News & Announcements - March 2017

  • National Jurist Names AUWCL a Top School for Human Rights Law

    AUWCL is one of four schools featured in an article on the National Jurist about "Four Great Places to Study Human Rights Law." The article details how our Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law offers an innovative and diverse curriculum tailored to meet the needs of professionals specializing in human rights. The Academy launched an LL.M. in International Human Rights in 2015, and now offers the same program in Spanish. MORE


  • Africa Legal Conference: Innovations in Intellectual Property, Feminism, and Constitutional Law

    Join American University Washington College of Law for the Africa Legal Conference: A Dialogue on the New Dawn in Africa on April 7. Conference panels will discuss the sustainability of specific African constitutions, the feminist spirit on the continent and the relationship between gender and the laws pertaining to African women, intellectual property law and cultural appropriation, as well as regulatory barriers to business, startups, and technological advancements. MORE More

  • Critical Race Theory: Race & Justice at the Dawn of the Trump Era

    The Journal of Gender, Society Policy & the Law will host a symposium on April 4 to examine the racial disparities in the criminal justice system and the role of the lawyer in social justice movements. Attendees will have an opportunity to collaborate in a workshop designed to help formulate remedies. MORE More

  • The Modern American Spring Symposium: Indigent Justice with Dean Strang, Esq.

    On April 6, joins us for a discussion about the Netflix documentary, "Making a Murderer," and the implications of indigent inequality of the American criminal justice system. Former Defense Attorney for Steven Avery, featured in the docuseries, Dean Strang, Esq., will be the guest speaker. MORE More

  • Globalizing Fair Use: Exploring the Diffusion of General, Open and Flexible Exceptions in Copyright Law

    On March 29, the Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property will gather leading international experts to discuss global debates around extending fair use rights abroad. A panel discussion will lend insights from local copyright debates followed by a roundtable discussion of academic members of the Global Expert Network on Copyright User Rights. MORE More

  • Washington Lawyer Magazine Profiles the 120-Year History of Washington College of Law and Its Founding by Two Courageous Women

    Washington Lawyer recently profiled Washington College of Law, from our founding mothers, Ellen Spencer Mussey and Emma Gillett, allowing women access to legal education, to our new Tenley Campus, Dean Camille A. Nelson, and our inclusive community. MORE


  • 20th Annual Hispanic Law Conference to Celebrate Perseverance & Progress of Latino/a Community

    AUWCL is proud to host the 20th Annual Hispanic Law Conference on Wednesday, March 29. This year's conference titled, "Adelante: Celebrating the Perseverance and Progress of the Latino/a Community," will bring together inspiring and successful individuals and institutions devoted to the progress of Latino/as in the region and across the U.S. Law Librarian of Congress Jane Sanchez '87 will give the keynote at the awards dinner. MORE More

  • In New Article, Professor Robbins Recommends Restricting the Rental of Weapons at Gun Ranges

    Professor Ira Robbins's article "Regulating Gun Rentals" has been published in the current issue of the UCLA Law Review. In this article, Robbins argues that, unlike gun ownership, gun rental does not implicate the core protections of the Second Amendment as defined by the U.S. Supreme Court in District of Columbia v. Heller. MORE More

  • Equal Justice Foundation Hosts Annual Public Interest Auction

    On Thursday, March 23, the Equal Justice Foundation will hold its annual action to raise funds to award scholarships to students who obtained unpaid summer positions with public interest organizations in the United States and abroad. MORE More

  • American University to Host Student Forum on Immigration

    On Wednesday, March 22, student attorneys and faculty from the Immigrant Justice Clinic of American University Washington College of Law will lead a teach-in on immigration law and the content and legal ramification of President Trump's executive order on immigration. MORE More

  • Cybersecurity in an Age of Uncertainty: US-Israel Perspectives Conference

    From March 20-21, American University will sponsor a conference exploring cutting-edge US-Israeli cyberpolicy issues involving national security, crime, human rights, and the digital economy. Click here for more information and to register. More

  • American University Closed Tuesday, March 14

    American University Washington College of Law is closed Tuesday, March 14 due to inclement weather.  All scheduled events are cancelled.  Pence Law Library remains open to law students with ID cards. More

  • Two AUWCL Students Named as 2017 Immigrant Justice Corps Fellows

    Two AUWCL students have been named to the 2017 class of Immigrant Justice Corps (IJC) Fellows. Katherine Beck and Jazmin Chavez will help provide legal assistance to immigrants fighting deportation through partnerships with New York non-profits. MORE More

  • Professor Andrew Popper Participates in House Judiciary Committee Briefing

    Professor Andrew F. Popper, Bronfman Scholar in Administrative Law, has been invited by the minority to brief the House Judiciary Committee on Friday, March 3.  He will be commenting on two bills, the Lawsuit Abuse Reduction Act of 2017 (LARA) and Innocent Party Protection Act (IPPA).  Both bills are part of the on-going tort reform legislative initiative.  In a forthcoming article in the Rutgers Law Record, Professor Popper addresses in some detail the rational for his opposition to both LARA and IPPA.

  • February 2017 Newsletter Available

    The February edition of AUWCL's eNewsletter is out. This issue highlights alumni successes, editors of the American University Business Law Review, as well as upcoming events. MORE More

  • Professor Paul Figley to Testify before House Judiciary Subcommittee

    On Thursday, March 2, at 9:00 a.m., Professor Paul Figley will testify before the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice. The hearing - "Oversight of the Judgment Fund" - will examine the need for limits on the use of the Judgment Fund, the permanent, indefinite appropriation the federal government uses to pay judgments and settlements.  Congressman Jamie Raskin, a longtime WCL professor, sits on that subcommittee. MORE More

  • Brazil-U.S. Legal & Judicial Studies Program Presents "Symposium on Comparative Law of Contracts: Brazil & the United States"

    From March 2-3, the Brazil-U.S. Legal & Judicial Studies Program along with the Justica e Cidadania Institute will welcome Brazil's top judges, law professors, and attorneys for a symposium on "Comparative Law Contracts: Brazil & the United States." MORE More

  • Join Us March 1 for Program on "Trump Ethics & Conflicts Issues: What Constraints, What Recourse"

    On Wednesday, March 1, the Anti-Corruption Law Program along with the Program on Law & Government will present: "Trump Ethics & Conflicts Issues: What Constraints, What Recourse," with Richard Painter, chief White House ethics lawyer to President George W. Bush, and Brianne Gorod, chief counsel at the Constitutional Accountability Center. MORE More

  • National Security Law Brief Presents Spring Symposium: Cyber Space and Hacking

    On Wednesday, March 1, AUWCL's National Security Law Brief will present its Annual Spring Symposium "Cyber Space and Hacking: Meeting the Challenges of the Digital Age." Panels will address current challenges, as well as possible policies and legal avenues to address future threats, with a keynote address exploring the prevalence of cyber warfare in contemporary national security. MORE More

  • Investment and Commercial Arbitration: An International Arbitrator's Point of View

    Join the Women and the Law Program and D.C. Women in International Arbitraton on Tuesday, Feb. 28 as they present "An International Arbitrator's Point of View." On Feb. 28, the program will honor the legacy of American University Washington College of Law's founders for their pioneering role in recognizing the important part women could play in the legal field. Brigitte Stern, Emeritus Professor of International Law at the University of Paris I, Panthéon-Sorbonne and International Arbitrator, will give the keynote address. MORE More

  • AUWCL Professors Provide Legal & Policy Analysis Following Election & Inauguration of President Trump

    Following the election and inauguration of President Donald Trump, AUWCL professors have provided legal and policy analysis to local and national media outlets.  MORE More

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