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D'ana Downing
Alumni Relations Coordinator
Office of Development & Alumni Relations
(202) 274-4183

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Legal Eagle Vol. 5 Summer 2007

Please join me in congratulating the Class of 2007! The rich tradition of WCL grows with each graduating class and with it comes new opportunities for alumni participation. There is a growing legacy of alumni who are committed to giving back by attending special events, volunteering as panelists, and making gifts to support the quality of continued legal education at Washington College of Law.

I hope you that you enjoy your summer, and hope to see you at one of our many events here in DC or in your city! Please visit our calendar for a listing of upcoming events!

News from the Office of Development & Alumni Relations

Upcoming Events

ALL WCL Alumni are invited to welcome incoming JD Students at the following receptions:


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/

Career and Professional Development Services (OCPD)

2007 Fall Recruitment Program/Employment Opportunities for Students and Alumni
The Office of Career & Professional Development (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 Bridget Beirne, Recruitment Coordinator, at bbeirne@wcl.american.edu or (202) 274-4095. Also, if you know of any opportunities for recent graduates or other alumni, please forward that information to jobs@wcl.american.edu.

Mock Interview Program & the Annual Career Day for 1Ls
Please consider participating in the 2007 Mock Interview Program during the week of August 6th. The program is designed to assist 2L and 3L students who are in the process of preparing for an intensive fall interview season. We hope that practice interviews with alumni will enhance their presentation to potential employers. For more information about the 2007 Mock Interview Program, please contact Kelli Johnson at 202-274-4339 or kjohnson@wcl.american.edu.

Save the date for the annual Career Day for 1Ls on Saturday, November 3, 2007! Career Day is designed to introduce WCL's new students to OCPD's services and the various career opportunities available to those with a legal education. The highlight of Career Day is the luncheon with alumni and other practitioners, a unique opportunity for 1L students to build connections with practicing attorneys and to learn more about fields in which they might want to practice. We hope you will join us for this important part of the program! For more information about the Career Day for 1Ls, please contact Kelli Johnson at 202-274-4339 or kjohnson@wcl.american.edu.

Help Us Revamp PILRAP!
WCL's Public Interest Loan Repayment Assistance Program (PILRAP) has been aiding graduates for over 20 years. PILRAP attempts to relieve educational debt by providing loan repayment assistance for JD graduates who work in full-time non-profit or government employment. We are currently assessing the program to ensure that it continues to meet your needs. If you are a WCL graduate who has worked, is currently working, or has ever considered working in either public interest and/or for the government, please visit our PILRAP survey link at https://www.wcl.american.edu/career/pilrap_survey.cfm to complete a quick three minute survey. If you have any questions, please contact Claire Raj, Assistant Director Public Interest Specialist, at craj@wcl.american.edu or 202-274-4098. We look forward to hearing from you!

Seeking Judicial Clerkship Information Are you a former or current judicial clerk? If you have not already, 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. If you have any questions, please contact Shelley Rudge, Judicial Clerkship Coordinator at serudge@wcl.american.edu or 202-274-4251. Also, if you are a WCL graduate applying for judicial clerkships, please contact Shelley Rudge to find out about new key resources.

Join the NEW Alumni Jobs Database Software!
OCPD will be transitioning its job posting software from eCampusRecruiter to Symplicity (effective Friday, July 6, 2007). The new service will be referred to as CareerLink and will house all job postings, various on-line job search resources and the Mentor Database (more information on this service will be forthcoming).

To prepare for the transition, alumni eCampusRecruiter users are asked to take the following actions as soon as possible:

  1. UPDATE the information on your profile, including contact information, registrant status, and graduation date.
  2. SAVE any documents you have stored on the eCampusRecruiter website, as these documents will not transfer with the rest of your information.
  3. CHECK the eCampusRecruiter system frequently for information regarding the progress of the transition.

If you currently do not subscribe to eCampusRecruiter but would like to take advantage of our job posting service, please register your profile on eCampus before July 6 and we will transfer your profile information onto CareerLink accordingly. Should you have any questions regarding the use of or transition to this service, please contact Robin Fulton, Resource Coordinator, at rfulton@wcl.american.edu. Please feel free to contact OCPD's Alumni Counselor Matthew Pascocello, Esq. at mpasco@wcl.american.edu with any job-search or employment related questions, or to schedule a counseling session.


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.


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 http://www.wcl.american.edu/washington_seminar/


The fourth annual seminar "International Commercial Arbitration - How to Handle Oil and Gas Cases" of the International Legal Arbitration Program will be held October 9-12, 2007. A mock arbitration case will be discussed primarily from the perspective of the Rules of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce. Earn up to 22 CLE credits. For more information and to register, please visit http://www.wcl.american.edu/arbitration, email arbitration@wcl.american.edu, or call Hillary Lappin at (202) 274-4321.


Please join Professor Angela J. Davis for a discussion and signing of her recent publication Arbitrary Justice: The Power of the American Prosecutor. There will be several events being held in DC, MA, and NY. For more information about these events please visit http://www.arbitraryjustice.com/events.html. If you plan to attend the discussion on June 14th at the Open Society Institute, please RSVP to aboone@sentencingproject.org. Or, if you plan to attend the June 19th discussion at The Brennan Center for Justice at the New York University School of Law, please RSVP to AlliBalugon@juris.law.nyu.edu.