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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. 18 Fall 2009

Dear Alumni,

We were thrilled to welcome 385 full-time and 96 part-time students to WCL this fall. The class of 2012 graduated from 201 different undergraduate institutions and are residents of 41 states, the District of Columbia, and nine foreign countries. They speak 37 foreign languages and were born in 36 foreign countries. Their professional experiences are varied and include such diverse areas as Navy Seal and a Copy Editor for Politico. For more information, see the full admissions profile.

Everyone is energized and buzzing not only about students and classes, but also about fall Special Events. Next week is International Week and there is something for everyone! View the full list of Special Events and CLE programs.

The office of Alumni Relations continues to work with the Office of Career and Professional Development on live, webinar and webcast outreach programs for alumni out of work, contemplating job changes and the like. Several of these programs are listed below within the Upcoming Events list. More information and a job search listserve are available by emailing Matthew Pascocello at mpasco@wcl.american.edu or by going to CareerLink at http://www.wcl.american.edu/admiss/profile.cfm.

You can also find additional job opportunities, network, find old friends, update your contact information and much more by joining our alumni online community - InCircle at wcl.affinitycircles.com.

Information on Reunion, and reunion groups (by class year) are available on InCircle. Please join us on October 16 and 17. All alumni, regardless of class year are invited to our WCL Open House on October 16. It will be a great opportunity to see old friends, network, and visit with faculty and staff, as well as student group leaders.

The following night, October 17, is reserved for reunion alumni and their guests. You can register online for one or both of these events at www.wcl.american.edu/alumni/reunion.

As you can see, Alumni continue to play an integral role in WCL activities. We hope to see you here, or at one of our local regional events this year.

Shelly Horn
Director of Alumni Relations


09/25/2009 - John Sherman Myers Society Dinner
Time: 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Location: National Museum of Women in the Arts

09/30/2009 - Networking Skills & Small Firm Hiring Dynamics Webcast
Time: 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Contact: mpasco@wcl.american.edu

10/07/2009 - Alternative Careers for Lawyers Webinar
Time: 12:30 PM - 1:45 PM
Contact: mpasco@wcl.american.edu

10/16/2009 - WCL Open House (Open to all Alumni, Regardless of Class Year)
Time: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Location: WCL Lobby and Pence Law Library
Cost: $15 per person

10/16/2009 - Equal Justice Foundation Wine Raffle (launch at the Alumni Open House)
Time: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Location: WCL Lobby and Pence Law Library

10/17/2009 - Reunion Class Dinners (open to reunion alumni only)
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: The City Club of Washington, 555 13th Street, N.W., Washington, DC
Cost: $50 per person

10/29/2009 - Preserving the Past, Celebrating the Future: The Intersection Between Immigration and Violence Against Woman
Time: 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Location: WCL

10/30/2009 - Baltimore Area Alumni Reception
Time: 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Location: Pazo Restaurant, Baltimore, MD

11/04/2009 - Mastering the Interview in a Tough Economy Webinar
Time: 12:30 PM - 1:45 PM
Contact: mpasco@wcl.american.edu

11/04/2009 - Northern Virginia Bar Association Swearing-In Ceremony and Alumni Networking Brunch
Time: 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: Greater Richmond Convention Center, Room B16

11/05/2009 - First Thursday Networking Reception (for Minority Alumni)
Time: 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Location: The District Chophouse, Washington, DC

11/18/2009 - NYC Alumni Programs and Reception
2:00 PM - 4:30 PM: One-on-one Counseling Sessions (by appointment)
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM: NYC Legal Recruiters Program (light dinner served)
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM: NYC Alumni Reception
Location: Sayfarth & Shaw

11/19/2009 - Washington, DC Alumni Networking Reception
Time: 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Location: Acadiana Restaurant, Washington, DC

12/02/2009 - Maryland Alumni Networking Reception
Time: 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Location: Timpanos Restaurant, Rockville, MD

12/16/2009 - Recent Graduates (1-10 years out) Holiday Happy Hour
Time: 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Location: Hotel Sofitel

01/07/2010 - Alumni reception in New Orleans (During the AALS annual meeting)
Time: 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Location: The Hilton, New Orleans Riverside, Two Poydras St.

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.)

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, to celebrate your Reunion!

Please join us on the evening of Friday, October 16, for an Open House at WCL!

  • See fellow alumni
  • Visit with faculty and staff
  • Meet current students
  • Take a tour of the building

Reunion Weekend Events continue with...

Class Dinners on Saturday, October 17, 2009
Location: City Club of Washington at Columbia Square, 555 13th Street, NW, Washington, DC
Time: 7:00 PM - 10:30 PM


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!


