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Shelly Horn
Director of Alumni Relations
Office of Development & Alumni Relations
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Legal Eagle Vol. 20 Winter 2010

Dear Alumni,

Happy New Year!

This has been a banner year for our alumni group. We have had record turnout at networking events, more than 2,300 of you joined our new alumni online community InCircle (in our first two years), 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. If you have not already seen it, check out the Alumni Resource Guide available online at www.wcl.american.edu/alumni (click on the “Alumni Networking and Services” link on the left, and then click “What WCL Can Do For You”) chock full of information on alumni benefits, 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 2010!

Sincerely, The Office of Development and Alumni Relations


02/04/2010 - Orlando Networking Reception
Time: 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Location: The Oceanaire Seafood Room

02/16/2010 - Annual Named Scholarship and Awards Dinner
Time: 6:00 PM
Location: WCL, 6th Floor

02/25/2010 - New York Networking Reception
Time: 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Location: TBD

02/26/2010 - Atlanta Networking Reception
Time: 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Location: Ainsley Golf Club

03/03/2010 - Chicago Networking Reception
Time: 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Location: The Signature Room at 95th

03/04/2010 - First Thursday Minority Alumni and Students Reception
Time: 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Location: Maggianos, Friendship Heights

03/07/2010 - Boston Networking Brunch
Time: 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Location: Café Fleuri

03/10/2010 - San Francisco Alumni and Newly-Admitted Students Reception
Time: 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Location: The Fairmont Hotel, 950 Mason Street, San Francisco

03/11/2010 - LA Alumni and Newly-Admitted Students Reception
Time: 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Location: TBA

03/12/2010 - San Diego Alumni and Newly-Admitted Students Reception
Time: 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Location: The Ivy Hotel, Quarter Kitchen

03/13/2010 - Phoenix Networking Reception
Time: TBD
Location: Residence of Greg Hague '74

03/18/2010 - 17th Annual Equal Justice Foundation Auction to Benefit Students
Time: 7:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Location: WCL, 6th Floor

03/23/2010 - Judiciary Day- “The Road to The Bench”
Time: 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Location: WCL, Room 603

04/6/2010 - Philadelphia Networking Reception
Time: 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Location: Fork Restaurant

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.)


Dean Claudio Grossman will be Honored by The American Civil Liberties Union- National Capital Affiliate for His Commitment to Human Rights and Combating the Use of torture

The American Civil Liberties Union - National Capital Affiliate will honor Dean Claudio Grossman with the Judge Henry W. Edgerton Civil Liberties Award at its annual Bill of Rights Dinner on March 18, 2010 at the Omni Shoreham hotel in Washington, DC.

Judge Henry W. Edgerton had a deep commitment to justice and was a dedicated civil libertarian with great strength of character. Remembered by colleagues, friends and students as a warm-hearted and learned professor of law, he sat on the United States Court of Appeals in D.C. for 30 years and left a legacy of excellence. This award is presented annually to individuals or groups who exemplify his spirit.

Please Contact Beverly Miller with the ACLU-NCA at (202) 457-0800, if you would like to purchase tickets to this event.

Dean Grossman Returns Home From Geneva

Dean Claudio Grossman, in his capacity as chair of the United Nations Committee against Torture, presented the Committee's work to the United Nations General Assembly, on Tuesday, October 20. This was the first time the chair of the Committee against Torture has addressed the General Assembly. Dean Grossman then participated in a roundtable sponsored by the Association for the Prevention of Torture and the Permanent Mission of Denmark to the United Nations. He spoke alongside Manfred Nowak, UN Human Rights Council's Special Rapporteur on Torture, Victor Manual Rodriquez Rescia, chair of the UN Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture, H.E. Ambassador Carsten Staur, permanent representative of Denmark to the United Nations, and Mark Thomson, secretary general of the Association for the Prevention of Torture.

Dean Grossman would like to share his remarks with you. Please click here to view his presentation.


Lambda Law Society Alumni Event

Date: February 12, 2010
Time: 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM Location: WCL, Room 603

The Lambda Law Society will host a Founder's Day Event on February 12th at WCL. If you would like to attend this event, please email alumni@wcl.american.edu (subject: Lambda) to receive an invitation. In addition, Lambda law Society is seeking to create a comprehensive list of alumni who were previously involved with the organization or identify as members of the GLBTQA community. If you choose, please join the Lambda Law Society group on InCircle at wcl.affinitycircles.com.

17th Annual Equal Justice Foundation Auction to Benefit Students

Date: March 18, 2010 (tentative)
Time: 7:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Location: WCL, 6th Floor

Each year the Equal Justice Foundation (EJF) Public Interest Auction raises funds to award scholarships to students who have obtained unpaid summer positions with public interest organizations in the United States and abroad. The Auction is always an exciting occasion which offers a wide variety of impressive items! This important WCL event helps the law school promote public interest law and further student interest in the field. Alumni are invited to attend the auction to support the students.

