The International Law Society

11th Annual International Law Career Forum, November 6, 2004
WCL International Law Society

On November 6th the American University Washington College of Law's International Law Society hosted the 11th Annual International Career Forum. Over 200 students attended from over ten law schools, even as far away as Vermont Law Schools. Schools represented include Georgetown Law School, The George Washington School of Law, University of the District of Columbia Law School, William and Mary School of Law, George Mason University School of Law, among others.

The Forum began with presentations from WCL administration and faculty on topics ranging from international legal career services, the importance and availability of study abroad programs, and non-legal careers in international law. The highlight for many attendees was the networking panel presented by Professor Paul Williams.

Don Wallace, Jr., Professor at Georgetown University Law Center and Chairman of the International Law Institute, was the keynote speaker during the Forum lunch. Professor Wallace provided insight and advice regarding the future of jobs and careers in the international law arena. During lunch, attendees were able to sit with the afternoon panelists and talk to them one-on-one about the topics they were presenting.

In the afternoon, during the first session of panels four topics were presented simultaneously (but recorded for those who were interested in more than one issue); International Human Rights, International Business and Trade Law, International Criminal Law, and International Dispute Resolution and Litigation. The second session included the following panels; International Environmental Law, International Finance, Privatization, and Development, International Telecommunications and IP Law, and Domestic and International Public Policy.

Panelists from various different law firms, organizations, government agencies and institutes offered their expertise in the subjects presented above. Other panelists represented such prestigious firms as Kelley, Drye & Warren LLP, Foley & Hoag, and Sidley Austin Brown & Wood. Government agencies such as the Department of Justice and State, the Department of Homeland Security, the Federal Communications Commission, and the Federal Bureau of Investigations were represented. Additionally, institutions and organizations such as The World Bank, the Nature Conservancy, and Human Rights First were also represented.

Attendees enjoyed the Forum and gave rave reviews, happy to have the chance to hear about the many different opportunities in the field of international law and grateful for the advice about how to find their way into such careers.

For a complete list of panels and panelists click here. Panels were recorded and are available at the WCL library.


Participants registering for the Forum. Our friendly volunteers welcoming participants. The morning panelists (from left to right) Sandra Buteau, Melissa Coyle, Prof. Paul Williams, Lavanya Sabin, and Macarana Saenz. Participants listening to the morning panelists.
From the audience's perspective. Dean Grossman with the Keynote Speaker Professor Don Wallace (center) with Forum participant. Members of the ILS board (from left to right) Sally ElShihabi, Laura Alami, Sean Newell, and Sara Ibrahim. Dawn Martin, member of the International Dispute Resolution panel.
Audience at the Dispute Resolution panel. Participants with Malea Kiblan, Kiblan & Battle, member of Human Rights panel. International Environmental Law panel. International Criminal Law Panel.