News & Announcements - November 2012

  • Dean Grossman Hosts Alumni Dinner in The Hague

    Dean Claudio Grossman will host alumni in The Hague for dinner on Dec. 6, 7:30 p.m. All law school alumni are welcome to attend the event at Ciao! Ciao! Italian Restaurant. Please RSVP to  More than 150 young alumni will also meet Thursday in Washington, D.C. for a sold-out holiday reception at Acadiana. 

  • Students Externs Gain Valuable On-the-Job Experience

    Last year, more than 400 students participated in the law school's Externship Program. The Program provides students with the opportunity to earn academic credit for unpaid substantive legal work performed under the supervision of experienced attorneys with government agencies, federal and state courts, and some of the nation's most prestigious not-for-profit organizations and law firms.  Listen to students talk about their externship experiences. More

  • December 2012 Graduates Honored at Reception

    On Wednesday, Dean Claudio Grossman hosted a reception at the law school honoring the December 2012 JD and LL.M. graduates.  The event was sponsored by the Dean's Office, the Office of Development and Alumni Relations, International Legal Studies Program, and Program on Law & Government.  

  • Browse AUWCL CLE Webcasts Now On-Demand

    The office of SECLE is proud to partner with West LegalEdcenter to offer the law school's CLE programs online. On-demand webcasts are now available in topics ranging from an analysis of the U.S. Supreme Court's Affordable Care Act decision to a look at how new corporate structures of L3Cs, B-Corps, and flexible corporations support new businesses and jobs. An expanded list of on-demand and live programs will be available during our 2013 Founders' celebration in January. MORE More

  • December 2012 Graduates to be Honored at Reception

    On Nov. 28, Dean Claudio Grossman will host a reception at the law school honoring the December 2012 JD and LL.M. graduates.  The event is sponsored by the Dean's Office, the Office of Development and Alumni Relations, International Legal Studies Program, and Program on Law & Government. MORE 

  • Law School Offices Closed for Thanksgiving

    American University Washington College of Law offices will be closed Thursday, Nov. 22 & Friday, Nov. 23 for Thanksgiving.

  • Alumni Networking Receptions to be Held in D.C., Baltimore

    The Office of Development and Alumni Relations and Office of Public Interest will host the Public Interest/Public Service (PIPS) scholars and alumni for a networking reception at the District Commons in Washington, D.C., Nov. 26 at 6:30 p.m.  Alumni will also attend the sold-out Baltimore-area alumni networking reception with Professor Stephen Wermiel,  Nov. 27 at Sullivan's Steakhouse in Baltimore.  For more information about these or future events, contact

  • War Crimes Research Office Releases ICC Legal Analysis & Education Report

    The War Crimes Research Office has announced the release of the 16th ICC Legal Analysis and Education Report, "Investigative Management, Strategies, and Techniques of the International Criminal Court's Office of the Prosecutor."  The report is part of the Office's ongoing ICC Legal Analysis and Education Project, aimed at producing public, impartial, legal analyses of critical issues raised by the Court's early decisions. Read the report. More

  • AUWCL Hosts Seminar on Legal Issues for Justice Administrators

    This week the law school's Brazil-U.S. Legal and Judicial Studies Program hosted a five-day seminar on Advanced Legal Issues for Justice Administrators alongside the International Judicial Academy.  More than 30 Brazilian judges and state prosecutors participated. The seminar included sessions by AUWCL faculty and practitioners on topics from the Law of Evidence to Litigating a Civil Case, visits to the Greenbelt Division of the U.S. District Court in Maryland and the Law Library of Congress, and a reception with the Brazilian Ambassador to the U.S. at the Brazilian Embassy.  Contact for more information.

  • Panel Discusses Impact of Drone Attacks in Pakistan

    On Thursday, the Office of Study Abroad & International Exchange will hold a lunchtime panel on "The Impact of Drone Attacks in Pakistan." AUWCL Professor Daniel Marcus will join Professor James Cavallaro and student Omar Shakir from Stanford Law School to discuss the findings of their recent report on the topic. Cavallaro and Shakir are scheduled to testify before Congress on Friday. MORE More

  • Symposium Discusses Campaign Finance and Citizens United

    The Legislation and Policy Brief will host a symposium Wednesday, noon - 3 p.m. discussing "Campaign Finance and the Citizens United Decision."  Speakers include Jamin Raskin, American University Washington College of Law professor and Maryland state senator; James Bopp, the Bopp Law Firm; Craig Holman, Public Citizen; and Paul Sherman, the Institute for Justice.  MORE More

  • Trial Advocacy Students Participate in Final Trials

    The Stephen S. Weinstein Trial Advocacy Program will hold their final trials at the Montgomery County Judicial Center, Saturday, Nov. 17 beginning at 9:00 a.m.  Approximately 110 American University Washington College of Law students will participate in trials held simultaneously before eight judges in different courtrooms. In addition, nearly 65 Montgomery County College students will be present to serve as jurors. MORE

