News & Announcements - February 2013

  • Jessup Moot Court Team Wins Regionals; Advances to International Rounds

    The law school's 2013 Jessup moot court team recently won the Mid-Atlantic Super Regional Moot Court Competition, and will participate in the international rounds held in April. Team members Misty Seemans, Adam Crane, Kathleen Hsu, and Harini Srinivasan were coached by Catherine Newcombe, director for Eurasia at the Justice Department's Office of Overseas Prosecutorial Development and Training (OPDAT) and Alexis Blane, attorney adviser for Law Enforcement and Intelligence Law in the Department of State's Office of the Legal Adviser.  Seemans and Crane received fifth and sixth best oralist awards. Srinivasan was selected as best oralist in the championship round.

  • Conference Examines Standards for Private Military and Security Industry

    The law school will host an upcoming conference,"Montreux Plus Five," to assess the current status of the development and implementation of international standards for the private military and security industry. The day-long conference held March 6, is organized by the Center for Human Rights & Humanitarian Law's Initiative for Human Rights in Business. A live webcast will be available. MORE More

  • AUWCL Celebrates the Life of Chief Justice Arthur Chaskalson

    The law school will hold an event March 4th celebrating the life of Chief Justice Arthur Chaskalson, a great friend and colleague to many in the community. Justice Chaskalson passed away late last year, and was South Africa's premier jurist in constitutional and human rights law, and a visiting professor at the law school in 2010. The event will feature reflections about Chaskalson by diplomats, scholars, colleagues, and friends. MORE More

  • Third Annual Capital Area Legal Writing Conference, March 1-2

    The Legal Rhetoric Program will host the Third Annual Capital Area Legal Writing Conference, March 1-2.  The event features nearly 50 presenters on a range of topics from theories of legal writing pedagogy to the future of the profession. Speakers include Professor Mary Beth Beazley, director of legal writing at The Ohio State University's Moritz College of Law, and Judge Patricia Wald, former chief judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. MORE

  • Professor to Testify at House Judiciary Committee Hearing

    Stephen Vladeck, professor of law and associate dean for scholarship, will testify Wednesday morning at the House Judiciary Committee's hearing on "Drones and the War On Terror: When Can the U.S. Target Alleged American Terrorists Overseas?" MORE


  • Annual Named Scholarships and Awards Dinner Held Tonight

    The Annual Named Scholarships and Awards Dinner will be held tonight at 6 p.m. in the law school's dining room. Dean Grossman will recognize nearly 100 student scholarship and award recipients. Seven new scholarships were generously added this year, including the Arbenz Family Scholarship, the Gerald Battist '66 IP Endowed Scholarship, and the Nicholas Papain '78 Family Scholarship.

  • AUWCL Celebrates Agreement with the Supreme Court of Paraguay

    On Friday, the law school and the Supreme Court of the Republic of Paraguay celebrated the establishment of a cooperative agreement between the Court and the law school's Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law. The Court has agreed to send its members to the law school's Program of Advanced Studies on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law and to recognize this training as part of the Court's program of study. The agreement was formalized during a signing ceremony attended by Dr. Víctor Manuel Núñez Rodríguez, the President of the Supreme Court of the Republic of Paraguay. MORE More

  • Conversation to Focus on Gun Control and Mental Disability Rights

    Join the Center for Human Rights on Monday for a look at trends in gun control legislation from a human rights perspective—including discussions about what kinds of policies are necessary to prevent tragic shootings and ensure the protection of the rights of persons with mental disabilities. MORE More

  • OAS Ambassadors Discuss Democracy, Human Rights, Security, and Drugs

    Join the Program on International Organizations, Law and Diplomacy on Feb. 26 at 4:30 p.m. for a discussion of the challenges facing the Organization of American States (OAS), focusing specifically on democracy, human rights, security, and drugs. Speakers include ambassadors to the OAS from Brazil, Chile, and Mexico. Dean Claudio Grossman will provide opening remarks. MORE More

  • Report Discusses Mistreatment of Migrant Workers in U.S. Fair Industry

    On Wednesday the law school's Immigrant Justice Clinic and Centro de los Derechos del Migrante (CDM) launched Taken for a Ride, a report highlighting the experiences of migrant guest workers in the traveling fair and carnival industry who suffer unsafe work conditions and wage and hour abuses. Read the report. More

  • AUWCL Welcomes Order of the Coif Distinguished Visitor

    The law school is proud to welcome Kenji Yoshimo, Chief Justice Earl Warren professor of constitutional law at NYU School of Law, as the 2013 Order of the Coif Distinguished Visitor. Yoshimo will give a presentation Feb. 20 on "The Paradox of Political Power: Same Sex Marriage in the Supreme Court." MORE More

  • Hispanic Law Conference Examines the Evolving Legal Landscape

    American University Washington College of Law is proud to host the 16th Annual Hispanic Law Conference, held each spring as part of the law school's Founders' Celebration.  The Feb. 28 event will bring together Latinos and Latinas from across the country and hemisphere—from Miami, to New York, to Puerto Rico—to discuss how the legal landscape is evolving. More than 150 attendees are expected. MORE More

