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On Thursday, Jan. 19, American University Washington College of Law hosted its annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Commemoration Program and Reception. This year's program featured a keynote address from Angela D. Alsobrooks, the State's Attorney for Prince George's County. The event opened with welcoming remarks from Dean Camille A. Nelson and Sherry Weaver, acting director of AUWCL's Office of Diversity Services, who has organized this program for 18 years running. In her address, Alsobrooks explored the teachings of Dr. King, commenting that Dr. King noted how anger and fear operate to drive a wedge between us. She reminded the audience of Dr. King's message that "injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere."
Molly Rose Green '14 (pictured second from left) has been hard at work since she finished her time in law school. She has since moved to Kentucky, and received the Yale Initiative for Public Interest Law Fellowship. The focus of her year-long project was to help more people in Kentucky clear their criminal records. Green's work has not gone without attention. She was recently awarded the 2016 KACDL Clarence Darrow Prodigy Award.
On January 1, 2017, Justice Allen H. Loughry II., LL.M. '99 and SJD '03, became Chief Justice of the West Virginia Supreme Court. Loughry was first elected to the Court in 2012, after serving as a senior assistant attorney general in the West Virginia Attorney General's office and a law clerk at the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia. As Chief Justice, he presides over the state's judicial branch, which encompasses West Virginia's 74 circuit courts, 47 family courts, and 158 magistrate courts.
Center for Human Rights Receives Grant for Impact Litigation Project
Professor Macarena Saez of the Center for Human Rights & Humanitarian Law recently won a two-year grant of $140,000 from the Ford Foundation for continuing work on the "Latin American Initiative on Justice, Gender and Sexuality," part of the ALAS Network. ALAS is dedicated to reforming legal education and mainstreaming gender and reproductive rights in Latin America.
During the Association of American Law Schools' Annual Meeting, Dean Camille A. Nelson was appointed to a three year term on the AALS Executive Committee. Dean Nelson said of her appointment, "I am energized by the recent focus and commitment of the organization, and look forward to supporting the work of law schools in educating the next generation of legal leaders."
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