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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. 15 Winter 2009


Happy Holidays!

This has been a banner year for our alumni group. We have had record turnout at networking events, more than 1400 of you joined our new alumni online community InCircle (in just nine months!), and hundreds of you volunteered to help mentor, speak to students, and attend student group programs.

We thank you for all you do. And we continuously strive to bring you new benefits and keep you connected to WCL. Check out the new Alumni Resource Guide (available online at www.wcl.american.edu/alumni (click on the Alumni Resources button on the left, and then click “What WCL Can Do For You”) chock full of information on job resources, networking opportunities, and much more. And don’t forget to email alumni@wcl.american.edu to share your class notes (marriage, new job, other exciting news).

Wishing you a wonderful holiday season and a great new year!

The Office of Development and Alumni Relations


01/9/2009 - San Diego Alumni and Friends Reception (during the AALS Conference)
Time: 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Location: Marriott Pavilion/Lobby Level, San Diego Marriott Hotel and Marina

01/21/2009 - Myers Society Deans' Reception (for Myers members only)
Time: 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM               
Location: Washington College of Law

02/17/2009 - GOLD Alumni Reception
Time: 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Location: Maggiano’s Little Italy, Friendship Heights, Washington, DC

02/19/2009 - EJF 16th Annual Public Interest Auction
Time: 7:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Location: Washington College of Law, 6th Floor

02/24/2009 - Annual Named Scholarships and Awards Dinner
Time: 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Location: Washington College of Law, 6th Floor

02/25/2009 - New York Alumni and Newly-Admitted Students Reception
Time: 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Location:  The Lotus Club

03/04/2009 - San Francisco Alumni and Newly-Admitted Students Reception
Time: 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM               
Location: TBA

03/05/2009 - Los Angeles Alumni and Newly-Admitted Students Reception
Time: 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM               
Location: TBA

03/04/2009 - San Francisco Alumni and Newly-Admitted Students Reception
Time: 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM               
Location: TBA

03/05/2009 - Los Angeles Alumni and Newly-Admitted Students Reception
Time: 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM               
Location: TBA

03/05/2009 - First Thursday Reception
Time: 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Location: Teatro Goldoni, NW, Washignton, DC

03/06/2009 - San Diego Alumni and Newly-Admitted Students Reception
Time: 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM               
Location: TBA

03/13/2009 - Boca Raton Alumni and Newly-Admitted Students Reception
Time: 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM     
Location: TBA

03/14/2009 - Miami Alumni and Newly-Admitted Students Reception
Time: 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM               
Location: TBA

03/19/2009 - Chicago Alumni and Newly Admitted Students Reception
Time: 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM               
Location: Grand Lux Cafe

03/22/2009 - Boston Area Alumni and Newly-Admitted Students Reception
Time: 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM               
Location: Cafe Fleuri

03/31/2009 - Northern Virginia Alumni Reception
Time: 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM               
Location: TBA

04/16/2009 - Charlotte, North Carolina Alumni and Newly-Admitted Students Reception
Time: 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM               
Location: Firebirds

09/2009 - John Sherman Myers Society Dinner
Time: TBA               
Location: TBA

10/16-10/17/2009 - 2009 Reunion Weekend
Time: TBA               
Location: TBA

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

Do you have questions for fellow alumni? Need information about the bar in your state? Want to arrange a get-together for alumni in your area? Reach out to fellow alumni using the “Opportunities” link in InCircle. All you have to do is click on “Opportunities” on your home page and fill in the blanks, choose who will receive it, and then send it. It is a fast and easy way to reach alumni using your own criteria.

WCL has taken advantage of this new service by listing events, surveys, student asks and more. It has been very useful for us and should be for you too.

To join InCircle, go to wcl.affinitycircles.com. Skip the email box and, instead, put in your name and AU ID number. You can get your ID number by sending an email to alumni@wcl.american.edu and including your full name, graduate year and degree earned.

