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AUWCL Team Competes in International Finals of WTO Moot Court Competition in Geneva

The Fulbright Program awards approximately 8,000 grants annually, allowing students, scholars, teachers, and professionals to study, teach, and conduct research at institutions worldwide. This year, recent graduate Matthew Smith '14 and alumna Mina Trudeau '12 were chosen as scholars. MORE



Alumni Chosen as Fulbright Scholars

The Fulbright Program awards approximately 8,000 grants annually, allowing students, scholars, teachers, and professionals to study, teach, and conduct research at institutions worldwide. This year, recent graduate Matthew Smith '14 and alumna Mina Trudeau '12 were chosen as scholars. MORE



Alumnus Gives Back to Support Students with their Career Goals

Alumnus Millard Bennett '77 attended AUWCL, but was "reintroduced" to the law school when his son attended. Through his involvement in the Myers Society and Dean's Advisory Council, Bennett has organized many networking-related events from GANE sessions to "speed networking" to support AUWCL students with their career goals. MORE



2014 Graduate Fills a Gap in Services for the Deaf Community

For Talila Lewis, commencement 2014 marked the beginning of a new chapter for HEARD (Helping Educate to Advance the Rights of the Deaf), the non-profit she founded in 2011 that works to make the U.S. justice system more accessible to deaf and hard of hearing individuals. MORE



Students Prepare Tax Returns for Low-Income Taxpayers

Nearly 50 AUWCL student volunteers prepared tax returns for low-income taxpayers in the D.C.-area this spring through a pro bono project spearheaded by the Janet R. Spragens Tax Clinic, in conjunction with the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program. MORE



Pence Law Library Honors Student Authors at Annual Reception

This spring, the Pence Law Library honored AUWCL student authors at its Ninth Annual Student Author Reception. This reception recognized the research and writing accomplishments of students and celebrated their success in scholarly activities. MORE



Nearly 500 Attend Annual Grotius Lecture to Open ASIL Annual Meeting, ILA Biennial Conference

On April 9, AUWCL and the American Society of International Law (ASIL) welcomed nearly 500 attendees to the 16th Annual Grotius Lecture to open the 108th ASIL Annual Meeting and the 76th International Law Association (ILA) Biennial Conference in Washington, D.C. The Lecture was held at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center. MORE



AUWCL Welcomes Teams from Six Countries for WTO Moot Court Competition

American University Washington College of Law hosted eight schools March 6-8 for the North American and Latin American Regional Rounds of the European Law Students' Association (ELSA) Moot Court Competition on WTO Law. Teams from six countries participated, including Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Guatemala, Mexico, and the U.S. MORE



Mock Trial Honor Society Fields Teams for 14 Trial Competitions

The Mock Trial Honor Society at American University Washington College of Law fielded teams for 14 trial competitions this year. Read some of the highlights from the competitions. MORE



LL.M. Alumna Named “Top Lawyer Under 40” By Hispanic National Bar Association

Margarita R. Sanchez LL.M. ‘08, senior associate in the international arbitration and Latin America practice groups of Arnold & Porter, was recently named one of five Top Lawyers Under 40 by the Hispanic National Bar Association (HBNA). Each year, this honor recognizes five members under the age of 40 who have “distinguished themselves in their respective areas of practice. MORE



Students Learn about Tribal Law on Trip to Navajo Nation

One of the largest groups of American University Washington College of Law students to date volunteered on the Navajo Nation Reservation over spring break, providing pro bono work while learning about the tribal law. Students received substantive legal experience while learning the heritage and fundamental law of the Navajo Nation. MORE


Jacqueline L. Jackson '74 Honored at Women and the Law Leadership Luncheon

The Annual Women and the Law Leadership Award Luncheon and Ceremony was held March 21, recognizing the extraordinary accomplishments of alumnae who have made significant contributions to law and through their service to the law school. The 2014 Women and the Law Leadership Award was presented to Jacqueline L. Jackson ’74. MORE



