Programs, Symposia, and Special Events

The Institute offers outstanding programs and presentations like the ones AUWCL has consistently offered over the years. Programs and seminars bring together diverse groups to discuss issues and craft solutions to common problems that plague the criminal justice system.

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Past Events

Criminal Law Academic Advising Session - March 30, 2015

Students attended the Criminal Law Academic Advising session on Monday, March 30.

Racial and Ethnic Profiling: The Stories and the Law - March 23, 2015, 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

The Institute co-sponsored a panel discussing racial, ethnic, and religious profiling. Three victims of profiling told their stories, and Professor Angela J. Davis moderated a discussion of the applicable law and possible remedies. The panelists included Nicholas Peart, a trial witness in Floyd v. New York City, the "Stop and Frisk" case; Jose Magana-Salgado, Immigration Policy Attorney with the Immigrant Legal Resource Center; and Saba Ahmed, WCL alumnus, attorney, and Islamic Lobbyist, with legal analysis by Mr. Magana-Salgado and Sunita Patel, WCL Practitioner-in-Residence and former attorney in the Floyd case. The Institute co-sponsored the event with the Black Law Students Association, the Latina/o Law Students Association, the Office of Diversity Services, the Program on Law and Government, and the Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law.

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Criminal Law Externship Fair- September 18, 2014, 4 - 7 p.m

The Institute and the Externship Office are co-sponsoring this event for 2L/3L/4L students interested in pursuing a career in criminal law. The Externship Office has invited a wide range of state, local and federal defender, prosecutor and law enforcement agencies, as well as a number of criminal justice policy and criminal justice reform organizations. This event is limited is separate from the externship fair, and will focus solely on placing upper-level students in criminal law-related externships. It is our hope that the Criminal Law Career Counseling Program on September 11th will help students sharpen their focus, fine-tune their resumes, and arrive more prepared for the Externship Fair. The Criminal Law Externship Fair will be held in the 6th floor student lounges from 5:00-7:00PM. To register for the Externship Fair, go to

Criminal Law Career Counseling - September 11, 2014, 4 - 7 p.m.

In partnership with the Externship Office, the Institute will co-host an event to provide individualized career counseling for a limited number WCL students interested in pursuing criminal law careers. We have recruited approximately 20 criminal law professionals-WCL alums and current WCL faculty-to provide one-on-one career counseling and advice to students. During these one-on-one sessions, the faculty and alumni will be available to review your updated resume, provide academic counseling, and help you establish a path to a career in criminal law. If you would like to participate, you will need to submit your updated resume (in PDF format) by September 1st to criminaljusticeinstitute@wcl.american.ed. Be sure to specify in the email if you have limited availability, and we will try to accommodate your schedule. Prior to the September 11th event, we will submit your resume to one of the volunteer counselors. You will then be notified of the exact time of your counseling session and the person you are scheduled to meet with. This event will be held in the 6th Floor student lounges, and you should wear professional attire. Enrollment is limited and you are strongly encouraged to participate in this event if you plan to participate in the criminal law externship fair on September 19th (see below).

Fall Conference - October 18 -19, 2013

Gideon's Army - Friday, October 18th, 2013
5:30 - 9:00PM

Conference participants are invited to enjoy a complimentary buffet dinner while watching "Gideon's Army," the critically acclaimed HBO documentary that depicts the struggles of public defenders and the indigent defense delivery system in America. Dean Claudio Grossman will offer introductory remarks and a panel discussion moderated by Prof. Cynthia Jones immediately following the film will include: Dawn Porter, Director & Producer of "Gideon's Army" ; June Hardwick, a defense attorney featured in Gideon's Army, Jonathan Rapping, Director of Gideon's Promise, the public defender training program prominently featured in Gideon's Army; and Campbell Roth (WCL 2011), a Gideon's Promise graduate.

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The Trayvon Martin Tragedy: A Teach-In and Legal Discussion Forum

The controversial case surrounding the death of Trayvon Martin captured national and international attention, and raised numerous legal and political questions about the American criminal justice system. AUWCL hosted a teach-in and important legal discussion about the case.


The American Prosecutor - Power, Discretion and Accountability

A panel hosted at AUWCL addresses the ethical responsibilities of prosecutors, what is meant by "prosecutorial misconduct" and whether it is a widespread problem, and what systems are in place to prevent and/or detect misconduct and discipline errant prosecutors.