News & Announcements - December 2012

  • Law School Offices Closed for Winter Break

    American University Washington College of Law will be closed during winter break, Monday, Dec. 24 through Tuesday, Jan. 1. Dean Claudio Grossman and the administration of AUWCL wish our community Happy Holidays and a prosperous New Year.

  • Founders' Celebration 2013 Kicks Off Jan. 16

    The 2013 American University Washington College of Law Founders' Celebration will kick off Jan. 16 with the Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Commemoration. Founders' features events, seminars, panel discussions, expert forums, and Continuing Legal Education (CLE) programs covering diverse topics such as government transparency, juvenile justice, copyright and trademark, issues in the law of armed conflict, and more. MORE More

  • Hypothetical Case for IAHR Moot Court Published

    The Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law is pleased to announce the release of the hypothetical case for the 2013 Inter-American Human Rights Moot Court Competition. The case, which focuses on the rights LGBTI persons, was co-written by Victor Madrigal-Borloz, principal specialist at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights and Silvia Serrano, human rights specialist at the IACHR. Read the hypothetical case. More

  • Faculty Featured Speakers at AALS; Alumni Reception held Jan. 4

    Many American University Washington College of Law faculty are speakers and moderators on 11 panels at this year's Association of American Law Schools (AALS) Annual Meeting, currently taking place in New Orleans. View the schedule. Dean Claudio Grossman and the Office of Development and Alumni Relations also welcome alumni, faculty, and friends for a reception Jan. 4 in conjunction with the event. Students on an alternate winter break in the area will join the reception as well. The event will be held in the Westin New Orleans Canal Place Azalea II room.  For questions or to RSVP, please email

  • Ceremony to Recognize Partnership with Chilean Diplomatic Academy

    The law school will hold a signing ceremony today at 3:30 p.m. in the Dean's Suite in recognition of a new agreement with the Andrés Bello Chilean Diplomatic Academy.  The agreement, signed with Ambassador Pable Cabrera, director of the Academy, marks the beginning of future collaborative projects; specifically the Academy will send students to the law school's Summer Program on International Organizations, Law & Diplomacy.  Ambassador of Chile to the U.S., Felipe Bulnes, is expected to attend.

  • December Dean's Advisory Council Meeting, Campaign Planning Committee Meeting

    The Dean's Advisory Council consists of leaders within many constituencies of American University Washington College of Law, including the areas of law, academia, business, and the community. Dean Claudio Grossman welcomes members Council to the law school Monday evening for a meeting and dinner which will feature a discussion about the legal job market. On Tuesday, Dean Grossman will host a meeting of the campaign planning committee at his home to discuss ongoing plans for the new law campus.

  • Clinic Releases Report on Money Transfers to Mexico

    The Immigrant Justice Clinic announces the release of "Money Transfers to Mexico," a manual examining the transfer of funds from U.S. advocates to clients in Mexico. Read the report. More

  • Alumni Holiday Reception Held Dec. 13

    The Office of Development and Alumni Relations will host a holiday reception Dec. 13 for alumni who graduated prior to 2002.  The event will be held at P.J. Clarke's in Washington, D.C. For more information, contact   More

  • 2013 Summer Law Programs Abroad

    Registration is now available for the law school's 2013 Summer Programs Abroad, held in Chile/Argentina, Europe, Geneva, Israel, The Hague, and Turkey. The programs focus on topics such as international business and trade, human rights, intellectual property law, environmental law, international criminal law, and more. These intensive programs offer unparalleled opportunities to study international law and create professional networks abroad. MORE More

  • AUWCL Community Remembers Justice Arthur Chaskalson

    A great friend and colleague to many at the law school, Arthur Chaskalson, who was South Africa's premier jurist in constitutional and human rights law and a visiting professor at the law school in 2010, passed away last weekend in Johannesburg, South Africa. "Arthur Chaskalson was a towering figure in the fight against apartheid and a role model for all of us," said Dean Claudio Grossman. MORE More

  • Environmental Law Students Attend Pipeline Rally in D.C

    Students and alumni from the Program on International & Comparative Environmental Law (PICEL) recently joined environmental groups for a rally near the White House to stop the Keystone XL Pipeline.  In addition, David Hunter, director of the program, and Erika Lennon, program coordinator, recently participated in the World Bank Consultation on its Environmental and Social Safeguards Policies Review. Read MORE recent news from PICEL. More

  • 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.  

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