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News and Events @ American University Washington College of Law February 2012

Update on Planned Move to Tenley Campus

In a memo released Jan. 23, American University President Neil Kerwin provided an update about the progress of the AU campus plan. The University is currently awaiting a decision from the D.C. Zoning Commission regarding the plans for the Tenley Campus, the future home of American University Washington College of Law. The decision from the Zoning Commission is expected to come at a hearing projected to take place in late February or March. The newly proposed space will measure approximately 300,000 square feet, and will be the first time Washington College of Law is located in a building specifically designed as a law school. Read MORE about the campus plan.

Externship Fair Welcomes over 120 Potential Employers to Campus

Last month, American University Washington College of Law students took time out from a busy third week of classes to meet with more than 120 potential employers at the annual Externship Fair. The annual event pairs 1Ls and 2Ls with organizations across the Washington, D.C. area where students can intern for academic credit during the school year or over the summer. MORE

Law School Hosts a Qualifying Round for the Stetson Law International Environmental Moot Court Competition

American University Washington College of Law hosted the Atlantic Regional Qualifying Round for the 2011-2012 Stetson University College of Law International Environmental Moot Court Competition (IEMCC), Feb. 4-5. Nine teams participated from the Eastern U.S., the Bahamas, and Trinidad and Tobago. The law school held an opening reception Feb. 3 for competing teams, alumni of the law school's Environmental Law Program, and local environmental law practitioners. MORE

Dean Grossman Gives Remarks at Law Schools in Australia

This month Dean Claudio Grossman presented "International Perspectives on Recognizing Human Rights in Closed Environments" at Monash University Law School in Melbourne, Australia. He also met with the dean of the law school, and alumni and students of American University Washington College of Law's unique International J.D. Dual Degree program. While in Melbourne, Grossman delivered a lecture for the Human Rights Law Center (HRLC) and the Castan Centre for Human Rights Law. In Sydney, Grossman spoke at the University of Sydney on the "Future of the Inter-American System of Human Rights."

Conference Features Panel of Torture Survivors who Address their Struggle for Justice

Last week, stakeholders from around the world participated in “Forensic Evidence in the Fight against Torture,” a two-day conference at American University Washington College of Law aimed at enhancing the use of forensic evidence to expose torture. The event was held in association with the International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims (IRCT) and with support from the European Commission. One panel, “Voices of the Survivors," presented stories from survivors of global torture and caregivers who have supported them as they testify against the perpetrators. READ their stories.

LL.M. in Law and Government Graduates Offer Practical Career Advice

The Program on Law and Government attracts students with a variety of interests in different stages of their professional development. At the program's first Career Roundtable Series event of 2012, "How Recent LL.M. Graduates Found their Jobs," a panel of alumni advised current students on how to navigate the tough job market and take advantage of the opportunities opened up to them by American University Washington College of Law. MORE

New Local Human Rights Lawyering Project Announces Partners

American University Washington College of Law's Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law has selected Maryland Legal Aid and Texas RioGrande Legal Aid as founding Project Partners for its new Local Human Rights Lawyering Project. With funding from the Ford Foundation, the project will train, coach, and mentor attorneys from both organizations to help them integrate human rights arguments and strategies into their daily work. MORE

The Annual Named Scholarships and Awards Dinner

The Annual Named Scholarships and Awards Dinner was held Monday, Feb.13. More than 180 guests attended, including student recipients,donors, friends, and family. Two new additional scholarships were awarded: The Amanda C. Howe Scholarship honoring an alumna from the class of 2001 who passed away unexpectedly and the Trishana E. Bowden Scholarship to celebrate Bowden's nine years with American University Washington College of Law.

Legal Spanish Program Accepting Applications for March Session

A new Legal Spanish Program at American University Washington College of Law introduces lawyers and law students with intermediate to high-level Spanish speaking skills to legal Spanish concepts. Through lectures, written assignments, in-class exercises, and contract negotiations, participants whose native language is not Spanish will gain legal Spanish skills ranging from reading and writing strategies to oral presentation of substantive legal issues in contract law. This hands-on program from March 23 – 24 aims to prepare participants for real-world situations such as client meetings, conference calls, and negotiations in Spanish. Small class size and student-teacher meetings ensure individualized attention. Applications are due by March 15. MORE

Diplomats and Experts Address Sexual and Gender-Based Violence

Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women's Issues, Melanne Verveer, and Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Renée Jones-Bos, were among the featured speakers at "Addressing Sexual and Gender-Based Violence in Conflict and Post-Conflict Settings: National and International Strategies," a half-day conference hosted by the War Crimes Research Office at American University Washington College of Law on Feb. 1. Conference speakers and panelists addressed the challenges women face in conflict and post-conflict settings, as well as the investigation and prosecution of sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) in times of conflict, mass violence, or repression. (Photo L to R: Dean Claudio Grossman, Susana SáCouto, Professor Diane Orentlicher, Ambassador Verveer, Ambassador Jones-Bos) VIEW the event webcast.

Specialized Summer Programs Abroad Applications Due March 15

Applications for American University Washington College of Law's specialized summer programs abroad are due March 15. Program attendees can earn up to 6 credits.  The program exposes students to different legal systems and cultures, and allows them to network with peers and policy makers while studying law in some of the most fascinating parts of the world. Course topics include international criminal law, environmental law, intellectual property law, international business and trade, and human rights. MORE

Moot Court Teams Recognized at National and International Competitions

The law school's Trial Advocacy Program and Mock Trial Honor Society achieved a quarter-final finish at the George Mason University National Mock Trial Competition in early February. The student competitors were 2Ls Ricardo Piereck, Parisa Abadi, and Cody Harnish. The coaches were Emily Livingston '05 of the Office of U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen and Johanna Newman, a public defender in Montgomery County, Maryland.

In addition, the ICC Team from American University Washington College of Law received a special award for Best Teamwork at the 7th ICC International Commercial Mediation Competition Feb. 3-8 in Paris, France. Sixty-six teams participated in the event. The members of the law school's ICC Team included Arli Christian (2L), Stephen Hornstein (3L), Kristen Ng (3L), and Jason Thelen (3L). The team was coached by Susan Orlando Liu, an adjunct professor of law in the Trial Advocacy Program. MORE about the Trial Advocacy Program.

Symposium Explores the Legal Impact of the Arab Spring

The International Law Review held their annual symposium, "The Impact of the Arab Spring throughout the Middle East and Northern Africa," an event that explored the ensuing legal questions following the uprisings. The Honorable Ali Suleiman Aujali, Libyan Ambassador to the U.S., delivered the keynote address. READ a re-cap of the event by the Project on Middle East Democracy.

All American Regional Round of ELSA Moot Court Competition

American University Washington College of Law will host the All American Regional Round (AARR) of the 10th Edition of the ELSA Moot Court Competition on the WTO Law (EMC2) March 1-3. Eighteen schools from North, South, and Central America will be competing in this regional competition, including: American University Washington College of Law, Duke University School of Law, Externado de Colombia (Colombia), Harvard University, Pontificia Universidad Javeriana (Colombia), Pontifícia Universidade Católica de São Paulo (Brazil), Queen's University (Canada), Sao Paulo Law School of Fundacao Getulio Vargas - DIRE (Brazil), Universidad de los Andes (Colombia), Universidad Sergio Arboleda (Colombia), Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina (Brazil), University of Costa Rica (Costa Rica), University of Kansas, University of Missouri - Kansas City, Universidad del Rosario (Colombia), University of Ottawa (Canada), Vermont Law School.