Legends & Leaders 2022

Important Announcement Regarding Our Formerly Scheduled Event on April 8th 2022

WCL has traditionally celebrated our scholarship recipients and donors at our annual Legends & Leaders event. However, in our effort to give broader recognition to our students and donors at an institutional level, the WCL community of scholars and donors was folded into American University’s scholarship celebration luncheon on March 30th. As a result, we will not be hosting an event on April 8th at our Tenley Campus to celebrate our scholars and donors.

However, Legends & Leaders has also been used as an opportunity to celebrate our Alumni Award recipients. This year, our Alumni Awards reception will take place during Reunion Weekend – scheduled for June 23-25th
As a reminder, we will be recognizing alumni in the following categories:

  • Lifetime Philanthropy Award
    The Lifetime Philanthropy Award is presented to an alumnus/alumna for his or her generous and meaningful financial support to WCL.
  • Distinguished Alumni Award
    Awarded to an alumnus/alumna for exceptional accomplishment and leadership in the nominee’s professional field, which brings distinction to themselves and honor to the law school. The contribution(s) need not be publicly renowned but should represent important creative effort or accomplishment with societal or educational impact and value.
  • Outstanding Graduate of the Last Decade Award (GOLD Award)
    Awarded to an alumnus/alumna who has graduated within the last 10 years for exceptional professional accomplishment and/or volunteer service to the WCL community, American university, or any alumni organization. 

More news on this year’s Alumni Awards winners will be announced soon!

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Legends & Leaders 2021

Take look at the incredible honorees who were recognized at the April 9, 2021 Legends & Leaders event!

Alumni Awards 2021

? Ambassador Robert Frank Pence ’71 [Click and drag to move] ?

Ambassador Robert Frank Pence ’71 with
the Lifetime Philanthropy Award

Representative Stacey E. Plaskett

Representative Stacey E. Plaskett ’94 with
the Distinguished Alumni Award

Representative Stacey E. Plaskett

Andrew Kim
’12 with the Outstanding Graduate of the Last Decade (GOLD)


Retiring faculty who have dedicated their time and service to the AUWCL community include:

Nancy Abramowitz

Professor of Practice of Law Nancy Abramowitz, director of the Janet R. Spragens Federal Tax Clinic


Professor of Law Susan Bennett, director of the Community and Economic Development Law Clinic

Representative Stacey E. Plaskett

Professor of Law Barlow Burke, John S. Myers and Alvina Reckman Myers Scholar


Associate Law Librarian Sima Mirkin, Metadata/Digital Resources Librarian