News & Announcements - April 2012

  • Valerie Jarrett will be 2012 Commencement Speaker

    American University Washington College of Law will welcome Valerie Jarrett, a senior advisor to President Barack Obama, as the Spring 2012 commencement speaker. The law school's graduation will take place May 20, 2012, at 1 p.m. MORE More


  • Two Students Named 2012 Fulbright Scholars

    American University Washington College of Law is pleased to announce that students Doug Keillor and Natassia Rozario will participate in the prestigious Fulbright Student Program. Read MORE about the students and their projects. More


  • Enrollment Open for D.C. Summer Programs

    Enrollment for the law school's domestic summer programs is open. Several programs such as Environmental Law and Arbitration start in May; Intellectual Property and Health Law and Policy start in June. Students and alumni are encouraged to enroll online soon to secure their spot. MORE More


  • Immigrant Justice Clinic Report Examines D.C. Language Access Act

    On Thursday, the law school's Immigrant Justice Clinic and the D.C. Language Access Coalition (DCLAC) released a collaborative report, "Access Denied: The Unfulfilled Promise of the D.C. Language Access Act."  The report is a comprehensive examination of the city government's compliance with the D.C. Language Access Act, a law designed to ensure that limited English proficient and non-English proficient (LEP/NEP) individuals have access to government services, programs, and activities. Read the report. More


  • Annual Ceremony Celebrates Accomplishments of Humphrey Fellows

    This week, the law school held a ceremony recognizing the Humphrey Fellows for their accomplishments during the program. Speakers included Dean Claudio Grossman, representatives from the U.S. Department of State and the Institute of International Education (IIE), and Humphrey Fellows and Humphrey coordinators. MORE More


  • Annual Ceremony Celebrates Accomplishments of Humphrey Fellows

    This evening the law school will hold a ceremony recognizing the Humphrey Fellows for their accomplishments during the program. Speakers will include Dean Claudio Grossman, representatives from the U.S. Department of State and the Institute of International Education (IIE), and Humphrey Fellows and Humphrey coordinators. MORE More


  • Dean Claudio Grossman Visits BuckleySandler LLP

    Dean Claudio Grossman, in conjunction with the Office of Development and Alumni Relations, will host an alumni luncheon at BuckleySandler LLP on Thursday, April 26 as part of the Dean's Firm Visit Program. Benjamin P. Saul '02 kindly agreed to coordinate the event and invite alumni at the firm. Dean Grossman will update alumni on new programs and the general  state of the law school. The Dean's Firm Visit Program promotes continued excellence in legal education by engaging alumni at law firms in fundraising, career development, and outreach efforts. For more information, contact annualgiving@wcl.american.edu.


  • Law School Announces Creation of the National Immigrant Women's Advocacy Project (NIWAP)

    American University Washington College of Law and Legal Momentum, the Women's Legal Defense and Education Fund, are pleased to announce the creation of the National Immigrant Women's Advocacy Project (NIWAP), a collaborative initiative on behalf of immigrant women and children. The law school is also pleased to announce the appointment of Leslye Orloff as director of NIWAP. MORE More


  • Live Webcast: Symposium on Lenahan (Gonzales) v. U.S.

    Watch the live webcast of "Lenahan (Gonzales) v. United States of America: Domesticating International Law," a symposium held by the American University Journal of Gender, Social Policy & the Law and the Women and the Law Program. Submit questions to wilp@wcl.american.edu. More


  • Seven Students Awarded Prestigious Peggy Browning Fellowships

    The law school is proud to announce that The Peggy Browning Fund has awarded prestigious 10-week summer fellowships to seven American University Washington College of Law students.  The fellows will work at a number of labor unions and a union-side labor law firm. The students are: Julie Cantor, Marcella Coyne, Kyle deCant, Rachel Kaplan, Carter Meader, Pascal Moleus, and Ezinwanyi Ukegbu. MORE More


  • Dean Claudio Grossman Visits Hogan Lovells LLP

    Dean Claudio Grossman, in conjunction with the Office of Development and Alumni Relations, will host an alumni luncheon at Hogan Lovells LLP on Thursday, April 19 as part of the Dean's Firm Visit Program. Chandri Navarro '93 and Julia Padierna-Peralta '99 kindly agreed to coordinate the event and invite alumni at the firm. Dean Grossman will update alumni on new programs and the general state of the law school. The Dean's Firm Visit Program promotes continued excellence in legal education by engaging alumni at law firms in fundraising, career development, and outreach efforts. For more information, contact annualgiving@wcl.american.edu.


