Faculty


The following Washington College of Law faculty participated in ILSP’s 30th Anniversary Conference and Alumni Reunion.

 

Padideh Ala’i

Padideh Ala’i is a Professor of Law at American University, Washington College of Law (WCL) in Washington D.C. where she specializes in areas of international trade law and development and comparative legal traditions. Specifically, she teaches the law of the World Trade Organization (WTO) and writes in the areas of history and free trade, international efforts to combat corruption as well as issues relating to trade and good governance. In 2005 and 2009 Professor Alai was the Acting Director of the International Legal Studies Program. She received her J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1988 and was in private legal practice with the law firms of Jones Day and Reichler, Milton and Medel prior to joining the Faculty of the WCL in 1997. In private practice Professor Ala’i represented developing country governments, including Guyana, Nicaragua, Uganda, China and the Philippines in their negotiations with foreign investors, US Government and its federal agencies, as well as multilateral institutions such as the World Bank. She also represented multinational corporations in international business transaction and advised them on pending U.S. banking legislation. From 1992-1996, Professor Ala’i was part of the legal team representing the Government of Philippines in international litigation and arbitration against Westinghouse Corp. charging corruption and bribery by Westinghouse of former Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos and defective construction of the Bataan nuclear power plant.

Nancy Boswell

Nancy Boswell is an attorney providing strategic advice on mitigating bribery and corruption risks in international business and development and on enhancing civic engagement and collective action. She is an adjunct associate professor at the American University Washington College of Law, serves on public and private sector boards and speaks frequently in the US and abroad to the corporations, government officials, development assistance agencies, academic institutions and non-profit organizations.    

As President and CEO of Transparency International-USA from its early days (1994-2011), she mobilized successful multi-stakeholder advocacy campaigns for adoption, ratification and enforcement of foreign bribery and anti-corruption conventions, promoted heightened attention to corruption and transparency by providers of development assistance, export credit and project finance, and promoted inclusion of procurement transparency provisions in trade agreements, fostering their implementation through in-country assessments.  She contributed to the development of benchmark private sector anti-bribery tools, including the OECD Guidance and the World Economic Forum’s Partnering Against Corruption Initiative, and worked extensively with leading multinationals on adherence to risk-based compliance programs. 

She serves as an advisor to the US government as a member of the USAID Advisory Committee on Voluntary Foreign Aid.  She also serves on the advisory boards of the ABA Rule of Law Initiative-Asia and Veracity Worldwide and on the boards of directors of the Ethics Resource Center and the Institute for the Study of Diplomacy of Georgetown University Walsh School of Foreign Service.  She is a member of the ABA Section on International Law Anti-Corruption Committee, the IBA Anti-Corruption Committee and a TI Individual Member.  She was named among Ethisphere’s “100 Most Influential People in Business Ethics.”

She practiced public international and trade law at Steptoe & Johnson. Other prior experience: Executive Director, Retail Industry Trade Action Coalition; Government Relations, American Association of University Women; Financial Officer, Citibank.  She received her law degree, summa cum laude, from the American University Washington College of Law in Washington, D.C. and is the recipient of its International Trade and Investment Law Society 2012 Distinguished Alumni award. 

Daniel Bradlow

Daniel D. Bradlow is a Professor of Law at American University Washington College of Law in Washington, D.C. and the SARCHI Professor of International Development Law and African Economic Relations at the University of Pretoria, South Africa. He is the Chair of the Roster of Experts for the Independent Review Mechanism at the African Development Bank, a member of the board of directors of New Rules for Global Finance Board, and an expert member of the African Commission of Human and People’s Rights Working Group on Extractive Industries, Environment and Human Rights Violations. He is also a member of the Executive Council of the American Society of International Law and recently served on the High-Level Panel on Governance of the Financial Stability Board.

Michael W. Carroll

Michael W. Carroll joined the WCL faculty in 2009 after visiting during the 2008-09 academic year. He previously was a member of the faculty of the Villanova University School of Law. He teaches and writes about intellectual property law and cyberlaw. Prior to entering the academy, he served as a law clerk to Judge Judith W. Rogers, U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, and Judge Joyce Hens Green, U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. He practiced law at Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering in Washington, D.C. He is a graduate of the Georgetown University Law Center and the University of Chicago.

