American University Washington College of Law’s Founders’ Celebration 2012 Kicks off Jan. 12

Series of Speakers and Events to Champion Legal Innovation and Ideas



WASHINGTON, D.C., January 4, 2012 - The Founders’ Celebration, a series of events covering diverse topics to honor the vision and principles of American University Washington College of Law’s founding mothers, kicks off its 2012 season on Jan. 12.

Founders’ Celebration 2012 will feature events, seminars, panel discussions, and experts covering a diverse range of topics such as international environmental law,health information privacy, copyright and trademark, women in the law, issues in the law of armed conflict, the 2012 campaign, and legal ethics and integrity.


The 2011 celebration welcomed more than 7,000 attendees to 86 programs, with nearly 650 distinguished speakers and over 1,000 organizations represented, including governmental departments, non-governmental organizations, international organizations, U.S. and foreign law schools, law firms, and embassies.

Many Founders’ Celebration events also offer Continuing Legal Education (CLE) accreditation for legal professionals.

The 2012 series of programs will offer CLE accreditation in the following topic areas:

  • Business Law
  • Constitutional Law
  • Diversity
  • Criminal Justice
  • Cultural Property
  • Environmental Issues
  • Family Law
  • Health Law
  • Human Rights
  • Immigration
  • Intellectual Properties
  • International Commercial Arbitration
  • International Criminal Justice
  • International Law
  • Military Law
  • National Security

Many Founders’ Celebration events are co-sponsored by distinguished organizations including: The Hispanic National Bar Association, The Hispanic Bar Associations of the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia, The Groom Law Group, the American Society of International Law, Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO); and the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Guatemala, in cooperation with AU Center on Health, Risk and Society, the AU Center for Latin American and Latino Studies, the International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims, the Royal Netherlands Embassy, and the AsianPacific American Bar Association of DC (APABA-DC). 


Media inquiries should be directed to Megan Smith, 202-274-4276.


About American University Washington College of Law

In 1896, American University Washington College of Law became the first law school in the country founded by women. More than 100 years since its founding, this law school community is grounded in the values of equality, diversity, and intellectual rigor. The law school's nationally and internationally recognized programs (in clinical legal education, trial advocacy, international law, and intellectual property to name a few) and dedicated faculty provide its 1700 JD, LL.M., and SJD students with the critical skills and values to have an immediate impact as students and as graduates, in Washington, DC and around the world. For more information, visit