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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. 16 Spring 2009


Dear Alumni,

You are a graduate of WCL and an important member of our community.

During this difficult economic period, several WCL alumni have been affected. We want you to know that we are aware of the challenges and are working on new ways to assist you.

Please consider attending networking events (see below), or visiting our online community - InCircle at wcl.affinitycircles.com - to reach out to other alumni. Through InCircle you can start or join existing groups for alumni in your geographic area, or for alumni in your area of practice. You can also plan informal get-togethers with each other. We ask you to help us support your fellow alumni as well.

Remember that the Office of Career and Professional Development is available to assist you. See their notes at the end of this e-newsletter and visit their web pages at www.wcl.american.edu/ocpd.


Shelly Horn, Director of Alumni Relations


03/12/2009 - First Thursday Reception (for Minority Alumni)
Time: 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Location: Teatro Goldoni, NW, Washington, DC

03/13/2009 - Boca Raton Alumni and Newly-Admitted Students Reception
Time: 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Location: Cielo by Angel Harnett (A Gordon Ramsay Restaurant)

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

03/17/2009 - Second Annual Asian Pacific Americans and the Law Dinner
Time: 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Location: WCL

03/18/2009 - Dean's Business Law Lecture with alumnus Rick Lazio '83
Time: 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Location: WCL Room 603

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

03/19/2009 - EJF 16th Annual Public Interest Auction
Time: 7:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Location: WCL 6th floor

03/19/2009 - Phi Alpha Delta (WCL Brandeis Chapter)  Practioners Reception
Time: 6:00 - 8:00 PM
Location: Rosa Mexicano Restaurant

03/21/2009 - Philly Alumni and Newly-Admitted Students Networking Event
Time: 5:00 - 7:00 PM
Location: Fork Restaurant

03/22/2009 - Boston Area Alumni and Newly-Admitted Students Reception
Time: 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Location: Cafe Fleuri

03/23/2009 - Women's Law Association Networking Event for Alumni and Students
Time: Evening
Location: Black Finn Restaurant (tentative)

03/26/2009 - Myers Society Alumni and Student Reception: Hiring Dynamics, Networking and Legal Practice
Time: 6:30 PM - 10:00 PM
Location: WCL Dining Room, 6th floor
(Exclusively for Myers Society Members)

04/01/2009 - 10th Annual Peter M. Cicchino Awards Dinner
Time: 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Location: WCL Dining Room

04/02/2009 - 13th Annual Sylvania Woods Conference on African Americans and the Law
Time: 2:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Location: WCL Sixth Floor

04/08/2009 - International Trade Law Society Reception and Dinner Honoring alumnus Chris Parlin '75
Time: 6:00 PM - 6:30 PM Reception, 6:30 PM Dinner (responses required)
Location: WCL, 6th floor

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

04/22/2009 - Women and the Law Leadership Luncheon Honoring alumna Dorothy Toth Beasley '64
Time: 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Location: Cosmos Club

09/2009 - John Sherman Myers Society Dinner
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: TBA

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!

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


Coming Soon: Incircle Facebook Application: The Best of Both Worlds!

The InCircle Facebook Application will allow Incircle members to access their exclusive Incircle data while still in Facebook. In other words, you can log into Facebook and get both online communities.

Look for your invitation to add the facebook application to your InCircle page!

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, graduation year and degree earned.


Alumni Judges Needed for Mock Trial and Moot Court Competitions!

Marshall-Brennan Consititional Literacy Project Spring Moot Court

Date: March 14, 2009

The Marshall-Brennan Constitutional Literacy Project at WCL seeks volunteers to sign up for one or more shifts (these times are approximate and exact times will be provided to you by e-mail): morning (9:30 a.m. to 12 noon); afternoon (12:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.) or semifinals (3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.) For more information and to volunteer, contact Steve Wermiel, associate director, at swermiel@wcl.american.edu.

National High School Moot Court Competition

Quarter-Final and Semi-Final Rounds
Date: March 21 or March 22
Location: WCL Room 603

Each year, WCL hosts this championship to give high school students the unique opportunity to meet lawyers, judges, and other students from across the country. This year's problem involves "cyberbullying" and the extent to which the school's administration can control a student's speech on the internet without violating their First Amendment right to free speech.

The Quarter-Final Round is being held on Saturday, March 21st, from 3:00pm - 4:30pm, and the Semi-Final Round is being held on Sunday, March 22nd, from 10:00am - 11:30am. Please contact Michael McMaster to register at (303) 907-2100 or mcmaster.michael@gmail.com.

