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Shelly Horn
Director of Alumni Relations
Office of Development & Alumni Relations
(202) 274-4163

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Legal Eagle Vol. 14 - Fall 2008 (November Issue)


Dear WCL Alumni,

Great news! WCL launched @WCL last month, a monthly email newsletter aimed at keeping our community and friends informed about the law school's exciting programs, events, and developments. Please view the October edition of @WCL online now. If you are not already receiving the newsletter please sign up - you can expect the newsletter the first week of every month.

The Legal Eagle will continue to come to you every other month with information specific to alumni and including upcoming alumni events, volunteer opportunities, and messages from student groups and WCL departments.

Although the Advocate printed alumni magazine will soon arrive at your home, you will not receive another issue of the Legal Eagle until early January. So, please accept our best wishes for a wonderful, safe and happy Thanksgiving and holiday season.

The Office of Alumni Relations

Shelly Horn, Director



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: Tabaq, U Street Corridor, Washington, DC

1/9/2009 - AALS Alumni and Friends Reception
Time: 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM                
Location: Anaheim, Marriott Pavilion/Lobby Level, San Diego Marriott Hotel and Marina

2/17/2009 - Gold Happy Hour
Time: 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM                
Location: TBD

3/17/2009 - Northern Virginia Alumni Reception - Celebrate St. Patrick's Day!
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.)


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.

New on InCircle…you can post “opportunities” from your own page. Are you looking for someone you lost touch with, but is not yet on InCircle? Ask other alumni! Need Bar Bri books from another state? Ask other alumni! Need an opinion from another lawyer in another state, or on another topic? Post it to Opportunities for quick results!  And check the Alumni Relations opportunities that include upcoming events around the US, the need for panelists and speakers for student groups, and much more!


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.


Office of Special Events and Continuing Legal Education: Fall 2008

Click here for the FALL 2008: SECLE Calendar of Events which includes:

Dangerous Products:  From Lead Toys to Tainted Drugs: A Discussion for Consumer Protection Professionals and the Media

Date: November 14, 2008
Time: 9am - 2pm
Location: Washington College of Law, room 603

Presented by, American University Washington College of Law and the American Association for Justice Robert L. Habush Endowment.

Realizing the Promise of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights:
Examining the First 60 Years and Beyond

Date: December 2, 2008
Time: 9am - 5pm
Location: Washington College of Law

As part of the global celebration of the 60th Anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), American University Washington College of Law and the American Society for International Law will present a day-long conference examining the past, present and future of this landmark document.  Yale Law School Dean Harold Koh will deliver the keynote address, The Politics of Implementation: The Role of Human Rights in Foreign Policy.

For more information and to register contact: Office of Special Events & Continuing Legal Education, American University Washington College of Law, Call: 202-274-4075; Fax: 202-274-4079; Email: secle@wcl.american.edu; or visit: www.wcl.american.edu/secle.

Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law: Upcoming Events

For more information about the Center and updated information on events please click here

Katrina Three Years Later:  A Week of Events Exploring Gulf Coast Recovery

Events continue through November 14, 2008

The Inter-relationship of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law in Situations of Armed Conflict

Date: Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Time: 12:00 pm - 1:20 pm
Washington College of Law, Room 602

Presented by Professor Robert Goldman, Co-Director, Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law.  Part of the Center’s monthly “Munching on Human Rights” lunchtime lecture series.  Pizza will be served

KatrinaRitaVille Trailer

During the week of November 10, the KatrinaRitaVille Trailer will visit WCL and American University to educate students, faculty, and the community about ongoing human rights concerns in the Gulf (http://krvexpress.org).  Co-sponsored by WCL’s Action for Human Rights and the Student Activists for Katrina/Rita Survivors.  

Human Rights Film Series

As part of the 9th Annual Human Rights Film Series, the Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, in conjunction with AU’s Center for Social Media, will screen two films related to the impact of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita on the Gulf Coast.  All events are free and open to the public.  For more information and updates, please click here.

Cut Off

Date: Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Time: 6:00 pm,
Location: Washington College of Law, Room 603)

Cut Off, a film that explores how public hospitals, schools, and housing in New Orleans are being eliminated and radically redefined and the impact on those people who live there.  There will be a special visit with filmmaker Broderick Webb.

When the Levees Broke (Part 3)

Date: Thursday, November 13, 2008
Time: 5:30 pm
Location: Wechsler Theatre, MGC, 3rd Floor

When the Levees Broke (Part 3), an examination of the U.S. government’s role in the response to Hurricane Katrina, and the disastrous series of events that devastated the city and its people.  Oscar-nominated producer Sam Pollard will visit.

Lawyer Re-Entry Program

Washington College of Law launched a 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. It will continue in the Spring.
For more information visit our web site or email lawyer.reentry@wcl.american.edu.

Office of Diversity Services

Dean’s Diversity Council Annual Meeting: Part II of  the Conference on African Americans and the Law “The Intersection of Media, Law and Politics”

Date: Thursday, November 20, 2008

The program will comprise part two of the conversation begun at last April’s Sylvania Woods Conference on African Americans and the Law—“The Intersection of Media, Law, and Politics.” That program was a pre-election panel discussion of the meaning of the current political year for the African-American community, among educators, print and electronic media representatives, and legal practitioners. Thepost-election program will broaden the number of participants in the conversation, and will focus on the legal, political, and social ramifications of the election’s results on disadvantaged communities and communities of color. Confirmed roundtable participants are Jim Asendio, news director, WAMU; WCL Professors Cynthia Jones ‘89 and Jamin Raskin;Robert Raben, the Raben Group; WCL alumna Judy Smith of Impact Strategies; Craig Thompson, owner of Thompson Communications and partner at Venable; and Jacqueline Trescott of the Washington Post. Joe Johns ‘00 of CNN is scheduled to moderate, and Prof. Steven Taylor of AU’s School of Public Affairs is expected to return. For further information, contact Sherry Weaver, director, Office of Diversity Services; 202-274-4032 or email sweaver@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.

Internation Arbitration Program

International Arbitration Summer Session

Date: May 26, 2009 - June 11, 2009
Location: Washington College of Law

Taught by leading practitioners and arbitrators from throughout the world, the International Arbitration Summer Session focuses on theoretical and practical aspects of international arbitration and provides insights on the practice of international arbitration and the handling of arbitration cases.

Course offerings include:

  • Nuts and Bolts of International Commercial Arbitration (1 credit)
  • Investor-State Arbitration: Current Developments (1 credit)
  • Advanced Seminar: Practical Skills and Cross-Examination in International
    Arbitration (1 credit)
  • International Arbitration and Choice-of-Law Issues (1 credit)
  • Salient Issues in ICC Arbitration (1 credit)
  • Arbitraje Comercial Internacional (1 crédito)

Earn 12 CLE Credits per Course (14 if NY). Please contact us for special alumni rates.

For more information, contact: International Arbitration Program, American University Washington College of Law, 4801 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20016, Telephone (202) 274-4321, Fax (202) 274-4226, E-mail: arbitration@wcl.american.edu, or visit: www.wcl.american.edu/arbitration

Office of Career and Professional Development


THANK YOU to all Alumni who so graciously gave of their time participating in this year’s Second Annual Public Interest Speed Networking Event. Over 80 students from WCL, Howard, UDC and Catholic law schools took advantage of this unique opportunity to sharpen their interview skills.

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, 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.

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

Attorneys With Legal Expertise in a Foreign Country

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!

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).