Professor Carroll's research focuses on the search for balance in intellectual property law over time in the face of challenges posed by new technologies. He also acts on his ideas. He is a founding member of Creative Commons, Inc., a global organization that provides free, standardized copyright licenses to enable and to encourage legal sharing of creative and other copyrighted works. He also is on the sub-group of Board Members who advise the organization's Science Commons division and its education division, ccLearn.

Professor Carroll also is recognized as a leading advocate for open access over the Internet to the research that appears in scholarly and scientific journals. He has written white papers and has given numerous presentations to university faculty, administrators, and staff around the country on this issue.

Susana Castiglione, LL.M. 1997

Susana Castiglione is the Assistant Director of the Center on International Commercial Arbitration where she is responsible for the Center’s activities including the International Arbitration Summer Program, Seminar and Lectures as well as providing research and support for all international arbitration courses and activities at WCL.

Susana is a lawyer from Argentina where she litigated environmental, tort, malpractice, and labor law cases for more than ten years. In 1992 she joined Kattan Environmental Law Firm where she conducted public interest advocacy.Susana also taught Civil Law and Environmental Law at the University of Buenos Aires. Prior to joining the Center on International Commercial Arbitration she worked as an independent consultant on international and comparative environmental and health law issues for international organizations.She has several legal publications, including: Legislation for the Control and Management of Hospital Infections (2007), Management of Dead Bodies in Disaster Situations (2004), Non-Intentional Injuries (2004), Legislation on Occupational Risks and Safety in Central America (2003) and Pesticide in Central America: Analysis of Legislation and National and International Mechanisms of Enforcement, Focus on Gender” (1999). Susana holds an LLM degree from American University Washington College of Law.

Jennifer Dabson

Manage more than 125 programs per year, with 10,000 plus attendees and over 920 organizations represented – government, non-profit, embassies, law firms, other law schools, and alumni (increase of 17% in number of alumni attending programs). The programs, which include discussions on some of most current, substantial legal issues, all offer great networking opportunities for students and alumni, and highlight faculty and programs.  Developed a partnership with West LegalEdCenter for the provision of on-line continuing legal education programs available to alums and other lawyers in the international legal community.  Continuing to develop strategic partnerships and strengthening relationships with a variety of external entities, including bar associations, law firms, national and international legal associations and other organizations.

Prior to joining the Law School in August, 2004 was with the American Bar Association for 11 years.  The last position was as Director of Programs with the Section of International Law where managed and planned the Section’s variety of conferences (from 50 to 1000 plus attendees), including the largest European conference in Brussels; coordinated development and implementation of distance learning techniques, including innovative annual live videoconference program from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in Washington, DC with London and other European, Canadian and South American venues; developed international relations and world-wide contacts with law firms, international organizations, bar associations, universities and government entities; and assisted ABA leadership in establishing high-level contact with government officials, including heads of state, ambassadors for ABA delegations to The Netherlands (The Hague), Costa Rica, and Guatemala, the United Nations in Geneva, and the United Nations and U.S. Mission to the United Nations in New York.  For the first five years with the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution where made presentations to visiting international delegations, assisted with the setting up of the International Committee, and produced training material and peer mediation materials for schools.  Prior to moving to the U.S. in 1992, was the Coordinator and Financial Manager of the Vauxhall Community Law Center, Liverpool, where secured funding for the ongoing development of the Law Center and coordinated the pro-bono program.  Other career highlights include the North West Regional Coordinator for European Commission funded training program on behalf of Neighborhood Energy Action undertaking series of studies for the U.K. Department of Energy and provision of report to assist Manpower Services Commission, and research work for CEI Consultants Ltd. into business links with community schemes and overview of youth enterprise case studies (funded by the Prince of Wales Royal Jubilee Trust).

Gina R. Evers

Gina is both the Alumni Coordinator and English Tutor for the International Legal Studies Program. She coordinates with alumni liaisons to create communication and networking opportunities for alumni in their home countries through the establishment and maintenance of alumni clubs, and helps alumni keep in touch after they leave. Gina is the editor of the biannual Global Network, the ILSP's own alumni magazine, and manages the ILSP alumni listserv. Gina also works with current LLMs to help improve their written and spoken English. She meets with students on a one-on-one basis in order to discuss writing in English. She holds a BA in writing from Ithaca College and a MFA in creative writing from American University.

