Washington College of Law Fountain

Legal Eagle Contact

Shelly Horn
Director of Alumni Relations
Office of Development & Alumni Relations
(202) 274-4036

To subscribe to the Legal Eagle newsletter, please click here and include your name and class year.

Legal Eagle Vol. 21 Spring 2010

Dear Alumni,

I am pleased to tell you about an exciting conference sponsored by WCL and scheduled for April 8-10 in Miami, Florida.  We hope you can join us.

The conference, "Practicing Law in an Interconnected World: A Unique Professional Opportunity for Networking," will bring both the JD and LLM alumni 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 to promote their practice, network, reminisce about their time 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.

For a sneak peek at the current agenda, click here. Please note, the agenda continues to change, so please continue to check the conference web site for the most current information. To register online, please click here.

And, on April 10, from 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM, WCL will host an Alumni Reception at the Oceanaire Seafood Room. Local alumni and conference attendees are invited. For information, email alumni@wcl.american.edu.

We hope to see you there!
Shelly Horn
Director of Alumni Relations

Upcoming Events:

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 -SOLD OUT
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: Hotel Vitale, Amalfi One Room, Eight Mission Street

03/11/2010 - LA Alumni and Newly-Admitted Students Reception
Time: 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Location: RockSugar Pan Asian Kitchen, 10250 Santa Monica Boulevard

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: 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Location: Residence of Greg Hague '74 and Roseann Hague

03/17/2010 - Legal Recruiters Lecture/Dinner
Time: 5:00 PM - 6:300 PM
Location: WCL, 6th Floor

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

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.)


Reminder: 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.


Legal Recruiters Lecture/Dinner On the Status of the DC and NYC Legal Markets

Date: March 17, 2010 (tentative)
Time: 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Location: WCL, 6th Floor

Representatives of the DC & NYC offices of BCG Attorney Search will provide an overview of these distinct legal markets, share strategies for successfully identifying and applying for legal jobs, and provide insight into how to enhance your competitive posture in a competitive environment. A light dinner will be served.

17th Annual Equal Justice Foundation Auction to Benefit Students

Date: March 17, 2010
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. This program is presented by the Equal Justice Foundation.

The Office of Alumni Relations will host alumni at the auction. Please email, alumni@wcl.american.edu to reserve your spot.

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.

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.


The Stephen S. Weinstein Trial Advocacy Program and Mock Trial Honor Society will host the Capitol City Challenge National Mock Trial Competition

Date: March, 20-21, 2010
Location: Superior Courthouse of the District of Columbia
Organizers are looking for alumni practitioners with trial experience and expertise to evaluate the visiting competitors. For more information, email capitolcitychallenge@gmail.com

The Moot court Honor Society is looking for alumni to serve as judges for the 11th Annual "We The Students" National High School Moot Court Competition

Date: March 27-28, 2010

The Moot Court Honor Society is currently in the need for attorneys and practitioners to participate as judges for this competition and is asking for your help. This competition brings high school students, from the United States and abroad together to showcase their oral advocacy skills. By focusing on the applicability of current legal issues to the high school setting, this competition provides students with a unique opportunity to strengthen their reasoning skills and increase their understanding of the Constitution and the judicial system.

In this year's problem, Tesla School District v. Carter, students will examine the First Amendment's application to a student's right to free speech in school. The competition is limited to oral advocacy; competitors do not submit briefs. Judges will be provided with a bench memorandum that outlines the problem and highlights the cases given to competitors. For more information or to volunteer, email at mootcourths@gmail.com.

Moot Court Judges Needed: SAVE THE DATE AND REGISTER!

The Inter-American Human Rights 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



Have you been to an alumni event lately and want to keep in touch with the alumni you met or rekindled relationships with? Then join affinity groups on Incircle!

Groups include:

  • Baltimore Alumni
  • DC Alumni
  • MD Alumni
  • Recent Graduates 1-10 Years Out
  • New Orleans Alumni Group
  • Orlando Area Alumni Group
  • Immigration Law Alumni Group
  • New York Area Alumni Group
  • And many more!

Go to wcl.affinitycircles.com and join today! You can start your own groups too!




This year, the 2010 American University Washington College of Law Founders' Celebration continues to feature 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 site for information on all programs and to register and/or receive CLE credit.

Upcoming events include:

Program on Law and 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

Alumni Career Development Programs

To access information on upcoming programs, please visit the WCL web 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 with other law schools' career offices, 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.