Incircle Facebook Application: The Best of Both Worlds!

Did you know you can now access InCircle - our WCL alumni online community - through Facebook? You can go from the inclusive to the exclusive just by clicking on an application in Facebook. Find old friends, network, search for jobs, and connect!

Already a member of Facebook but not InCircle? Go to wcl.affinitycircles.com and register using your name and ID number. And if you need your ID number, simply email alumni@wcl.american.edu (with your name, degree and graduation year). Once on the site, click the application button in the news section and you will be ready to go!


Equal Justice Foundation Wine Raffle

Date: 10/16/2009 (launch at the WCL alumni open house)
Location: WCL

Do you have bottles of wine to donate? Please bring a bottle of wine to the WCL Open House (www.wcl.american.edu/alumni/reunion) on October 16. Raffle tickets will be available that evening and through, October 23 when prize winners will be drawn. You do not need to be present to win the wine or other prizes.

The Equal Justice Foundation (EJF) provides scholarships to Washington College of Law students who have obtained unpaid summer positions with public interest organizations in the United States and abroad. EJF enables WCL students to gain valuable experience in the public interest sector, while providing critical services to under represented members of our communities. Last year, thanks to your support, every student who qualified for an EJF grant received one. Let's make this happen again!

And hold the date of March 18 for the annual spring EJF public interest charity auction.

For information on what EJF is, go to www.wcl.american.edu/org/ejf or email Galina Varchena at ejf@wcl.american.edu.


Want to get involved at WCL? Volunteer to be a moot court judge.
Two upcoming opportunities include:

10/23/2009 - 16th Annual Wechsler National First Amendment Moot Court;
Judges are needed on Friday, October 23, 2009. To volunteer, contact the Moot Court Honor Society and Register at: http://www.wcl.american.edu/org/mootcourt/judge_registration.cfm.Or if you have questions, contact Vice President Madhuri Singh at madhuri.s.singh@gmail.com.

11/21/2009 - Marshall-Brennan Karchmer Fall High School Moot Court Competition (for D.C.-area high school students in WCL Marshall-Brennan classes)
Judges are needed at WCL on Saturday, November 21, shifts available mornings or afternoons. To volunteer, contact, Marshall-Brennan Project Associate Director Maryam Ahranjani at mahranjani@wcl.american.edu.


Fall 2009 Lawyer Re-entry Program

The decision to re-enter the legal profession after an absence may feel daunting - but it needn't be so. The Washington College of Law Lawyer Re-Entry Program makes this transition a rewarding, exciting, and energizing process. Now in its second year, this six-day program, with a follow-up one-on-one coaching session, will prepare you to renew your legal career in a way that works for you, your life, and your family.

This year's program will be held from 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM on:

  • Friday, October 2nd & Saturday, October 3rd; and
  • Friday, October 9th & Saturday, October 10th; and
  • Friday, October 16th & Saturday, October 17th, followed by a Closing Certificate Reception from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM.

For further information visit http://www.wcl.american.edu/reentry/, or call 202-274-4138 or email lawyer.reentry@wcl.american.edu.

Preserving the Past, Celebrating the Future: The Intersection Between Immigration and Violence Against Women

Date: 10/29/2009
Time: 6:30 - 9:00 PM
Location: Washington College of Law

American University Washington College of Law in partnership with the Women's Bar Association of the District of Columbia and the Women's Bar Association Foundation Present: Preserving the Past, Celebrating the Future:A Continued Commemoration of Our Shared History

The Women's Bar Association of the District of Columbia and the Washington College of Law share an important history in advancing women in the law and women's rights. This year they are celebrating this joint history by coming together to discuss the intersection between immigration and violence against women. In both the domestic and international contexts, immigration and violence are inexorably connected. This timely event marks the 15th Anniversary of the Violence Against Women Act and the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.

Sponsored by The Modern American and the Women's Law Association.

For more information contact Tatiana Miranda at t.miranda17@gmail.com.



The Office of Special Events and Continuing Legal Education has planned a full fall schedule of conferences, programs and CLE opportunities. Please visit http://www.wcl.american.edu/secle/fall/2009/events.cfm for more information or email secle@wcl.american.edu.

September events include:

International Week

Practicing Legal Ethics Law at the Department of Justice **

The Presidency of Barak Obama, the Legacy of Senator Kennedy: Has the Time for Health Care Reform Arrived?

