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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. 7 Fall 2007

I am excited to share with you that Washington College of Law alumni will soon have their own online community! We are in the final stages of the coordination process and hope to pre-populate the site with our data soon.

Once it is up and running (early spring) you will be able to:

  • Search for fellow alumni by name, class year, area of practice and much more!
  • Update your contact information and choose what information will be "live" and searchable by others
  • Join (or start) affinity groups
  • Share personal pictures and other information
  • Share and search for jobs (via our Careerlink)
  • And much, much more!

While we are in the final stages of site development, we need 100 alumni who would be willing to go to the site and use. It will help us to address some possible technological difficulties before the masses join in. If you would be willing to help, please email alumni@wcl.american.edu (subject line: online community) with the following information:

  • Email
  • Name, class year, degree earned (JD or LLM)
  • Job title, place of employment

Information about the online community will be available on our web site when we launch (www.wcl.american.edu/alumni). In addition, there are instructions provided below regarding a permanent WCL email address (you can forward any email address to it). I hope you will respond and I look forward to communicating more with you once our online community is live.

Shelly Horn, Director, Alumni Relations

News from the Office of Development & Alumni Relations


WCL has experienced some recent security threats (along with other area schools), and, in order to make sure that all students, staff, and alumni are safe at all times, new security procedures (in the building) have been put in place. They are designed to allow everyone to enjoy the site and keep security high.

Alumni visiting the building should sign in at the front desk in the lobby. Please show a photo ID.

The security personnel will give you a dated badge. This badge will allow you access to the building, including the Pence Law Library. If you do not have a badge, you must show a photo ID when entering the library.

In addition, please sign out when you leave the building. This will help us if there is an emergency and the building is evacuated. We want to know who is still in the building if we have to search.

In addition, while in the library, you will have free access to Westlaw and other online resources, but keep in mind:

  • Just like any institution, you will need to pay for printing and other services
  • Alumni can use computers on the first floor of the Pence Law Library. These computers do not have word processing functions. Second floor computers are designated for students
  • Your alumni card will allow you to take out books (for WCL alumni only)

Parking in the WCL garage is available for a fee (not to exceed $8 per day). There is also parking at meters across the street. During alumni events, you will be notified if parking is free.

To order an alumni card, or for more information on these procedures, please email alumni@wcl.american.edu or call 202-274-4163.Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Upcoming Events

11/12 First Annual AU Law Review Alumni Runion: Is There Life After Law Review?
Time: 6:30PM-8:30PM
Location: WCL, Room 600

11/14 Hiring Dynamics, Networking, and the Legal Practice: A Comprehensive Workshop by WCL Alumni for WCL Students (Share your career and job seeking advice with current students).
Time: 6:30PM
Location: WCL, 6th Floor Dining Room

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

Alumni Are Also Invited To:

Women and the Law Program Guest Lecture
Gonzales v. Carhart and the Degradation of Abortion Provision in the U.S
November 8, 2007, 4:00PM - 5:30PM
Washington College of Law, Room 600
Please join the Women and the Law Program for a guest lecture by renowned sociologist Carole Joffe. Professor Joffe, author of numerous books and articles about the relationship of medicine and law to women's health and reproductive rights, will address how the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision in the case of Gonzales v. Carhart affects the everyday realities of abortion provision for women and their doctors.
To register, visit www.wcl.american.edu/

EJF Annual Public Interest Auction
March 20, 7:00PM- 10:00PM
Every year the Equal Justice Foundation Public Interest Auction raises money to fund scholarships for students who are working in unpaid public interest internships over the summer. The students who are funded by EJF devote their time to various organizations and agencies working on behalf of underrepresented populations in the United States and abroad. The Auction is a fun event where alumni can reconnect with friends and bid on a variety of unique items. Mark your calendars and EJF will keep you posted on the items that will be auctioned this year.
Contact: David Jaffe, Associate Dean of Student Affairs, djaffe@wcl.american.edu or Alexandra Bradley, EJF Executive Chair, 2007-2008, ejf@wcl.american.edu


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 Career & Professional Development (OCPD)

Save the date for the annual Career Day for 1Ls on Saturday, November 3, 2007 at the Hyatt Regency in Bethesda, MD. 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 contact Shelley for news about new key resources.

Would you like to hire attorneys with legal expertise in a foreign country? WCL can offer you attorneys from 40 countries who speak a total of 54 foreign languages! Learn more The Office of Career & Professional Development (OCPD) helps foreign Master of Laws (LL.M.) students to obtain internships with employers in the United States and abroad. LL.M. students are attorneys from foreign countries who come to the United States to further their education. The LL.M. program lasts approximately 1 year, and students seek internship opportunities during the academic year and after graduation. Many students also seek full time employment opportunities after graduation. Foreign attorneys who want to practice in the United States are eligible to sit for the bar exam in a number of U.S. jurisdictions. If you would like to learn more about our LL.M. students or if you would like to advertise an internship or employment opportunity for these students, please contact Adriana Vito, Assistant Director for International Career Programs at avito@wcl.american.edu or call (202) 274-4097 (direct line).

WCL alumni have full access to the resources of the Office of Career & Professional Development, which include: alumni career counseling; access to CareerLink (OCPD's jobs database); access to the Job Exchange Bulletin (for postings across the country); free access to Lexis' Career Library; use of OCPD's on-line and in-office resources; reciprocity with other law schools; and access to the WCL Mentor Database. For a personal and confidential consultation, please contact Matthew Pascocello directly at 202-274-4092 or at mpasco@wcl.american.edu.

Reminder: 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 Summer Session of the first annual "Health Law and Policy Institute" will be held from June 16-20, 2008 at the law school. Educational tracks include: Medical Issues for Lawyers, International Health and Human Rights, Legal Issues in Health Care Fraud and Abuse, Intersection of Intellectual Property and Health Care, and Health Law and Life Sciences Fundamentals, featuring a Washington Insiders Update. Alumni will be able to earn CLE credits at a reduced attendance fee. For further information, please contact Corrine Parver, Practitioner-in-Residence and Executive Director, WCL Health Law Project, at 202-274-4136 or cparver@wcl.american.edu.