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may 2017
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Bryan Stevenson, Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative, Addresses Class of 2017
On Sunday, May 21, American University Washington College of Law welcomed Bryan Stevenson, founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative, as its 2017 Commencement speaker. Stevenson addressed a packed crowd at Bender Arena -- he received a standing ovation from attendees gathered to celebrate the Spring 2017 Class. Graduates included 346 students graduating with a Juris Doctor (JD), 47 with a Master of Laws (LL.M.), and 2 with a Doctor of Juridical Science (SJD).
Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law Hosts Human Rights Month
Throughout June, the Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law will host Human Rights Month. The annual event features conferences, workshops, a film festival, and a discussion of recent publications in the human rights sector. Participants will have the opportunity to share first-hand experiences with fellow practitioners and scholars.
Andrew Beeler '17 Awarded Robert D. Reif Fellowship in Legal Ethics
At a reception on May 4, Epstein Becker Green announced that Andrew Beeler '17 was awarded the Robert D. Reif Fellowship in Legal Ethics and Professional Values. With the assistance of AUWCL, the fellowship was created in 2012 to honor the memory of the law firm's longtime partner Bob Reif, who committed himself to maintaining the highest level of ethical standards in the practice of law.
Federal Judge Gerald Bruce Lee, Who Worked to Increase Diversity in Legal Profession, Set to Retire
After two decades as a federal judge and a career twice as long in law, The Honorable Gerald Bruce Lee '76, distinguished alumnus and longtime supporter of the law school, is planning to retire. Judge Lee will step down as U.S. District Judge of the Eastern District of Virginia, but his dedication to increasing diversity in the legal profession will not be forgotten. As part of the annual Sylvania Woods Conference on African American and the Law held last month, Judge Lee presented his judicial commission from President Clinton to the law school.
Professor Lewis A. Grossman Receives Prestigious Princeton Fellowship 
The Program in Law and Public Affairs (LAPA) at Princeton University named Professor Lewis A. Grossman as a 2017-2018 LAPA Fellow. LAPA Fellows are selected in a competitive process from a large interdisciplinary and international applicant pool. They spend the year at Princeton working on their own research projects, participating in law-related programs, and engaging with faculty and students. At LAPA, Grossman - who specializes in food and drug law, health law, legal history, and civil procedure - will work on his book-in-progress titled Choose Your Medicine: Freedom of Therapeutic Choice in American Law and History. The book will be published by Oxford University Press.
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