Mock Trial Capitol City Challenge

Date: March 28 or 29, 2009
Location: Superior Courthouse of the District of Columbia

From opening statements to closing arguments, ten law schools from around the country will compete against each other as they litigate a criminal case problem. The competition will also emphasize the use of technology in the courtroom. Each round will last at least three hours with an additional few minutes for scoring and feedback. On Saturday, volunteers are needed for one round of trials in the morning and for another round in the afternoon. On Sunday, volunteers are needed for one round in the morning. Your participation in any or all of these rounds would be appreciated. Breakfast will be served to morning volunteers, and lunch wilI be served to afternoon volunteers. Each volunteer will receive a bench brief prior to the competition to become better familiar with the case problem, rules and scoring criteria. Volunteers can contact capitolcitychallenge@mail.com

The Inter-American Human Rights Moot Court Competition

Date: May 17-22, 2009
Location: WCL Room 603

The Inter-American Human Rights Moot Court Competition is looking for English, Spanish and Portuguese-speaking attorneys with experience in public international law and/or human rights law to help grade the written memorials and the oral rounds of this year's Competition. The Competition memorials will be available in early April, and the majority of the oral rounds will take place at WCL from May 18-20, 2009. The amount of time you volunteer is up to you. Last year's Competition hosted 79 teams from 17 countries, plus Puerto Rico and the Caribbean, and this year's Competition promises to be even more diverse. For more information, please contact Kristin N. Viken at iamoot@wcl.american.edu or at 202-274-4215.



Founders Celebration Programs continue through May - Join Us!

American University Washington College of Law offers an exceptional and diverse array of conferences and lectures during our annual Founders' Celebration, January - May 2009. In January alone, programs included 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. A partial List of upcoming Events with Alumni Participation includes:

2009 Dean's Business Law Lecture Series with alumnus Rick A. Lazio '83: Wall Street, Main Street & Pennsylvania Avenue

Date: March 18, 2009
Time: 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Location: WCL Room 603

To register (no charge), go to www.wcl.american.edu/secle/register. For further information, visit: www.wcl.american.edu/secle/founders/2009/documents/DeansBusinessLawLecture.03.18.09.pdf or contact: Office of Special Events & Continuing Legal Education, Phone: 202.274.4075; Fax: 202.274.4079; or secle@wcl.american.edu

Second Annual Asian Pacific Americans and the Law Dinner

Date: March 17, 2009
Time: 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Location: WCL Room 603

This event will highlight the continuing need to empower and encourage the participation of the Asian Pacific American community in the legal realm of society, and recognize the important contributions of WCL's Asian Pacific American alumni to the legal profession. WCL's APALSA will host a dinner reception that recognizes and honors the WCL alumni and students who are committed to serving the APA community. The keynote speaker, Congressman Anh “Joseph" Cao, will discuss the important legacy that Asian Pacific Americans have made in the legal field, and the ongoing commitment and work needed in order to ensure justice and equality for all communities.

All are welcome; Students, Alumni, Faculty, Staff & General Public - no charge. (registration is required)

For more information on the program please contact: The Office of Special Events & Continuing Legal Education, 202.274.4075 - Phone; E-mail: secle@wcl.american.edu Website: http://www.wcl.american.edu/secle/.

13th Annual Sylvania Woods Conference on African Americans and the Law: “Juvenile Justice and the African-American Community: Reversing the Trend"

Thursday, April 2, 2009
Time: 2:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Location: WCL 6th Floor

This year's conference will begin with Career Table Talk with alumni, progress through an interactive panel on the dynamics of youth violence, and end with an awards dinner. During dinner, Professor Perry Wallace will be given the North Star Award, and the Honorable C. Darnell Jones '75, will be presented a special Hairston Alumni Award. General registration may be completed at www.wcl.american.edu/secle/registration; no fees will be charged for the Woods Conference. 

Richard S. Levick '87 Annual Lecture in Crisis Communication and International Law: The Cheese Has Moved: How Wall Street, the Election &Blogs Have Changed Everything

Date: April 13, 2009
Time: 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Location: WCL Room 603

This ia the second in the series of Lecures by alumnus Richard S. Levick, Esq. '87, President & CEO, Levick Strategic Communications, LLC.

Women and the Law Leadership Luncheon Presents The Honorable Dorothy Toth Beasley '64

Date: April 22, 2009
Time: 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
The Cosmos Club

Alumni and students will have the opportunity to network and discuss issues facing women today. This year's recipient of the Award and Keynote speaker will be The Honorable Dorothy Toth Beasley '64, Retired Senior Judge, District Court of Georgia

Additional Programs:

2009 Equal Justice Foundation (EJF) Auction

Date: March 19, 2009
Time: 7:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Location: WCL Room 603

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) annual 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 March 12 to attend)

Phi Alpha Delta Practioners Dinner

Date: March 19, 2009
Time: 6:00 - 8:00 PM
Location: Rosa Mexicano, 575 7th Street, N.W. Washington, DC; 202-783-5522

The WCL Brandeis Chapter of Phi Alpha Delta is hosting a student, alumni and area practioner networking dinner. All WCL female alumni are invited. To RSVP, contact Hauwa Otori at hauwa.otori@gamil.com

10th Annual Peter M. Cicchino Awards Dinner

Date: April 1, 2009
Time: 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Location: WCL

The Annual Peter M. Cicchino Awards for Outstanding Advocacy in the Public Interest program is held every year in honor of a beloved former Washington College of Law Professor, Peter M. Cicchino, who passed away in 2000. Professor Cicchino was both a brilliant scholar and teacher and a brave and creative public interest lawyer. This program celebrates his outstanding devotion to public interest issues in all aspects of his life, by recognizing students and alumni who have demonstrated a similar dedication in their work. A speaker (tba) will give an address on an aspect of public interest work to which Professor Cicchino was committed. The program also will honor WCL students and alumni who have made and completed the public interest pledge, as well as those who have received public interest-oriented post-graduate fellowships.

