News & Announcements - January 2013

  • Dean Grossman Participates in Conference of Chief Justices Meeting

    Dean Claudio Grossman participated in the Conference of Chief Justices (CCJ) Midyear Meeting this week, held in San Juan, Puerto Rico.  This year's conference focused on "Access to Justice During Difficult Budget Times."  Dean Grossman served as moderator of the meeting's Education Session, featuring presentations by a panel of distinguished chief justices from South, Central, and North America.  The high-profile panel discussed efforts to improve access to justice in their court systems. MORE   More


  • Law & Government LL.M. Offers New Fellowships

    The LL.M. in Law and Government is currently accepting applications for the LL.M. in Law and Government Fellowship. This new program is designed for exceptional students passionately committed to their field of specialization. MORE  More


  • Sexual and Gender-Based Violence in the Conflict in Syria

    As part of their ongoing speakers series, the War Crimes Research Office will co-host "Sexual and Gender-Based Violence Post Arab Spring: Syria's Challenges to Protection and Accountability," Jan. 31 from noon-1:30 p.m. The event, co-hosted with the Women in International Law Interest Group of the ASIL and the American Red Cross, will address the issue of sexual and gender-based violence in the conflict in Syria, with speakers from the Syria Justice and Accountability Center, FREE-Syria, and the U.S. Department of State. MORE
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  • Program Addresses Juvenile Justice and Recidivism

    The Black Law Students' Association, the Criminal Law Society, and Students United will host a panel Jan. 30 addressing the criminal justice system in the U.S., focusing on the pressing issues of juvenile justice and recidivism. Speakers include children's law and policy experts, as well as youth and parents touched by the youth justice system. MORE More


  • Law & Government LL.M. Offers New Fellowships

    The LL.M. in Law and Government is currently accepting applications for the LL.M. in Law and Government Fellowship. This new program is designed for exceptional students passionately committed to their field of specialization. Learn MORE through an upcoming online Q&A session, Jan. 31 from 8-9 p.m. 
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  • American University Washington College of Law Delayed Opening Monday

    American University will open at 11:00am on Monday, January 28 due to anticipated icy conditions in the Washington, DC area. Classes that would normally begin at 11:00am or later will meet as scheduled. Shuttle service will also begin operations at 11:00am. For the latest information and updates, sign up for RAVE alerts or call the AU information line at 202-885-1100.


  • Annual Externship Fair Welcomes 150 Employers to Campus

    The 2013 Externship Fair was held Thursday evening at American University Washington College of Law. The annual event welcomed more than 150 externship employers from non-profit organizations, government agencies, courts, and law firms engaged in pro bono work to meet with AUWCL students for information-gathering, networking, and informal interviewing. Externs earn academic credit for substantive legal work under the supervision of an attorney.  MORE


  • Luncheon Held at Duncan, Weinberg, Genzer & Pembroke, P.C.

    Dean Claudio Grossman hosted a luncheon yesterday in memory of alumnus Walley Duncan '61 at Duncan, Weinberg, Genzer & Pembroke in Washington, D.C.  The luncheon also honored the generosity of the firm for establishing a scholarship in Duncan's honor, awarded to an Administrative Law Review student each year.


  • Employers Visit Campus for 2013 Externship Fair

    The 2013 Externship Fair will be held today from 3:45 - 6:15 p.m. at American University Washington College of Law. The annual event welcomes more than 150 externship employers from non-profit organizations, government agencies, courts, and law firms engaged in pro bono work to meet with AUWCL students for information-gathering, networking, and informal interviewing. Externs earn academic credit for substantive legal work under the supervision of an attorney.  MORE More


  • Professor Named to Food & Drug Law Institute Board of Directors

    Professor Lewis Grossman has been named to a five-year term on the board of directors of the Food and Drug Law Institute (FDLI). FDLI is a prominent nonprofit D.C.-based organization that holds conferences and publishes books and periodicals in the areas of food and drug law. On the board, Grossman will serve with partners from leading law firms, senior executives and counsel from major corporations, the general counsel for a major trade association, and the director of the Public Citizen Litigation Group.