“Faculty Practice Groups” Expand Career Development and Focus for AUWCL Students

Since last fall, the faculty at American University Washington College of Law has taken a more active role than ever in students’ career development. The faculty formed 11 specialized “faculty practice groups” to help students develop the skills required to succeed in specific legal fields, think strategically about their career paths, and connect with practitioners and employers. MORE


Trial Team Advances to the 2014 National Trial Competition

The Stephen S. Weinstein Trial Advocacy Program co-hosted the 2014 National Trial Competition Regional Tournament with Trial Advocacy Programs from the University of Maryland and Catholic University. For the first time, both of American University Washington College of Law's trial teams advanced to the final rounds. MORE



Three Alumni Form NGO to Foster Justice Solutions in Nigeria

Three recent graduates who connected through the law school’s Human Rights Brief are using their skills and passions to launch a new NGO in Nigeria. Megan Chapman ‘11, Anna Maitland ‘12, and Andrew Maki ’12 have joined forces to develop Justice & Empowerment Initiatives (JEI) - Nigeria, an organization that aims to build innovative and lasting justice solutions alongside poor and marginalized communities in Nigeria. MORE


Dean Claudio Grossman Named President of the Inter-American Institute of Human Rights

Claudio Grossman, dean of American University Washington College of Law, has been selected as president of the Inter-American Institute of Human Rights. This is the second time that a dean of AUWCL has been named president of the Institute, the first was Dean Thomas Buergenthal from 1980-1990. MORE



Alumna Builds Organization to Ensure Access to Education for D.C.’s Youth

Alumna Sarah Comeau ‘11 co-founded the School Justice Project, an organization that she built from the ground up to provide court-involved youth, ages 17-22, with special education legal representation. MORE



Alumnus Leads the Fight for Equal Rights in the Boy Scouts

After graduating from law school, Alumni Jay Lenrow’s '77 lifelong involvement in the Boy Scouts of America led him to become the executive vice president of the organization's northeast region and chairman of the National Jewish Committee on Scouting. For more than a decade, he has been a leading voice within the movement for pushing the organization to lift its ban on gay members. MORE


U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sotomayor Speaks to Students

American University Washington College of Law welcomed Sonia Sotomayor, associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, for a conversation with the law school community about her book, My Beloved World, and her experiences as a law student, lawyer, and justice of the high court. MORE



Student Pious Ahuja Starts a Campaign for Acid Attack Victim in India

While interning this past summer, 2L Pious Ahuja discovered the story of acid attack victim Sabana Khatun. Ahuja launched an advocacy campaign on her behalf, conducting research, scheduling doctor’s appointments, publishing a fact-finding report, and establishing a crowd-funding website. MORE



Student Profile: Meet First-Year Student Stephanie Mendiola

First-year student Stephanie Mendiola moved to D.C. for law school from the island of Guam. Mendiola hopes to make a difference in the lives of the people in Guam, and raise awareness about Guam, which she said is “a small piece of American paradise in the Pacific, which is too often overlooked.” MORE



Clinic Presents Before Inter-American Court of Human Rights in Mexico City

The Inter-American Court of Human Rights invited the law school’s International Human Rights Law Clinic to present a written submission on unaccompanied migrant youth detained in the United States. The proceedings were held in Mexico City, October 9-10. The Clinic has been involved with this issue since 2011, when several states presented to the Secretariat of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, requesting an advisory opinion "to determine the precise obligations of the States in relation to the possible measures to be adopted regarding children, their immigration status, or the status of their parents.” MORE

ADVANCE Mentors Provide Strategic Guidance and Support for First Generation Law Students

Jeanna Lee, is a first generation law school student.  As a 1L, she joined ADVANCE, a strategic mentoring initiative designed to provide academic and professional support to first generation, first year law students at AUWCL. Now in her 2L year, she decided to become a mentor herself. MORE



Navi Pillay, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, to Deliver Important Address at AUWCL