First Annual Legal Rhetoric Dean’s Fellow Reunion

Date: March 20, 2010
Time: 2:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Location: WCL

Please join the Legal Rhetoric Program for WCL’s First Annual Legal Rhetoric Dean’s Fellow Reunion - scheduled to take place on Saturday, March 20, 2010. An afternoon panel presentation focused on Professional Ethics in Legal Writing (CLE credit pending) is planned, followed by a cocktail hour and dinner with a keynote speaker. We hope you can join us in attending and reconnect with past Legal Rhetoric Dean’s Fellows. Additional information will be posted on the WCL website shortly or you may contact Professor Elizabeth Keith in Legal Rhetoric Department at (202) 274-4326 or ekeith@wcl.american.edu.

Practicing Law in an Interconnected World: A Unique Professional Opportunity for Networking

Date: April 8 -10, 2010
Time: TBA
Location: Miami, FL

WCL will be hosting Practicing Law in an Interconnected World: A Unique Professional Opportunity for Networking in Miami, Florida this coming April. Alumni from both the JD and LLM programs will come together to discuss contemporary legal issues including:

  • Trade
  • Business/Finance
  • Finance
  • Human Rights
  • Immigration
  • Arbitration
  • Environment
  • Natural Resources
  • Intellectual Property
  • Legal Education
  • Tax Trade

This will be an ideal opportunity for WCL alumni from around the world to promote their practice, network, reminisce about their times at WCL, see old friends, and debate with professors.
If you would like to receive further details about this conference, please email miamiconference@wcl.american.edu. The conference website will be available shortly and will offer electronic registration and hotel reservation.

2010 Summer Programs in D.C. and Abroad

Registration is now available for American University Washington College of Law's 2010 Summer Programs, held in D.C. and locations abroad, including a new program in Israel. These intensive programs cover topics such as human rights, international arbitration, environmental law, health law, and international law, and offer unparalleled opportunities to network with peers from across the globe through courses taught by leading faculty and practitioners. For more on WCL’s Summer Programs, please click here.


Moot Court Judges Needed: SAVE THE DATES AND REGISTER!

The Inter American Moot Court Competition is seeking English, Spanish and Portuguese-speaking attorneys with experience in public international law and/or human rights law to help grade the written memorials and oral rounds of this year’s Inter-American Human Rights Moot Court Competition. Participants from over 100 universities from throughout the Americas and beyond are expected this year for a Special Anniversary Edition. The Competition memorials will be available in early April, and the oral rounds will take place at WCL from May 23-28, 2010. Judges can dedicate as much or as little time to the Competition as they like. For more information visit www.wcl.american.edu/hracademy/mcourt orcontact Milli Legrain at iamoot@wcl.american.edu



Did you know that Incircle has more than 75 affinity groups? You can join groups from your geographic area, field of interest, class year and much more!

New groups include Legal Rhetoric Fellows, LAMBDA, New York and Recent Grads. Once you join a group you can blog, post events of interest and much more. Join or start your group today at wcl.affinitycircles.com!




The 2010 American University Washington College of Law Founders' Celebration will feature 75 events, seminars, panel discussions, and expert forums covering diverse topics such as international trade, labor rights, military justice reform, domestic violence, privacy issues, climate change, and the global economy. Visit the Founders website for information on all programs and to register and/or receive CLE credit.

Program on Law and Government

Lawyers Fiddle While the Constitution Burns

Date: Monday, January 11, 2010
Time: 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Location: WCL, 6th Floor Student Lounges

Guest speakers Ralph Nader, the famed consumer activist and environmentalist, and Bruce Fein, a prominent conservative constitutional lawyer, team up to call the legal profession to account for ignoring a "chronic multi-faceted Constitutional crisis in America." What should law schools, lawyers, and the institutions of government be doing about systematic disregard for constitutional values and norms? Their provocative critique is sure to kick off a fascinating discussion. Moderated by Professor Jamin Raskin, Director of the Program on Law and Government. For additional information please email: secle@wcl.american.edu. This program is sponsored by the Program on Law and Government.

Restoring the Department of Justice: One Year Later

Date: Tuesday, February 2, 2010
Time: 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Location: WCL

Maryland, New Jersey, Illinois, Hawaii, and Washington have adopted the National Popular Vote Interstate compact by which states will cast their Electoral College votes in presidential elections for the winner of the national popular vote. Is this the "next logical step" in the unfolding of political democracy in America, as advocates claim? Is it the undoing of a careful compromise by the Framers that has served America remarkably well, as opponents argue? Four leading experts will debate the issue and invite audience questions and discussion. For additional information please email: secle@wcl.american.edu, or register at www.wcl.american.edu/secle/registration/ . This program is sponsored by the Program on Law and Government.

