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News and Events @ American University Washington College of Law January 2015

Students Selected For Gideon’s Promise Partnership Project

Three AUWCL students—Annie Berry, Deanna Glickman, and Robert Maes — have been selected from 70 applicants for the prestigious Gideon’s Promise Law School Partnership Project (LSPP). Launched in 2013, LSPP places graduating law students in a partner public defender office. MORE

UN Committee Against Torture Project Celebrates 10 Years

The United Nations Committee against Torture (UN CAT) Project held its inaugural reunion on Jan. 27 celebrating the Project’s first decade—2004-2014. The Project is a one-of-a-kind experiential learning opportunity for upper-level students to deepen their knowledge of international human rights law and experience firsthand the UN CAT proceedings in Geneva, Switzerland. MORE

Annual Externship Fair Draws More than 150 Employers

More than 150 employers registered to attend the annual Externship Fair, providing AUWCL students with the opportunity to meet with a variety of organizations seeking externs for the summer, spring, and fall semester. The Fair was organized by practice area, including business and finance, administrative law, criminal defense and prosecution, immigration and employment law, and a wide variety of civil rights and public interest organizations. 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

Student Saskia Valencia Named Skadden Fellow

Third-year Student Saskia Valencia has been selected for the Skadden Fellowship Program, a prestigious opportunity to pursue a self-created project alongside a public interest organization. She will collaborate with two mental health clinics in New York where she will provide legal services on-site for clients aged 18 to 24 who have an arrest record or had criminal involvement. MORE

18th Annual Hispanic Law Conference, April 2

AUWCL will host the 18th Annual Hispanic Law Conference on April 2. This year’s conference titled, “Nuestra Voz: Addressing Key Issues for the Hispanic Community,” will focus on issues of concern to the Hispanic community, including immigration reform and access to justice, featuring a keynote address from Don Francisco, host of “Sabado Gigante,” the world’s longest running TV variety program. MORE

Online Certificate in International Communication Regulation

AUWCL and the International Telecommunications Satellite Organization (ITSO) announced a new Online Certificate in Basic Principles of International Communication Regulation and Policy, part of the Program on International Communication Regulation and Policy. Using web-based technology, participants can earn the certificate from anywhere in the world. MORE

Clinic Argues Case Before Virginia Supreme Court

The Immigrant Justice Clinic argued a case before the Supreme Court of Virginia. The clinic represented a lawful permanent resident who accepted a plea deal that rendered him deportable. The issue before the Court involved the legal standard that a court must apply in determining whether a non-citizen was prejudiced by a trial attorney’s representation.Third-year student Rachel Nadas argued the case. MORE

Faculty and Staff Among Featured Speakers at AALS

Many American University Washington College of Law faculty and staff were speakers and moderators on panels at this year's Association of American Law Schools (AALS) Annual Meeting, held in Washington, D.C. Dean Claudio Grossman and the law school also welcomed alumni, faculty, and friends for a reception Jan. 2 in conjunction with the event. MORE

16th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Commemoration

On Jan. 15th, AUWCL hosted the 16th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Commemoration. Professor Caleen Sinnette Jennings delivered keynote remarks followed by a community reading and reception. MORE

Reception Held for Newly Elected Alumni

AUWCL hosted a reception in January for alumni recently elected to public office—including U.S. Representatives Gwen Graham ’88 and Stacey Plaskett ’94. Graham represents Florida’s second congressional district, and Plaskett represents the U.S. Virgin Islands as its non-voting Delegate. MORE

Online Lawyer Re-Entry Program to Hold Spring Session

The Online Lawyer Re-Entry Program is currently accepting applicants for the session beginning March 23. This program is aimed at individuals looking to re-start, refocus, or re-tool their legal career after time away from the workplace. The program features: interactive online sessions, instruction by law school faculty and career development experts, and one-on-one professional coaching. MORE