IP Law Society Fifth Annual Tennis Tournament

Date: Saturday, April 4, 2009
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: American University

The Washington College of Law and the Intellectual Property Law Society Cordially Invites You to join other area practiioners, judges and students at the Fifth Annual Tennis Tournament at the American University Tennis Courts. RSVP by March 27 at: http://www.wcl.american.edu/org/ipls/. If you have any questions, please contact us at: ipla@wcl.american.edu.


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

Specialized Human Rights Program

May 25 - June 12, 2009, Washington DC

The Academy of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law is giving WCL Alumni an the opportunity to attend the 2009 Specialized Human Rights Program from May 25 - June 12 at a reduced rate. Alumni can attend by paying the following costs: one course $750, 2 courses $1,000, 3 courses $1,250 and four courses $1,500.

The 2009 program will offer 17 courses taught by 33 leading experts in the field of human rights. The program usually welcomes over 180 participants from over 35 countries. In addition to the courses, the Academy also sponsors Human Rights Month and other special events open only to participants.

To view more information on the Specialized Human Rights Program, please visit: http://www.wcl.american.edu/humright/hracademy/documents/FINAL.pdf

For additional information please visit www.wcl.american.edu/hracademy/ or contact us by phone 202-274-4070 or email hracademy@wcl.american.edu.

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 credit)

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

Women and the Law Program

Want to help WCL grads get what they really want out of a family leave policy?

Please take this quick survey about the impact of family leave policies on WCL graduates.
If you are a WCL graduate (male or female) who has children or is considering having children one day, we want to hear from you! We want to hear from all WCL graduates - whether you graduated in 2008 or 1978, work for the government, a law firm, or have left the workforce all together, are living abroad or stayed in the states, we want to learn what you think about the family leave policies you've encountered. Did you return to work earlier than desired because your maternity leave wasn't paid? Do you think men deserve as much time off as women to spend with their kids? Do you think the whole parental leave issue is blown out of proportion? Tell us your story and help a WCL student working in conjunction with the Women and the Law Program write a paper about what WCL grads really think about family leave policies. All written information will be kept strictly confidential. Please follow the link below:

Office of Career and Professional Development

Considering the Idea of Going Solo?

WCL alumni are welcome to attend OCPD's Founders' Event: The Nuts & Bolts of Starting a Solo Legal Practice, presented by Carolyn Elefant, author of Solo by Choice: How to Be the Lawyer You Always Wanted to Be. Topics to be discussed include:overcoming the fear of hanging a shingle; what it takes to become a successful solo practitioner; dealing with psychological, financial, and logistical barriers to entry; ethical and business considerations; how to launch your office; and attracting clients & marketing your business. 4:00-6:00 PM on March 30, 2009 . Register on line through the WCL Event Calendar at: www.wcl.american.edu/calendar, or click here.   

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.

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 mpasco@wcl.american.edu.

Recruitment Programs/Employment Opportunities for Students and Alumni

OCPD is currently accepting employer registrations for our ongoing 2009 Spring Recruitment Program. The program highlights summer opportunities and post-graduate positions with small and mid-size law firms, government agencies, nonprofits, the judiciary, and other employers. The office is also in the process of sending out employer registration forms & brochures highlighting our 2009 Fall Recruitment Program. For more information or to participate, please contact Robin Fulton, Recruitment Coordinator, at rfulton@wcl.american.edu or (202) 274-4095.

Federal Debt Relief Assistance

WCL has debuted a new podcast series about recent developments in federal debt relief assistance. In conjunction with Equal Justice Works, the series discusses elements of the College Cost Reduction and Access Act. This federal legislation created a new repayment option—Income-Based Repayment—and Public Service Loan Forgiveness. The first podcast is a general program overview. Subsequent podcasts will discuss specific portions of this federal program and other debt assistance programs. Alumni with questions about this program or other debt relief assistance programs should contact Jarrod Shirk, Public Interest Coordinator, in the Office of Public Interest at jshirk@wcl.american.edu.


EXTERNSHIP PROGRAM: Legal interns available to work for Summer, Fall and Spring Semesters

Each year over 300 WCL students participate in externships throughout the Washington D.C. area, across the country, and outside of the United States. Externs earn academic credit for legal work at approved not-for-profit organizations (this includes courts, government agencies, and law firms engaged in pro bono projects). The students must be engaged in substantive legal work under the supervision of an attorney. Students can earn credit for up to 20 hours of work per week during the fall and spring semesters and can work full-time during the summer semester. If you would like us to provide students with information about your firm, organization or agency with whom you work, please let us know and we would be happy to include all of the relevant information in our Externship Database.

For additional information, please contact:
Externship Program, Avis L. Sanders, Director or Greg Seidell, Program Assistant: externship@wcl.american.edu