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Legal Eagle Vol. 24 October 2010

Dear WCL Alumni,

Please join us October 22, 23, and 24 at the law school!

We welcome the classes of 1980, (30 year reunion) 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 programs, please join us for reunion weekend.

To find out more and get 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 during their All American 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! All we need is you! Time is running out! REGISTER TODAY!

Thank you.
The Office of Development and Alumni Relations

PS. Look for details soon on a class of 2005 reunion!


10/22/2010 - Reunion 2010: LLM Law and Government and SJD Alumni Reception
Time: 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Location: WCL, Dining Room, Sixth Floor

10/22/2010 - Reunion 2010: LLM Law and Government and SJD Alumni Dinner
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: WCL, Dining Room, Sixth Floor

10/22/2010 - International Legal Studies Program (ILSP) Reception
Time: 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Location: WCL, International Student Lounge, Sixth Floor

10/22/2010 - International Legal Studies Program (ILSP) Dinner
Time: 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Location: WCL, JD Student Lounge, Sixth Floor

10/23/2010 - Reunion 2010: Class of 1980, 1985 and 2000 Dinner
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: WCL, Student Lounges, Sixth Floor

10/24/2010 - Reunion 2010: Class of 1980 Brunch
Time: 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Location: WCL, Student Lounges, Sixth Floor

11/03/2010 - 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: B. Smiths Restaurant

11/16/2010 - Maryland Alumni Networking Reception
Time: 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Location: The Daily Grill, Bethesda, MD

12/03/2010 - Baltimore Area Alumni Networking Reception
Time: 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Location: TBD

12/15/2010 - Holiday Happy Hour for alumni 1-10 years out
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.)


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

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

  • Class of 1980
  • 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.

STUDENT NEEDS: Volunteer to Assist our Students

Communications and Media Law Society Networking Luncheon

Date: October 15, 2010
Time: 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Location: Clyde's restaurant in Chinatown, 70 7th Street, NW

WCL's Communications & Media Law Society is pleased to announce its second annual networking luncheon for students and DC-based alumni. Join them for an opportunity to reunite with old classmates and meet students interested in practicing in this dynamic area of the law. There is no charge. Reservations are limited and will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. RSVP by Oct. 8 to alumni@wcl.american.edu.

Moot Court Honor Society Competition: Alumni Judges Needed!

Date: October 21-23, 2010
Location: Washington, DC

The WCL Moot Court Honor Society is excited to invite you to judge the 17th Annual Burton D. Wechsler First Amendment Moot Court Competition -- please join them! A bench memo outlining the problem will be provided to all judges, so significant prior preparation is not necessary.

Additionally, all alumni are invited to attend the Final Round arguments, which will held at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and will be heard by a distinguished panel, including: The Honorable Tim Dyk (Fed. Cir.), The Honorable Raymond Fisher (9th Cir.), and Thomas Goldstein '95 (U.S. Supreme Court litigator; founder of SCOTUSblog and WCL alumnus).

If you are interested in volunteering as a judge: Please fill out the Judge Recruitment Form (click here), or e-mail Sarah Salzenberg (ss5030a@student.american.edu). Please remember to include times you are available to judge during the competition (please see the Judge Recruitment form to review the schedule).

If you know of any other practitioners, professors, or judges in the area who you would recommend as potential judges, feel free to pass along the above form, or you can send their contact information to Sarah Salzenberg (see e-mail address above) and they can reach out to them.

For more information about the 17th Annual Burton D. Wechsler First Amendment Moot Court Competition please visit the competition's main page at, http://www.wcl.american.edu/org/mootcourt/wechsler.cfm. You may direct general inquiries to the Competition Directors at firstamendment.wcl@gmail.com.

Business Law Society: Alumni Participation

Date: November 10
Time: Evening
Location: TBA, Washington, DC

The Business Law Society of the Washington College Law is seeking alumni to attend its biannual student dinner. If you are an attorney practicing in an area related to Business Law and are willing to spend an evening informally discuss your work, your experiences et al to interested students please let them know. They are looking to offer various perspectives so please do not hesitate to contact them whether you are in the private sector or work for the government. Please email alumni@wcl.american.edu to RSVP and we will forward your response. Thank you.

Mock Trial Honor Society Capitol City Challenge

Hold the Date: March 18 - 20, 2011
Location: Superior Court for the District of Columbia

The Mock Trial Honor Society would like to invite you to HOLD THE DATE to participate in the annual Capitol City Challenge (CCC), an interschool trial advocacy competition attended by law schools across the nation.

