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News and Events @ American University Washington College of Law March 2013

Dear Alumni,

A few weeks ago, we announced the law school's historic move to a new home at American University's Tenley Campus. This beautiful eight acre site will provide a permanent home for American University Washington College of Law and enhance its rich tradition of innovation, excellence, and passion for the rule of law in the U.S. and beyond. 

When complete, the facility will include flexible teaching spaces, a conference center, expanded clinic space, teaching courtrooms, and multiple indoor and outdoor student study and meeting spaces throughout the campus. The enhanced Pence Law Library will also feature an Alumni Center that will provide you with research and business resources when you visit.  Take a virtual tour of the new campus.                                                                        

We will be sharing more exciting updates about the new law campus as they become available. For now, we hope to see you soon at our current location for Founders' events, student group events, and much more!

Happy spring!

Shelly Horn, Director of Alumni Relations


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President Jimmy Carter Meets with Student Leaders, Dean Grossman, and OAS Ambassadors

American University Washington College of Law proudly welcomed former President Jimmy Carter to campus on March 5. President Carter met with the law school's student leaders and Dean Claudio Grossman. He then convened a meeting with ambassadors of the Organization of American States (OAS) to discuss the future of the Inter-American human rights system. MORE

Students Take In U.S. Supreme Court Arguments on Same-Sex Marriage

Law students Mulan Cui and Jay Shannon began waiting in line more than 24 hours before the U.S. Supreme Court would hear oral arguments Tuesday for Hollingsworth v. Perry, the case considering the constitutionality of California's gay marriage ban, Proposition 8. MORE

Brush Up on New Skills through Specialized Summer Programs

Never got to take an intellectual property patent pool course while you were at American University Washington College of Law? Interested to learn how your franchising skills might translate into a career in hospitality and tourism law? Are you a civil lawyer who could use a brush-up on your trial skills or learn how to use your iPad as an effective tool in the courtroom? Courses like these in diverse practice areas are offered for practitioners this May through July at the law school as part of our Specialized Summer Law Programs in D.C. Programs qualify for CLE credit.  Alumni discounts and group rates are also available. MORE

Professors Featured on C-SPAN's Book TV

C-SPAN's Book TV recently featured works by Professors Kenneth Anderson and Angela Davis as part of the program's series at American University. Watch Book TV's discussions with Anderson on Living with the UN and with Davis on Arbitrary Justice.

Business Law Review Symposium to Focus on Transactional Lawyering

The American University Business Law Review will host their Annual Symposium on "Transactional Lawyering: Theory, Practice, and Pedagogy." The April 5 event will feature discussions about governance, lawyering and current financial markets, current conditions in practice, transactional law pedagogy, and the evolution of the field. Sponsors include FINRA, Kirkland & Ellis, LLP, and Seyfarth Shaw LLP. MORE

Student Authors Recognized for Accomplishments in Research and Writing

In early March, The Pence Law Library honored American University Washington College of Law student authors at its Eighth Annual Student Author Reception. This reception attended by faculty and staff recognized the research and writing accomplishments of students and celebrated their success in scholarly activities. MORE

Successful Capitol City Challenge Welcomes 18 Teams

The Stephen S. Weinstein Trial Advocacy Program and The Mock Trial Honor Society recently hosted the fifth annual Capitol City Challenge at the law school. Teams from 18 law schools participated in the competition, with more than 120 state and federal judges, prosecutors, public defenders, and private practice attorneys serving as competition evaluators. MORE

Program to Welcome Brazilian Labor Court Judges to AUWCL

The law school's Brazil-U.S. Legal and Judicial Studies Program and the International Judicial Academy and the National Association of Labor Law Judges of Brazil have joined efforts to organize the 7th International Conference of the National Association of Judges of the Brazilian Labor Courts (ANAMATRA). The Brazilian judges will be at the law school on April 1 and 4. Dean Claudio Grossman will close the conference with remarks. MORE

Faculty Scholarship Highlight: Professor Lindsay Wiley - “Big Gulps, Calorie Counts, and the ‘New’ Public Health Law”

As Professor Lindsay Wiley describes, the field of “public health law” is at a fascinating evolutionary moment—from “old” public health law, which focused primarily on quarantines and other forms of infectious disease control, to “new” public health law, a field far more focused on governmental regulation targeted at shaping individual behavioral choices. Among the myriad questions raised by this shift is the extent to which government should be taking such an active part in regulating private consumption of lawful but harmful goods. Watch this month’s faculty scholarship highlight, a conversation with Professor Lindsay Wiley. VIDEO

Law School & ASIL Present Annual Grotius Lecture

On April 3, the law school and the American Society of International Law (ASIL) will present the 15th Annual Grotius Lecture to open the 107th ASIL Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. This year's lecturer is Emilio Álvarez Icaza Longoria, executive secretary of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights. The Distinguished Discussant is Yale Law School Professor W. Michael Reisman. Dean Claudio Grossman will provide welcoming remarks and serve as moderator. MORE

Project Announces Launch of New Gender Jurisprudence Website

The Gender Jurisprudence and International Criminal Law Project, a collaborative project between the War Crimes Research Office (WCRO) and the Women and International Law Program (WILP) at American University Washington College of Law, announces the launch of a new website. The centerpiece of the website is the Gender Jurisprudence Collections (GJC), a powerful database containing more than 26,000 documents including judgments, decisions, orders, and other documents issued by international/ized criminal courts and tribunals. The documents are easily searchable for issues relating to sexual and gender-based violence. MORE

Sold Out Law Revue Show Highlights Diversity of Student and Professor Talent

The 21st annual American University Law Revue show provided AUWCL students the opportunity to show off their singing, dancing, script writing, and technical skills to playfully poke fun at the law school, their professors, fellow students, and the legal profession. The law school students transformed one of the large classrooms into a musical set complete with lights, sound, and video. MORE

Students Participate in Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program

American University Washington College of Law is again participating in the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program, which provides free assistance to qualifying taxpayers in preparing their income tax returns. More than two-dozen students are volunteering their time in conjunction with D.C. Earned Income Tax Credit (DCEITC) and Capital Area Asset Builders to provide this assistance to the Washington, D.C. metro area. MORE

Panel Held For Students Interested in Entertainment Industry

This spring, the law school hosted the “Actor’s Ensemble: How Far Can a Law Degree Take You in the Entertainment Business?” The entertaining panel discussion featured individuals who have used their law degrees to help them develop careers in the entertainment industry. MORE

Dear Alumni,

A few weeks ago, we announced our historic move to the our new home at American University’s Tenley Campus.  This beautiful eight acre site will provide a permanent home for the Washington College of Law and enhance its rich tradition of innovation, excellence and passion for the rule of law in the U.S. and beyond.  When complete the facility will include flexible teaching spaces, a conference center, expanded clinic space, teaching courtrooms, and multiple indoor and outdoor student study and meeting spaces throughout the campus. The enhanced Pence Law Library will also feature an Alumni Center that will provide you with research and business resources when you visit.
Tale a virtual tour of the new campus here.


We will include you in all of the news of the new campus as it becomes available.
For now, please visit us at the current location for Founder’s event, student group events and much more!

Happy spring! Shelly Horn