News & Announcements - April 2017

  • April 2017 Newsletter Available
    The April edition of AUWCL's eNewsletter is now available. This issue features U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Breyer and Court of Justice of the European Union President Lenaerts' keynote conversation from the Luxembourg Forum, the Marshall-Brennan Project's End of Year Celebration, the annual Grotius Lecture, upcoming summer programs, and more. More

  • Lisa Dewey '93 Named Recipient of 2017 Women & the Law Leadership Award
    The Women and the Law Program along with the Office of Development and Alumni Relations held the law school's annual Women and the Law Leadership Award Luncheon and Ceremony this past Monday. This year, the program honored Lisa Dewey '93 and her commitment to pro bono work and access to justice. More

  • First National Conference of Lawyers Committed to Addressing the Climate Emergency
    On April 28, the day before the climate march in Washington, D.C., a group of leading lawyers and academics will convene for a half-day conference to consider potential solutions to the problem of climate change and the role of lawyers and associations of lawyers in advancing those solutions. More

  • SCOTUS Series - Sandoz Inc. v. Amgen Inc
    In PIJIP's ongoing Supreme Court Series, a panel of counsel for amici and parties will discuss the case on Wednesday, April 26 following oral argument before the Court in the case of Sandoz Inc. v. Amgen Inc. More

  • 21st Annual Sylvania Woods Conference on African Americans and the Law

    On April 27, the law school will host the 21st Annual Sylvania Woods Conference on African Americans and the Law. AUWCL professors along with Todd Cox of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund will discuss "African Americans and the Law in a Post-Obama America." The Honorable Gerald Bruce Lee '76 will give a special presentation at the awards dinner. MORE More

  • Children in Prison: Strengthening International Norms in the U.S. and Abroad

    Join AUWCL's International Human Rights Law Clinic and the Center for Human Rights & Humanitarian Law along with Juvenile Justice Advocates on Monday, April 24, for an expert panel discussion on protections for juveniles in prison and the lack of due process for incarcerated youth. MORE More

  • American University Hosts Luxembourg Forum Featuring Keynote Addresses from U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Stephen Breyer and Court of Justice of the European Union President Koen Lenaerts

    On April 21, AUWCL will host the Academic Conference of the 2017 Luxembourg Forum, taking place in Washington April 18-21. The Keynote Conversation "Judges as Diplomats in Advancing the Rule of Law," which closes the conference, is scheduled for Friday, April 21, at 2:30 p.m. in Grossman Hall. The program is open to the public and presented by the deans and faculty of American University's School of International Service, School of Public Affairs, and Washington College of Law. The featured speakers are Stephen Breyer, Associate Justice, U.S. Supreme Court and Koen Lenaerts, President, Court of Justice of the European Union. MORE More

  • AUWCL Sponsors 19th Annual Grotius Lecture to Open 111th ASIL Annual Meeting

    On April 12, AUWCL proudly sponsored the 19th Annual Grotius Lecture opening the American Society of International Law's 111th Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. Leading and emerging voices in international legal scholarship, policy, and practice gathered to discuss this year's theme, "What International Law Values." This year's Grotius Lecturer was David Armitage, Lloyd C. Blankfein Professor of History at Harvard University. Mary Dudziak, Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Law, Emory University School of Law was the Distinguished Discussant for the Lecture, and AUWCL Dean Camille A. Nelson  moderated the event. MORE More

  • The American Constitution Society Presents "Transgender Student Rights and the Court"

    On Thursday, April 20, the American Constitution Society of AUWCL will present "Transgender Student Rights and the Court." Eric Harrington of the Office of the General Counsel at the National Education Association will join the program to discuss recent transgender cases and student rights. MORE More

  • Yemen Conflict: Prospects for Accountability and Reconciliation

    On Monday, April 17, the International Legal Studies Program will present a program to address the conflict in Yemen from the perspective of international law and policy, including humanitarian law, human rights, and the prospects for peace and reconciliation. MORE More

  • Social Justice Lawyering at a Crossroads: A Community Lawyering Workshop

    On Friday, April 14, join experienced social justice lawyers in an interactive community workshop. Participants will have the opportunity to strengthen their understanding of how to work collaboratively with organizers and activists to build social movements. MORE More

  • Eighteenth Annual Peter M. Cicchino Public Service Awards Dinner

    On Thursday, April 13, AUWCL will host the Eighteenth Annual Peter M. Cicchino Public Service Awards Dinner. This annual event, named in honor of the life and legacy of Professor Peter M. Cicchino, highlights the work of public interest advocates and awardees and recognizes those who have dedicated their time in service of others. Vincent Warren, executive director at the Center for Constitutional Rights will be the keynote speaker. MORE More

  • AUWCL Welcomes the President of Brazil's Supreme Federal Tribunal

    On Monday, the law school was pleased to welcome Justice Carmen Lucia Antunes Rocha, president of Brazil's Supreme Federal Tribunal, who attended a luncheon in her honor hosted by the Brazil-US Legal and Judicial Studies Program. Following the luncheon, gave remarks and took questions from luncheon guests. MORE More

  • Professor Lewis Grossman Named 2017-18 LAPA Fellow

    American University Washington College of Law congratulates Professor Lewis Grossman on being selected as a Fellow in the Program in Law and Public Affairs (LAPA) at Princeton University for the 2017-18 academic year. The fellows spend the academic year working on their own research projects, participating in law-related programs, and engaging with faculty and students. Grossman will be working on his book, Choose Your Medicine: Freedom of Therapeutic Choice in American Law and History. MORE More

  • China Arbitration Day: Salient Issues in International Arbitration in China

    On Monday, April 10, representatives of the main arbitral institutions in China will discuss trending topics in the field of international arbitration in the country. Speakers will address among other topics: Common Misunderstandings of Chinese Arbitration; PRC Courts' Judicial Support and Supervision of Chinese Arbitration; Issues concerning Chinese State-Owned Enterprises in Commercial and Investment Arbitration; and Salient issues of ICC Arbitration in China. MORE More

  • The Law of Democracy: Voting Rights, Gerrymandering and Campaign Finance

    On Tuesday, April 11, join a panel of experts for a discussion on current election law issues and controversies, including the constitutional status of racial and political gerrymandering; ballot access issues, such as voter ID laws, registration requirements, and early voting; campaign finance practices; and the aftereffects of Shelby County v. Holder. MORE More

  • Professor Robert Dinerstein Presents at United Nations' World Autism Awareness Day Program

    In celebration of World Autism Awarness Day, the United Nations hosted experts from across the globe to present on policies and approaches being implemented with regard to guardianship and the path to self-determination and legal capacity of persons with autism. Presentations, including Professor Robert Dinerstein's panel, "Supported vs. Substitute Decision-Making," can be seen around minute 47:25. MORE More

  • 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

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