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News and Events @ American University Washington College of Law October 2014

AUWCL Celebrates Tenley Campus "Topping Out"


On Oct. 23, faculty, administrators, and alumni on the Dean's Advisory Council gathered at the new Tenley Campus for a "Topping Out Celebration." This tradition recognizes the workers at the site and celebrates the safe completion of the beginning phases of the construction. "This foundation will support a dynamic law school that will meet the evolving needs of modern times by providing the flexibility to anticipate the future," said Dean Claudio Grossman. MORE

The Dean's Advisory Council also met on the 23rd. The Council consists of leaders within many constituencies of AUWCL, including different areas of the law, academia, business, and the community. They discussed programmatic developments, the progress on the new campus at Tenley, and more. 

Grossman and Mendez Address UN General Assembly

Dean Claudio Grossman, in his role as chair of the UN Committee against Torture (UN CAT), presented the Committee's annual address to the UN General Assembly in New York. Grossman and Professor Juan Mendez, UN Special Rapporteur on Torture, participated in a panel presented by the Convention against Torture Initiative (CTI) and the government of Denmark. They also met with the Secretary General of the UN, Ban Ki-moon. As part of this trip, Grossman hosted a dinner with alumni to discuss new initiatives at the law school, including the latest about the Tenley Campus. MORE

Delegation Travels to New Mexico to Work at Immigration Detention Center

AUWCL sent eight students and two professors from the Immigrant Justice and International Human Rights Law Clinics to New Mexico to work with detainees in the Artesia Temporary Facility for Adults with Children. They conducted intakes, prepared for bond motions and represented clients in the hearings, accompanied clients in credible fear interviews (CFIs), and more. MORE

Time Capsules Recovered from New Campus at Tenley Opened at Ceremony with Immaculata Schools Alumnae

AUWCL and the Office of the University Architect joined the Immaculata Alumnae Association for an event to open two time capsules found on the site of the future home of the Tenley Campus during recent construction. The event was co-presented by the law school, Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, and the Yuma Study Center. MORE

Program Sponsors D.C. Attorney General Debate with WAMU

The Program on Law and Government and WAMU's "The Kojo Nnamdi Show" sponsored a debate among the five candidates for D.C.'s Attorney General. Professor Jamie Raskin joined Kojo Nnamdi and Michael Martinez of "The Politics Hour" as a questioner of candidates. MORE


Students Work with the World Bank on Law, Justice and Development Week 2014

During the week of Oct. 20, lawyers, government officials, scholars, financial institutions, and other leaders from around the globe gathered at the World Bank Headquarters in Washington, D.C. for Law, Justice, and Development Week (LJD Week). AUWCL students played a key role in this year’s event, providing up-to-the-minute legal commentary and analysis for many of the sessions. MORE

Center for Human Rights Launches #SwaziJustice Campaign

The Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, together with the RFK Center for Justice and Human Rights, the ABA Center for Human Rights, and international NGOs has launched a campaign to raise awareness for the case of AUWCL alumnus Thulani Maseko (ILSP LL.M. ’11) and Bheki Makhubu, currently in prison in Swaziland. VIDEO

Program on Trade, Investment, and Development

AUWCL, together with the Brazilian International Trade Scholars’ Institute (ABCI Institute), announced the launch of an interdisciplinary Trade, Investment, and Development Program to be based at the law school. The Program consolidates and expands upon the law school’s existing trade curriculum and extensive experiential learning opportunities in the field of international trade. MORE

Student Profile: Q&A with 1L Nomcebisi “Noma” Ndlovu

First year student Nomcebisi "Noma" Ndlovu has a background in democracy and governance work with a non-profit in Washington, D.C. She came to law school to gain more technical expertise in her field, and felt she could build a solid foundation for her legal career at AUWCL. MORE


30th Anniversary of the Herman Schwartz Israel Human Rights Fellowship

This year marked the 30th Anniversary of the U.S./Israel Human Rights Law Fellowship. The event was celebrated in September with the renaming of the fellowship in honor of its creator, Professor Herman Schwartz. MORE

Legal Spanish Program Adds to Online Offerings

The law school now offers an online Legal Spanish Program —the only program of its kind in the U.S. The Program teaches law students and lawyers a wide array of legal Spanish concepts in Criminal and Immigration Law, preparing them for real world situations such as client meetings and conference calls. To learn more about this unique online program, participate in a live video chat on Dec. 3. MORE

Wellness Week at AUWCL

Wellness Week was held at AUWCL Oct. 27-31. This weeklong initiative is coordinated by the Office of Student Affairs, and connects law students, and even faculty and staff with activities that promote healthy living. MORE