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Legal Eagle Vol. 13 - Fall 2008 (September Issue)

Dear WCL Alumni,

Please join us on October 17th from 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM for our first WCL Open House. We hope to fill the building with alumni, faculty, staff and students.

Were you in a clinic? On Law Review or other journals or briefs? In BALSA, APALSA, LALSA or other student groups? The evening will consist of several mini-reunions based on these and many other affiliations. Visit one reception or visit them all! Meet/greet fellow alumni who participated in the same groups you did!

This is part of Reunion weekend, but open to all alumni, regardless of class year.

For more information on participating groups, visit www.wcl.american.edu/alumni/reunion and click on the sun burst.

The cost per alumna/us is $15 and includes two drinks and hors d’oeuvres. To register visit www.wcl.american.edu/alumni/reunion and click on the registration link.

Hope to see you there!

Your Reunion Committee and the Office of Alumni Relations

PS We hope to dedicate the new lobby that day too. So, If you come early, share a champagne toast with us. And take a look at our gorgeous newly renovated lobby.



9/25/2008 -Islamic Legal Forum Student/Alumni Networking Iftar
Time: 6:45 PM
Location: WCL, 6th Floor

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

10/16/2008 - Women's Law Association/Pence Law Library Dinner
Time: 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Location: WCL, 6th floor dining room

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

10/21/2008 - Fifth Annual Finnegan IP Lecture Prosecuting Sexual and Gender-Based Crimes before Internationalized Criminal Courts
Time: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Location: WCL, Room 603

10/27/2008 - Virginia Swearing-in Ceremony and Brunch
Time: 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Location: Richmond Convention Center

11/6/2008 - Washington, DC Alumni Reception
Time: 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Location: Grand Hyatt Hotel, Washington, DC

11/10/2008 - Geneva Alumni Dinner
Time: 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Location: Cafe du Soleil, 6, place du Petit Saconnex

11/13/2008 - Maryland Alumni Reception
Time: 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Location: Greystone Grill, Rockville Town Center

11/18/2008 - PIPS Alumni and Students Dinner
Time: 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Location: Maggiano's Little Italy, Friendship Heights

12/4/2008 - First Thursday Reception (Hosted by, the Multicultural Development Committee)
Time: 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Location: Olives Restaurant, Washington, DC

12/8/2008 - December 2008 Graduates Reception
Time: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM               
Location: WCL Residence

12/11/2008 - Recent Graduates (1-10 years out) Holiday Party
Time: 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM                
Location: TBD

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.
(Events are designed for alumni and one guest. Alumni are invited to attend any event regardless of where they live.)


Join Your Reunion (For Classes ending in 3's and 8's)

In addition to the WCL Open House on October 17, open to all alumni, there are two additional activities for reunion-only alumni that same weekend.
The highlight is the class dinners at the infamous O Street Mansion, on October 18 at 7:00 PM. Please join us and reminisce with your fellow reunion alumni. Dean Claudio Grossman will give brief remarks. For more information go to wcl.american.edu/alumni/reunion.
And, whether you are visiting, or live in the area, bring your family for a Zoo Tour, also on October 18, at noon. For information click here.
Additional details on travel discounts, hotel discounts, parking at WCL and more, visit the reunion web pages at www.wcl.american.edu/alumni/reunion.

InCircle Alumni Online Community
Have you joined InCircle yet? Network, find old friends, career search and much more!
To join, go to wcl.affinitycircles.com. skip the email box and, instead, put in your name and your AU ID. If you need your AU ID, email alumni@wcl.american.edu and include your name and degree and graduate year.



FALL 2008: Office of Special Events and Continuing Legal Education

A wide range of topics will be addressed in the upcoming Fall 2008 programs.  A partical list includes:

10/2/2008 - The Changing Landscape of Energy Law: Administrative Law Review Symposium

10/7/2008 - Kauffman Foundation Distinguished Lecture in Antitrust, Entrepreneurship and Innovation with 2008 Guest Lecturer Einer Elhauge, Harvard Law School

10/23/2008 - Live from the SEC - Videoconference cosponsored with the ABA Section of International Law

Go to www.wcl.american.edu/secle and click on 2008 Programs for full details, additional programs, registration information and Continuing Legal Education accreditation

Lawyer Re-Entry Program

Washington College of Law is launching a new Lawyer Re-Entry Program to prepare lawyers to re-enter the profession after an absence by helping them explore career options, update their knowledge and job search skills, and learn how to reestablish their professional networks.
The six-day program takes place on Fridays and Saturdays from Oct. 24 to Nov. 15, 2008, and also includes three one-on-one coaching sessions designed to help lawyers re-focus professional pursuits. Participants will take classes taught by Washington College of Law faculty and leaders in the field of career re-entry with topics ranging from “Creating a Career Vision” to “Positioning Yourself as an Attractive Re-entry Candidate.” For more information visit our web site or email lawyer.reentry@wcl.american.edu.


Judges Needed for Moot Court Honor Society Program in October

Date: October 24 - 25, 2008

The WCL Moot Court Honor Society is looking for attorneys and judges, especially those who specialize in First Amendment law or have prior Appellate Advocacy/Moot Court experience to serve as judges in the morning or afternoon. Judges are needed for both days, but the greatest need is for Friday.