  • PIJIP Hosts Post-Argument Discussion of Bowman v. Monsanto

    Join the law school Feb. 19 for a post-argument discussion of Bowman v. Monsanto, a case before the U.S. Supreme Court examining the use of self-replicating technologies in patented seeds sold for planting. Counsel for the parties and amici will assess the case and provide insights about the Court's reaction at oral argument. MORE  More

  • Chairman of the SEC Gives Special Presentation

    Chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Elisse B. Walter, gave a special presentation at the law school on Feb. 19. The speech addressed the SEC's embrace of cutting-edge technology to significantly upgrade its oversight and enhance investor protection, while providing a unique understanding of today's complex and blindingly fast markets. WEBCAST More

  • More than 100 to Participate in Program on BA to JD Pipeline

    On Friday, the law school will welcome over 100 participants from nearly 65 law schools, universities, and other organizations for the Society of American Law Teachers' (SALT) BA to JD Pipeline Program. The day-long event will address strategies for diversifying the legal profession. Nearly 70 college students will attend afternoon sessions on topics such as the LSAT and JD admissions process, as well as a law school fair.  MORE More

  • Alumni and Admitted Students Event in Tampa

    The Office of Alumni Relations and the Office of Admissions will host a dinner for Tampa-area alumni and admitted students at Ceviche, Feb. 22 at 6:30 p.m. For more information or to RSVP, contact

  • D.C. Councilmember to Speak on State of the Environment

    D.C. Councilmember Mary Cheh will deliver keynote remarks at a Feb. 14 event at the law school addressing the "State of the Environment in our Nation's Capital." Speakers from the D.C. Department of the Environment, American Rivers, American University Office of Sustainability, and D.C. Environmental Network will speak about sustainability issues facing Washington and initiatives meant to make the city more green. MORE More

  • Moot Court Team Advances to Semifinals, Awarded Best Brief

    Over the weekend, students Claire Grandison and Elizabeth Grant were named semifinalists in the William B. Bryant-Luke C. Moore Invitational Moot Court Competition at Howard University Law School. The team was also awarded for best brief in the competition. This annual event focuses on timely civil rights issues. 

  • International Law Review Hosts Annual Symposium, Feb. 12

    The American University International Law Review will host their annual symposium Feb. 12, 9 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., discussing "Bribes Without Borders: The Challenge Of Fighting Corruption In The Global Context." Keynote remarks will be given by Robert Leventhal, director, Anticorruption and Governance Initiatives, U.S. State Department. MORE More

  • Panel Examines the Future of the Voting Rights Act

    Join the Program on Law & Government Feb. 12 at noon in the 6th floor lounge for a timely discussion about the "Future of the Voting Rights Act: Shelby County v. Holder." Speakers include experts from the NAACP, U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, and Jones Day, who will address the question of whether a portion of the Voting Rights Act is unconstitutional and the effect of the decision if the U.S. Supreme Court strikes it down. MORE

  • Center Hosts Timely Discussion on Use of Targeted Killings

    On Thursay the Center for Human Rights hosted a timely discussion about Monday's leaked Justice Department papers on the Obama Administration's drone policy and the broad range of power the the administration has to perform targeted killings. Speakers included professors Stephen Vladeck, Daniel Marcus, Robert Goldman, Amanda Frost, and the Center's Executive Director, Hadar Harris. MORE More

  • WEBCAST: Timely Event Addresses Use of Targeted Killings

    Join the Center for Human Rights today from 4:30-5:30 p.m. in room 603 for a timely discussion about Monday's leaked DOJ papers on the Obama Administration's drone policy and the broad range of power the the administration has to perform targeted killings. Speakers include professors Stephen Vladeck, Daniel Marcus, Robert Goldman, Amanda Frost, and the Center's Executive Director, Hadar Harris. WEBCAST More

  • Panel on UN CAT Project to Offer Info for Students

    There will be a lunchtime panel and information session today at 12:15 p.m. in room 603, offering details on the United Nations Committee against Torture (UN CAT) Project, a one-of-a-kind experiential learning opportunity for selected upper-level JD students. The panel includes Dean Claudio Grossman, UN CAT chair,  Jennifer de Laurentiis, UN CAT Project coordinator, and Professor Binny Miller.  Last year's group of participating students will also be available to answer questions.  MORE More

  • Clinical Program to Hold Information Session

    The Clinical Program will hold an information session Feb. 11, from 3-4 p.m. in room 602 for students interested in applying to the program for the 2013-14 school year. Students in the Clinical Program represent real clients in a wide variety of matters including immigration, human rights, family law, consumer, criminal, tax, disability rights, and many others. MORE More

  • AUWCL Hosts International Environmental Moot Court Competition

    The law school will host the North America Regional Qualifying Round of the 2013 Stetson International Environmental Law Moot Court Competition, Feb. 8-10. Teams from the Caribbean and the U.S. will compete for a chance to represent the North America Region in the International Finals in March. The competition is co-sponsored by the ABA Section on Environment, Energy and Resources. MORE More

  • 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

  • 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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