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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. 23 - August 2010


Dear WCL Alumni,

Please join us October 22 and 23 at the law school!

We welcome the classes of 1985 (25 year reunion) and 2000 (ten year reunion), as well as invite ALL alumni to join us for events that relate back to your time at Washington College of Law.  This year, Reunion is not only about your graduation year, but it is also about your interests, your experiences and your memories, no matter what year you graduated.

If you participated in, or are interested in Clinics, Journals, or the International Legal Studies or Law and Government LLM programs, please join us for reunion weekend.

Curious? Interested in helping shape the weekend? Join the Alumni Committee. To find out more about how you can help and to get other reunion weekend details, visit the Reunion 2010 webpages, or email us at reunion@wcl.american.edu.

In addition, American University undergraduate/graduate programs is offering additional reunion events for all 1980's classes as well as five (2005) and ten (2000) year reunions that same weekend. You can enjoy the best of both worlds. Click here if you would like to see what is going on and/or RSVP.

We are excited about Reunion 2010! REGISTER TODAY!

Thank you.
The Office of Development and Alumni Relations


08/19/2010 - Philadelphia Area Alumni Networking Reception
Time: 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Location: Fork Restaurant, Philadelphia

08/26/2010 - What WCL Can Do For You (tentative)
Time: 5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Location: WCL

09/14/2010 - DC Area Alumni Networking Reception and Tenured Faculty Celebration
Time: 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Location: TBD

09/16/2010 - Boston Area Alumni Networking Reception
Time: 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Location: Rustic Kitchen

09/24/2010 - 26th Annual John Sherman Myers Society Dinner
Time: 7:00 PM - 10:30 PM
Location: National Archives

10/22/2010 - Reunion 2010: WCL Clinics Reunion Reception
Time: 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Location: WCL Lobby

10/22/2010 - Reunion 2010: Law and Government LLM Reception
Time: 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Location: WCL, 6th Floor

10/22/2010 - Reunion 2010: Law and Government LLM Dinner
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: WCL, 6th Floor

10/23/2010 - Reunion 2010: WCL Journals Reunion Reception
Time: 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Location: WCL, 6th Floor

10/23/2010 - Reunion 2010: Class of 1985 and Class of 2000 Dinner
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: WCL Lobby

11/01/2010 - Virginia State Bar Swearing-In Ceremony and WCL Brunch
Time: 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: Richmond Convention Center

11/04/2010 - First Thursday Reception
Time: 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Location: TBD

11/16/2010 - Maryland Area Alumni Networking Reception
Time: 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Location: TBD

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


WCL IMBY: In My Back Yard Public Service Day

Date: August 18, 2010
Time: 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Location: WCL

The WCL In My Back Yard ("IMBY") Public Service Day is a celebration of everything good in our community and a chance to be part of positive work being done at various organizations all over the District. As part of orientation week activities, IMBY sets the tone for the spirit of public service and community involvement that pervades at WCL. The 2010 IMBY Public Service Day will be held on Tuesday, August 18, 2010. Alumni are welcome and encouraged to volunteer side-by-side with our incoming and returning students! More information—including schedule and tentative volunteer sites—and event registration is now available online. Click here to get more details or to register! For questions, please contact Jarrod Shirk, Assistant Director, Office of Public Interest at jshirk@wcl.american.edu.

Seventh Annual Seminar on International Commercial Arbitration:
How to Handle Competition Issues in an International Commercial Arbitration

Date: October 12 - 15, 2010
Location: WCL

This three-day intensive seminar based on a mock arbitration case will provide critical skills and practical insight into handling arbitration cases primarily under the auspices of the ICC Rules of Arbitration. To visit the offical seminar page, find out additional information or to register, please click here.

Co-sponsored by the International Court of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the American Arbitration Association, and the International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes.

WCL Alumni Fee: $800
WCL Alumni who graduated in December 2009 or May 2010: $400

WCL is AIDS Walking (and Running) this year!

