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50 Years of Clinic: A Celebration!

On October 27-28, 2022, the Clinical Program will celebrate its 50th anniversary with a two-day event: an Alumni Reception on the evening of Thursday, October 27th and a full-day symposium in conjunction with the American University Journal of Gender, Social Policy & the Law on Friday, October 28th.

As we honor our past, we also look forward to a dynamic and exciting future. The Sankofa bird in the image above is a symbol in the African diaspora. Originating in the Twi language of Ghana, "sankofa" can be translated as "to go back to the past and bring forward what is useful," just as the bird is looking behind itself and holding an egg in its beak. We are excited about this opportunity to reconnect with past students, faculty members, and friends of the Clinic and to examine how we can build on our accomplishments and best prepare our students to meet new challenges.

Event Overview

Rebecca Goldfrank

October 27th, 6-9 p.m.: alumni Reception

This is a great opportunity for alumni to mingle with current and former Clinic faculty. We will also recognize recently retired faculty members Nancy Abramowitz, Susan Bennett, and Richard Ugelow, as well as Rebecca Goldfrank '04, Legal Director at the D.C. Affordable Law Firm, recipient of the Elliott Milstein Award for Professional Excellence.

Muneer Ahmad
Muneer Ahmad, Keynote Speaker

Friday, October 28th, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.: Symposium

The Fifty and Forward Symposium, hosted by the American University of Gender, Social Policy & the Law will feature four themed panels:

  • The WCL Clinical Program: Where It Has Been, Where It Is, and Where It Is Going
  • Empathy, Connection, and Dealing with Trauma
  • Expanding Our Concept of Clinical Programs: New Clinics, New Approaches
  • Clinical Education and the Practice of Law: New Developments

The symposium will also include a luncheon with comments from AUWCL Dean Roger Fairfax Jr. and a keynote address from Muneer Ahmad, Deputy Dean for Experiential Education, Sol Goldman Clinical Professor of Law,  Yale Law School (Professor, WCL, 2001-2009)