  • American University Business Law Review Holds Annual Symposium

    The American University Business Law Review will present this year's annual symposium, "Profits Plus Philanthropy: The Emerging Law of Social Enterprises," April 18. Panels of leading academics, practitioners, and local social enterprise owners will focus on new forms of incorporation that prioritize the public interest before profits. MORE More


  • American University Washington College of Law Welcomes Faculty from Poland and Spain

    The law school will host law faculty members from Adam Mickiewicz University in Poland, April 16-17, to discuss democracy, rights, and reforms from an American-Polish comparative perspective. Faculty members from Universidad Carlos III-Madrid, a partner law school in Spain, will hold a seminar comparing U.S. and European views on terrorism, April 17. 


  • Alumni and Admitted Students Events in California

    The Office of Development and Alumni Relations and the Office of Admissions will host alumni and admitted students at a dinner at Fleming's Steakhouse in San Diego, April 13 at 6 p.m. For more information, email alumni@wcl.american.edu.


  • Dean Claudio Grossman Visits Finnegan

    Dean Claudio Grossman, in conjunction with the Office of Development and Alumni Relations, will host an alumni luncheon at Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP on Wednesday, April 18 as part of the Dean's Firm Visit Program. Sanya Sukduang '99 kindly agreed to coordinate the event and invite alumni at Finnegan. Dean Grossman will update alumni on new programs and the general state of the law school. The Dean's Firm Visit Program promotes continued excellence in legal education by engaging alumni at law firms in fundraising, career development, and outreach efforts. For more information, contact annualgiving@wcl.american.edu.


  • Alumni and Admitted Students Events in California

    This week, the Office of Development and Alumni Relations and the Office of Admissions will host alumni and admitted students at networking events in California.  A reception will be held at Koi Restaurant in Los Angeles, Thursday, April 12 at 6:30 p.m., followed by a dinner at Fleming's Steakhouse in San Diego, April 13 at 6 p.m.  For more information, email alumni@wcl.american.edu.


  • Speakers to Debate the National Popular Vote at Upcoming Program

    The Program on Law and Government will host "Is America Ready for a Popularly Elected President?," an event featuring a panel of experts on the voting process, Electoral College, and proposed National Popular Vote, April 12 at noon.  MORE More


  • Annual Sylvania Woods Conference on African-Americans and the Law

    The 16th Annual Sylvania Woods Conference, April 12, will bring together the law school and legal community to address matters of law and associated issues that affect African-American life and culture. This year three African-American federal district judges, all distinguished alumni, will participate in a discussion on how the law relates to the African-American community. MORE  More


  • Professors Address Colombian Copyright Law Reforms

    This week, Professors Peter Jaszi, Michael Carroll, and Sean Flynn organized and sent an open letter to the Colombian legislature in response to the hurried implementation of provisions of the U.S.- Colombia Free Trade Agreement through amendments to Colombian law that may not fully take into account the importance of balance in a healthy copyright system.  The letter was signed by nearly 70 international intellectual property academics and experts. MORE More


  • Symposium on the Role of Organized Resistance in the 2012 Elections

    On April 9, the American University Labor and Employment Law Forum will hold their second annual symposium focused on the fight for workers' rights and political action through the intersection of the labor movement and grassroots community organizing.  The day-long symposium at the law school will feature speakers from SEIU, AFL-CIO, Heritage Foundation, Century Foundation, Center for American Progress, and others.  MORE More


  • Alumni and Admitted Students Events in California

    The Office of Development and Alumni Relations and the Office of Admissions will host alumni and admitted students at upcoming events in California. Dean Grossman will welcome guests at a reception in San Francisco at Scala's Bistro, April 11, 6:30 p.m.  A reception will also be held at Koi Restaurant in Los Angeles,  April 12, 6:30 p.m., followed by a dinner at Fleming's Steakhouse in San Diego, April 13, 6 p.m.  For more information, email alumni@wcl.american.edu.


