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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Spring 2017 Events:

Please join Professors SáCouto and Hamilton on April 21 at noon for an informal career discussion and pizza lunch with four recent WCL grads working in the fields of international criminal law and national security law! Alumni Christie Edwards (LLM '10), Jennifer Smith (JD '10), Hunter Deeley (JD '15), and Chris Keeler (JD '15) work across these fields, as well as in immigration and international humanitarian law, and will be on-hand to take your questions. Don't miss the chance to hear from these stellar grads about the important work they are doing and how they got there!


The American College of Trial Lawyers is an extremely prestigious national organization of the best trial lawyers throughout the country. Students will have the opportunity to network before and after the panel. The topic of discussion is “Leaks and the Law” and will discuss legal issues surrounding the press.

Fall 2016 Events:

"So You Want to be a Public Defender?" - October 19, 2016

Come and hear from WCL alumni and friends who will discuss their experiences as defenders, give advice, and answer questions. The event is from 12:00-1:00 p.m. in Room N102. All are welcome! Please RSVP to Lisa Flores at There will be pizza for those who RSVP!


Gideon's Promise Law School Partnership Project (LSSP) - October 4, 2016

Professors Angela Davis and Jenny Robert encourages anyone interested in public defender work  in the south to come to an important information session about WCL’s partnership with the Gideon’s Promise Law School Partnership Project (LSSP) on October 4th from 12 – 1:15 in Room NT02.  Applications for LSSP are due on October 21st!

Gideon’s Promise is an organization dedicated to assuring that every individual facing criminal charges receives adequate legal representation regardless of economic status. Through continuing education, ongoing mentorships, and strategic partnerships, the organization gives public defenders the tools they need to provide the highest quality public defense in their communities.  The Law School Partnership Project involves law schools, Gideon’s Promise, and selected defender offices.  WCL has participated in this program for the past two years.  Gideon’s Promise provides top-notch training and promises to place graduates in public defender offices across the South. The defender offices guarantee that within the first year, the graduate will be moved into a full-time position. By providing support upfront, the law school helps graduates secure permanent employment and acquire the training and support they need to become public defenders in challenging environments.  WCL graduates who participated in this program are currently working in public defender offices in St. Tammany Parish and Lafayette, LA; Memphis and Nashville, TN; and Robeson County, NC.

More information is at . The offices where LSSP students may be placed are:  Birmingham and Montgomery, AL; Augusta, GA; Charlotte and Lumberton, NC; New Orleans, Covington and Lafayette, LA; Memphis, Nashville and Knoxville, TN; Columbia, SC; El Paso, TX and Sioux Falls, SD.  The application is at the link above, and we encourage everyone to read the materials before coming to our information session.

Criminal Law Externship Fair - October 5, 2016

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. The Criminal Law Externship Fair will be held on October 5, 2016 from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in Claudio Grossman Hall. Please see the flyer below for more details.

"So You Want to be a Prosecutor?" - October 13, 2016

The Institute and the Criminal Law Practitioner are co-sponsoring this event for all students to attend. If you are interested in learning more about the opportunities available as a prosecutor, and some of the positions that WCL alumni are currently in, come to NT01 on October 13, 2016 from 12:00 p.m.-1:30 p.m. Pizza will be served! Check out the flyer below for more information about the event. No registration is required to attend.

Archived Events:

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.