Save the Date: Upcoming American University Washington College of Law Alumni Events

Alumni are welcome to join us for one or more of the following events. Please RSVP at least one week in advance of each event to or call 202-274-4163. Details on all of these events are available at and on InCircle at Please also follow us on Twitter at AUWCL.

Additional events and program listings are available on the WCL Calendar

Contact Information

Office of Development & Alumni Relations

Washington College of Law
4801 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC. 20016
P: 202-274-4050
F: 202-274-4029

Shelly Horn
Director of Alumni Relations
P: 202-274-4036
F: 202-274-4029

Emma Wimmer
Alumni Relations Coordinator
P: 202-274-4183
F: 202-274-4029

International Legal Studies Program (ILSP)

Gina Evers

LL.M. in Law and Government and SJD Alumni Relations

Hilary Lappin
Assistant Director, Admissions and Special Projects
Room 515E
(202) 274-4368


Join Us in our Celebration of Professor Robert Vaughn!

Office of Development & Alumni Relations

Women and the Law Leadership Award

Dean Claudio Grossman

and the

Women and the Law Leadership Award Committee

cordially invite you to the


Women and the Law Leadership Award

Luncheon and Award Ceremony


Jacqueline L. Jackson ’74

U.S. Department of Treasury (Retired)

Jacqueline Jackson

Friday, March 21, 2014

12:00 – 2:00 pm

The Cosmos Club, Powell Room

2121 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington DC


Office of Special Events and Continuing Legal Education

202-274-4075 or

Women and the Law Leadership Award

Committee Members

Leigh-Alexandra Basha ’85 Partner, Holland & Knight LLP

The Honorable Dorothy Toth Beasley ’64 Senior Judge, Court of Appeals of Georgia (Retired)

Mary Clark, Associate Dean for Faculty and Academic Affairs and Professor of Law Washington College of Law

Pamela M. Deese ’83 Partner, Arent Fox LLP Member, Board of Trustees, American University

Ellen Gleberman ’79 Vice President and General Counsel, Association of International Automobile Manufacturers

Billie Jo Kaufman, Associate Dean for Library and Information Resources and Professor of Law Washington College of Law

Deborah Kelly ’88 Partner, Dickstein Shapiro LLP

Karen Lockwood ’78 President and Executive Director, National Institute for Trial Advocacy

Corrine Parver ’82 Founder, Health Law and Policy Project, Program on Law and Government Washington College of Law (Retired)

Ann Shalleck, Director of the Law Program Carrington Shields Scholar and Professor of Law Washington College of Law

Daniela Kraiem, Associate Director, Women and the Law Program Washington College of Law

The Honorable Nan Shuker ’69 Senior Judge, Superior Court of the District of Columbia (Retired)

Judy Smith ’85, Founder and President, Smith & Company

Edna Ruth Vincent ’89 Principal, Colten, Cummins, Watson & Vincent

Penny Wakefield ’79, Executive Board Member, Center for Human Rights, American Bar Association

Presented by the Office of Development and Alumni Relations


The summer 2013 issue of the Advocate Alumni Magazine Is Here!

If you did not get your copy, click here for the online version, or visit to update your contact information (to receive future magazines) and/or email to have a copy mailed to you.


We do our best to ensure that all information in the magazine is accurate, but sometimes we regrettably make mistakes. We apologize for the following magazine errors –

Alumna Rebeccah Gan’s name was misspelled in the Named Scholarships & Awards article on page 19. Her name is correct below.

Amanda C. Howe Memorial Scholarship

Rebeccah  Gan ’01 and Dean Claudio Grossman congratulate this year’s scholarship recipient Mulan Cui ’14. This award was established inthe memory of Amanda C. Howe ’01 by her mother Janet Howe and her classmates Rebeccah Gan and Umesh Jani. The award is given to a deserving student in the Marshall-Brennan Program who has demonstrated an exemplary commitment to serving underrepresented members of the community.

Current 3L Elizabeth Vaysman’s name was misspelled in the Alumni Honors Section of page 41. Her name is correct below.

Tom Morante ’77 (center) was honored at the fourth annual Business Law Society Distinguished Alumni Dinner at Bistro Bistro in Washington, D.C. on April 25. Morante was chosen forhis support and commitment of AUWCL and his success in the business and international law arena. Pictured with Morante are the two Business Law Society students who planned the dinner – Elizabeth Vaysman ’14 and Benjamin Ross ’13.

Alumna Sheen Munshi ’12 was incorrectly identified in the following photo on page 42. Her information is now correct.

Multicultural staff, alumni, and students gathered together for the semi-annual First Thursday Networking Reception on March 7at Clyde’s of Gallery Place. Pictured left to right: Alumna Sheen Munshi ’12, Alumnus Thomas Brunet ’12 and Michael Gonzalez ’12 (right)

Alumnus Peter Gravin ’96 was incorrectly identified in the following photo on page 43. His information is correct below.

(Left to right) John Giust ’95, Peter Gravin ‘96, and Oluwole Coker LLM ’97 enjoyed dinner and networking opportunities at the alumni and newly admitted students dinner at The Palm in downtown San   Diego on March 14.

