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Legal Eagle Vol. 4 Spring 2007

Dear Alumni:
The Office of Development & Alumni Relations would like to extend a sincere thank you to all of the alumni who have contributed to the WCL Annual Giving Campaign this year. Contributions from our generous alumni help support the distinguished faculty, student organizations, and the many academic programs at WCL. In addition, gifts from alumni help provide scholarships to deserving students. If you have not made your gift to WCL, there is still time to be included in the 2006-2007 Honor Roll of Donors. You can make your gift online at http://www.wcl.american.edu/alumni/giving.cfm or send in a gift card by April 30th to be included in this fiscal year.

Thank you!

News from the Office of Development & Alumni Relations

Upcoming Events

Save the Date Reunion 2007 - October 5-7, 2007

Join us for Reunion 2007 - for the classes of 1957, 1962, 1967, 1972, 1977, 1982, 1987, 1992, 1997, and 2002, from OCTOBER 5-7, 2007. Please spread the word! If you would like to serve on the reunion committee, email ddowning@wcl.american.edu. More details available online at http://www.wcl.american.edu/alumni/reunion/ !

There is Still Time to Attend a Founders' Event

American University Washington College of Law (WCL) has an established tradition of offering exceptional and diverse conferences and lectures during our annual Founders' Celebrations. Founders' Celebration 2007 continues to offer top-rate programs. Visit http://www.wcl.american.edu/secle/founders/2007/events.cfm for more info. If you would like to propose a topic that you require CLE for but is not yet offered, contact Jennifer Dabson at jdabson@wcl.american.edu or 202 274-4077.

Career and Professional Development Services (OCPD)

2007 Fall Recruitment Program/Employment Opportunities for Students and Alumni
OCPD is currently registering employers interested in recruiting WCL students in the fall for summer 2008 and post-graduate positions. Employers typically include large law firms and government agencies, but public interest, corporate and judicial opportunities are also publicized through this process. For more information, please contact our Recruitment Coordinator, Bridget Beirne, at bbeirne@wcl.american.edu or (202) 274-4095. In addition, if you know of any opportunities for recent graduates or other alumni, please forward that information to jobs@wcl.american.edu.

Career Services for Alumni
WCL alumni have full access to the resources of OCPD, which include: alumni career counseling; access to the jobs database (via eCampusRecruiter); access to the Job Exchange Bulletin; free access to Lexis' Career Library; use of the OCPD library; reciprocity with other law schools; and access to the WCL Mentor Database. For a personal and confidential consultation, contact Matthew Pascocello at 202-274-4092 or mpasco@wcl.american.edu.

WCL Alumni Judicial Clerks
Are you a former or current judicial clerk? If you have not yet done so, please take a few minutes to complete a Judicial Clerkship Alumni Survey online at http://www.wcl.american.edu/career/survey/clerkship_survey_03.cfm. Students and alumni utilize this database when applying for judicial clerkships. Contact Shelley Rudge, Judicial Clerkship Coordinator, at serudge@wcl.american.edu or 202-274-4251 for more information.

11th Annual Sylvania Woods Conference on African Americans and the Law

This year's conference will feature a salute to the Black Law Students' Association (BLSA) and the participation in the program of an unprecedented number of alumni. Conferees will be led by this group in a program that assesses the realities of the current status of the black lawyer, discusses the implications thereof for law students embarking on their careers, and engages in critical dialogues about the prospects for entry into and advancement in the profession.

Conference activities are scheduled to begin at 9:00 a.m. with a free-form workshop that will enable practitioners to talk about their individual career paths and answer student questions. Alumni practitioners for this activity are: Hisham Khalid '92; Judge Jeri Somers '86; Larry McAfee '96; and Alex Johnson '05. The morning panel is designed as an interactive, audience-inclusive discussion during which panel members will offer their perspectives on the future of the black lawyer. Panel members include Michael Barbosa '99; Derek Dyson '99; Cheryl Williams '99; Vanessa Allen '96; Denielle Pemberton-Heard; and Magda Theodate '97.

James Prince '02 is scheduled to host the annual awards luncheon, beginning with a prayer led by the Honorable Gerald Bruce Lee '76 and acknowledgement of the Woods family. As usual, students will elect the recipient of the Rising Star Award, but the planning committee has selected Christopher Caple '04 and Charles Maynard '99 to receive the Hairston Alumni Award. Dean Grossman will present this year's North Star Award to Gay J. McDougall, executive director of Global Rights Partners for Justice, and a WCL distinguished scholar in residence. Ms. McDougall was selected for her outstanding work on international human rights and justice issues.