Esteban Freeman

Mr. Esteban Freeman currently works in the Office of the Dean as the Study Abroad & International Exchange International Resources Coordinator. His position in the office is imperative for the development of international relationships, partnerships, and educational initiatives. Some of his responsibilities include organizing the International Legal Education Abroad Conference, faculty colloquium, and the International Law Abroad Fair. Prior to his current position, Mr. Freeman was Resource Coordinator to the Office of the Dean. As the Office of the Dean interacts with the public on a national and global level and acts as the default center of information distribution and decision-making within the law school, Mr. Freeman worked directly for the Dean and alongside his colleagues in managing and running the office. During his time there, Mr. Freeman gained valuable first-hand knowledge on the decision making process needed to effectively manage a law school. Some of the projects Mr. Freeman was tasked with were overseeing part of the ABA accreditation process of WCL, organizing the Annual Hispanic Law Conference, and coordinating last year’s Judicial Reform Summer Program. Mr. Freeman graduated from American University with a BA in International Studies and is currently pursuing a Masters of Arts in Liberal Arts from St. John’s College.

Robert K. Goldman

Robert K. Goldman is Louis C. James Scholar; co-director, Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law; faculty director, the War Crimes Research Office; and professor of law. He holds expertise in international and human rights law; U.S. foreign policy; terrorism; and law of armed conflict. From 1996 to 2004 he was a member of the Organization of American States’ Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, and its president in 1999. From July 2004 to July 2005, Goldman was the UN Human Rights Commission's Independent Expert on the protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms while countering terrorism. In October 2005, the International Commission of Jurists named him one of the eight jurists on the Eminent Jurists Panel on Terrorism, Counter-Terrorism and Human Rights. In 2008, Goldman was elected Commissioner and member of the Executive Committee of the International Commission of Jurists. He is author of The Protection of Human Rights: Past, Present and Future (1972); coauthor of Middle East Watch's book, Needless Deaths in the Gulf War, a 1991 publication that assessed civilian casualties during the 39-day air campaign and assigned responsibility for violations of the laws of war; and coauthor of The International Dimension of Human Rights: A Guide For Application in Domestic Law (2001). He is also the author of scores of reports, papers and articles on human rights and humanitarian law related issues.

Horacio Grigera Naón

Dr. Horacio Grigera Naón is theDirector of the Center on International Commercial Arbitrationat the Washington College of Law and an independent international arbitrator and consultant on business and international law matters. He is a former Secretary General of the International Court of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce and has been a practitioner in the field of international commercial arbitration and international business law for over twenty-five years. Dr. Grigera Naón has also widely published in those areas.

Dr. Grigera Naón is also a member of the American Law Institute, former Special Counsel with White & Case LLP and former Senior Counsel with the International Finance Corporation in Washington D.C. He is a member of the Argentine Federal, New York, District of Columbia, and United States Supreme Court Bars.

Claudio M. Grossman

Claudio Grossman, dean of American University Washington College of Law and the Raymond I. Geraldson Scholar for International and Humanitarian Law, is an expert on international law, human rights, and Inter-American affairs. Grossman was unanimously elected chair of the United Nations Committee against Torture in April 2008, where he has been a member since 2003 and previously served as vice chair (2003-2008). He is also a member of the Commission for the Control of Interpol’s Files. Grossman served as president of the College of the Americas, an organization of colleges and universities in the Western Hemisphere, from November 2003-November 2007. Previously, he was a member of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights from 1993-2001, where he served in numerous capacities including twice as its President (1996 and 2001) as well as the special rapporteur on the rights of indigenous populations and the special rapporteur on women's rights. He has participated in numerous on-site visits and election-observing missions in Eastern Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East. He has also worked on international legal issues with the United Nations and the International Human Rights Law Group (now known as Global Rights). Grossman is fluent in Spanish, French, and Dutch. He is the author of numerous books and articles on international law, human rights, and the law of international organizations.

Paul E. Hagen, J.D. 1990

Paul Hagen is a Principal at the law firm of Beveridge & Diamond, P.C. practicing in the areas of U.S. and international environmental law. Mr. Hagen leads the firm’s international environmental practice, helping clients identify and comply with international, national and subnational product stewardship, pollution control, and resource protection measures governing overseas market access, projects and activities.

Mr. Hagen has advised governments in Asia, Africa, and the Middle East on the drafting of environmental and natural resources legislation. He has held leadership positions with several prominent environmental non-profit organizations. He is an adjunct professor of law at the Washington College of Law at American University in Washington, D.C. / Geneva. He has written on a number of domestic and international environmental law issues.

