Media Highlights

American University Washington College of Law faculty experts are often sources for the media. Below are some recent media highlights. If you are interested in interviewing an AUWCL professor or doing a story about one of our programs, please contact Franki Fitterer at 202-274-4279 or franki@wcl.american.edu.

LLM Guide

LLM Guide

23 Jan, 2019

American University Washington College of Law’s Hybrid LL.M. in International Human Rights and Humanitarian Law was featured in a recent LLM Guide story that highlights the benefits of these online and on-campus courses for part time students. Diego Rodriguez-Pinzon, co-director of AUWCL's Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian law, tells more about the program.

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Univision Noticias

Univision Noticias

Distinguished Adjunct Professor of Law and AUWCL's Program on Law and Government Senior Affiliate Louis Caldera appeared on Univision Noticias to discuss the appointment of Matthew Whitaker as acting attorney general.

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NBC News

NBC News

Between schools banning national anthem protests and concerns of backlash, there's a decline in high school players taking a knee this season, Professor N. Jeremi Duru tells NBC News, or "perhaps they've begun to pursue progress in other ways in their communities. "

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The Washington Post

The Washington Post

As President Donald Trump plans to nominate a centrist to head the EPA’s Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention Office, Professor Amanda Leiter weighs in on nominee Aelxandra Dapolito Dunn.  Leiter, who served as the Interior Department’s deputy assistant secretary for land and minerals under President Barack Obama, told The Washington Post "(She has) a deep understanding of the importance of sound federal regulation.”

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MSNBC

MSNBC

Professor Jennifer Daskal discussed Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court nomination on MSNBC, noting that issues such as Roe v. Wade, the Affordable Care Act, digital privacy rights, environmental regulations, and reasonable gun regulations "all of these things hang in the balance.”

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USA Today

USA Today

As a pricey ad war is launched in the fight over Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation, Professor Steve Wermiel is quoted in USA Today discussing the magnitude of the nomination. “The Republicans have been trying to capture a ready, working majority on the Supreme Court since the day Richard Nixon was elected president in 1968. They’ve been waiting for this moment for 50 years.”

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The Hill

The Hill

Professor Daniel Kraiem tells The Hill that it is unclear if Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh believes Roe v. Wade is wrongly decided & should be overturned. "What I can say about Kavanaugh is that it’s quite clear from his record he appears to be willing to go quite far in limiting abortion, even if he was not going to directly overturn Roe v. Wade.”

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The New York Times

The New York Times

Professor Steve Wermiel discusses the possibility of a five-member conservative majority on the Supreme Court following the retirement of Justice Anthony Kennedy in The New York Times. “This is a huge political moment for both sides in addition to its actual impact on the court.”

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The New York Times

The New York Times

Assistant Professor Rebecca Hamilton was quoted in The New York Times regarding the United Nations Commission of Inquiry on Burundi and its withdrawal from the International Criminal Court (ICC). “I think there is an ongoing concern about the court’s ability to work in countries in Africa,” said Hamilton, who previously worked in the ICC’s prosecution division.

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The Washington Times

The Washington Times

Associate Director of the Marshall-Brennan Constitutional Literacy Project Lisa M. Curtis wrote an op-ed for The Washington Times on the importance of encouraging constitutional literacy in youth. "[The project] is creating the space for youth engagement, education, and empowerment."

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C-SPAN2 and C-SPAN Radio

C-SPAN2 and C-SPAN Radio

27 Oct, 2017

Three keynote addresses and a panel presentation on private insurance subsidies from our Next Steps in Health Reform 2017 conference were broadcast live on C-SPAN2 and C-SPAN radio as they took place in Grossman Hall on Friday, Oct. 27. The conference was co-sponsored by the AUWCL Health Law and Policy Program and the American Society of Law, Medicine and Ethics (ASLME), and the keynote speakers featured on C-SPAN’s coverage were Sylvia Mathews Burwell, president, American University and former Secretary of Health and Human Services; Henry Waxman, chairman, Waxman Strategies and former member of the U.S. House of Representatives; and Daniel J. Hilferty, president and CEO, Independence Blue Cross.

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The Undefeated

The Undefeated

16 Oct, 2017

In an article by popular sportswriter Jason Reid, Professor Susan Carle, an employment law and labor relations expert, says quarterback Colin Kaepernick faces significant hurdles if he is to prove that the NFL violated his rights. “He would have to show that each of the teams, that they didn’t just on their own decide not to sign him but that at least two of them somehow had a communication and said, ‘We’re not going to pick him because he’s trouble.’”

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Washington Post

Washington Post

15 Oct, 2017

Professor Jeremi Duru, an expert in sports law, is quoted along with some of the country’s most well-known attorneys, in Post story “Did Trump’s tweet make it safer for NFL players to kneel for the anthem?” Duru tells the Post, “The fact this is happening strengthens the argument that a private entity’s action following something Trump suggests should be deemed state action and consequently could trigger constitutional protections.”

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PolitiFact

PolitiFact

10 Oct, 2017

Professor Robert Dinerstein, associate dean for experiential education, was quoted in the story “Fact-checking the NRA's response to proposed gun laws after Las Vegas.” In discussing who receives social security benefits for a mental disorder, Dinerstein said, “You don't get those benefits unless you can demonstrate some significant impairment.”

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Bloomberg BNA

Bloomberg BNA

04 Oct, 2017

Professor Stephen Wermiel explains what’s behind a SCOTUS reargument in this article timed with the first week of the Supreme Court term. Professor Wermiel discusses how waiting for that tie-breaking 9th justice isn’t the only reason a case is sent for reargument.

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New Jersey Star-Ledger

New Jersey Star-Ledger

26 Sep, 2017

In the article, “Inside a growing criminal probe at N.J. women's prison,” Professor Brenda Smith, director of the Project on Addressing Prison Rape, said “[prison] audits are only as good as the day they occurred. They don't really talk about the long-term culture of an agency."

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USA Today

USA Today

07 Sep, 2017

Professor Amanda Frost authored the op-ed “Hope for some 'dreamers' despite Trump move to end DACA,” published shortly after the Trump Administration’s announcement that it was discontinuing the DACA program.

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Cronkite News/PBS Arizona

Cronkite News/PBS Arizona

24 Aug, 2017

Professor Bill Snape, assistant dean for adjunct faculty affairs and an environmental law professor, is quoted in an article about the Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke recommending downsizing an unnamed “handful” of national monuments. Snape said that when Zinke finally reveals the lands he has targeted for reduction it will likely reflect the intent of special interests. “I will bet you anything that the lands they are going to reduce are based off of gas, oil and mining,” said Snape.  Photo: Bob Wick/Bureau of Land Management

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High Country News

High Country News

22 Aug, 2017

Professor Amanda Leiter’s op-ed “Gutting regulations damages democracy: Shutting the public out of natural resource rule-making is bad for the environment — and the country,” was published. Leiter served as deputy assistant secretary, Land and Minerals Management, U.S. Department of the Interior, from 2015-17.

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NBC News

NBC News

15 Aug, 2017

Professor Jennifer Daskal, an expert in national security law, is interviewed in an article about the Justice Department seeking records on visitors to a Trump protest site on inauguration day. 

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