are in the process of writing a paper related to some area of business law discuss issues in writing in the business law area. This is a great opportunity for alumni to get more visibility on a paper that they have or will be writing.

Business Law Alumni Reception
Date:February 22 or 24, 2011 (TBD)
Time: 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Location: WCL

As the interest in various fields in business law is growing amongst the students at WCL, the Business Law Society wants to give current students and opportunity to meet with Alumni who have or are working in the business law field and would be interested in spending time talking with students about their careers. Alumni are welcome for all or part of the event.

L.L.M. programs in the field of business law
Date: February 23, 2011 (tentative)
Time: 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Location: WCL

The Business Law Society will be holding a panel on L.L.M. programs and their relation to business law. The Law & Government program at WCL will co-host this event and they anticipate administrators, students, and Alumni who have obtained an L.L.M. from either WCL or any other respective school to come and discuss the benefits of getting your L.L.M. and the different opportunities available.This is open to JD graduates interested in pursuing an LLM in Law and Government.

For more information, or to register, email alumni@wcl.american.edu. Thank you.

Mock Trial Honor Society

Annual Capitol City Challenge
Date: March 18-20, 2011
Location: Superior Court for the District of Columbia

The Mock Trial Honor Society would like to invite you to participate in the annual Capitol City Challenge (CCC), an interschool trial advocacy competition attended by law schools across the nation. This year's CCC will be held at the Superior Court for the District of Columbia. They are looking for volunteers with litigation experience to judge the competitors.

MTHS is a student-run organization that strives to empower law students to excel in the courtroom. Trial teams present civil and criminal cases in prestigious competitions across the country. For more information about the MTHS, visit www.wcl.american.edu/org/mocktrial/. If you are interested in working with them, please email mocktrialhonorsociety@gmail.com.

Moot Court Honor Society

National High School Moot Court Competition
Date: March 26-27, 2011
Location: Washington College of Law
Contact: mootcourths@gmail.com.

The Moot Court Honor Society at American University Washington College of Law would like to invite you to serve as a judge for the upcoming National High School Moot Court Competition.

Each year, the Washington College of Law hosts this competition to give high school students the unique opportunity to meet lawyers and judges, and compete with other students from across the country. This year's problem involves a student blog post, and the extent to which a school can search students to find the person in possession of an item referenced in the blog post.

Four preliminary rounds will be held on Saturday, March 26. They ask Alumni to either judge the morning rounds from 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM, or the afternoon rounds from 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM. The Quarter-Final Round will be held on Sunday, March 27, from 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM, and the Semi-Final Round will be held on Sunday, March 27, from 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM.

They would prefer alumni to register for the Sunday, March 27th, Quarter-Final Round but would welcome alumni as judges on Saturday, too. If you are able to join then, please register at: http://goo.gl/qo9jG

American University International Law Review

International Law Bares Its Teeth: How States and International Organizations Enforce Customary Norms and Treaty Obligations
Date: February 9, 2011
Time: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Location: WCL, Room 603
Note: Registration is required

The AU International Law Review invites you to join them as they host a Founders' Celebration event. International law is comprised of norms and obligations to which sovereign States may consent to be bound. Yet the notion of sovereign equality, a fundamental principle of international law, precludes one State from coercing another into abiding by such norms. This apparent inability to ensure that States will comply with their international obligations generates criticism that international law is simply unenforceable and therefore practically useless. To address this criticism, the International Law Review asks: when and how are international laws enforced, and what are the prospects for enforcement in the future? This year's ILR symposium invites scholars and practitioners to share their observations and experience in order to help identify current and future trends in the enforcement of both public and private international law.
Presented by American University International Law Review.

General Public, WCL Alumni, AU & WCL Students, Faculty & Staff - no charge (registration is required)

CLE credit available: (6 Credit hours) will be applied for as requested to different states. CLE Accreditation - - $ 95.00

Equal Justice Foundation (EJF) Public Interest Auction

Save the Date: Eighteenth Annual Equal Justice Foundation Public Interest Auction
Date: March 24, 2011
Time: Silent Auction (starts at 4:00 PM); Public Interest Alumni Reception (6:30 PM); Live Auction (starts at 7:00 PM)
Location: Washington College of Law, 6th Floor
Note: Public Interest Alumni Reception will run concurrently with the auction, (starts at 6:30 PM).

Each year the Equal Justice Foundation (EJF) Public Interest Auction raises funds to award scholarships to students who have obtained unpaid summer positions with public interest organizations in the United States and abroad. The Auction is always an exciting occasion and offers a wide variety of impressive items. This important WCL event helps the law school promote public interest law and further student interest in the field.

If you are interested in making an in-kind or monetary donation to the EJF auction, or have any questions about the event, contact Rachel Zoghlin, EJF Chair, at ejfwcl@gmail.com. Tickets are $10.00, but free for alumni who attend the Public Interest alumni Reception. Details on the reception, hosted by the Office of Development and Alumni Relations will be available at www.american.edu/alumni closer to the event date. Further inquires may be sent via email to alumni@wcl.american.edu. The auction is being sponsored by the Washington College of Law Equal Justice Foundation (EJF).

