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Shelly Horn
Director of Alumni Relations
Office of Development & Alumni Relations
(202) 274-4036

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Legal Eagle Vol. 6 Fall 2007

I hope you had a nice and relaxing summer! WCL fall classes have begun and the usual hustle and bustle of students, faculty and staff is in full swing. The incoming class has 394 full time and 104 part time (evening) students. Their median GPA is 3.4 and their median LSAT score was 162 (Full time) and 160 (part time). More information on the class of 2010 is available at http://www.wcl.american.edu/admiss/profile.cfm.

There are many things for alumni to look forward to this fall. We will soon launch an online community specifically for WCL alumni. Details will be available in this e-newsletter, on our web page at www.wcl.american.edu/alumni, and in the next edition of the Advocate alumni magazine. The site will give you social networking opportunities, the ability to search for fellow alumni, to join "groups," and much, much more!

Please consider joining us for our upcoming events (see below), and/or Reunion Weekend - October 5-7, 2007! In addition to the events listed below, there are many other events on our alumni calendar. These events are hosted by students or staff and you are welcome to attend. Visit our web site calendar page at www.wcl.american.edu/calendar.

Please feel free to contact us at our new hotline phone number at 202-274-4163, or by email at alumni@wcl.american.edu. Consider us your one-stop alumni resource!

Shelly Horn, Director of Alumni Relations, WCL

News from the Office of Development & Alumni Relations

Upcoming Events

9/6 DC Alumni Networking Reception with Dean Claudio Grossman
Time: 06:30PM - 08:30PM
Location: Olives Restaurant, 1600 K Street, NW, Wash, DC

9/18 Maryland Alumni Networking Reception with Dean Claudio Grossman
Time: 06:30PM - 08:30PM
Location: Woodmont Country Club, Rockville, MD

9/19 Virginia Alumni Networking Reception with Dean Claudio Grossman
Time: 06:30PM - 08:30PM
Location: Maggiano's, Tyson's Corner VA

9/28 Myers Society Annual Dinner
Time: 07:00PM - 10:30PM
Location: AU Katzen Arts Center

10/5 Clinic Reunion Reception
Time: 07:30PM - 09:00PM
Location: WCL, Lobby

10/6 Presentation of the Judge Breyer and Judge Scalia video from their discussion at WCL
Time: 03:00PM - 04:30PM
Location: WCL room 603

10/12 National Women's Association Networking Program
Time: 04:00PM - 06:00PM
Location: WCL 6th Floor Dining Room & Student Lounge

10/25 3rd Annual Finnegan and Henderson Distinguished Lecture on Intellectual Property
Time: 05:00PM -
Location: WCL, Room 603

10/26 11th Annual SBA Golf Tournament
Time: 11:00AM - 10:00PM
Location: Fort Belvoir

10/29 Virginia Bar Association Swearing in Ceremony
Time: 10:30AM - 12:00PM
Location: Greater Richmond Convention Center

10/30 Baltimore Alumni Reception
Time: 06:30PM - 08:30PM
Location: The Red Star, 906 S Wolfe St, Baltimore, MD (Edge of Fells Point)

11/1 MDC First Thursday Reception
Time: 06:30PM - 09:00AM
Location: TBA

(These events are designed for alumni and one guest.)


WCL now offers permanent alumni emails. Open your WCL alumni email account today!
It's free! AND it has:

  • 2 Gigabytes of Storage
  • Email forwarding is available (your privacy remains in tact)
  • Accessible via the Web - no installation required
  • Calendar Functionality

It's Easy! Simply:
Go to: www.wcl.american.edu/techres/alum_email.cfm and put in your information. Questions? Contact the Office of Alumni Relations at alumni@wcl.american.edu or the Office of Technology at comptech@wcl.american.edu.


Burton D. Wechsler National First Amendment Moot Court Competition
Please consider participating in the 2007 Burton D. Wechsler National First Amendment Moot Court Competition on Friday, November 2, 2007. The Moot Court Honor Society benefits from the wisdom and perspective of alumni practitioners. If you are interested in volunteering as a judge please email Patrisha Tijerina, Vice President of the Moot Court Honor Society at patrisha.tijerina@gmail.com. For general information about the competition, please visit: http://www.wcl.american.edu/org/mootcourt/wechsler.cfm.

