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

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Founders' Celebration 2015 Kicks Off in January

The Founders' Celebration, a series of events covering diverse topics to honor the vision and principles of AUWCL's founding mothers, kicks off its 2015 season in January. The 2015 celebration will feature events, seminars, panel discussions, and experts covering a wide range of topics from immigration, to biodiversity, to patent law. MORE

Kaufman Named 2015 AALS Section Award Recipient

Photograph of Professor Billie Jo KaufmanBillie Jo Kaufman, associate dean for library and information services, has been named a recipient of a 2015 Association for American Law Schools (AALS) Section Award. The awards recognize excellence in legal education and are hosted by several sections of the association. Kaufman will receive the "Section on Law Libraries and Legal Information Award" at the AALS Annual Meeting, Jan 2-5 in Washington, D.C. MORE

AUWCL Honors December Graduates

Dean Claudio Grossman and faculty hosted a celebration at the law school honoring the December graduates. Pending final exam results, 53 JD, SJD, and LL.M. students will graduate in December.


Faculty Analyze CIA Torture Report

Faculty have been interviewed extensively about the release of the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee's report on the CIA's interrogation techniques. Read, view, and listen to their commentary via CNN, C-SPAN, New York Times, Washington Post, and MORE


Richard Verma '93 Confirmed as U.S. Ambassador to India

Richard Verma '93 has been confirmed as U.S. Ambassador to India. Verma has more than two decades of international and senior-level U.S. government experience and served in the Obama Administration as the Assistant Secretary of State for Legislative Affairs. Verma is the first ever Indian-American Ambassador to hold the post.

AUWCL Community Responds to the Events in Ferguson

On Nov. 25, a "Ferguson Open Forum" was held at AUWCL. Students, faculty, and staff participated in this discussion of the grand jury decision in the Michael Brown case. Faculty speakers included Professors Angela Davis, Hadar Harris, Sunita Patel, and Jenny Roberts, and Howard University Professor Lenese Herbert. The discussion was hosted by several programs and offices including the Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, the Criminal Justice Practice and Policy Institute, the Program on Law and Government, the Office of Diversity Services, the Office of Student Affairs, and more. In addition, faculty have been interviewed by local, national, and international media about the events in Ferguson, Missouri. MORE

Apply Now for Summer Abroad Programs

Applications are now being accepted for AUWCL's specialized summer programs abroad. Participants will study international law in some of the most fascinating parts of the world, learn about different legal systems and cultures, and create professional networks abroad. Earn up to six credits in course topics from international business law to human rights law in Europe, Asia, and South America. Apply by March 31. MORE

Fifth International Conference on Human Rights Education

AUWCL hosted the Fifth International Conference on Human Rights Education "Advancing Universal Human Rights Culture," Dec. 4-6. This was the first time the conference was held in the Western Hemisphere. More than 40 countries were represented by speakers and attendees, including more than 250 professors and others who work in the field of human rights or have some focus on the United Nations and the United Nations World Programme for Human Rights Education. 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 like client meetings and conference calls. MORE

"Finals Frenzy" Helps Students Unwind During Exam Weeks

On Dec. 8, the Office of Student Affairs kicked off "Finals Frenzy," events and services to help students unwind during reading period and final exam weeks. One activity was the popular "Puppy Day," featuring puppies from local dog rescue organization "A Forever Home" for playtime with students. This popular student wellness event packed the law school lobby. MORE


Online Certificate Program in Arbitration

The Center on International Commercial Arbitration is seeking new graduates and mid-career professionals who are eager to acquire the foundational knowledge and skills to succeed in the complex and ever-changing field of international arbitration. The Online Certificate Program in International Commercial Arbitration is now accepting applications for the spring session. MORE