Reunion 2009

Did you Graduate in a year ending in a 4 or a 9?
(1959, 1964, 1969, 1974, 1979, 1984, 1989, 1994, 1999 and 2004)

Then HOLD THE DATE and join us October 16 and 17, 2009 to celebrate your Reunion!
Details are in the planning stages now. Join the committee and help make the decisions for your big weekend!

Email reunion@wcl.american.edu or call 202-274-4163 today!


Founders Celebration Events Kick Off January 10

American University Washington College of Law  will offer an exceptional and diverse array of conferences and lectures during our annual Founders' Celebration, January - May 2009. In January alone, programs will include the “10th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Celebration,” “Military Commission Practice and Jurisprudence,” and “Information Policies in the New Administration.” Visit the Founders Web site for information on all programs and how to register and/or receive CLE credit.

Events include:

10th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Commemoration Program

Date: January 15, 2009
Time: 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Location: WCL

Professor Perry Wallace, the first speaker in the King program series, will also give the tenth keynote. Prof. Wallace will speak about the Obama election and its place among the other apparent gateways to human and civil rights, and the challenges it lays down. Mrs. Barbara William, director of WCL’s financial aid office, led the first collaborative reading, and, for the tenth program, she will lead a community reading by nearly twenty members of the WCL community of the “I Have a Dream” speech. A reception will follow the program.


The First Annual Lambda Law Society Symposium on Marginalized Issues in the LGBTQ Community: Race, Class and Domestic Violence

Date: February 4, 2009
Time: 3:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Location: WCL

The symposium seeks to offer a forum to discuss marginalized issues faced by many in the LGBTQ community both nationally and in our nation's capital. This year's symposium will begin with a panel on domestic violence in LGBTQ relationships. A second panel will follow entitled "Out on the Street," which focuses on issues facing low-income and minority LGBTQ in the Washington D.C area. The symposium will conclude with an alumni dinner.  Presented by the LAMBDA Law Society

To register, visit the Founders Web site above.


Dean’s Diversity Council Speaker Series

Date: February 9, 2009
Time: 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Place: WCL

Shirley Rivadeneira ’04 will give the spring 2009 speech. Most recently, Ms. Rivadeneira served as deputy voter protection coordinator for Barack Obama’s Nevada Campaign for Change.


2009 Equal Justice Foundation (EJF) Auction

Date: February 19, 2009
Time: 7:00 PM
Place: WCL, 6th Floor

Where Can You Combine A Great Night of Fun, Networking with Fellow Alumni, and Visits with Faculty, Staff and Current Students? At the EJF (Equal Justice Foundation) Auction!

The Office of Alumni Relations will host alumni attendees at no charge. Alumni are encouraged to attend and bring your school spirit and dollars to support the auction. Every dollar you bid (and win great prizes) will help students. RSVP to alumni@wcl.american.edu or call 202-274-4163.

(You must RSVP by February 17 to attend)


WCL 2009 Summer Programs in D.C. and Abroad

Registration is now available for American University Washington College of Law’s 2009 Summer Programs, held in D.C. and locations abroad and focusing on topics such as human rights, international arbitration, environmental law, health law, and international law. These intensive programs offer participants unparalleled opportunities to network with peers from across the globe while gaining academic or CLE credit through courses taught by distinguished faculty and leading practitioners. Discounts are available for alumni. For more on WCL’s summer offerings, visit www.wcl.american.edu/summer.

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.

Recruitment Programs/Employment Opportunities for Students and Alumni

OCPD is currently accepting registrations for the 2009 Spring Recruitment Program, which will start in January. The program will highlight summer opportunities and post-graduate positions with small and mid-size law firms, government agencies, nonprofits, the judiciary, and other employers. The office will also launch the registration process for the 2009 Fall Recruitment Program in the coming months. For more information or to participate, please contact Robin Fulton, Recruitment Coordinator, at rfulton@wcl.american.edu or (202) 274-4095.
As always, if you know of any opportunities for recent graduates or other alumni, please forward that information to jobs@wcl.american.edu.