News and Events @ American University Washington College of Law February 2009

Professor Robert K. Goldman Appointed to Leadership Roles at International Commission of Jurists

Washington College of Law is proud to announce that Professor Robert K. Goldman has been elected a commissioner on the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ), a non-governmental organization headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland that is composed of up to 60 lawyers dedicated to ensuring respect for international human rights standards and the rule of law. Goldman was also elected to serve on the executive committee of the ICJ. MORE

Judge Reggie B. Walton '74 Brings a Commitment to Public Service to the Courtroom

For Reggie B. Walton '74, public service is a way of life. A United States District Judge for the District of Columbia, he has held public service positions for his entire career, and currently serves not only in D.C. but also as a judge for the United States Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, and as chairperson of the National Prison Rape Reduction Commission. But what is most remarkable about Walton's service is the way his passion for improving society comes through in his daily work. MORE

WCL to Host International Conference on the Prevention of Torture, Feb. 23

Washington College of Law and the Association for the Prevention of Torture (APT) are convening a full-day "International Conference on the Prevention of Torture and Other Ill-Treatment," with top experts on this vital issue from around the world. Renowned authorities participating include Manfred Nowak, United Nations Special Rapporteur on torture, as well as the members of the United Nations Committee against Torture, representatives from the Inter-American human rights system, and leading scholars and organizations (ACLU Human Rights Program, Amnesty International, APT, the Center for Justice and International Law, Human Rights First, Human Rights Watch, and the National Institute for Military Justice). Online registration is available now. MORE

WCL's Clinical Program Brings Experiential Learning to China

WCL Clinical Program Professors Elliott Milstein, Robert Dinerstein, and Susan Bennett and Dean Claudio Grossman presented at the conference “The Role of Experiential Education in Chinese Law Schools,” at China University of Political Science and Law (CUPL) in Beijing in January. The conference, organized by WCL and University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law in the U.S., as well as Chinese Universities CUPL, Zhejiang Gongshang University and South China University of Technology, is part of an ongoing WCL program coordinated by Milstein and funded by USAID. The program's goal is to stress the importance of clinical education and help Chinese clinical law professors adapt experiential learning techniques to the Chinese legal and education systems (WCL has run intensive workshops in the Chinese cities of Hangzhou and Guangzhou the past two summers and has trained more than 40 professors in clinical pedagogy). In addition, Milstein and Grossman were named honorary professors at China University of Politics and Law, Jan. 19.

WCL Student Founds Scholarship Program, Roots and Wings

Third year student, Eric Swanson, has taken commitment to service to a whole new level. Swanson, who is set to graduate this spring, raised $25,000 last year for Roots and Wings, the non-profit he started at age 24 to provide college scholarships to indigenous Guatemalans. “The whole idea of education is to promote development, but my goal isn't to define development, my goal is to promote education so people can define development based on their own culture and life experience,” Swanson told American Today. MORE

2009 International Arbitration Specialized Summer Program, May 26 - June 11

WCL's International Arbitration Specialized Summer Program, one of eight WCL domestic and international summer programs, is taught by leading practitioners and arbitrators from around the world, including Program Director Horacio Grigera Naón. Courses offered focus on the practice and handling of arbitration cases. Participants can apply for CLE or academic credit. MORE

Military Commissions Conference Featured on C-SPAN

On Jan. 23 the National Institute for Military Justice hosted "Jurisprudence of the Military Commissions," at WCL as part of the 2009 Founders' Celebration. Conference speakers and participants examined the jurisprudence being generated from the military commissions at Guantanamo Bay and the Court of Military Commission Review. Panelists debated how well discovery is working, the arguments over personal and subject matter jurisdiction, collateral litigation before the federal courts, and other related topics. MORE

WCL Associate Dean David Jaffe Receives AALS Peter N. Kutulakis Award

Washington College of Law congratulates Associate Dean of Student Affairs David Jaffe '93, who has been selected as this year's recipient of the American Association of Law Schools' Peter N. Kutulakis Award.  The annual award, established in 2002 in memory of Associate Dean Peter N. Kutulakis of Penn State's Dickinson School of Law, recognizes the outstanding contributions of an institution, administrator, or law professor in the provision of services to law students.  Each year, one institution or one person is honored with this award at the AALS Annual Meeting. The WCL community thanks Dean Jaffe for his commitment, passion, and care in serving the students of WCL.

Founders' Celebration 2009 Continues with February Conferences and CLE Opportunities

Washington College of Law is offering an exceptional and diverse array of conferences and lectures during our annual Founders' Celebration, January - May 2009. In February events will include "Indian Nations and Institution Building," "Civil Rights Litigation in the Roberts Court Era," and "The Prevention of Torture and Other Ill-Treatment." Visit the Founders web site for information on all programs and how to register and/or receive CLE credit. Or see the the complete program listing in the events column.