Office of Special Events & Continuing Legal Education (SECLE)

Fall 2007 Special Events
The Office of Special Events & Continuing Legal Education will host several events on a wide range of topics this fall. September highlights include: September 20 - 21, 2007 -Left Out in the Cold? The Chilling Speech, Association, and the Press in Post 9/11 America - a joint American Civil Liberties Union & American University Law Review Symposium; September 27, 2007; Ninth Annual Looking Ahead at the New Supreme Court Term; and September 28 - 29 - Fifth Annual Works in Progress Intellectual Property Colloquium. WCL is also a co-sponsor of the 2007 Annual Conference of the National Association of Administrative Law Judiciary. For more information on any of these programs, or for continuting legal education accredidation, visit www.wcl.american.edu/secle.


Last year, over 300 WCL students earned academic credit for their unpaid legal work at a wide variety of not-for-profit organizations (including courts, government agencies, and law firms engaged in pro bono projects) in the Washington, DC area. During the summer, students worked in other states and even other countries.

The legal community benefits tremendously from the extensive legal work performed by these enthusiastic students who are eager to obtain hands-on experience. Students can earn credit for up to 20 hours of work per week during the fall and spring semesters and can work full-time during the summer semester. The students must be engaged in substantive legal work under the supervision of an attorney. If you would like us to provide students with information about the firm, organization or agency with whom you work, please contact Avis L. Sanders, Director of the Externship Program at (202) 274-4200 or email ALSanders@wcl.american.edu. Please CC: Greg Seidell, Program Assistant; externship@wcl.american.edu.

Office of Career & Professional Development (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.

Save the date for the annual Career Day for 1Ls on Saturday, November 3, 2007! . 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. For more information or to volunteer, please contact Kelli Johnson at kjohnson@wcl.american.edu or at 202-274-4339.

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. Contact Shelley Rudge, Judicial Clerkship Coordinator at serudge@wcl.american.edu or 202-274-4251 with questions. WCL alumni applying for judicial clerkships can also contat Shelley for news 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 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.


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 questions, contact Claire Raj, Assistant Director Public Interest Specialist, at 202-274-4098 or craj@wcl.american.edu.


The International Exchange program is 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.


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. On Monday, October 8, 200, PIJIP will be hosting a program on International Legal Issues. Visit http://www.wcl.american.edu/pijip/events.cfm for more information or to register.


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.


The WCL Trial Advocacy Program is hosting a national conference on October 23, 2007 to celebrate the Stephen S. Weinstein ('65) naming gift to the Trial Advocacy Program. The conference, entitled "Media Influence: Impact on Litigation in the 21st Century Courtroom" will include an ethics presentation by Hal Haddon, Esq., attorney for Kobe Bryant and the parents of Jon Benet Ramsey, and a panel presentation discussing media impact on fairness of the trial system, attorneys' use of media to influence jury selection, and ethical concerns raised by attorney interaction with the media. Conference participants will include Michael Tigar and Colleen Conry Senior Litigation Counsel from the U.S Department of Justice. For more information please contact Kimberly Green, Program Coordinator at (202) 274-4258 or email ksgreen@wcl.american.edu.


The Health Law Project is planning to host a Health Law and Policy Institute mid-June 2008 at WCL. Courses will grant CLEs as well as credits for JD and LL.M. students. Topics will include: International Health and Human Rights, Medicine for Lawyers, Health Care Reform, among others. Alumni interested in participating with the planning of this week-long event should contact Corrine Parver, Practitioner-in-Residence and Executive Director of the Health Law Project at 202-274-4136 or cparver@wcl.american.edu.


Professor Paul R. Rice and Finish Line Press are pleased to announce the publication of his most recent book, Walking Among Shadows: Searching for the Red Sunfish. A collection of poems about childhood on his Grandmother's Kentucky farm. The book will be published on Oct. 5, 2007. This is a limited edition collection. For more information visit www.finishinglinepress.com and click on "2007 New Releases."


David Simmons '91, Artistic Director of The Congressional Chorus invites all Washington College of Law alumni to audition for the chorus' 2007-2008 season. Tenors, Basses, Altos and Sopranos are encouraged to apply to this expanding chorus, joyfully devoted to American music. Now entering its 21st season, the Congressional Chorus is a 45-member organization of Hill staffers and other professionals who enjoy diverse American choral repertoire. Simmons formerly worked on the Hill and has conducted for organizations that include the Washington National Opera. The Congressional Chorus performs works ranging from Classical, Jazz, American songbook standards, Pop, Broadway, Folk, and New Age music. To schedule an audition, please call David Simmons for an appointment at (202) 529-1623, or email him at dsimmons30@hotmail.com. Auditions may also be scheduled by calling Claudia Levy at (301) 229-4045.