  • Summer Program in Geneva Receives ABA Accreditation

    The law school is proud to announce that the International Organizations, Law & Diplomacy summer program in Geneva received accreditation this week from the American Bar Association. Following a rigorous site visit, the ABA's Accreditation Committee recommended continuation of the program for the next five years.  MORE

  • AUWCL Hosts Event for International Association of Judges

    American University Washington College of Law is honored to host the International Association of Judges (IAJ) for a dinner Nov. 12, 2012 as part of the IAJ's 55th Annual Meeting. Nearly 300 judges are expected to attend the dinner at the law school. This year marks the first time the IAJ will convene in the United States for its annual meeting, Nov. 10-15, 2012 in Alexandria, Virginia. MORE More

  • Citywide High School Moot Court Competition Held at AUWCL

    The Marshall-Brennan Constitutional Literacy Project will hold the fall William H. Karchmer Local High School Moot Court Competition at the law school on Saturday, Nov. 10.  Nearly 50 public and charter high school students from the Washington, D.C. area will argue a fictitious case about whether the First Amendment rights of a student were violated when she was suspended for posting controversial comments about her principal on a password-protected, school-sponsored website. MORE More

  • Alumnus Elected to West Virginia Supreme Court

    Allen Loughry, an alumnus of AUWCL's LL.M. in Law and Government ('99) and SJD ('03) Programs, has been elected to the West Virginia Supreme Court for a 12-year term. Loughry, formerly a senior state assistant attorney general, was the only candidate to participate in the state's public financing system and was outspent by millions of dollars.  Loughry's SJD dissertation, "Don't Buy Another Vote, I'm Not Paying for a Landslide: The Sordid and Continuing History of Political Corruption in West Virginia," was published as a book in 2006 and received rave reviews.  His thesis adviser, Professor Jamin Raskin, who directs the Program on Law and Government, said: "Allen was a model student and exacting scholar - he will make a brilliant judge of the highest integrity."  MORE More

  • Experts Cover Atrocity Documentation in Afghanistan, Cambodia & Syria

    Join the War Crimes Research Office (WCRO) and ASIL for a lunchtime panel discussion, "Atrocity Documentation Projects in Afghanistan, Cambodia, and Syria." The event, held Thursday at the law school, is part of the ongoing War Crimes Speaker Series, and will feature a discussion of the potential for future prosecutions and transitional justice efforts based on war crime and atrocity documentation. MORE More

  • Alumni Access to HeinOnline's Law Journal Library

    The Pence Law Library, with support from OCPD and the Office of Alumni Relations, has arranged for AUWCL to be the first law school to provide its alumni access to Hein's Law Journal Library. This database has more than 1,700 law and law-related journals. Alumni access to HeinOnline is available though the CareerLink homepage. Contact for more information.

  • LL.M. in Advocacy Spring Deadline Approaching

    The deadline to apply for spring admission to the Advocacy LL.M. Program  is Nov. 15. Through a wide variety of litigation related courses, LL.M. students at any stage in their career enhance their technical pretrial and trial skills; master courtroom technology; and gain experience through optional externships, co-teaching opportunities, and writing projects.  Learn MORE about the law school's Master of Laws in International Legal Studies, Law and Government, or Advocacy. More

  • Ninth Annual IP/Gender Event Held Friday

    The Ninth Annual IP/Gender workshop will be held Friday at American University Washington College of Law, focusing on "IP Without IP - When Women Rule."  The event will explore gendered perspectives on the norm-based regulation of information ownership and use with specific communities of practice, and will generate a research agenda for further inquiry. MORE More

  • Dean, Faculty, and Students Participate in 49th Session of the UN Committee against Torture

    Dean Claudio Grossman, in his capacity as chair of the UN Committee against Torture (UN CAT), presided this week over the Committee's 49th session in Geneva.  He also served as rapporteur for Norway and co-rapporteur for Senegal.  With the generous support of the Kovler Foundation, ten students joined Dean Grossman in Geneva, together with UN CAT Project Coordinator Jennifer de Laurentiis and Professor Binny Miller, through the law school's UN CAT Project. While in Geneva, Grossman also hosted a dinner for alumni and friends at Café du Soleil. More

  • First Thursday Multicultural Alumni Reception

    The Multicultural Development Committee and the Office of Development and Alumni Relations welcome alumni to this month's First Thursday Multicultural Event tonight from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. at Clyde's of Gallery Place in Washington, D.C. For more information, email

  • First Annual Peter Jaszi Distinguished Lecture on IP, Nov. 1

    Christopher Sprigman, author of The Knockoff Economy and professor at University of Virginia Law School, will deliver the First Annual Peter Jaszi Distinguished Lecture on Intellectual Property, Nov. 1 at 5:30 p.m. The lecture, held by the Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property (PIJIP), is named in recognition of the contributions of Professor Peter Jaszi to the study of IP and elevation of the public interest as the paramount concern of the law.  MORE More

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