Date: October 2, 2010
Time: 9:00 AM
Location: Freedom Plaza, Washington, DC

AIDS Walk Washington is on October 2, and all the area law schools have teams. We hope WCL alums will join the AU WCL team.

Let's do WCL proud!

AIDS Walk Washington is a 5K fund-raising walk and timed run benefiting and produced by Whitman-Walker Clinic. Whitman-Walker Clinic is a non-profit community-based health organization that provides dependable, high-quality, comprehensive and accessible health care to those infected with or affected by HIV/AIDS. For more information about AIDS Walk, visit http://www.aidswalkwashington.org.

Details to get involved:

The walk kicks off at 9:15am on Saturday, October 2, beginning and ending at Freedom Plaza. However, if you would rather run, you can join the 5K race that starts at 9am.

If you would like to join WCL's team, please note that general registration is $25, and students/seniors may register for $15. The timed 5K Run registration is $35.00. All participants will receive a free AIDS Walk t-shirt (included in registration).

To register online at WCL's team page, click here.


Alumni Class Audit

Interested in continuing your education? Alumni can audit up to two classes (no credit) per semester at WCL. The cost per class is $100.

To find out more, visit www.wcl.american.edu/alumni and click on "Audit Classes" on the left side of the page.

Incircle: Alumni Online Community

Thinking about joining us for the class dinners or the "interest-based" reunion in October? Catch up with your fellow alumni!

Connect on InCircle and join one of the Reunion Groups, including:

  • Class of 1985
  • Class of 2000
  • Journals (each journal has its own group)
  • Clinics (each clinic has its own group)
  • LLM in Law and Government
  • LLM in International Legal Studies

Visit wcl.affinitycircles.com and join today*! There are more than 75 groups already available. And you can start your own groups too!

*If you need your AU Alumni/student ID number, email alumni@wcl.american.edu.


Trial Advocacy Program

Trial Advocacy Program announces new LL.M. in Advocacy

The new Master of Laws, LLM, in Advocacy, administered by the Trial Advocacy Program will launch in January, 2011. The program offers students and alumni an opportunity to pursue graduate legal work to enhance their legal advocacy skills both in and out of the courtroom. It is a 24-credit degree program which students can choose to pursue full-time (and complete in one year) or part-time (and complete at their own pace, usually in two years). The Advocacy LLM Program combines a rigorous academic component and a wide range of practical litigation courses for students to improve their technical trial skills, learn new litigation strategies and tools, and strengthen persuasive abilities in the pretrial and trial settings. Important focuses of WCL's Advocacy LLM Program are the use of modern technology in 21st century litigation and legal ethics, including a required course, Ethics for Trial Lawyers. Optional credits include approved legal writing projects, teaching opportunities, and supervised externships. For additional information, visit the LLM website at www.wcl.american.edu/trial/.

Fall 2010 Lawyer Re-entry Program

Reconnect, Refocus, and Reclaim Your Legal Career

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 third 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 dates are:

  • Friday, Oct. 1 and Saturday, Oct. 2
  • Friday, Oct. 8 and Saturday, Oct. 9
  • Friday, Oct. 15 and Saturday, Oct. 16

NOTE: Applications are now being accepted

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

Office of Career and Professional Development

Alumni Career Development Listserv

The Alumni Career Development Listserv launched by OCPD offers, 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.

2010 Fall Recruitment Program

OCPD is accepting employer registrations for the 2010 Fall Recruitment Program, which takes place from mid-August through November. The program, which is free of cost, is an excellent way to highlight summer opportunities and post-graduate positions with law firms, government agencies, nonprofits, the judiciary, and other employers. Employers may register to receive resumes through the on-campus interview process, resume collection, or direct application. Registration forms and recruiting brochures are available online by clicking here. For more information or to participate in the program, please contact the Office of Career and Professional Development, at careerdevelopment@wcl.edu or (202) 274-4090.

As always, if you know of any opportunities for recent graduates or other alumni, please forward that information to jobs@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 mpasco@wcl.american.edu.