Health Care Disparities and Reform: Solving Problems with Creative Solutions

Date: Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Time: 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Location: WCL

Leading public health officials will discuss problems in providing high quality accessible health care services and products that are encounter Federal and State funding disparities. Other issues that will be addressed include: access to medicines, racial disparities in the provision of health care services, international health disparities, aging populations and decreasing revenues. For additional information please email: secle@wcl.american.edu. This program is sponsored by the Health Law & Policy Program on Law and Government.

Student Privacy & Dignity in an Era of Fear

Date: Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Time: 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Location: WCL

Panelists will describe the current state of safety and security in urban public high schools, explore the current state of the law with regard to student privacy and dignity, and will present the effects of criminalizing adolescent behavior on students and the school environment. Proposals for alternative approaches to safety will be explored. For additional information please email: mahranjani@wcl.american.edu. This program is sponsored by The Marshall-Brennan Constitutional Literacy Project and the Program on Law & Government.

Pregnancy in the Line of Duty: Pregnant Police Officers’ Constitutional Rights and the Real-World Implications of Protecting Them

Date: Thursday, March 18, 2010
Time: 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Location: WCL

The increase in the number of women joining the ranks of police forces has grown significantly over the past three decades. With that growth has come a new challenge, namely, how and whether police departments must accommodate pregnant police officers under civil rights statutes, including the Pregnancy Discrimination Act. Many female police officers who have been denied reasonable accommodations due to their pregnancies have sued claiming discrimination, with varying results. This panel will explore the legal arguments for and against providing reasonable accommodations to pregnant police officers, and the policy and real-world ramifications of those decisions for both the affected women and the public-at-large. For additional information please email: secle@wcl.american.edu. This program is sponsored by The Program on Law and Government and the Women & the Law Program.

Center on International Commercial Arbitration


International Commercial Arbitration in the Americas: Beyond Cultural Clash and Toward Maturity

Date: March 17, 2010
Time: TBA Location: Washington, DC
Sponsor: Co-sponsored by the Inter-American Bar Association and the Inter-American Commercial Arbitration Commission.

International Arbitration Summer Program

Date: June 1, 2010 - June 17, 2010

Courses in English:

  • Nuts and Bolts of International Commercial Arbitration
  • Investor-State Arbitration
  • Advanced Seminar: Practical Skills and Cross-Examination in International Arbitration
  • International Arbitration and Choice-of-Law Issues
  • Contributions of the ICC Court of Arbitration to the Development of Commercial Law.

Courses in Spanish:

  • Arbitraje Comercial Internacional
  • Arbitraje Inversionista-Estado
  • Seminario Avanzado: Aspectos Prácticos del Proceso Arbitral

Featured Summer Seminars:

  • The U.S. Federal Arbitration Act in Practice: Overview, Selected Issues, and a Case Study (June 13, 2010).
  • Cross-Examination in International Arbitration (June 17, 2010)

For more information on the International Arbitration Summer Program please click here

Office of Career and Professional Development

2010 Spring Recruitment Program

OCPD is currently accepting registrations for the 2010 Spring Recruitment Program, which will begin 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. Registration forms and recruiting brochures are available online at www.wcl.american.edu/recruit. OCPD will also launch the registration process for the 2010 Fall Recruitment Program in the coming months. For more information or to participate in either program, 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.

Alumni Career Development Programs

To access information on upcoming programs, please visit the WCL main calendar and OCPD’s CareerLink. Additional services for job seeking alumni can be found at OCPD’s Alumni Services link where you can gain access to the Mentor Database, Job Exchange Bulletins, find information about Reciprocity to other law schools’ career offices, and find information pertaining to auditing classes at WCL as well as free access to the Career Library portion of Lexis. Alumni Counselor Matthew Pascocello is happy to meet with alumni by appointment either in person or by phone. Contact him at 202-274-4092 or mpasco@wcl.american.edu.

Alumni Career Development Listserv

The Alumni Career Development Listserv has been launched by OCPD offering alumni a forum through which to announce career-related events, programs, networking opportunities and job leads that might be of general interest to the alumni community, as well as to solicit job-search advice, information, and referrals within particular geographic regions or practice areas. (Note: please continue to submit formal job postings through CareerLink to ensure maximum exposure to the WCL student and alumni communities.). The listserv will be moderated to ensure appropriate usage. To subscribe, please email Alumni Counselor Matthew Pascocello at mpasco@wcl.american.edu.

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