Welcome to the WCL Alumni Community!

JOIN US! An Evening for Graduating Students and Alumni with Comic Hypnotist Flip Orley

Join present and future classmates for a first-ever event at WCL (or at any law school): An evening with Flip Orley on November 12 starting at 6:30pm. Flip may be the top comic hypnotist in the country, having entertained audiences at comedy clubs for years. Through a special arrangement with the our Office of Development and Alumni Relations and the Student Bar Association, graduating students and alumni are invited to this event at a low cost of $10 (D.C. Improv tickets for Flip’s show are $17 plus a two-item minimum).

We encourage alumni to arrive early and mingle with graduating students for informal networking, then stay for one of the funniest live performance you will ever see (for video snippets of Flip’s work, visit YouTube and type in his name).

We hope to create a tradition by making this an annual event, but we need your participation to do so. So register today! https://www.wcl.american.edu/secle/registration?event_id=306026

Congratulations to the Class of 2014

Get Your Photos from the OAS Reception and Commencement!

Congratulations 2014 Washington Area Super Lawyers!

Recognition as a Super Lawyer reflects the extensive knowledge and experience of those on the list. This achievement is a source of great pride and inspiration for the students, faculty, staff, and alumni of the Washington College of Law. Click here to see more than 200 alumni who made the list!

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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

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

Advocate Alumni Magazine Is Here!

If you did not get your copy, click here for the online version, or visit http://www.wcl.american.edu/alumni/update_info.cfm to update your contact information (to receive future magazines) and/or email alumni@wcl.american.edu to have a copy mailed to you.

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 careerdevelopment@wcl.american.edu 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 wcl.affinitycircles.com 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 jshirk@wcl.american.edu.

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Questions or Comments?

Have a question? Want to comment or make a suggestion? Contact us at alumni@wcl.american.edu.

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!

Send Us Your Email Address

We can't send you information on upcoming alumni events, student programs and WCL news if we don't have your email address. Please take a moment to email alumni@wcl.american.edu with your current email address (and your name and graduate year) today! Thank you.