News and Events @ American University Washington College of Law September 2011

AU Files Application to Relocate Law School to Tenleytown

American University has filed an application for further processing with the D.C. Zoning Commission, seeking approval to relocate Washington College of Law to AU's eight-acre Tenley Campus. The Tenley Campus is located at the intersection of Nebraska and Wisconsin Avenues, NW. Given its growing national reputation, Washington College of Law has outgrown its current facility at 4801 Massachusetts Ave. NW, where it has been since 1996. MORE

Dean's Business Law Lecture Features WTO Appellate Body Member

Ricardo Ramirez '94, appellate body member of the World Trade Organization, spoke as part of the Dean's Business Law Lecture Series Sept. 13. He is the first Mexican and youngest person to be appointed to that position.  Ramirez discussed the relevance of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and the future of trade negotiations. Alumni were invited to a dinner following the event. Read MORE about the program.

Law School Community Celebrates Victory in Arbenz Case

Last month American University Washington College of Law received a generous gift on behalf of the family of the first democratically elected Guatemalan president, Jacobo Arbenz Guzmán. The gift was given in recognition of the hard work of the law school's International Human Rights Clinic, and was celebrated by faculty, staff, and students at a reception on Aug. 23, 2011. Last May, under the leadership of Professor Richard Wilson and with the participation of David Baluarte and students, the International Human Rights Clinic settled a 60 year-long dispute between the Arbenz family and the Republic of Guatemala that was a result of the former president's overthrow and exile from the country in 1954. MORE

Washington College of Law Recognizes the 10th Anniversary of 9/11

On Sept. 8, 2011 the law school hosted a program examining current national security law issues in the wake of the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.  The event, Ten Years After 9/11: The Changing Terrorist Threat, was hosted by the law school's Program on Law & Government and the American University National Security Law Brief. The keynote speaker was Michael Leiter, former director of the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC). A panel of national security experts including Ivan Fong, John Carlin, and WCL professors Kenneth Anderson and Stephen Vladeck discussed the future of counterterrorism following the keynote address. Professor Daniel Marcus served as moderator. Nearly 150 members of the WCL community attended the program. MORE

Despite steady rain, the law school community also gathered last week for a short ceremony in remembrance of the 10th anniversary of September 11th, 2001.  While bagpipes played in the background, the flag in front of the law school was lowered to half-staff.  Dean Claudio Grossman spoke briefly following the lowering of the flag.     

War Crimes Research Office & the Women and International Law Program Launch Gender Jurisprudence Collections (GCJ)

The law school's War Crimes Research Office and the Women and International Law Program announce the launch of the Gender Jurisprudence Collections (GJC). The GJC is an online research tool that allows judges, lawyers, and researchers to search the jurisprudence of eleven internationalized criminal courts and tribunals for documents containing information regarding the prosecution of crimes involving sexual and gender-based violence. Reviewers have analyzed and catalogued more than 17,000 documents from the War Crimes Research Office’s Jurisprudence Collections. MORE

Experts Champion International IP Rights at the Inaugural Global Congress

Nearly 200 experts and advocates working on international intellectual property (IP) issues, including the EU's consideration of ACTA and U.S. involvement in the Trans Pacific Partnership negotiations, came together at Washington College of Law Aug. 25-27, 2011 for the inaugural Global Congress on Intellectual Property and the Public Interest. The Congress recently released the Washington Declaration on Intellectual Property and the Public Interest, recommendations for improving global IP policies. The event also included a series of meetings and panels designed to build a positive IP agenda. The opening plenary session featured the release of a draft report on the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) and the public interest commissioned by the EU Parliament Green Party. MORE

Externships Abroad Give Students an International Perspective

For students looking to gain an inside picture into how law is implemented abroad, international externships provide unique and unforgettable learning opportunities. Usually coordinated through the campus Externship office, externships both home and abroad provide students with valuable networking and career experience.

For Lee Anna Tucker, a third year Washington College of Law student, living abroad is nothing new. An Oklahoma native with an academic background in international relations, Middle East studies, and Arabic, Tucker spent a year in Syria prior to law school teaching English. According to Tucker, this summer abroad was particularly rewarding, as she spent her time working for the Special Tribunal for Lebanon in The Hague. MORE

Constitution Day 2011 Explores the Health Care Law's Individual Mandate

The law school celebrated Constitution Day 2011 by debating the constitutionality of the individual mandate, the centerpiece of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010. Constitution Day 2011: The Individual Mandate & the Politics of Constitutional Change took place on Sept. 13, and featured a panel of constitutional law experts from the law school.  The group deliberated the merits of the circuit split between the 11th Circuit and the 6th Circuit, an issue to be decided by the U.S. Supreme Court as early as next year. Speakers included professors Benjamin Leff, Daniel Marcus, Stephen Wermiel, and Lindsay Wiley. The event was moderated by Professor Stephen Vladeck, and co-sponsored by the Program on Law and Government. MORE

Peter Jaszi Named 2011 IP3 Award Recipient

Professor Peter Jaszi has been named winner of the 2011 IP3 Award in the intellectual property (IP) category. The award, presented by Public Knowledge, is given to individuals who have advanced the public interest in the areas of IP, information policy, or internet protocol. Jaszi will receive the award at a ceremony in Washington, D.C. on Oct.13. MORE