The dessert reception and silent auction have been components of the Woods Conference for some time; however, this year's closing activities will also include a Salute to BLSA. Therefore, we are asking that (1) all BLSA presidents attend the conference, and (2) alumni send in the names of their BLSA presidents and their years to diversity@wcl.american.edu. Our goal is to honor BLSA as the first WCL student-of-color organization with a perpetual plaque that will include the names and years of service of the BLSA presidents. Thus, we're hoping that this year's Woods Conference alumni attendance is the biggest and best ever.

Our Own Faculty Author's Reception & Book Signing

Dean Claudio Grossman and the WCL Community cordially invite you to a reception and book signing in honor of the recent publication of Arbitrary Justice: The Power of the American Prosecutor by Professor Angela J. Davis, Monday, April 23, 2007, at 4:00 p.m. in the Dean's Suite (3rd Floor) of Washington College of Law. RSVP to (202) 274-4075 or email secle@wcl.american.edu.

Summer Program of the Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law

The Summer Program of the Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law (May 29-June 15, 2007) is the only program in the world that offers three weeks of intensive summer courses in English and Spanish. Every summer the Academy hosts over 25 visiting world-renowned scholars and activists. Participants in the Summer Program may choose between enrolling in the courses for academic credit and earn up to seven ABA credit or for a Certificate of Attendance. For further information please visit the website at: http://www.wcl.american.edu/humright/hracademy/2007/academy.cfm or call 202-274-4070.

Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property

Through research, scholarship, public events, advocacy, and provision of legal and consulting services, PIJIP promotes social justice in law governing information dissemination and intellectual property. For a list of upcoming events, including a Brownbag Lunch Speaker Series - April 19th | 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. | 6th Floor ~ WCL ILSP Lounge visit the PIJIP website at: http://www.wcl.american.edu/pijip/events.cfm.

Have You Spent Time Working Overseas?

The International Exchange program would be interested to hear from any WCL Alumni that has practiced or studied law abroad. As part of our services to current WCL students, we host career panels which highlight an international region and the practical steps for JDs to go through in order to live and practice law abroad. If you are interested in sharing your career experiences and advice with WCL students, please contact us at hlappin@wcl.american.edu and put "Overseas" in the subject line.

Interested in meeting faculty and law students from Japan and/or Turkey?

WCL hosts international law students and faculty during the summer as part of our Washington Seminar programs. The Washington Seminar is designed for law students, foreign attorneys, professionals, and representatives of international institutions. This summer we will be hosting students from Ritsumeikan University in Japan and Yeditepe University in Turkey. As part of these programs, we host receptions for the students to meet faculty and practitioners. If you would be interested in meeting these international visitors, please contact hlappin@wcl.american.edu. More information on the programs and agenda can be found at www.wcl.american.edu/washington_seminar.

International Arbitration Law Upcoming Events

The International Arbitration Law Program was created under the direction of Dr. Horacio A. Grigera Naón, former Secretary General of the International Court of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce, the Program is based on American University Washington College of Law's commitment to building a world community by identifying transnational legal issues and addressing these issues through the expertise of our accomplished full and part-time faculty, alumni and practitioners. For more information about upcoming events please visit: http://www.wcl.american.edu/arbitration/.

Are you Considering a Post-J.D. Degree?

Please join the Program on Law and Government on Wednesday, April 25 for a panel discussion about the value of a post-JD degree. LLM and SJD alumni Allen Loughry, Juria Jones, Marcela Matamoros, and Ben Firschein will share their thoughts on how their experiences at WCL allowed them to develop professionally and personally. The discussion will take place in the Faculty Dining Room (600) from 5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. with a reception to follow. Please RSVP to Amelia Duroska at aduroska@wcl.american.edu if you plan to attend.

Women, Are You Ready to On-Ramp?

The National Association of Women Lawyers (NAWL), the Women's Bar Association of the District of Columbia, and the Lawyers' At Home Forum (LAH), are sponsoring a program Thursday, May 3, 2007; 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. for women lawyers re-entering the workforce called "Ready to On-Ramp?" This event will take place at WilmerHale (1875 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW). To register, go to www.nawl.org. For more information or questions about this event contact Annette Knitter at (312) 988-6729; knittera@nawl.org, Linda Chanow at (202)-293-8900; chanow@shannonandmanch.com, or Angela Whitehead Quigley at (301) 570-9734; atwq@comcast.net.

Stanford Law School Public Service Awards - Nominations Needed

Stanford Law School annually presents two Public Service awards to individuals who exemplify a commitment to public service, provide models of practice that are interesting and innovative, and who have made a specific contribution for that year to the public interest legal field. Please visit http://publicinterestlaw.stanford.edu for more information. All mailed submissions must be postmarked by Monday, April 30, 2007.