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

Kara Sommer
Alumni Relations Coordinator
Office of Development & Alumni Relations
(202) 274-4183

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Legal Eagle Vol. 10 Spring/Summer 2008 (April Edition)


Dear Alumni,

The Washington College of Law Office of Alumni Relations proudly announces the official launch of InCircle, our alumni online community. The site was open for alumni use on March 4th, and we already have more than 500 people registered! If you have not yet joined, please go to www.wcl.affinitycircles.com today!

The online community will allow you to:

  • Find your classmates, near and far;
  • Organize or join an alumni group with those who share your interests or area of practice;
  • Keep friends current with photo albums, journals, and even a link to your personal blog;
  • Sign up for our unique WCL permanent email forwarding address;
  • Volunteer
  • Mentor
  • Catch all the events and programs
  • Much, Much More!  

Membership is exclusive and free to WCL alumni (only). All you need is your AU ID number. To take advantage of all the community has to offer, please proceed through the registration process, complete your profile, encourage your friends to join, and watch your network expand! It’s simple, secure, useful and fun!

Note: Your AU ID (needed to register) is the same as your student ID. Don’t remember? Email alumni@wcl.american.edu with your name, degree and graduation year.

AND, continue the benefits of being part of the WCL community after graduation with your WCL Alumni email account!

(Did you know your AU email address expires when you graduate?) No more missed emails or e-newsletters because WCL doesn’t have your current email address.

1. Simply go to www.wcl.american.edu/techres/alum_email.cfm
2. Enter your first name, last name, degree and year of graduation
3. Your email account will be created (i.e., jsmithjd05@wclalum.american.edu)
4. You will receive an email to your current address with login information
5. Visit mail.wclalum.american.edu to login

See you online!

The Office of Alumni Relations



4/10/2008 - The 2nd Annual International Trade Law Society Distinguished Alumni Dinner Honoring Philip Gallus
Time: 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Location: WCL

4/16/2008 - 12th Annual Sylvania Woods Conference on African Americans and the Law
Time: 2:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Location: WCL

4/18/2008 - Women and the Law Leadership Luncheon Honoring Pamela Deese '83
Time: 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Location: The Cosmos Club, Washington, DC

4/19/2008 - SALSA Alumni and Student Annual Dinner
Time: 6:30 PM - 10:00 PM
Location: Heritage India Restaurant, Dupont Circle

5/18-23/2008 - 13th Annual Inter-American Human Rights Moot Court Competition
Time: 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Location: WCL

Please visit our web calendar at www.wcl.american.edu/calendar and click on Alumni, for details on these (and other) events as they become available. (These events are designed for alumni and one guest. Alumni are invited to attend any event regardless of where they live.)


9/26/2008 - 24th Annual Celebration of the John Sherman Myers Society Dinner
Time: 7:00 PM - 10:30 PM
Location: OAS (Organization of American States)

10/17-18/2008 - Law Reunion Weekend
For the classes ending in 3’s and 8’s -1958, 1963, 1968, 1973, 1978, 1983, 1988, 1993, 1998, and 2003
Celebrating your reunion is a milestone that shouldn’t be missed. Help taylor the big weekend to your class by joining your reunion committee. Help with recruitment, event plans and/or fundraising. Interested? Email alumni@wcl.american.edu



Founders' Celebration 2008 Events

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

APRIL 10 Dean's Diversity Counsil Speaker Series Luncheon
APRIL 15 The Regulation of Adoption: Protecting Children and Families **
APRIL 18 Does Red Lion Still Roar? Exploring Public Interest Regulation of Media in Commemoration of the 14th Anniversary
APRIL 22 The Role of Law Schools in Promoting and Protecting Human Rights

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

Tenth Annual Grotius Lecture

April 9, 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm , WCL
Join guest speaker, His Highness, Price Zeid Ra’ad Zeid Al-Hussein, Ambassador of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan who will speak on the topic of: “For Love of Country and International Criminal Law.”  No RSVP needed. The event is open to all. 
Contact:  Office of Special Events & Continuing Legal Education at: 202.274.4075 or email: secle@wcl.american.edu< /a>

