Oct 06 Fri

WCL Alumni Reception for Professor Robert Vaughn

06:00PM - 09:00PM

  Robert Vaughn

Dean Camille Nelson and the WCL Alumni Host Committee cordially invite you to a WCL Alumni reception to recognize and celebrate the legacy of Emeritus Professor Robert Vaughn at American University Washington College of Law. From 1972 to 2016, Professor Vaughn was an enthusiastic and dedicated teacher. Having taught both Torts and Civil Procedure, Professor Vaughn taught close to 6,000 WCL students during his tenure.

Members of the WCL Alumni Host Committee

  • Robert Hibbert (’75) (Co-Chair)
  • Karen McClearyCale Lockwood (’78) (Co-Chair)
  • Hassan Alaghband ('84)
  • Kirk Betts (’79)
  • Andrew Gibbs (’07)
  • Deborah Kelly (’88)
  • Lydia Parnes (’77)
  • Donald Pongrace (’85)
  • Stephen Rabinowitz (’86)
  • Robert Reutershan (’76)

About Robert Vaughn

Known for his ability to quickly memorize his students’ names and for his distinctive selection of neckties, Professor Vaughn formed a unique bond with his students that lasts to this day.

Professor Vaughn also has left his mark in the field of government transparency and accountability. Prior to joining the AUWCL faculty, Professor Vaughn was a plaintiff in an important case arising under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). That decision resulted in a requirement, now codified at 32 CFR § 701.39, that federal agencies prepare a "Vaughn index," which identifies responsive documents being withheld and the specific FOIA exemption that the agency relies on to justify its position.

He is the author of a book on federal open government laws in the United States, the editor of a book on freedom of information, the editor of a book on transparency, and the author of several articles addressing public information law. He has written several books on public employment law, including ones on civil service reform, principles of civil service law, conflict of interest regulation in the federal government, and the United States Merit Systems Protection Board.

WCL Alumni, AU & WCL Students, Faculty & Staff – No Charge
General Public - No Charge
(registration is required)


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