Hadar Harris

Ms. Harris is an international human rights attorney and specializes in issues of civil and political rights, gender equality, and domestic implementation of international norms. She has worked extensively in assessing and reviewing national compliance with international human rights treaties, working both with NGOs and governmental bodies and advising on implementation of recommendations. In Spring 2002, she piloted an assessment tool developed by the American Bar Association/CEELI to review national compliance with the provisions of the Convention for the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). The pilot project was run in Armenia and the final report was submitted for review to the United Nations and to the Armenian government. She developed an implementation protocol and consulted on similar assessments in Serbia, Kazakhstan, Georgia and Macedonia. She has assisted in developing shadow reports, government reports or trained government and civil society representatives on a variety of treaties in various parts of the world including Botswana, Israel, Lao PDR, Kosovo, and the United States.

David Hunter

David Hunter is a Professor of Law, Director of the International Legal Studies Program and Director of the Program on International and Comparative Environmental Law at American University's Washington College of Law. He teaches US Environmental Law, International Environmental Law, Comparative Environmental Law and the Law of Torts. Prof. Hunter was the former Executive Director of the Center for International Environmental Law, a non-governmental organization dedicated to protecting the global environment through the use of international law. Mr. Hunter was formerly an environmental consultant to the Czech and Slovak environmental ministries, an environmental associate at the law firm of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, and executive director of WaterWatch of Oregon, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving western water laws. He currently serves on the Boards of Directors of the Environmental Law Alliance Worldwide-US, EarthRights International, and the Project on Government Oversight (chair), and is a Board Member and Member Scholar of the Center for Progressive Reform. He is also a member of the Organization of American States’ Expert Group on Environmental Law, the Steering Committee of the IUCN Commission on Environmental Law, and the Compliance Advisor/Ombudsman’s Strategic Advisors Group. He is a 1983 graduate of the University of Michigan with majors in economics and political science, and a 1986 graduate of the Harvard Law School. Mr. Hunter is author of many articles on international environmental law, and is co-author of International Environmental Law and Policy (Foundation Press) and Climate Change and the Law (Lexis Nexis Publishing).

Peter Jaszi

Peter Jaszi teaches domestic and international copyright law, as well as law and literature. He also directs the Glushko-Samuelson Intellectual Property Law Clinic and helped to establish the Program on Intellectual Property and Information Justice. Professor Jaszi is a frequent speaker to professional audiences in the United States and abroad. With Craig Joyce, Marshall Leaffer and Tyler Ochoa, he co-authors a standard copyright textbook, Copyright Law (Lexis, 7th ed., 2006). Alone and with Martha Woodmansee, he has written several articles on copyright history and theory; together they edited The Construction of Authorship, published by Duke University Press. In 1994, Professor Jaszi was a member of the Librarian of Congress’ Advisory Commission on Copyright Registration and Deposit, and in 1995 he was an organizer of the Digital Future Coalition. He is a Trustee of the Copyright Society of the U.S.A., and a member of the editorial board of its journal. In 2007, he received the American Library Association’s L. Ray Patterson Copyright Award, and in 2009 the Intellectual Property Section of the District of Columbia Bar honored him as the year’s Champion of Intellectual Property. Since 2005, Professor Jaszi has been working with Professor Patricia Aufderheide of the American University’s Center for Social Media on projects designed to promote the understanding of fair use by documentary filmmakers and other creators. In 2006-07, he led an interdisciplinary research team, funded by the Ford Foundation,that investigated the connections between intellectual law and the traditional arts in Indonesia. He currently serves on the board of ITVS, an important funder of documentary film projects. For the years 2009-2010, Professor Jaszi is serving as the Intellectual Property Scholar of the Center for Intellectual Property at the University of Maryland University College.

Billie Jo Kaufman

Prior to joining the faculty of WCL in 2003, Billie Jo was director of the Law Library & Technology Center and Associate Professor of Law at Shepard Broad Law Center, Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Fl., where she held several positions within the law library system from 1987 until 2003. She also teaches and specializes in advanced legal research; cyberlaw; criminal procedure; legal research and writing and law librarianship. She is a member of the ABA, the AALL, AALS, Southeast Association of Law Libraries, the Law Librarians’ Society of Washington, D.C., Computer Assisted Legal Instruction, and Consortium of Southeast Law Libraries.