Dean’s Diversity Council Speaker Series Luncheon

April 10, 12:00 pm, WCL
The Honorable Ricardo M. Urbina, U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, will deliver the sixth in the series of speeches.  Judge Urbina has been a member of the Dean's Diversity Council since it was founded in 2001. 
Please register at: secle@wcl.american.edu


12th Sylvania Woods Conference on African Americans and the Law

April 16, 2:00 pm - 8:30 pm, WCL
This is the 12th annual Sylvania Woods Conference on African Americans and the Law.  This year's topic is “The Intersection of Law, Media, and Politics.”  Confirmed guests are:  Jim Asendio, news director, WAMU-88.5; Midwin Charles, ’99, Midwin Charles & Associates and member of the Dean’s Diversity Council; Craig Thompson, Thompson Communications and partner with Venable LLC;  Steven Taylor, Ph.D, an associate professor in the AU School of Public Affairs; and Jacqueline E. Trescott of The Washington Post.  Our tentative featured guest and North Star award winner is CNN correspondent Joe Johns, a 2002 alumnus. The day’s program will begin at 2:00 PM with “Careers Table Talk” and conclude with the awards dinner at 6:30. 
Please register at: secle@wcl.american.edu

Prof. Michael Tigar Emeritus Status Dinner & Kickoff of the Role of the Law School in Promoting and Protecting Human Rights Conf.

April 21, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM , WCL
Dean Claudio Grossman & American University Washington College of Law Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law Cordially invite you to: the Opening of the Conference: The Role of the Law School’ in Promoting and Protecting Human Rights-- A Dinner in Honor of Professor Michael Tigar’s New Emeritus Status. Keynote Presentation by Prof. Tigar: "Four Levels of Understanding in Clinical Human Rights Teaching"
For more information or to register, Click Here.


The Role of Law Schools in Promoting and Protecting Human Rights

April 22, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm, WCL
This important conference will bring together law professors, practitioners and funders from around the United States, Canada and Mexico, to share experiences and exchange models and information about the ways in which law schools impact the human rights field. The conference will provide a forum for discussion about the challenges and successes of law schools engaged in human rights work, and will highlight the diverse ways in which law schools integrate human rights work into their formal and informal initiatives. This conference will also launch an ongoing initiative to bring together each year those working on human rights in the law school context.
Sponsored by the Office of the Dean and the WCL Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law. To register or for additional information, please contact the Office of Special Events & Continuing Legal Education by email at secle@wcl.american.edu or by calling (202) 274-4075 or register online at www.wcl.american.edu/secle/cle_form.cfm.


Spring Recruitment Program/Employment Opportunities for Students and Alumni

OCPD began its Spring Recruitment Program in January. The program highlights summer opportunities and post-graduate positions with small and mid-size law firms, government agencies, public interest organizations, judicial internships/clerkships and other employers.
For more information or to participate, please contact Bridget Beirne, Recruitment Coordinator, 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.

Alumni Job-Search Assistance

WCL alumni have full access to OCPD’s on-line and office resources to use for their career development.  Alumni are encouraged to register for our on-line jobs database, CareerLink, through our website. Also, under OCPD’s Alumni Services link (http://www.wcl.american.edu/career/alumni.cfm), alumni will find access to our Mentor Database, Job Exchange Bulletins, find information about Reciprocity to other law schools’ career offices, as well as free access to the Career Library portion of Lexis.
Contact: Matthew Pascocello, Esq. is our Alumni Counselor and is happy to meet with alumni by appointment either in person or by phone. Contact Matthew at 202-274-4092 or mpasco@wcl.american.edu.

Alumni Mentor 

One of the best ways for students and alumni to get the inside scoop about employment trends, opportunities, and information about what it is like to practice a particular area of law, or with a particular employer, is by asking alumni who have "been there” and “done that.”  WCL Alumni Mentors play an integral role in affording students and fellow alumni the opportunity to conduct networking and informational interviews.  In a competitive marketplace, the need for such valuable contacts and opportunities cannot be overstated.  Statistically speaking, more lawyers get jobs through networking than from any other job search method!  The Office of Career & Professional Development encourages you to enroll today to be a Mentor by contacting alumni counselor Matthew Pascocello.
Contact: Matthew Pascocello -- 202-274-4092 or by email at  mpasco@wcl.american.edu.