Feature Stories


Alumna Builds Organization to Ensure Access to Education for D.C.’s Youth

Alumna Sarah Comeau ‘11 co-founded the School Justice Project, an organization that she built from the ground up to provide court-involved youth, ages 17-22, with special education legal representation. MORE



Alumnus Leads the Fight for Equal Rights in the Boy Scouts

After graduating from law school, Alumni Jay Lenrow’s '77 lifelong involvement in the Boy Scouts of America led him to become the executive vice president of the organization's northeast region and chairman of the National Jewish Committee on Scouting. For more than a decade, he has been a leading voice within the movement for pushing the organization to lift its ban on gay members. MORE


U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sotomayor Speaks to Students

American University Washington College of Law welcomed Sonia Sotomayor, associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, for a conversation with the law school community about her book, My Beloved World, and her experiences as a law student, lawyer, and justice of the high court. MORE


Student Pious Ahuja Starts a Campaign for Acid Attack Victim in India

While interning this past summer, 2L Pious Ahuja discovered the story of acid attack victim Sabana Khatun. Ahuja launched an advocacy campaign on her behalf, conducting research, scheduling doctor’s appointments, publishing a fact-finding report, and establishing a crowd-funding website. MORE


Student Profile: Meet First-Year Student Stephanie Mendiola

First-year student Stephanie Mendiola moved to D.C. for law school from the island of Guam. Mendiola hopes to make a difference in the lives of the people in Guam, and raise awareness about Guam, which she said is “a small piece of American paradise in the Pacific, which is too often overlooked.” MORE


Clinic Presents Before Inter-American Court of Human Rights in Mexico City

The Inter-American Court of Human Rights invited the law school’s International Human Rights Law Clinic to present a written submission on unaccompanied migrant youth detained in the United States. The proceedings were held in Mexico City, October 9-10. The Clinic has been involved with this issue since 2011, when several states presented to the Secretariat of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, requesting an advisory opinion "to determine the precise obligations of the States in relation to the possible measures to be adopted regarding children, their immigration status, or the status of their parents.” MORE

ADVANCE Mentors Provide Strategic Guidance and Support for First Generation Law Students

Jeanna Lee, is a first generation law school student.  As a 1L, she joined ADVANCE, a strategic mentoring initiative designed to provide academic and professional support to first generation, first year law students at AUWCL. Now in her 2L year, she decided to become a mentor herself. MORE



Navi Pillay, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, to Deliver Important Address at AUWCL

American University Washington College of Law welcomed Navi Pillay, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights for an important address, “The International Human Rights Treaty System and Its Impact at the International and Domestic Level.” In her address, the High Commissioner discussed the role of the international treaty system in the protection and promotion of human rights, its interaction with other mechanisms, and its relevance as a preventive early warning system. MORE


Mini Externship Fairs Connect Students With Employers in Criminal Law, Intellectual Property, and More

This fall, AUWCL will host a series of specialized “mini” externship fairs. Students interested in specific areas of law will be matched up with employers for future externships and career opportunities. Avis Sanders, the director of the Externship Program at AUWCL, saw a need to connect upper-level students with employers working in their specific fields of interest. MORE


Student Profile: Meet First-Year Student Kossi "Jeremie" Siwotso

Kossi “Jeremie” Siwotso is from Togo, West Africa. He has lived in the U.S. since 2005, and earned his bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Trinity University. He knew that he wanted to go to law school before he graduated because of his experiences in Togo working as a missionary and a minister. “The society is not that structured, it’s not fully democratized,” said Siwotso.  “You can see how much potential the people have, but it’s difficult for them to achieve it because there are so many limitations." MORE


UNROW Clinic Students Travel to Costa Rica for Brewer Carias v. Venezuela

American University Washington College of Law’s UNROW Human Rights Impact Litigation Clinic students and director traveled to Costa Rica to observe a trial before the Inter-American Court on Human Rights. The group joined Dean Claudio Grossman and Professor Juan Mendez as they presented the case Brewer Carías v. Venezuela. The UNROW Clinic provided research support to Grossman, Mendez, and the other attorneys for the case. MORE


Historic “Stop and Frisk” Case Tried by Alumna

After more than a decade of use, the controversial “stop and frisk” tactics used by New York City Police Department officers have been struck down by a federal ruling. The high-profile case was tried by a group of attorneys, including alumna Sunita Patel ’05, staff attorney for the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR), a non-profit legal and educational organization committed to the “creative use of law as a positive force for social change.” MORE


Students Share Their Summer Experiences Living, Learning, and Working in the U.S. and Abroad

AUWCL students participated in an array of activities this summer, from coursework, to internships abroad, to advocacy work in the U.S. Their real-world, hands-on experiences proved invaluable. Read the stories of Merve Stolzman (2L), Ben Lichtman (2L), Phoebe Ramsey (3L), and Maggie Coulter (3L). MORE



American University Washington College of Law Welcomes 2013-14 Humphrey Fellows

Eleven legal scholars and professionals from around the world arrived in Washington, D.C. in August to participate in the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program coordinated by the International Legal Studies Program at American University Washington College of Law. MORE


Dean Grossman Promotes AUWCL in Argentina, Chile, and Costa Rica

Dean Claudio Grossman traveled to Argentina, Costa Rica, and Chile to promote the new law school campus, recruit for AUWCL's international programs, and explore new international externship and employment opportunities for AUWCL students. MORE



Nearly 200 Students, Faculty, and Staff Volunteer for "In My Backyard" Day of Service

Nearly 200 incoming students, faculty, and staff participated in the In My Back Yard (IMBY) Public Service Day on Aug. 20, volunteering at a number of city and non-profit organizations in local Washington, D.C. neighborhoods. The annual event kicks off JD orientation, and allows new students to become acclimated to the city while returning students and staff reconnect with their community. MORE


Litigation Skills Summer Institute Works with Students and Practitioners to Sharpen Courtroom Skills

Composed of short lectures and demonstrations, this summer program featured a host of faculty experts who lead courses on fact witness depositions, expert witness depositions, digital presentation of evidence, and civil trial advocacy. During the courses, students honed pre-trial and trial skills, such as deposing fact and expert witnesses, delivering opening statements and closing arguments, preparing and conducting cross-examinations, making timely objections, and laying the proper foundation to admit evidence. MORE


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