Daniela Kraiem

Daniela Kraiem is the Associate Director of the Women and the Law Program and a Practitioner-in-Residence at American University Washington College of Law. Daniela works with the students, faculty and staff of the Washington College of Law incorporate gender into all aspects of legal education. She plans academic conferences on various subjects in the area of feminist jurisprudence (including in recent years meetings addressing Comparative Family Law, IP/Gender, Human Trafficking, and Prosecuting Sexual and Gender-based Crimes Before International/ized Criminal Tribunals). She coordinates grant-funded projects, including the Gender Jurisprudence Database Project (with the War Crimes Research Office). She collaborates with student groups to plan events on current issues in gender and law, works with the Academic Dean’s office to support the Washington College of Law’s comprehensive gender and law curriculum, and advises the students enrolled in the Gender and Law specializations in Washington College of Law’s two LLM programs.

Prior to joining the Washington College of Law, she represented labor unions and workers as an Associate at the law firm of McCarthy, Johnson and Miller in San Francisco. She was also a Staff Attorney at the Child Care Law Center, where she specialized in early childhood education workforce development, supporting women-owned small businesses, and increasing the availability of high quality child care for all children. Her current research interests include the political economy of long term care for the elderly and persons with disabilities, child care, and gender and legal education.

Hilary Lappin

Hilary Lappin is the Assistant Director of Admissions and Special Projects at American University Washington College of Law's Program on Law & Government where she works with all LLM and SJD applicants through the admissions process and serves as newly admitted students main point of contact. In addition to working with admissions, Hilary works with new programming initiatives including the Summer Institute on Law & Government and marketing and outreach efforts. Hilary joined American University in 2002 and has been with the Program on Law & Government since 2009. Previously, she worked for the Brookings Institution Project on Internal Displacement, served as the Academic Advisor for American University’s Washington Semester and the Washington Internships for Native Students Programs, and more recently was the International Exchange and J-1 Visa Coordinator for the Washington College of Law. She completed her BA in International Politics from the Catholic University of America. She studied at the University of Leuven in Belgium while working in the European Parliament and through Leeds University while working in the British Parliament. She has her MA in International Politics from American University’s School of International Service and a Graduate Certificate in Public Administration from American University’s School of Public Affairs.

Juan Méndez

Juan E. Méndez is a Visiting Professor of Law at the American University – Washington College of Law, and since November 2010, the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading Treatment or Punishment. In 2009 and 2010 he was the Special Advisor on Prevention to the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court. He is also Co-Chair of the Human Rights Institute of the International Bar Association. Until May 2009 he was the President of the International Center for Transnational Justice (ICTJ) and in the summer of 2009 he was a Scholar-in-Residence at the Ford Foundation in New York. Concurrent with his duties at ICTJ, the Honorable Kofi Annan named Mr. Méndez his Special Advisor on the Prevention of Genocide, a task he performed from 2004 to 2007.

Marcos A. Orellana

Marcos A. Orellana is Senior Attorney and Director of CIEL's Human Rights and Environment Program.

Prior to joining CIEL, Dr. Orellana was a Fellow to the Lauterpacht Research Centre for International Law of the University of Cambridge, UK. He also was a visiting scholar with the Environmental Law Institute in Washington DC. Previously, Dr. Orellana was Instructor Professor of international law at the Universidad de Talca, Chile and a consultant to various international governmental and non-governmental organizations. He also has provided legal counsel to the Chilean Ministry of Foreign Affairs on international environmental issues, and in that capacity has joined official delegations to meetings of select MEAs.

In 1997-1998, Dr. Orellana completed the LL.M. program at American University Washington College of Law (WCL), during which time he also was an intern at the World Bank's Inspection Panel. In 2009 Dr. Orellana obtained his S.J.D. doctoral degree from WCL upon successful defense of a thesis entitled: Health, Safety and Environmental Measures in International Economic Law. Since 2002, Dr. Orellana has offered various courses at WCL, including: the International Law of the Sea; International Trade and the Environment; and Investment Arbitration & International Human Rights Law.