  • Prominent Civil Rights Activists to Join Students, Faculty, and Community at Teach-In and Town Hall about Trayvon Martin Tragedy

    The Black Law Students Association (BLSA) at American University Washington College of Law will host a teach-in and important legal discussion about the Trayvon Martin case, Monday, April 9. In addition to legal analysis of the issues, the program will feature remarks by several high-profile civil rights experts and activists followed by a town hall discussion. Watch the LIVE webcast beginning at 10 a.m.  More


  • First Thursday Alumni Reception Held Tonight

    Admitted students will be welcomed at the spring First Thursday Alumni Reception, held Thursday, April 5 at the District Chophouse in D.C.  This reception is hosted by the Office of Development and Alumni Relations and the Office of Admissions, and is designed to foster networking and business opportunities for minority alumni. 


  • Dean's Advisory Council Meeting

    This week the Dean's Advisory Council attended their spring meeting in Capital Auditorium on American University's Tenley Campus, where they were given a preview of the current architectural design for the new law campus as well as a tour.  Dean Claudio Grossman updated the council on current happenings at the law school and Bob Pence '71, chair of the Campaign Planning Committee, along with staff members from the Development and Alumni Relations office, provided an update on the campaign for the new campus.


  • Former U.S. Senator Arlen Specter and Expert Panel to Discuss the Judicial Confirmation Process

    Today at noon, former U.S. Senator Arlen Specter will deliver opening remarks at "The Judicial Confirmation Process 25 Years after Bork," an event held by the law school's Program on Law and Government.  A panel of experts will briefly look back on the 1987 Bork battle, identify its lessons, and examine the current state of the judicial nomination and confirmation process. MORE More


  • Alumni and Admitted Students Events Held in Philadelphia and D.C.

    The Office of Development and Alumni Relations and the Office of Admissions will host an alumni and admitted students reception in Philadelphia at J.G. Domestic restaurant, Wednesday, April 4 at 6:30 p.m.  Admitted students will also be welcomed at the spring First Thursday Alumni Reception, held April 5 at the District Chophouse in D.C.  This reception is designed to foster networking and business opportunities for minority alumni. 


  • Dean Grossman Attends Meeting on U.N. Human Rights Treaty Body Strengthening

    Today Dean Claudio Grossman is attending a meeting in New York of states parties to U.N. international human rights treaties. The consultation, hosted by the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, builds on consultations held in Geneva on Feb. 7-8, 2012 and prior meetings in Sion, Switzerland, and Dublin, Ireland, where Grossman participated. The consultation process includes presentations by Navy Pillay, High Commissioner for Human Rights, the U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon, and Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, president of the 66th Session of the U.N. General Assembly. As part of the consultation process, state representatives and experts will discuss the "Efficient and Effective Functioning of the Treaty Body System," "Strengthening the Membership of Treaty Bodies," and "Preparation of States Parties' Reports and the Dialogue Between States Parties and Treaty Bodies." 


  • Program Reviews Trends and Challenges in Employee Benefits Law

    American University Washington College of Law's Janet R. Spragens Federal Tax Clinic and the Groom Law Group will hold a panel discussion reviewing current trends in employee benefit law, Wednesday, April 4 at 4 p.m. Featured speakers include Phyllis C. Borzi, assistant secretary of labor of the Employee Benefits Security Administration, and Joshua Gotbaum, director of the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation. MORE More


  • Students Take High Honors at Health Law Competition

    After finishing as a finalist in the preliminary contests, students Kirsten Tullia, Sarah Walinsky, and Jamie Hennelly took second place last week at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law's Inaugural Health Law Regulatory and Compliance Competition. The law school's two teams competed with others from the nation's top health law programs, and were coached by Corrine Parver, Asha Scielzo, and Stuart Silverman.  MORE More


  • Sáez Plays a Key Role in Landmark Decision by the Inter-American Court of Human Rights

    Recently, the Inter-American Court of Human Rights decided the first case on sexual orientation in Latin America in the matter of Karen Atala v. Chile.  American University Washington College of Law Fellow Macarena Sáez played a key role in this case, representing Judge Atala alongside two co-counsel from Chile. MORE More


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