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

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Founders' Celebration 2014 Kicks Off in January

The 2014 American University Washington College of Law Founders' Celebration will kick off in January. The annual celebration features events, seminars, panel discussions, expert forums, and Continuing Legal Education (CLE) programs covering diverse topics such as government transparency, family law, IP and federal policy, mass incarceration, and more. Select CLE Programs will also be available online through West LegalEdCenter. MORE

December Graduates Honored at Celebration

The Office of Development and Alumni Relations and Dean Claudio Grossman hosted December graduates for a celebration at the law school. Pending final exam results, 75 JD, SJD, and LL.M. students will graduate this month. Collectively these graduates participated in pro bono service hours, served on the boards of student organizations, externed in government agencies and NGOs, and two doctoral students successfully defended their dissertations. MORE

Third Annual Mid-Atlantic SJD Roundtable Held at AUWCL

The Third Annual Mid-Atlantic SJD Roundtable was held at the law school on Dec. 6. The event provided over 30 current SJD candidates from six law schools with the opportunity to informally present excerpts from their works-in-progress with their colleagues from the Mid-Atlantic region. MORE

Partnership Encourages Graduates to Become Public Defenders

Gideon's Promise—an Atlanta-based non-profit that trains and advocates for public defenders throughout the South—has launched its Law School Partnership Project (LSPP). Through the partnership, AUWCL, as well as the law schools at UCLA and NYU, will offer a fellowship to a recent graduate to work in a Southern public defender office for up to a year. The office, in turn, will commit to hiring the graduate for a permanent position. MORE

AUWCL Establishes International Leadership Council

The law school has established a new International Leadership Council. In late November, members of the Council met with Dean Claudio Grossman and representatives from the International Legal Studies Program and International Programs to discuss recent developments. The council includes Ignacio Alvarez LLM ’99 (U.S.), Sumanto Basu LLM ’93 (India), Pablo Ruiz-Limon LLM ’93, Umit Herguner LLM ’84 (Turkey), Alberto Tujman LLM ’90 (Argentina), Michel Vermaerke LLM ’85 (Belgium), A Manual Garcia ’00 (U.S.), and Jose Antonio Urrutia LLM ’92 (Chile). A reception and dinner was held at the City Club with the Council and more than 25 LL.M. alumni. These events are part of a long-term strategy to better engage and serve international alumni and guide the law school as it enters an exciting new era at the Tenley Campus.

Applications Being Accepted for Summer Abroad Programs

Applications are now being accepted for the law school’s specialized summer programs abroad. Participants will study international law in some of the most fascinating parts of the world, understand different legal systems and cultures, and create professional networks abroad. Earn up to six credits this summer in diverse course topics from international business to human rights law in Europe, Asia, and South America. MORE

Report Examines Regulation 55 and the Rights of the Accused

The War Crimes Research Office (WCRO) has launched a new report on the International Criminal Court (ICC), Regulation 55 and the Rights of the Accused at the International Criminal Court. This report is part of the WCRO's ICC Legal Analysis and Education Project. MORE

Faculty Scholarship Highlight: Professor Jennifer Daskal

As Professor Jennifer Daskal explains in a forthcoming Cornell Law Review article, an array of non-custodial “pre-crime” restraints—coercive actions taken by the government against individuals short of arrest, incarceration, and criminal prosecution—have proliferated over the past decade. Whether in the context of terrorism-related financial sanctions, the No Fly List, or the myriad residential, employment, and related restrictions imposed on sex offenders, U.S. law and policy have increasingly embraced policies designed to prevent criminal activity, rather than punish it after the fact. MORE

AUWCL to Offer New Semester-Long Legal Spanish Program

This spring, AUWCL will offer a new, semester-long Legal Spanish Program for lawyers who speak Spanish and seek to improve their knowledge and use of complex legal terms in their client interactions and legal work. The course, to be held Wednesday evenings from Jan. 22 to April 16 introduces participants to legal concepts and provides practical communication skills in Spanish. MORE

Alumni Spotlight: Melissa Blue Sky '11

Melissa Blue Sky, a 2011 graduate, works as a staff attorney for the Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL). According to Blue Sky, “Working on policy is really interesting, but to have the impact and the knowledge to be able to influence policy and the legal frameworks that govern environment, trade, and development is key." MORE

Online Certificate Program in International Commercial Arbitration

The law school is pleased to announce the launch of the online certificate program, enabling learners around the world to enroll in online courses in the Online Certificate Program on International Commercial Arbitration. The program, which begins Jan. 21, provides in-depth knowledge of the key topics in the fields of commercial arbitration and its relevance in business law. MORE