News and Events @ American University Washington College of Law February 2011

Teresa Godwin Phelps Wins Terri LeClerq Courage Award

Professor Teresa Godwin Phelps, director of the Legal Rhetoric Program, won the Terri LeClerq Courage Award at the recent AALS Conference in San Francisco. The award was created to honor those who have demonstrated acts of personal, moral, or civil courage that required abandoning or overcoming fear. According to AALS, Phelps won her award "for her demonstrated courage and profound impact on the field of legal writing."

Student Work With Victims of Domestic Abuse Earns Skadden Fellowship

Lindsey Siegel ’11 is a student in the Women and the Law Clinic and a Public Interest/Public Service (PIPS) Scholar.  She started her path toward working as an advocate for victims of domestic violence as an undergraduate student at Emory University in Atlanta, and continued it during internships and her studies at American University Washington College of Law. Siegel is the recent winner of a prestigious Skadden Fellowship, which will provide the funding she needs to continue her important advocacy work for the next two years after graduation. MORE

14th Annual Hispanic Law Conference Examines Role of the Legal Community in Addressing Latino Issues

American University Washington College of Law provides, through its annual Hispanic Law Conference, a forum for the discussion and analysis of issues that affect Latinos/as, both domestically and internationally. On March 1, 4 - 9 p.m., this conference will bring together a unique mix of institutions and prominent experts devoted to the progress of Latinos/as in the U.S. and the region. The event is co-sponsored by the Hispanic Bar Associations of the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia, the Hispanic National Bar Association, the WCL Latino/a Law Students Association, and the Latina/o Alumni Association of the Washington College of Law. MORE

American University Washington College of Law Teams Excel in Trial Competitions

The law school's trial team comprised of Karin Curtis, Janelle Lewis, Matt Rabinowitz, and Brian Valentine took first place at the National Civil Rights Trial Competition hosted by St. John's University School of Law Oct. 21-24, 2010. Professor Liz Boals, associate director of the Stephen S. Weinstein Trial Advocacy Program, had the honor of coaching this team with Bonnie Hoffman, deputy public defender for Loudon County. This was the first year that the law school was invited to attend this prestigious competition. Sixteen teams attended the competition. The team from American University Washington College of Law defeated Brooklyn Law School in the quarter-finals and Cumberland School of Law in the semi-finals, and beat Mississippi College School of Law in the final round to take top honors.

The American University Washington College of Law team won Best Memorial and placed second overall in the Atlantic Regional Round of the Stetson University International Environmental Moot Court Competition held Jan. 20-21. The team comprised of Laura Drummond, Pablo Forray, and Mina Trudeau also qualified for a place in the finals, which will be held March 17-20 at the University of Maryland School of Law in Baltimore.  There they will compete against moot court teams from law schools around the world. The team represented the law school's Program on International and Comparative Environmental Law.

Looking Ahead to Summer Studies American University Washington College of Law Summer Programs

American University Washington College of Law offers a variety of specialized summer programs, both in D.C. and abroad. Students can study in Chile, Europe, The Hague, Israel, or Turkey, and topics of programs include environmental law, health law and policy, and human rights. The law school and American University's School of International Service also recently launched a new summer program on International Organizations, Law and Diplomacy, a multidisciplinary program combining legal, diplomatic, and social scientific approaches to the study of multilateralism. Learn more about this program, and all the Summer Programs.

Panel Examines Human Rights in Egypt at Pivotal Moment

A panel of experts convened at American University Washington College of Law for an event titled "From Crisis to Opportunity: Human Rights in Egypt and Beyond", on the eve of the resignation of former President Hosni Mubarak on Feb. 10 to discuss the situation there, the country's future prospects, and potential future hotspots that could be the next settings for political upheaval. The event,sponsored by the Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, was also viewed live via webcast by a group of students at Columbia Law School. MORE

Conference Examines Visitation to Places of Detention and Enforcing Human Rights Obligations

On March 18 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. will convoke top experts including mandate holders, policymakers, lawyers, NGOs, scholars and practitioners from around the world to analyze, from a comparative perspective, key challenges confronting detention visits today, and establish channels for enhancing collaboration. The conference is co-presented by the law school and the Association for the Prevention of Torture. MORE