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Legal Eagle Vol. 25 December 2010

Dear Friends,

Thank you for your ongoing support of the Washington College of Law. Your involvement means so much and makes a difference in the lives of our students as well as your fellow alumni.

In the spirit of the season, involvement can be defined both as giving and receiving assistance. This year alone we had more than 2,000 alumni attend networking events in 12 states. Many more took advantage of our career services events, listserv, online support and webcasts.  Still others continued to audit classes at WCL, spent time in the Pence Law Library, or received one-on-one assistance for lost diplomas, transcripts and much more.  Alumni were also generous with their time and experience, supporting more than 30 student groups as speakers, panelists, judges and mentors.

We are proud of our alumni for their professional achievements, and applaud your energy, community spirit, and devotion to WCL.

You make the difference. You set the example. And we appreciate it.

We look forward to seeing you at WCL or at events in the US, and around the world.

Please accept our warmest wishes for a wonderful holiday season and a happy new year.

Thank you,
Shelly Horn

Director, Alumni Relations
The Office of Development and Alumni Relations


12/15/2010 - Holiday Happy Hour for alumni 1-10 years out
Time: 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Location: F. Scott's (next to 1789 Restaurant), Washington, DC

01/05/2011 - San Francisco Alumni and Friends Networking Reception
Time: 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Location: Lark Creek Steak, Westfield Shopping Center, San Francisco, CA

01/15/2011 - Class of 2005 Reunion (Reservations are mandatory)
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: Darlington House, Dupont Circle, Washington, DC
Contact: wcl2005reunion@gmail.com
Website: http://www.wcl2005reunion.info/

01/20/2011 - Business Law Brief - Journal Launch Reception
Time: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Location: Acadiana Restaurant

02/22/2011 - New York Area Alumni and Newly Admitted Students Networking Reception
Time: 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Location: New York, NY

03/01/2011 - San Francisco Area Alumni and Newly Admitted Students Networking Reception
Time: 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Location: TBD

03/02/2011 - Los Angeles Area Alumni and Newly Admitted Students Networking Reception
Time: 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Location: TBD

03/03/2011 - San Diego Area Alumni and Newly Admitted Students Networking Reception
Time: 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Location: TBD

03/06/2011 - Boston Area Alumni Networking Brunch
Time: 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Location: Cafe Fleuri in the Langham Hotel

03/08/2011 - Chicago Area Alumni Networking Reception
Time: 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Location: TBD

04/09/2011 - Miami Area Alumni and Newly Admitted Students Networking Reception
Time: 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Location: TBD

04/10/2011 - Boca Raton Area Alumni and Newly Admitted Students Networking Brunch
Time: 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Location: TBD

04/14/2011 - First Thursday Diversity Alumni and Student Networking Reception
Time: 6:30 PM - 8: 30 PM
Location: Washington, DC

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.)

Attention: Class of 2005 Alumni

Join your classmates as they plan your five year reunion on January 5 starting at 7 PM at Darlington House (1610 20th Street, NW). Go to the reunion web pages at: http://www.wcl2005reunion.info/ for more information.

Join us! Questions? Email wcl2005reunion@gmail.com

Hosted by - Arish Gajjar, Eric Huang, Nabila Isa-Odidi, Michele Lee, Claire Rajan, Dipal Shah and Erin Weber



Are you hoping to connect with alumni from your class?

Join your class group on InCircle (wcl.affinitycircles.com)!

Can't find your class? Start the group and invite others to join. Then you can post events of interest to your classmates, blog, post opportunities and keep in touch. It's that easy; A world of opportunities with one click.



The Office of Special Events and Continuing Legal Education (SECLE) invites you to take a look at their full list of Founders Celebration 2011 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.

For a complete list of dates and topics, click here.

For more information, email secle@wcl.american.edu, or visit their website at www.wcl.american.edu/secle


Student Needs

Externship Program: Do you have a place for students to earn academic credit for unpaid legal work?

Last year, approximately 350 WCL students earned academic credit for their unpaid legal work at a variety of not-for-profit organizations, government agencies, courts, and law firms engaged in pro bono projects in the Washington D.C. area.

The legal community benefits tremendously from the extensive work performed by these enthusiastic students who are eager to obtain hands-on experience. We are now searching for opportunities for the Spring semester, which begins the second week of January. The students must be engaged in substantive legal work -up to 20 hours per week- under the supervision of an attorney. If you can help, and would like us to provide students with information about your firm, organization or agency, please contact a member of the Externship Program staff at (202) 274-4200 or email, Avis L. Sanders, Director, ALSanders@wcl.american.edu or Samantha Satz, Program Coordinator, externship@wcl.american.edu.

Eighteenth Annual Equal Justice Foundation Public Interest Auction

Save the Date: March 24, 2011
Time: Silent Auction (starts at 4:00 PM); Public Interest Alumni Reception (6:30 PM); Live Auction (starts at 7:00 PM)
Washington College of Law, 6th Floor

Public Interest Alumni Reception will run concurrently with the auction.

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 an in-kind or monetary 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 at www.american.edu/alumni closer to the event date. Further inquires may be sent via email to alumni@wcl.american.edu. The auction is being sponsored by the Washington College of Law Equal Justice Foundation (EJF).

Study Abroad & International Exchange Program

Did you study abroad while in law school? Do you live abroad now? Would you like to lend a helping hand to an international student or a student studying abroad?

The Office of Study Abroad and International Exchange is looking for alumni who studied abroad while they were in law school or who live abroad now. We are setting up a unique mentorship network of previous and current students who would like to connect.

If you are interested in participating, please contact Vildana Krslak at krslak@wcl.american.edu.


Law and Government Program

Upcoming Law and Government Events in 2011

01/26/2011 - Responding to Anti-Muslim Bigotry
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Location: WCL, Room 603
Sponsored by, Program on Law & Government and the Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law. CLE Credit is available for a fee.

02/07/2011 - Immigration: The Role of States
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Location: WCL, Room 603
CLE Credit is available for a fee.

02/18/2011 - The Guantanamo Detainees: What Next?
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Location: WCL, Room 603
Presented by the Program on Law & Government and the National Institute of Military Justice

For further information on any of these programs, email lawandgov@wcl.american.edu

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 participants 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 http://www.wcl.american.edu/trial/llm/

Office of Career and Professional Development (OCPD)

2011 Spring Recruitment Program

OCPD is currently accepting registrations for the 2011 Spring Recruitment Program, which will start 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. For more information or to participate, contact Tedi Mason, Recruitment Coordinator, at tmason@wcl.american.edu or (202) 274-4095.

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 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 OCPD and/or CareerLink to ensure maximum exposure to the WCL student and alumni communities.) The listserv will be moderated to ensure appropriate usage. To subscribe, email Alumni Counselor Matthew Pascocello at mpasco@wcl.american.edu.

Alumni Career Development Programs, Listserv, and Webinars

To access upcoming career programs, visit the WCL main web calendar, or login to OCPD's CareerLink (to create an account, click here). Additional services for job seeking alumni can be found at OCPD's Alumni Services link (http://www.wcl.american.edu/career/alumni.cfm) where you can gain access to the Mentor Database, Job Exchange Bulletins and find information about Reciprocity to 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.

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 become a Mentor through our simple online registration process or by contacting alumni counselor Matthew Pascocello at (202)-274-4092 mpasco@wcl.american.edu.

Office of Development & Alumni Relations  -  4801 Massachusetts Avenue, NW  -  Suite 373  -  Washington, DC 20016-8181  -  202-274-4163 -