American University Washington College of Law welcomed Navi Pillay, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights for an important address, “The International Human Rights Treaty System and Its Impact at the International and Domestic Level.” In her address, the High Commissioner discussed the role of the international treaty system in the protection and promotion of human rights, its interaction with other mechanisms, and its relevance as a preventive early warning system. MORE


Mini Externship Fairs Connect Students With Employers in Criminal Law, Intellectual Property, and More

This fall, AUWCL will host a series of specialized “mini” externship fairs. Students interested in specific areas of law will be matched up with employers for future externships and career opportunities. Avis Sanders, the director of the Externship Program at AUWCL, saw a need to connect upper-level students with employers working in their specific fields of interest. MORE


Student Profile: Meet First-Year Student Kossi "Jeremie" Siwotso

Kossi “Jeremie” Siwotso is from Togo, West Africa. He has lived in the U.S. since 2005, and earned his bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Trinity University. He knew that he wanted to go to law school before he graduated because of his experiences in Togo working as a missionary and a minister. “The society is not that structured, it’s not fully democratized,” said Siwotso.  “You can see how much potential the people have, but it’s difficult for them to achieve it because there are so many limitations." MORE


UNROW Clinic Students Travel to Costa Rica for Brewer Carias v. Venezuela

American University Washington College of Law’s UNROW Human Rights Impact Litigation Clinic students and director traveled to Costa Rica to observe a trial before the Inter-American Court on Human Rights. The group joined Dean Claudio Grossman and Professor Juan Mendez as they presented the case Brewer Carías v. Venezuela. The UNROW Clinic provided research support to Grossman, Mendez, and the other attorneys for the case. MORE


Historic “Stop and Frisk” Case Tried by Alumna

After more than a decade of use, the controversial “stop and frisk” tactics used by New York City Police Department officers have been struck down by a federal ruling. The high-profile case was tried by a group of attorneys, including alumna Sunita Patel ’05, staff attorney for the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR), a non-profit legal and educational organization committed to the “creative use of law as a positive force for social change.” MORE


Students Share Their Summer Experiences Living, Learning, and Working in the U.S. and Abroad

AUWCL students participated in an array of activities this summer, from coursework, to internships abroad, to advocacy work in the U.S. Their real-world, hands-on experiences proved invaluable. Read the stories of Merve Stolzman (2L), Ben Lichtman (2L), Phoebe Ramsey (3L), and Maggie Coulter (3L). MORE



American University Washington College of Law Welcomes 2013-14 Humphrey Fellows

Eleven legal scholars and professionals from around the world arrived in Washington, D.C. in August to participate in the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program coordinated by the International Legal Studies Program at American University Washington College of Law. MORE


Dean Grossman Promotes AUWCL in Argentina, Chile, and Costa Rica

Dean Claudio Grossman traveled to Argentina, Costa Rica, and Chile to promote the new law school campus, recruit for AUWCL's international programs, and explore new international externship and employment opportunities for AUWCL students. MORE



Nearly 200 Students, Faculty, and Staff Volunteer for "In My Backyard" Day of Service

Nearly 200 incoming students, faculty, and staff participated in the In My Back Yard (IMBY) Public Service Day on Aug. 20, volunteering at a number of city and non-profit organizations in local Washington, D.C. neighborhoods. The annual event kicks off JD orientation, and allows new students to become acclimated to the city while returning students and staff reconnect with their community. MORE


Litigation Skills Summer Institute Works with Students and Practitioners to Sharpen Courtroom Skills

Composed of short lectures and demonstrations, this summer program featured a host of faculty experts who lead courses on fact witness depositions, expert witness depositions, digital presentation of evidence, and civil trial advocacy. During the courses, students honed pre-trial and trial skills, such as deposing fact and expert witnesses, delivering opening statements and closing arguments, preparing and conducting cross-examinations, making timely objections, and laying the proper foundation to admit evidence. MORE


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