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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. 8 Winter 2007

Washington College of Law's reputation has skyrocketed throughout the country and internationally. Our integrated first-year curriculum is unique, allowing 1Ls to study the relationship between different areas of the law and to take specially-designed elective courses in the spring semester. Our programs in Clinical Legal Education, International Law, and Trial Advocacy are recognized widely for their excellence. The applicant pool has grown rapidly in the last few years, making us one of the most popular schools in the region. WCL continues to expand its faculty and meet the demands of a growing student body.

With your dedicated support, the law school will continue making extraordinary strides. WCL alumni currently support the law school at a rate of 19%. Other schools in the Washington, DC area and Virginia have surpassed us at a rate of 21% participation. Our goal is to increase our alumni participation numbers rapidly, to exceed other area schools.

Your gift, no matter its size, is important to the law school. You can designate your gift to any area of WCL you wish. You will remain increasingly proud of your alma mater with its strides forward. To make a gift online, go to www.wcl.american.edu/alumni/giving.cfm. Without you, Washington College of Law would not be the stellar legal institution it is today. Thank you for your past support, and for your 2007 Gift.

Season's Greetings and Happy New Year!
The Office of Development & Alumni Relations.

News from the Office of Development & Alumni Relations

1/03/2008 AALS and Alumni Reception, New York
Time: 6:30PM - 8:30PM
Location: Hilton NY, 1335 Avenue of the Americas, Nassau Room!

2/05/2008 Scholarship Dinner for donors and student recipients
Time: 6:30PM - 9:30PM
Location: WCL, 6th Floor

1/15/2008 Ninth Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Commemoration/Reception
Time: 4:00PM - 6:00PM
Location: WCL


Las Vegas, Nevada End of January
Pittsburg, PA February 27
Philly, PA February 27
San Francisco, CA March 6
San Diego, CA March 7
LA, CA March 8
Boston, MA March 9
Chicago, IL March 13
NY/NJ March 19
Miami April
Tampa April
Orlando April
Atlanta April
Phoenix, AZ April
Denver, CO April
New England/CT TBA
Seattle, WA TBA

Please visit our web calendar at www.wcl.american.edu/calendar for details on these (and other) events as they become available.

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

Alumni Are Also Invited To Attend:

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


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 can 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.


This one day conference explores the topic of "secularism" in Turkey by looking at the legacy of Mustafa Kamal Ataturk, the founder of modern Turkey and comparing the "Kamalist experiment" with other secularist movements of the region. The Conference also addresses European and American relations with Turkey, the question of the Turkish accession to the European Union (EU), and the tension between secularism and an assertion of an Islamic identity in Turkey. For more information please go www.wcl.american.edu/go/turkey or, to register click http://www.wcl.american.edu/secle/cle_form.cfm
Sponsored by the International Legal Studies Program, the LLM Board and the International Trade Law Society


    ** = Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Accreditation will be applied for

JANUARY 9 Turkey: At the Crossroads of Secular West and Traditional East
JANUARY 10 Opportunities Day
JANUARY 15 Ninth Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Commemoration
JANUARY 16 The United Nations Committee Against Torture Project
JANUARY 17-18 Basic Special Education Law for Special Education Hearing Officers
JANUARY 24 WCL Externship Fair
JANUARY 30 The Right to Die with Dignity: An Argument in Ethics and Law **
JANUARY 31 Current Issues in Tax Law: The IRS and Cultural Property **

For more information on Founders Programs, CLE credits and fees, email secle@american.edu or visit www.wcl.american.edu/secle.

2008 Summer Session on Environmental Law

The Summer Session on Environmental Law directed by Professor David Hunter, provides law students and practitioners with an opportunity for intensive environmental law training during a three-week period. Courses are taught by leading practitioners from government, business, and non-governmental organizations. The summer session offers two two-credit courses, and 5 one-credit courses including one in Spanish.

The 2008 Summer Session will take place from May 27 to June 13, 2008.

For more information about the Environmental Summer Session, visit the program website at: http://www.wcl.american.edu/environment/summer/. You can also send an e-mail to David Hunter at dunter@wcl.american.edu or Susana Castiglione at castiglione@wcl.american.edu.


This fall, the International Visiting Scholars Program (IVSP) at WCL welcomed 23 distinguished scholars from nine countries across the world. An additional five scholars from five countries will be joining the program for the spring 2008 semester. These scholars, who are all engaged in their own research projects, are also actively engaged with the WCL community and are very interested in meeting WCL alums who share their legal interests.

For more information on the Program and individual scholars, visit http://www.wcl.american.edu/scholars/, or email intlvisitors@wcl.american.edu.


In August 2007, WCL welcomed ten mid-career professionals from Brazil, Colombia, Egypt, Haiti, Moldova, Slovakia, Sri Lanka, Trinidad & Tobago and Tunisia for professional development, cultural exchange and academic coursework within the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program. AU has served as a host institution for the Humphrey Program since 1980, and in 2002, the Program moved to WCL where it has since been hosted by the International Legal Studies Program (ILSP). ILSP provides the Humphrey Fellows with opportunities to interact with our innovative and internationally renowned faculty, participate in law courses, and attend specialized conferences, workshops, and lecture series organized by various units at the law school. During the Spring semester the Humphrey Fellows look forward to Professional Affiliations at local legal institutions and international organizations located in Washington, D.C., often through WCL alumni contacts. For more information on the Program or to contact one of the Fellows please visit http://www.wcl.american.edu/scholars/humphrey/.


WCL is pleased to announce the Summer Legal English Institute. This summer the Institute will offer two intensive legal English courses designed to introduce foreign practitioners and incoming LLM students to legal English concepts, speaking and writing.

Intensive 4 Day Course - May 19-22, 2008
3 Week Course - July 28-August 14, 2008

For more information and fees, please see the Summer Legal English Institute website: www.wcl.american.edu/slei.


Professor Nancy Polikoff' has written a book which will be in bookstores by February 1. Published by Beacon Press, the book, Beyond (Straight and Gay) Marriage: Valuing All Families under the Law, argues that married couples should not be singled out for "special rights" denied other family forms. Professor Polikoff has two bookstore readings and signings scheduled in Washington, DC: Politics and Prose on February 2 and Busboys and Poets on February 25. For a complete listing of her appearances around the country, check the book's website: www.beyondstraightandgaymarriage.com, which will be up and running by mid-January.