Friday, October 24 - 9:00 AM- 6:00 PM (at Washington College of Law):
-Preliminary Round 1 (heat 1): 9:00-10:30
-Preliminary Round 1 (heat 2): 10:30-11:45
-Lunch (provided): 11:45 -12:45
-Preliminary Round 2 (heat 1): 12:45-2:00
-Preliminary Round 2 (heat 2): 2:00-3:15
-Octo-final Round: 4:30-6:00

Saturday, October 25 - 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM (at Howard T. Markey National Courts Building):
-Quarter-Final Rounds: 10:00am - 12:30pm
-Lunch (provided): 12:30 - 1:30
-Semi-final Rounds: 2:00pm - 3:15pm
-Final Round: 4:00 - 6:00

For more information, click here , or email, moot@wcl.american.edu

Judges Needed for Marshall-Brennan Constitutional Literacy Project

Date: November 22, 2008
Time: 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Location: U.S. Courthouse, 3rd and Constitution, NW, Washington, DC

The Marshall-Brennan Constitutional Literacy Project at WCL is looking for alumni volunteers to judge. For more information, contact Steve Wermiel '82, Associate Director, at swermiel@wcl.american.edu

Second Annual Public Interest Speed Networking Event and Reception

Date: Saptember 23, 2008
Time: 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Location: WCL, 6th Floor Dining Room

This event provides an opportunity for local public interest and government alumni and legal employers to meet students exploring public interest careers and for students to introduce themselves and ask questions.  Students are aware that this is a networking opportunity and not a job fair. 
We are seeking WCL alumni representatives from legal services providers, public interest advocacy groups, government agencies, and public interest law firms to participate.
Students from Howard University Law School, the University of the District of Columbia’s David A. Clarke School of Law, as well as the Catholic University of America’s Columbus School of Law have been invited.
If you are interested in participating, please contact Heather Fine at hfine@wcl.american.edu or call 202-274-4098.

Career Day for 1Ls 2008

Date: November 1, 2008
Location: Hyatt Regency, Bethesda

Alumni Volunteers Wanted! The highlight of Career Day is the luncheon during which 1L students are seated with WCL alumni and other practitioners in order to provide an opportunity for students to build connections with local attorneys and to learn more about fields in which they might want to practice.  To participate, please contact Robin Fulton at 202-274-4095 or rfulton@wcl.american.edu.



Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law

CALL FOR PAPERS: 2009 Human Rights Essay Award

Topic in English: 60 years of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights: its contemporary normative impact

Topic in Spanish: 60 años de la Declaración Americana de los Derechos y Deberes del Hombre: su impacto normativo actual

About the Award
This annual competition seeks to stimulate the production of scholarly work in international human rights law. Participants have the flexibility to choose any subject related to the assigned topic. The best articles may be published in the American University International Law Review.

The Academy grants two Awards, one for the best article in English and one for the best article in Spanish. The Award consists of a scholarship to the 2009 Specialized Human Rights Program, travel expenses, housing at the university dorms, and a per diem for living expenses.

Eligibility and Requirements

  • Candidates must hold a law degree .
  • Submit an unpublished legal paper written in English or Spanish, solely by the participant.
  • Articles must not exceed 35 pages in length, including footnotes, and must be double spaced using 12-point Times New Roman font.
  • Articles must be submitted via email to hracademy@wcl.american.edu in Microsoft Word format.
  • The deadline to submit articles is February 3, 2009 by 5:00 p.m. E.S.T.
  • Winners will be announced on April 1, 2009 through our Web site.

For more information click here. A comprehensive list of rules is available at www.wcl.american.edu/hracademy/hraward.cfm.


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 Honorable Sir Vivian Ramsey, QC, Justice of the High Court, London.
Ffor 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.

WCL Alumni are eligible for a 50% discount. The early registration deadline is September 15, 2008 and CLE credit is available (22 CLE credits or 26 if NY). For more information, contact: International Arbitration Program, Telephone (202) 274-4321, E-mail: arbitration@wcl.american.edu, or visit www.wcl.american.edu/arbitration.

War Crimes Research Office

Prosecuting Sexual and Gender-Based Crimes Before International/ized Criminal Courts

Date: October 14, 2008
Time: 9:30 AM-4:30 PM, Reception to follow
Location: WCL

Please join the War Crimes Research Office and the Women and International Law Program for a full-day conference bringing together experts in international criminal law and feminist jurisprudence to examine advances and missed opportunities in the prosecution of sexual and gender-based crimes before the International Criminal Court (ICC) and the ad hoc and hybrid criminal tribunals.
For more information and to register, please visit: www.wcl.american.edu/go/gendercrimesicc

Office of Career and Professional Development

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 the on-line jobs database, CareerLink, through the OCPD website. Also, under OCPD’s Alumni Services link (http://www.wcl.american.edu/career/alumni.cfm), alumni will find access to the Mentor Database, Job Exchange Bulletins, 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.