Melanija Radnovic, LL.M. 2008

Melanija Radnovic is the International Programs Coordinator and the Coordinator for the Humphrey Fellowship Program. She manages the International Visiting Scholars Program and the Humphrey Fellowship Program. Melanija received her JD degree from the University of Novi Sad Law School, in Serbia, and is admitted to the Serbian BAR. She is an alumna of WCL, where she obtained LL.M. degree in International Legal Studies with two specializations: International Business Law and International Environmental Law. Melanija worked as a judge for the Municipal family law court, and as an independent attorney, she practiced in the areas of business, trade, contract, labor, real estate, family and property law. Melanija cooperated on a number of legal research projects related to international environmental law issues, and issues of foreign investment and trade in developing countries, with the CIEL and several other NGOs in the DC area. Melanija is interested in international legal education and cross-cultural communication. She has obtained certificates from the Intercultural Management Institute at AU in: Intercultural Leadership Competence, International Student Advising, Intercultural Training and Facilitation, as well as Mediating in a Multicultural Context.

Diego Rodríguez-Pinzón, LL.M. 1994

Diego Rodríguez-Pinzón (J.D., LL.M., S.J.D.) is Professorial Lecturer in Residence and Co-Director of the Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law at American University, Washington College of Law. He teaches courses in the fields of international law and human rights law and has published numerous articles and books on human rights law in both English and Spanish. Professor Rodríguez-Pinzón was recently appointed Ad Hoc Judge to sit in the Inter-American Court on Human Rights of the Organization of American States. As correspondent for the British periodical Butterworths Human Rights Cases, Professor Rodríguez-Pinzón covers the Americas; he also reports on the inter-American system for the Netherlands Human Rights Quarterly. He has served as international legal consultant for the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB) and the Organization of American States (OAS), among other institutions. He was also staff attorney at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights of the OAS and Officer for Latin America at the International Human Rights Law Group, a Washington DC based non-governmental organization. He holds a Masters of Law from the American University Washington College of Law.

William Ryan

William Ryan serves as one of the Foreign and International Law Librarians as well as the administrator of the European Union document depository. Mr. Ryan has been a Foreign and International Law specialist for over 20 years. He is a 1985 graduate of the Washington College of Law and is a member of the Virginia bar. He received his B.A. from Boston University majoring in History and International Relations. His M.L.S. is from the University of Maryland, College Park. He is active in the American Association of Law Libraries, the American Society of International Law, and the International Association of Law Libraries. He has served as a officer on numerous local and national law library association committees. His current research interests are: the development and mentoring of law librarians especially as to how it relates the achievement of tenure; and the development of a research guide to international trade law sources. His interests include cooking, traveling, baseball, book collecting, small spaniels, and seventeenth century British history. He lives with his spouse and two small dogs, Prince Rupert and Abbegail, in Silver Spring.

Macarena Sáez

Macarena Sáez is a Fellow in the International Legal Studies Program and teaches at WCL in the areas of Family Law and Comparative Law. Her main areas of research are gender discrimination in Latin America, and comparative family law. Professor Saez is also de faculty director of WCL's Impact Litigation Project.

Macarena is member of the Executive Committee of the Network of Latin American Scholars on Gender, Sexuality and Legal Education ALAS, organization that provides trainings to law professors in Latin America on mainstreaming gender and sexuality perspectives in legal education. She is also member of Libertades Publicas, an organization that promotes civil liberties in Latin America.

Until May 2010, Professor Sáez was WCL's International Programs Coordinator. Among other tasks, in that capacity she was responsible of implementing and directing WCL's international JD dual degree programs, and negotiating and drafting memoranda of agreement with foreign law schools. Before coming to WCL Macarena was a faculty member at the University of Chile Law School where she taught jurisprudence and worked actively in law school's curriculum reform. She has also taught feminist jurisprudence at the University of Puerto Rico School of Law, as well as in other institutions in Latin America.

Avis L. Sanders

Avis L. Sanders is the Director of the Externship Program at the American University Washington College of Law where she teaches an externship seminar, and oversees more than 25 externship seminars each year. She is the Co-Chair of the AALS Section on Externships. From 1990 to 2002, she practiced employment discrimination law at the Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs. She directed the Committee’s EEO Intake Project and worked as a staff attorney on a number of its individual and class action employment discrimination cases. In addition, she chaired the Tripartite Group, a coalition of plaintiff attorneys, agency representatives and EEOC administrative judges who worked together to improve the federal sector EEO complaint process. She holds a J.D. from the Benjamin Cardozo School of Law and a B.A. from American University. She recently contributed a chapter on “Externships and Career Planning” to the second edition of Learning From Practice.

