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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. 11 Summer 2008 (June Edition)


Dear Alumni,


Have you heard about the WCL “Open House” scheduled for October 17 from 6:00 – 9:00 PM? All alumni are invited to join faculty, staff and students for several mini-reunion receptions taking place throughout the WCL building. Were you in a Clinic? On Law Review? Journals? Involved with other groups? Then come to these and other receptions! Visit: www.wcl.american.edu/alumni/reunion for the most up-to-date list of participating groups or to register (starting next week). (This is part of reunion weekend, but all alumni are invited to attend).

And, if this is your reunion year (classes ending with 3’s and 8’s), join us for your class dinner on Saturday, October 18. The festivities will take place at the infamous O Street Mansion (2020 O St.) near Dupont Circle. It is a fun and eclectic place to dine and reminisce with your class members. Registration and information will be available at www.wcl.american.edu/alumni/reunion,

During the summer we will be in Ocean City during the Maryland State Bar Association meeting (our event is June 13), at the NBA in Houston on July 30, in Atlanta on August 6, and Santa Monica on August 21. If you live in these cities, or are visiting, please join us. Information is available below.

Have a great summer!

 The Office of Alumni Relations

PS - You can find this and other information, network, and much more on the new InCircle alumni online community. More than 1,000 alumni have already joined. Have you? If not, go to wcl.affinitycircles.com today!


If you are planning to visit WCL this summer, please note that the lobby is undergoing renovations. The front door will be blocked. WCL Alumni can enter via the garage (hourly fee to park, maximum is $8). Please go to the first floor to the security desk and sign in (show a photo ID). You will receive a badge that will allow you into the Pence Law Library and other locations in the building. Questions? Email alumni@wcl.american.edu. Thank You.


6/13/2008 - MD SBA Annual Meeting - Alumni Reception
Time: 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Location: Fresco's - Ocean City, MD.

7/30/2008 - NBA Alumni Reception - Durring the NBA Annual Meeting
Time: 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Location: Houston, TX - TBA

8/6/2008 - Atlanta Alumni and Potential Student Reception
Time: 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Location: Atlanta, GA - Maggianos

8/21/2008 - Santa Monica Alumni and Potential Student Reception
Time: 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Location: Bryan Cave LLP Law Firm, 120 Broadway, Suite 300

9/3/2008 - Recent Grads Event "What WCL Can Do For You - As An Alum"
Time: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Location: WCL, Room 600

9/5/2008 - Boston Alumni and Potential Student Reception
Time: 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Location: Maggianos

9/26/2008 - John Sherman Myers Annual Dinner
Time: 7:00 PM - 10:30 PM
Location: The Organization of American States

10/17 - 10/18/2008 - Reunion Weekend
Please visit the reunion web pages for current information at: www.wcl.american.edu/alumni/reunion/index.cfm

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.)



11/06/08 - Washington, DC Alumni Reception
Time: 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Location: Grand Hyatt Hotel, Washington, DC

11/13/2008 - Maryland Alumni Reception
Time: 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Location: TBA

11/17/2008 - Supreme Court Alumni Swearing-in Ceremony
Time: 8:30 AM
Location: Supreme Court

11/19/2008 - Virginia Alumni Reception
Time: 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Location: TBA

12/04/2008 - First Thursday Reception
Time: 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Location: TBA, Washington, DC


Admission to the Bar of the United States Supreme Court

WCL assists interested alumni to apply for admission to the Bar of the United States Supreme Court. The next group swearing-in ceremony is scheduled for November 17, 2008. Applications are due by October 1, 2008.

To apply for admission, please click here: fill out an application and return to WCL, Office of Development & Alumni Relations, Suite 373, 4801 Massachusetts Ave., N. W. Washington, DC 20016. Please also include:

  • A certificate in good standing from the highest court of the state or commonwealth in which you are a member ñ STATE BAR CERTIFICATES WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.
  • A check for $200 made out to the United States Supreme Court. This is a Court charged fee and therefore non-negotiable (sent to WCL). The check will not be cashed until one month before the ceremony.
  • Two signatures of sponsors who are already members of the Supreme Court Bar.