  • Luncheon Held at Duncan, Weinberg, Genzer & Pembroke, P.C.

    Dean Claudio Grossman will host a luncheon Jan. 23  in memory of alumnus Walley Duncan '61 at Duncan, Weinberg, Genzer & Pembroke in Washington, D.C.  The luncheon will also honor the generosity of the firm for establishing a scholarship in Duncan's honor, awarded to an Administrative Law Review student each year. 


  • Dean Grossman Recognized Among Most Influential in Legal Education

    The law school is proud to announce that Dean Claudio Grossman has been recognized as one of the 25 most influential people in legal education by National Jurist Magazine. Dean Grossman, #11 out of 25, was recognized for his work in expanding international and experiential opportunities at AUWCL as well as his role as chair of the UN Committee against Torture. Nominations for this honor were received from every law school in the nation. MORE
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  • Swiss Ambassador to Speak on Role of International Organizations

    His Excellency Manuel Sager, Ambassador of Switzerland to the U.S., will speak at the law school Jan. 22 from 4-6 p.m. in room 603.  Sager will discuss the Swiss view of the current role of international organizations. MORE
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  • AUWCL Receives Grant to Support Human Rights Education in Colombia

    The law school has received a $1 million dollar grant from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) through Higher Education for Development (HED) to facilitate a partnership among the law school and two universities in Cali, Colombia to expand and support their teaching of human rights. Learn MORE about this partnership program coordinated by the Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law.  More


  • 1Ls Participate in Opportunities Day, Jan. 17

    On Thursday, second-semester 1Ls will participate in Opportunities Day, a day-long event to help AUWCL students make the most of their academic and experiential development. This event, ongoing at the law school for nearly ten years, includes an information fair, alumni panel, and interaction with program staff and faculty about the many opportunities available to students during their first summer and beyond. MORE More


  • Annual Program Assesses Government Transparency

    American University Washington College of Law's Collaboration on Government Secrecy (CGS) will host leading experts on transparency issues and representatives from the Obama Administration to examine the accomplishments and challenges in making government transparency a reality.  The program will be held Jan. 17, 9:30 a.m.- 6 p.m in room 603. MORE More


  • Founders' Celebration Kicks off with MLK Jr. Birthday Commemoration

    The 2013 Founders' Celebration will kick off with the Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Commemoration, Jan. 16 from 4-6 p.m. in the JD student lounges. The commemoration and program will feature a keynote speech by Professor Cynthia Jones on "Addressing Racial Disparities in the Criminal Justice System," followed by a collaborative reading by members of the law school community. MORE More


  • LL.M. Programs Welcome New Students

    This week the law school welcomed the new spring classes of LL.M. students to campus. The record-breaking new group of 24 Law & Government LL.M. students includes veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces, an aspiring professor, and mid-career professionals from Korea.  There are 29 new students from 15 countries beginning the LL.M. in International Legal Studies Program this semester. Three students are beginning the LL.M. in Advocacy. Learn MORE about the law school's LL.M. offerings. More


  • Faculty & Staff Among Featured Speakers at AALS Annual Meeting

    Many American University Washington College of Law faculty and administrators are speakers and moderators on nearly a dozen panels at this year's Association of American Law Schools (AALS) Annual Meeting currently taking place in New Orleans. Dean Claudio Grossman and the Office of Development and Alumni Relations also welcomed alumni, faculty, and friends for a reception Jan. 4 in conjunction with the meeting. Students on an alternate winter break in the area joined the reception. View the AALS schedule.


  • Legal Spanish Program Starts Feb. 2

    Starting Feb. 2, the law school will offer a Legal Spanish Program emphasizing criminal law for lawyers who speak Spanish but have difficulty translating complex legal terms in their client interactions and legal work.  Through lectures, written assignments, and in-class exercises, participants will practice a wide array of legal Spanish skills ranging from legal reading and writing strategies to oral presentation of substantive legal issues in criminal law. Learn more and register today. More


  • 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


  • 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 alumni@wcl.american.edu.


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