Cathy Schenker

Cathy Schenker is the Associate Director of the International Legal Studies Program (ILSP) and the Director of the Legal English Program at the American University Washington College of Law (WCL) in Washington DC. In her capacity with the ILSP, she works as the academic advisor to the students in the ILSP LLM program, oversees the daily operations of the ILSP LLM program and teaches Legal Research and Writing to the LLM students. As Director of the Legal English Program, Cathy organizes and teaches in a three week summer institute and a week long winter program for global legal practitioners. Cathy is interested in issues related to English for Specific Purposes and content-based language education as well as academic support programs for international law students. Prior to teaching at WCL, Cathy worked as a corporate associate at Hogan & Hartson LLP. She received her BA, cum laude, from Yale University in History and International Studies, a JD from New York University School of Law, and a TESOL certificate from American University.

David Snyder

David V. Snyder was appointed professor of law at the American University Washington College of Law in the fall of 2007 and was appointed director of the Business Law Program in 2008. He graduated summa cum laude from Tulane University Law School in 1991, and he has been a professor of law at Tulane, Indiana University in Bloomington, and Cleveland-Marshall College of Law. He has been a visiting professor at the law schools of the University of Paris 2 (Panthéon-Assas), the University of Paris 10 (Nanterre La Défense), Boston University, and the College of William and Mary, and has also taught summer courses at the University of Mainz (Germany). After graduating from law school, Professor Snyder served as a law clerk to the Honorable John M. Duhé Jr. of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, and subsequently joined the D.C. firm of Hogan & Hartson (now Hogan Lovells). Professor Snyder’s teaching and research interests are primarily in contracts and commercial law, including their international and comparative aspects. He was chair of the Section on Contracts of the Association of American Law Schools (2005-2006) and chaired the Washington steering committee for the XVIIIth International Congress of Comparative Law (2010).  He is an elected member of the American Law Institute and the International Academy of Comparative Law.  He has written numerous articles and book chapters published in the United States and abroad.  Professor Snyder recently edited a volume on comparative law (Springer-Verlag, 2012, with Karen B. Brown) and is currently finishing a book on International Transactions in Goods:  Global Sales in Comparative Context (forthcoming from Oxford University Press 2013, with Martin J. Davies).

Adriana Vito

Adriana Vito is the Assistant Director for International Career Programs in the Office of Career & Professional Development at American University Washington College of Law. She specializes in advising foreign ILSP students and alumni on issues unique to foreign lawyers entering the job market in the United States. Through workshops and individual sessions, Adriana counsels foreign lawyers in all areas of career development, including developing strategies to secure jobs and internships in the United States during and after their Optional Practical Training (OPT). Adriana leads WCL's efforts in creating employment opportunities for ILSP foreign lawyers. In this capacity, she liaises with law firms and multilateral international institutions. She created the "ILSP Career Connection", a bi-weekly publication she edits listing jobs and internships for foreign ILSP students.

Adriana is a licensed Brazilian attorney who holds an LL.B. from Mackenzie University in Sao Paulo and an LL.M. from the University of Florida. Prior to joining WCL, Adriana worked for the international trade law practice groups of two law firms in Washington, DC. She also worked for the Trade Policy Division of the Brazilian Embassy in Washington and the Trade Section of the Delegation of the European Commission in Washington. Prior to moving to the United States, Adriana worked for the Brazilian Federal Prosecution in Sao Paulo. Adriana has published articles about U.S. trade remedy laws and the impact of U.S. antidumping and countervailing duty proceedings on Brazilian exports to the United States. She has also worked on a study about the impact of European and North-American agricultural subsidies on Brazilian corn exports. Adriana also serves at WCL as an Adjunct Professor, teaching two international trade law courses per year.

Durwood J. Zaelke

Durwood J. Zaelke is the President and founder of the Institute for Governance and Sustainable Development and the Director of the INECE Secretariat. He also is the founder and Director of the Research Program on International and Comparative Environmental Law at American University Washington College of Law, where he serves as an Adjunct Professor of Law and Scholar-in-Residence, teaching International Environmental Law and related courses. He was appointed Visiting Lecturer in Law at Yale Law School in 1999, teaching International Environmental Law and Policy. He is also the founder and former President of the Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL).

Mr. Zaelke's substantive research focuses on fast action mitigation strategies to respond to climate change, resolving trade and environment conflicts, strengthening the implementation and enforcement of international environmental laws, and building capacity of local public interest movements in developing countries.

Mr. Zaelke graduated from UCLA in 1969, and from Duke Law School in 1972, where he was an Editor of the Duke Law Journal.