This year's CCC will be held on March 18th-20th at the Superior Court for the District of Columbia. They are looking for volunteers with litigation experience to judge the competitors. MTHS is a student-run organization that strives to empower law students to excel in the courtroom. Our WCL trial teams present civil and criminal cases in prestigious competitions across the country.

For more information about the MTHS, please visit, www.wcl.american.edu/org/mocktrial/. If you are interested in working with us, please contact us at, mocktrialhonorsociety@gmail.com.

Eighteenth Annual Equal Justice Foundation Public Interest Auction

Hold the Date: March 24, 2011
Time: Silent Auction (starts at 4:00 PM); Live Auction (starts at 7:00 PM)
Washington College of Law, 6th Floor

Public Interest Alumni Reception runs concurrently with the auction. Details will be available soon.

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 and 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.
If you are interested in making a donation to the EJF auction, or have any questions about the event, contact Rachel Zoghlin, EJF Chair, at ejfwcl@gmail.com. Tickets are $10.00, but free for alumni who attend the Public Interest alumni Reception. Details on the reception, hosted by the Office of Development and Alumni Relations will be available soon. Further inquires may be sent via email to alumni@wcl.american.edu. This event is being sponsored by the Washington College of Law Equal Justice Foundation (EJF).



This Fall brings with it a number of new and exciting programs, workshops, luncheons and seminars organized in part by The Office of Special Events and Continuing Legal Education (SECLE)! Many of these unique programs include an extensive range of subjects and issues, presented by guest speakers; many of whom are the foremost experts in their field of practice.

The Office of Special Events and Continuing Legal Education (SECLE) would like to invite you to take a look at their full list of Fall 2010 events (many of which include opportunities to receive CLE credit) and register to attend! These programs increase the visibility of WCL and provide quality programs for students, alumni and outside participants. There are many wonderful opportunities for WCL alumni to partisipate in, and alumni are encouraged to attend as many events as they would like.

Below are just some of the upcoming programs. (**CLE credit available)



Please visit www.wcl.american.edu/secle, and click on Fall 2010 programs for details. For further information on the Fall 2010 scheduel, contact the Office of Special Events and Continuing Legal Education at, (202)-274-4075, or email secle@wcl.american.edu.

Eleventh Annual Human Rights Film Series

The Human Rights Film Series kicked off its 11th year, screening the first of four compelling documentary films focused on human rights issues. Presented by the Center for Social Media in partnership with the Washington College of Law's Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, all films are free and open to the public. Following each screening is a discussion with the filmmaker, advocacy experts and the audience. The screenings take place at American University's Katzen Arts Center, Abramson Family Recital Hall from 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM. The remaining film screenings include:

The 2010 Human Rights Film Series Lineup: (click on the titles below for more information)

For more information about the Human Rights Film Series, visit: www.auhumanrightsfilmseries.org

Business Law Program/Business Law Review

Note-Worthiness: Enhancing Your Career by Writing on Emerging Issues of Business Law

Date: October 12, 2010
Time: 12:00 PM - 1:20 PM
Location: WCL, Room 524

The Business Law Program, the Business Law Review And the Office of Development and Alumni Relations invite you to a panel presentation for students and alumni entitled: "Note-Worthiness: Enhancing Your Career by Writing on Emerging Issues of Business Law" - Practical advice on producing scholarship (whether as a traditional hard-copy publication or as an online-only document) that helps establish your experience with and expertise in particular areas of business law.

RSVP by October 8 to alumni@wcl.american.edu. Space is limited.

Law & Government Programs

The Third Annual Jurist-in-Residence Program

Date: October 21 -23, 2010
Location: WCL

The Third Annual Jurist-in-Residence Program will feature Judge Raymond C. Fisher, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Judge Fischer will be in residence at WCL to share insights on important topics facing the nation's judiciary.

This event is being sponsored by the Program on Law & Government. For additional information, email lawandgov@wcl.american.edu

"If Justice Brennan Were Sitting on the Roberts Court . . ."

Date: October 25, 2010
Time: 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Location: WCL

The featured speaker will be former University of Chicago Law School Dean and current NYU Law School Visiting Professor Geoffrey Stone, who was a law clerk to Justice Brennan and is one of the nation's leading First Amendment scholars. WCL Professor Steve Wermiel '82 will also discuss his newly released biography of Justice Brennan. The program will be followed by a reception. This event is sponsored by the Program on Law & Government. For additional information, contact lawandgov@wcl.american.edu

Lunch with Reverend Mpho Tutu

Date: November 9, 2010
Time: 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Location: WCL, Room 603

Reverend Mpho Tutu is the daughter of Revered Desmond Tutu, an Episcopal priest, and is the founder and Executive Director of the Tutu Institute for Prayer & Pilgrimage. Reverend Mpho Tutu will discuss her work with refugees and other disadvantaged individuals. She will also talk about Made For Goodness, the book she and her father co-authored. Copies of the book will be available to purchase. Reverend Tutu will also answer questions from the audience. This event is sponsored by the Program on Law & Government, the International Legal Studies Program, and the Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law. For additional information, contact lawandgov@wcl.american.edu, or click here.

Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property (PIJIP)

Sixth Annual Finnegan Distinguished Lecture on Intellectual Property - The 1976 Copyright Act: Prologue and Epilogue
Featuring Marybeth Peters & Jon Baumgarten

Date: November 4, 2010
Time: 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Location: WCL, Room 603

The Copyright Act of 1976 was a comprehensive statutory revision designed to reframe copyright law for the modern era. As the influence of that act increases in the digital era, it is beneficial to have a fuller understanding of the origins of the 1976 Act.

Marybeth Peters, United States Register of Copyrights, will discuss the process and pressures in copyright law that fueled the demand for a comprehensive revision and describe the role of the Copyright Office in the legislative process leading up to enactment and then in the implementation and aftermath of enactment. She will offer reflections on why proponents sought a number of fundamental changes to copyright law and then use the benefit of hindsight to consider whether those changes produced the anticipated effects.

Following the lecture, Jon Baumgarten will lead a Comments and Reflections segment, in which he will offer additional views on the development of the 1976 Act based on his own experiences, inside and outside of the Copyright Office.

The evening will begin with the reception (5:00 PM - 6:00 PM), followed immediately by the lecture (6:00 PM - 8:00 PM). For more information or to register, visit: http://www.wcl.american.edu/pijip/go/events/finnegan-2010

Center on International Commercial Arbitration

Fifth Annual Lecture on International Commercial Arbitration: The Arbitrator's Deliberation

Date: November 11, 2010
Time: 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Location: 555 Twelfth Street, NW, Washington, DC

The annual lecture offers an eminent figure in international arbitration a platform on which to share his or her ideas on novel issues and current trends in international arbitration. This year's lecture, "Arbitrators' Deliberation," will be presented by Yves Derains, Partner, Derains & Gharavi. This year's lecture is sponsored by Arnold & Porter LLP and will take place in the Paul Porter Conference Room (10th Floor) at 555 Twelfth Street, NW, Washington, DC.

For more information, contact, the Center on International Commercial Arbitration at (202) 274-4321, or email arbitration@wcl.american.edu. You may also visit the Center on International Commercial Arbitration website at, www.wcl.american.edu/arbitration

Trial Advocacy Program

Seminar: "Social Networking and Litigation: Friend or Unethical Foe?"

Date: November 30, 2010
Time: 12:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Location: WCL

Litigation in the digital age presents novel and complicated ethical issues regarding social networking and internet search engines. As these sites grow in popularity, so do their value as investigative tools. However, attorneys must be aware of the ethical ramifications of exploiting these sites for potentially improper purposes, accessing information by unethical means, and the danger of inappropriate use by jurors.

This conference will examine the ethical issues resulting from the use of these types of internet sites by the bench, bar, and jurors. The seminar will begin with a lecture by Ken Strutin, Esquire, followed by a panel discussion. For additional information, visit http://www.wcl.american.edu/trial/conferences.cfm, or contact Elizabeth Lippy, at elippy@wcl.american.edu. Registration is free, but required. If you would like to register, visit www.wcl.american.edu/secle/registration. CLE Accreditation, 4 credits including ethics, will be applied for. CLE registration is $55.

For further information, contact the Office of Special Events & Continuing Legal Education at 202.274.4075 or secle@wcl.american.edu.


Career Workshop

ABA Women Rainmakers Mid-Career Workshop

Date: October 22 - 24, 2010

The ABA Women Rainmakers Mid-Career Workshop is a three-day event that targets an experienced audience, providing opportunities to sharpen rainmaking and business skills through hands-on programs, networking sessions, and small group discussions. Taking place October 22-24, 2010, in Washington, DC, this year's workshop will provide comprehensive programs in three areas:

  • Business Fundamentals - legal professionals need to understand business strategy and how it affects a law practice, their clients' businesses, and their careers
  • Rainmaking - learn how to hone your skills to attract more clients
  • Personal Development - meet with a professional coach to evaluate your career goals and create a plan for achieving them

For more information, visit http://www.abanet.org/lpm/wr/workshop/. Event promoter rate of $695 is extended to AU Alumni. Registrants must complete a registration form in order to receive the event promoter discount. A copy of the form can be found via this link: http://www.abanet.org/lpm/wr/workshop/docs/ABA_Women_Rainmakers_2010_Registration_Form.pdf; The Event Promoter code assigned to you is AU1010.