UPCOMING EVENTS:

02/22/2011 - New York Area Alumni and Newly Admitted Students Networking Reception
Time: 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Location:Riverpark, 450 29th St, New York, NY

02/24/2011 - Annual Named Scholarships and Awards Dinner
Time: 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Location: WCL, 6th floor

03/01/2011 - San Francisco Area Alumni and Newly Admitted Students Networking Reception
Time: 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Location: Credo, 360 Pine Street, San Francisco, CA

03/02/2011 - Los Angeles Area Alumni and Newly Admitted Students Networking Reception
Time: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Location: Chinois on Main, 2709 Main Street, Santa Monica, CA

03/03/2011 - San Diego Area Alumni and Newly Admitted Students Networking Reception
Time: 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Location: Fleming's Prime Steakhouse, 380 K Street, San Diego, CA

03/06/2011 - Boston Area Alumni and Newly Admitted Students Networking Brunch
Time: 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Location: Cafe Fleuri in the Langham Hotel

03/08/2011 - Chicago Area Alumni and Newly Admitted Students Networking Reception
Time: 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Location: Signature Room @95th

03/17/2011 - Judiciary Day: The Road to the Bench
Time: 4:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Location: WCL, Room 603

03/24/2011 - Public Interest Alumni Reception (during the EJF Auction)
Time: 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Location: WCL, Room 600

03/24/2011 - EJF 19th Annual Public Interest Auction
Time: 7:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Location: WCL, 6th floor

03/28/2011 - Myers Society Member Alumni and Students Networking Reception
Time: 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Location: WCL, Dining Room

04/09/2011 - Miami Area Alumni and Newly Admitted Students Networking Reception
Time: 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Location: TBD

04/10/2011 - Boca Raton Area Alumni and Newly Admitted Students Networking Brunch
Time: 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Location: Woodfield Country Club

04/14/2011 - First Thursday Diversity Alumni and Student Networking Reception
Time: 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Location: TBD

Please visit our web calendar at www.wcl.american.edu/calendar or our alumni web pages at www.wcl.american.edu/alumni for details on these (and other) events as they become available. (Alumni are invited to attend any event regardless of where they live.)

ALUMNI RELATIONS

INCIRCLE

Did you know that InCircle - our alumni online community, is similar to a printed alumni directory, but better? Fellow alumni join every day, and members are constantly updating their contact information, giving you the most up-to-date information available.

Search for old friends, network, join groups and post programs and events of interest to alumni who share your interests, live in your geographic area, or need your expertise.

Not a member? Visit wcl.affinitycircles.com and join today!


ALUMNI ARE ALSO INVITED TO ATTEND

Office of Special Events and Continuing Legal Education (SECLE)

Founders Celebration 2011

The Office of Special Events and Continuing Legal Education (SECLE) invites you to take a look at their full list of Founders Celebration 2011 events (many of which include opportunities to receive CLE credit) and register to attend. These programs increase the visibility of WCL and provide quality programs for students, alumni and outside participants.

For a complete list of dates and topics click here, email secle@wcl.american.edu, or visit the SECLE website at www.wcl.american.edu/secle.

Office of Diversity Services


Two of the longest standing Founders events will celebrate, respectively, their fourteenth and fifteen anniversaries. Specifically, the Hispanic Law Conference will be held on March 1, and then the Sylvania Woods Conference on African Americans and the Law will take place on April 7..

Each will conclude with award dinners during which students, practitioners, and alumni will be recognized for excellence and/or contributions to their respective communities.

03/01/2011 - 14th Annual Hispanic Law Conference
Time: 4:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Location: WCL, Room 603
Note: Registration is required

This year's HLC theme will be "The Role of the Legal Community in Addressing Latino Issues," which will include discussion of such topics as education, violence, and jobs, and will conclude with the awards dinner. For more information on the 14th Annual Hispanic Law Conference, or to view a detailed agenda, click here.

04/07/2011 - 15th Annual Sylvania Woods Conference on African Americans and the Law
Time: 4:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Location: WCL, Room 603
Note: Registration is required

This year's conference will focus on jobs and preparation for the bar exam under the theme "The African-American Lawyer in Today's Economy and Beyond" and will conclude with the awards dinner. For more information on the 15th Annual Sylvania Woods Conference, or to view a detailed agenda, click here.


DEPARTMENTS:

Law and Government Program

02/07/2011 - Immigration: The Role of States
Time: 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Location: WCL, Room 603
CLE Credit is available for a fee.

02/18/2011 - The Guantanamo Detainees: What Next?
Time: 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Location: WCL, Room 603
Presented by the Program on Law & Government and the National Institute of Military Justice

As we approach the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, there are still more than 200 detainees at Guantanamo Bay. Basic questions as to their trial for alleged war crimes and their continued detention are still the focus of political debate and remain to be solved. This program will address these important issues. Lunch will be served.

For further information on any of these programs, email lawandgov@wcl.american.edu, or to register, click here.

Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property

Upcoming Events: No charge for alumni participants

02/10/2011 - A First Look at the 2010 Decisions of the Federal Circuit (CLE Available)
Time: 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Location: WCL, Room 603

Panelists will offer their insights on significant cases and jurisprudential trends in the areas of patent, trademark, international trade, government contracts, and veterans' claims law. To register for this event, click here.
Sponsored by the American University Law Review and the Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property

02/15/2011 - Washington "'Redskins': Pride or Prejudice? (CLE Available)
Time: 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Location: WCL, Room 603

This program will discuss where the Supreme Court left off, whether the trademark of the name "Redskins" is disparaging towards the Native American Community. To register for this event, click here.
Sponsored by the Sports and Entertainment Law Society and the Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property.

03/15/2011 - Who Owns My Data? IP and Privacy Online (CLE Available)
Time: 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Location: WCL, Room 603

What are the intellectual property rights associated with the information that people provide, both voluntarily and unknowingly? Who should have access and the ability to manipulate it, and likely profit? What is the role for governmental regulation? What are the international implications? This program will explore many of these issues. To register for this event, click here.
Sponsored by the Intellectual Property Law Society and the Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property.

03/16/2011 - How Internet Aggregators are Affecting Journalism and What (If Any) Legal Tools are Needed to Support the Industry (CLE Available)
Time: 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Location: WCL, Room 603

The Internet is rapidly changing the business model for traditional print media companies that invest heavily in creating original journalism. This had led to calls for better legal protections for online content, which is often repackaged without permission by aggregators like Google as well as by individual bloggers. But many others believe that "information should be free" and that traditional media companies must adapt accordingly. To register for this event, click here.
Sponsored by the Communications and Media Law Society and the Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property.

04/01/2011 - IP/Gender: Gender and Traditional Cultural Expressions (CLE Available)
Time: 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Location: Room TBA

The extension of intellectual property law to traditional cultural expressions (or folklore) is currently under serious consideration in countries around the world, as well as in the World Intellectual Property Organization. To register for this event, click here.
Sponsored by the Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property, Women and the Law Program, and Journal of Gender, Social Policy & the Law.

04/06/2011 - Special 301 and the IP Enforcement Agenda (CLE Available)
Time: 1:00 PM - 4:00PM
Location: WCL, Room 603

PIJIP's panel will discuss what the Obama Administration's Special 301 Report displays about its current policies on intellectual property, international trade obligations, the enforcement of IP, flexibilities in copyright law, access to medicine and economic development.To register for this event, click here.
Sponsored by the Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property.

*All events are free for alumni unless seeking CLE

Office of Career and Professional Development (OCPD)

Alumni Career Development Listserv

The Alumni Career Development Listserv offers alumni a forum through which to announce career-related events, programs, networking opportunities and job leads that might be of general interest to the alumni community, as well as to solicit job-search advice, information, and referrals within particular geographic regions or practice areas. (Note: please continue to submit formal job postings through OCPD and/or CareerLink to ensure maximum exposure to the WCL student and alumni communities.) The listserv will be moderated to ensure appropriate usage. To subscribe, email Alumni Counselor Matthew Pascocello at mpasco@wcl.american.edu.

Alumni Career Development Programs, Listserv, and Webinars

To access upcoming career programs, visit the WCL main web calendar, or login to OCPD's CareerLink (to create an account, click here). Additional services for job seeking alumni can be found at OCPD's Alumni Services link (http://www.wcl.american.edu/career/alumni.cfm) where you can gain access to the Mentor Database, Job Exchange Bulletins and find information about Reciprocity to other law schools' career offices, as well as free access to the Career Library portion of Lexis. Alumni Counselor Matthew Pascocello is happy to meet with alumni by appointment either in person or by phone. Contact him at 202-274-4092 or mpasco@wcl.american.edu.

Consider Becoming an Alumni Mentor!

One of the best ways for students and alumni to get the inside scoop about employment trends, opportunities, and information about what it is like to practice a particular area of law, or with a particular employer, is by asking alumni who have "been there" and "done that." WCL Alumni Mentors play an integral role in affording students and fellow alumni the opportunity to conduct networking and informational interviews. In a competitive marketplace, the need for such valuable contacts and opportunities cannot be overstated. Statistically speaking, more lawyers get jobs through networking than from any other job search method! The Office of Career & Professional Development encourages you to enroll today to become a Mentor through our simple online registration process or by contacting alumni counselor Matthew Pascocello at 202-274-4092 mpasco@wcl.american.edu.

SUMMER PROGRAMS: In Washington, D.C.


We invite you to attend American University Washington College of Law's summer programs in Washington, D.C. Students and practitioners alike benefit from the intensive training, expert instruction, and networking opportunities with influential people in all areas of the law. The programs qualify for academic or Continuing Legal Education credit and can also be used towards an LL.M. degree. Topics include environmental law, health law and policy, human rights and humanitarian law, intellectual property, international commercial arbitration, international organizations and diplomacy, law and government, and military justice. Learn more at wcl.american.edu/summer.