International Right to Know Day **

**CLE Accreditation will be applied for

Office of Diversity Services

11/23/2009 - Dean's Diversity Council Annual Program and Dinner
Location: WCL, Ceremonial Courtroom (603)

  • 4:00 PM - 5:15 PM - Program: The Conversation: "Remembering Scottsboro": a reconsideration of this historically and socially significant civil rights case by the writer/scholar and the lawyer/scholar, as moderated by the judge. Dr. James A. Miller, Chair, American Studies Dept., George Washington University and author of the recently-published Remembering Scottsboro; Professor of Law Angela Jordan Davis, Washington College of Law; The Honorable Robert M. Bell, Chief Judge, Court of Appeals of Maryland, DDC Member.
  • 5:30 PM - 6:15 PM: Book signing and reception, Student Lounges
  • 6:30 PM: Dinner - Speaker: Sanya Sukduang, Esq.,'99, DDC Member, Partner, Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner LL.P

For additional information contact Sherry Weaver, director of the Office of Diversity Services, (202) 274-4032 or sweaver@wcl.american.edu; registration through the Office of Special Events and CLE, secle@wcl.american.edu.

Office of Public Interest

2009-2010 PILRAP Application Available October 1

The WCL Public Interest Loan Repayment Assistance Program (PILRAP) helps relieve economic burden imposed by educational debt by providing loan repayment assistance for JD graduates who work in full-time non-profit, or government positions in which the graduate is engaged in serving under-represented or traditionally marginalized populations. Graduates are eligible for the program at any time within three years after the January following their graduation. $50,000 is the maximum annual salary allowable to enter the program. The application period is from October 1 - October 31, 2009. Award notification letters are mailed in December and the first of two disbursements in January 2010.

For questions about PILRAP or general public interest loan repayment, contact Jarrod Shirk, Public Interest Coordinator, at jshirk@wcl.american.edu. PILRAP program and application information is available at http://www.wcl.american.edu/finaid/pilrap.cfm.

Center on International Commercial Arbitration

10/13-16/2009 - Sixth Annual Seminar on International Commercial Arbitration: How to Handle a BIT Arbitration
Location: Washington D.C.

This four-day intensive seminar based on a mock arbitration case will provide critical skills and practical insight into handling BIT arbitration cases primarily under the auspices of the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID). Co-sponsors include the International Court of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the American Arbitration Association, and ICSID.

Please see our special alumni fee. CLE credit is available.

Trial Advocacy Program

10/13/2009 - Building Case Theories and Narratives in Litigation
Time: 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Location: WCL, Student Lounges

WCL's Trial Advocacy Program will host the Stephen S. Weinstein Distinguished Lecture in Trial Advocacy to be given by Professor Michael Tigar entitled "Building Case Theories and Narratives in Litigation." The discussion will deal with case theory in criminal and civil litigation and will be followed by a reception. The topics covered by the lecture will include:

  • Person-oriented and rule-oriented patterns in case theory
  • Narratives built from human experience in a social, cultural and historical context
  • Whose narrative(s) should the advocate present?
  • Who will tell or guide the narrative?
  • To whom will the story be told? Who are the jurors?
  • What we can learn from two great trial lawyers - Clarence Darrow and David Paul Brown
  • Prosecutor and plaintiff as story-teller
  • Defense counsel and challenging narratives

WCL alumni are invited to attend this lecture without charge. For more information, e-mail Kimberly Green, Trial Advocacy Program Coordinator at ksgreen@wcl.american.edu. Please include your contact information.

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 (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., Alumni Counselor, by appointment either in person or by phone 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 now accepting registrations for its fall 2009 Recruitment Program. The program highlights 2010 summer opportunities and post-graduate positions with large and mid-size law firms, government agencies, public interest organizations, judicial internships/clerkships, among other employers. For more information or to participate, contact Robin Fulton, Recruitment Coordinator, at rfulton@wcl.american.edu or (202) 274-4095. As always, if you know of any opportunities for current students, recent graduates, or seasoned alumni, please forward job postings to jobs@wcl.american.edu.

Externship Program

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

Last year, over 300 WCL students earned academic credit for their unpaid legal work at a wide variety of not-for-profit organizations, government agencies, courts, and law firms engaged in pro bono projects in the Washington D.C. area. During the summer, externs can also work in other states and even other countries.

The legal community benefits tremendously from the extensive legal work performed by these enthusiastic students who are eager to obtain hands-on experience. 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. The spring semester begins the second week of January. The students must be engaged in substantive legal work under the supervision of an attorney. If you would like us to provide students with information about the firm, organization or agency with whom you work, please contact the Externship Program: Avis L. Sanders, Director, ALSanders@wcl.american.edu, or Samantha Satz, externship@wcl.american.edu. Phone: 202-274-4200.