Trial Advocacy Program

Trial Advocacy Program announces new LL.M. in Advocacy

The new Master of Laws, LL.M., 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. The LL.M. in Advocacy is awaiting acquiescence from the ABA.

For additional information, visit the LLM website at http://www.wcl.american.edu/trial/llm/

Office of Career and Professional Development

Public Interest Speed Networking

Date: October 6, 2010
Time: 5:30 PM - 7:30PM
Location: WCL, 6th floor

We hope you can join us for the Fourth Annual Public Interest Speed Networking Event. The event provides an opportunity for local public interest and government legal employers to meet students exploring public interest careers. This is not a job fair, but instead a way for you to market your organization while at the same time, lending support to aspiring public interest lawyers. It also serves as an important alternative to the private firm dominated Fall Recruitment cycle, giving public interest minded students an opportunity to engage with public interest employers in the fall. As an informational event, students are asked to refrain from bringing their resumes as employers are expected to decline them if offered. The event will take place 5:30 -7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, October 6, 2010. The event is sponsored by the Office of Career & Professional Development and the Office of Public Interest.

Beginning at 5:30 p.m., employers will sit at different tables, grouped by type of practice. We will allow students to visit at each table for approximately ten minutes. A bell will then sound and the students will move to another table. We will break at 6:30 p.m. for a reception and continuing conversation.

We are seeking representatives from legal services providers, public interest advocacy groups, government agencies, and public interest law firms to participate in the event.

You may register for the event by visiting www.wcl.american.edu/go/speednetworking.If you have any questions about the event, please contact me at (202) 274-4098 or cjackson@wcl.american.edu. Please feel free to pass this information on to others who might be interested.

WCL's Annual Career Day for 1Ls Alumni & Practitioner Luncheon

Date: November 6, 2010
Time: 11:30 AM (registration for practitioners) 12:00 PM (Lunch)
Location: WCL, 6th floor:

Please consider participating in WCL's annual Career Day for 1Ls, sponsored by the Office of Career & Professional Development (OCPD). The program will be held on Saturday, November 6, 2010 on the 6th floor of the law school. The day begins with an introduction to OCPD, followed by a presentation on professionalism in the legal market,and a panel of upper classmen and practicing attorneys. The highlight of Career Day, however, is the Alumni & Practitioner Luncheon where each practitioner heads a table of eight students to discuss their legal careers and provide practical advice. This is most popular segment of the program since our students always welcome the opportunity to speak with practitioners. Lunch will begin at 12:00 PM with registration for practitioners beginning at 11:30 AM on the 6th floor of the law school. This is a wonderful opportunity to mentor a new law student for a day, reconnect with the school, and network with other alumni. If you are interested in participating in the Alumni & Practitioner Luncheon, please contact Eliza Park Musallam in OCPD at, musallam@wcl.american.edu or 202-274-4339. We hope you can join us!

Do you have an opportunity for a student or a need for some extra help?

OCPD continues to accept employer registrations for the 2010 Fall Recruitment Program, which is currently taking place and will last through November. The program, which is free of cost, is an excellent way to highlight summer and academic-year opportunities for students 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 at www.wcl.american.edu/recruit. For more information or to participate in the program, please contact Tedi Mason, Recruitment Coordinator, at tmason@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 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.

Would you like to hire attorneys with legal expertise in a foreign country or foreign language skills? Need a legal translator for a short or long term project? WCL can offer you attorneys from 40 countries who speak a total of 54 foreign languages! Learn more

The Office of Career & Professional Development (OCPD) helps foreign Master of Laws (LL.M.) students to obtain internships with employers in the United States and abroad. LL.M. students are attorneys from foreign countries who come to the United States to further their education. The LL.M. program lasts approximately 1 year, and students seek internship opportunities during the academic year and after graduation. Many students also seek full time employment opportunities after graduation. Foreign attorneys who want to practice in the United States are eligible to sit for the bar exam in a number of U.S. jurisdictions. If you would like to learn more about our LL.M. students or if you would like to advertise an internship or employment opportunity for these students, please contact Adriana Vito, Assistant Director for International Career Programs at avito@wcl.american.edu or call (202) 274-4097 (direct line).