The following alumni class notes were not included. They will be added to the next issue of the magazine.

Rangeley Wallace ‘75 recently published her second novel, Things Are Going to Slide, as an e book by Bev Editions. Wallace has taught in the WCL Clinics and Externship program for over a decade, as well as the Legal Rhetoric Program. She taught in the General Practice Clinic last Spring. Professor Andy Popper’s review of the novel can be found at

Peter W. Buchbauer ‘82 has been named a Virginia Super Lawyer in the area of Family Law for seven consecutive years (2006 – Present). Buchbauer formed Buchbauer & McGuire, P.C. in April 1995. Peter has broad experience in civil, criminal and family law. For the better part of the past 10 years Peter has restricted his practice to family law, representing clients in all areas of family law, including marital dissolutions


Congratulations to the Class of 2013--Welcome to the WCL Alumni Community!

Get Your Photos from the OAS Reception and Commencement!

OAS Reception and Commencement Photos



Dean Grossman Hosts New York Alumni Dinner

On May 21, Dean Grossman hosted distinguished alumni in New York City at a dinner to discuss plans for the new Tenley Campus. Guests in attendance were Terence Smolev JD '69, Scott Bermack JD '89, Michael Bush JD '94, Allesandra Siqueira Bush, Mark Engstrom JD '80, James Perkins JD '87, and Delphine On LLM '00.

New Alumni Directory!

Have you received an email signed by Raina Lenney from AU? It is in reference to an alumni directory that AU is preparing for all alumni. Please feel free to respond to the email and subsequent postcard. Thank you!

We look forward to welcoming you to AUWCL's new home.

American University

We are happy to announce two new exciting alumni benefits!

CLE Webcasts

First, the Office of Special Events and Continuing Legal Education is proud to offer CLE webcasts in diverse practice areas either live or on-demand at West LegalEdcenter®, the nation’s largest single source of online accredited CLE programs.  As an AUWCL alumnus, you’ll receive exclusive discounts for this service! You’ll be able to access the law school’s wide-ranging and cutting-edge CLE programs as well as more than 200 programs each month on WLEc with an annual subscription discounted at a fraction of the cost. You can read more below about this exciting opportunity.


We are very pleased to announce that the Pence Law Library has arranged for WCL to be the first law school to provide its alumni access to the Law Journal Library through HeinOnline! This database has more than 1,700 law and law-related journals with a broad range of coverage. Alumni can search the database by article title, author, subject, state or country published, or by using keywords. Also, articles can be download in a searchable PDF format. Alumni access to HeinOnline is available exclusively though the CareerLink homepage which can be accessed using your personal login and password. If you do not have a CareerLink account, you may request on by sending an email to including your full name, date of graduation, degree program, and your primary email address (which will become your CareerLink Username). Registration may take up to two business days.

Alumni and friends of the Washington College of Law community! Looking for the best ways to stay connected to the WCL community? Think online! Join our online alumni community on Incircle at and check out our new Facebook fan page! Find out about upcoming events locally and around the United States, network with former friends and alumni, post important events of your own, and find attorneys by specialty area, and region. Become a Fan today!

FYI: Office of Public Interest

Lower your loan payments! Beginning July 1, 2009, Income-Based Repayment (IBR) will be available as a new loan repayment option for federal loans (undergraduate and graduate). IBR uses a sliding scale to determine how much borrowers can pay on their loans. For most borrowers, IBR loan payments will be less than 10% of their income. Borrowers must qualify for a "partial financial hardship" to receive a reduced payment. Based on program guidelines, many WCL graduates will qualify. Remaining debt, if any, will be forgiven after 25 years of qualifying payments. For graduates working in the public sector, the new Public Service Loan Forgiveness program will forgive remaining debt on federal loans after 10 years of qualifying payments.

WCL has debuted a new podcast series about recent developments in federal debt relief assistance. In conjunction with Equal Justice Works, the series discusses both IBR and Public Service Loan Forgiveness. The first podcast is a general program overview. Subsequent podcasts will discuss specific portions of this federal program and other debt assistance programs. Alumni with questions about this program or other debt relief assistance programs should contact Jarrod Shirk, Public Interest Coordinator, in the Office of Public Interest at

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Engaging Our Alumni...

"We have the unique responsibility of building relationships with our alumni and the goal of integrating them into the life of the school. The rich tradition of WCL grows with each graduating class and with it comes new opportunities for alumni participation."

American University Washington College of Law has more than 12,000 domestic and international alumni. Membership in the Alumni Association is granted upon graduation. Since no dues are collected for you membership, participation in Alumni activities and support of the annual fund is encouraged and appreciated.

The Office of Development and Alumni Relations is continually striving to reach out to alumni and remind them of the important role they play at WCL long after graduation. From serving as a judge on moot court or as a speaker at a student group function, reconnecting with the school can not only enrich the lives of volunteers but also that of students.

Here at WCL, volunteer opportunities abound. All we need is you!

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