For further information email alumni@wcl.american.edu. Thank you.



Health Law Policy Institute

Date: June 16-20, 2008
Location: WCL

Tthe first Annual Health Law and Policy Institute will provide JD and LL.M. students and practitioners, with an opportunity for intensive training in various aspects of health law and policy over a one-week period.

The Summer Session offers a broad range of custom-developed courses taught by leading practitioners from private practice businesses, health care organizations, government and non-governmental organizations, specifically for an intensive learning format.

Credits: Courses in the Health Law and Policy Institute can be taken for Continuing Legal Education (CLE). A Certificate of Attendance will be presented to participants who do not wish to take courses for academic credit. For More Information, visit: http://www.wcl.american.edu/llmlawandgov/health/institute.cfm.

The Emerging Era in Whistleblower Rights and the Public’s Right to Know

Date: June 23, 2008
Time: 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Location: WCL

The conference will explore new and pending laws that empower public and private sector employees to blow the whistle on wrongdoing, and will consider the special case of national security disclosures and what remains to be done to achieve an effective system of public accountability and transparency. 

General registration required – No charge; CLE registration – $35. To register, please go to www.wcl.american.edu/secle/registration

CLE Accreditation (4.5 credits) in VA, PA, and NY; other states can be applied to by Washington College of Law upon request 

Please join us for a complementary reception following the conference to celebrate the 31st Anniversary of the Government Accountability Project.

For further information, please call, (202) 274-4075, Fax: (202) 274-4079,or email: secle@wcl.american.edu.

Annual Lecture on International Commercial Arbitration

Date: September 25, 2008
Time: 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Location: WCL, Room 603
The annual lecture offers an eminent figure in international arbitration a platform on which to share his or her ideas on novel issues and current trends in international arbitration from his or her own perspective and provides practitioners and academics an exclusive opportunity to participate. The 2008 lecture will feature The Hon Sir Vivian Ramsey, QC, Justice of the High Court, London.
for additional Information email: arbitration@wcl.american.edu.


Fifth Annual Seminar on International Commercial Arbitration: How to Handle Intellectual
Property and Telecommunication Cases

Date: October 27-30, 2008
Time: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Location: WCL
A group of distinguished experts will teach participants the skills, strategies, and tactics to successfully handle, either as counsel or arbitrator, Intellectual Property and Telecommunication cases using interactive lectures and mock arbitration exercises.

The seminar will discuss:

  • the preparation and filing of an arbitration request;
  • the answer to a request for arbitration;
  • the organization of arbitral proceedings;
  • the production of evidence;
  • how to conduct an arbitral hearing; and,
  • the making of an arbitral award.

Please click here to register online, or for additional Information email: arbitration@wcl.american.edu.


International Legal Studies Program

International Week: The International Legal Studies program will co-sponsor the 2nd Annual International Week from September 15-19. Events will include a range of panels, lectures, lunches, and social events all focusing around issues in international law. The purpose is to promote awareness of international law and international events.

The 1st Annual International Photo Competition: Open to all at WCL faculty, staff, alumni and students. If you’re an amateur or professional, send in your photos to awong@wcl.american.edu by September 5th. Photos are grouped in categories: Faces of the World, Architecture, Nature, and Humor. For more informatin please visit: www.wcl.american.edu/ilsp/ILSP_photocomp.cfm

New LLM/MIS Dual Degree: The ILSP is proud to announce its new dual LLM/MIS degree with the School of International Service at American University. This accelerated two year degree is designated for those interested in careers in law and international relations and provides students with both the knowledge and resources to succeed in today’s global environment. For more information visit: www.wcl.american.edu/ilsp/llmmis_dualdegree.cfm.

Office of Career and Professional Development

Fall Recruitment Program/Employment Opportunities for Students and Alumni

OCPD is now accepting registrations for its 2008 Fall Recruitment program.  The program highlights 2009 summer opportunities and post-graduate positions with large 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 students, 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 Program  

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 at: 202-274-4092 or by email at  mpasco@wcl.american.edu.