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

SEC Chairman Elisse B. Walter Delivers Speech at AUWCL

Chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Elisse B. Walter, gave a special presentation at American University Washington College of Law on Feb. 19. Walter’s presentation, “Harnessing Tomorrow’s Technology for Today’s Investors and Markets,” addressed the SEC’s embrace of cutting-edge technology to significantly upgrade its oversight and enhance investor protection, while providing a unique understanding of today’s complex and blindingly fast markets. Read MORE or watch the event webcast.

Report Discusses Mistreatment of Migrant Workers in U.S. Fair Industry

On Feb. 20 the law school's Immigrant Justice Clinic and Centro de los Derechos del Migrante (CDM) launched Taken for a Ride, a report highlighting the experiences of migrant guest workers in the traveling fair and carnival industry who suffer unsafe work conditions and wage and hour abuses. The clinic’s student attorneys, representatives from CDM, and two migrant workers participated in a press conference at the National Press Club, as well as a panel discussion at the law school. MORE

New Programs Added to Lineup of Summer Law Programs in D.C.

Starting in May, practitioners and students can receive intensive training in specialized areas of the law from top experts in their respective fields through the law school’s specialized summer law programs in D.C. In addition to offering our renowned programs in human rights and humanitarian law, international commercial arbitration, health law and policy, etc., the law school is proud to offer three new programs in growing practice areas: anti-corruption law, hospitality and tourism law, and litigation. There will also be comparative law programs focused on Brazil and on Latin America. Practitioners and visiting students can register online today. AUWCL students will be able to register in April. Learn MORE

Student Publications Strive to Increase Visibility

American University Washington College of Law student publications are working this year to increase their visibility in the law school and legal communities by embracing technology, working with local law firms, and expanding their mission statements. MORE

Supreme Court of the Republic of Paraguay to Send Judges to Participate in Human Rights Training at AUWCL

The law school and the Supreme Court of the Republic of Paraguay celebrated the establishment of a cooperative agreement between the Court and the law school’s Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law. The agreement was formalized Feb. 22 during a signing ceremony attended by Dr. Víctor Manuel Núñez Rodríguez, president of the Supreme Court of the Republic of Paraguay. The Supreme Court has agreed to send its members to AUWCL’s Program of Advanced Studies on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law and to recognize this training as part of the Supreme Court’s program of study. Additionally, the agreement will promote further cooperation between the two institutions and create the opportunity to explore additional initiatives that bridge international divides. MORE

Hispanic Law Conference Examines the Evolving Legal Landscape

American University Washington College of Law is proud to host the 16th Annual Hispanic Law Conference, held each spring as part of the law school's Founders' Celebration. The Feb. 28 event will bring together Latinos and Latinas from across the country and hemisphere—from Miami, to New York, to Puerto Rico—to discuss how the legal landscape is evolving. MORE

Faculty Scholarship Highlight: Professor Jayesh Rathod - "Attorney Bilingualism: Practicing What We Preach"

As Associate Professor Jayesh Rathod notes in “The Transformative Potential of Attorney Bilingualism,” forthcoming in the University of Michigan Journal of Law Reform, the U.S. legal culture has historically undervalued the utility of bilingual lawyers, assuming that the principal utility of such training is in allowing lawyers to work more efficiently and to pursue a broader range of professional opportunities. In fact, Rathod explains, attorney bilingualism can do much, much more. Watch this month’s faculty scholarship highlight, a conversation with Professor Rathod. VIDEO

AUWCL Celebrates the Life of Chief Justice Arthur Chaskalson

The law school will hold an event March 4th celebrating the life of Chief Justice Arthur Chaskalson, a great friend and colleague to many in the community. Justice Chaskalson passed away late last year, and was South Africa’s premier jurist in constitutional and human rights law, and a visiting professor at the law school in 2010. The event will feature reflections about Chaskalson by diplomats, scholars, colleagues, and friends. MORE

First-year JD/MA Student Creates Lasting Connections

Yatri Amin describes her undergraduate experience as an international affairs major at University of Georgia as her “only exposure to the world.” When she visited American University Washington College of Law and discovered the international and human rights law opportunities offered, she says she immediately fell in love. “I knew it was a perfect place for me,” she said, now a second-semester 1L in the law school’s joint JD/MA program in International Affairs, which allows students to earn a JD from American University Washington College of Law and an MA in International Affairs from American University’s School of International Service (SIS). MORE

More than 150 Attend Timely Discussion on Drone Policy

The Center for Human Rights recently hosted a timely discussion about the leaked Justice Department papers on the Obama Administration's drone policy and the broad range of power the administration has to perform targeted killings. Speakers included Professors Stephen Vladeck, Daniel Marcus, Robert Goldman, Amanda Frost, and the Center's Executive Director, Hadar Harris. MORE

IP Program Continues U.S. Supreme Court Series

The Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property continued their U.S. Supreme Court series this month with a recent post-argument discussion of Bowman v. Monsanto. Counsel for parties and amici discussed intellectual property cases on the afternoon of oral argument, addressing the reaction of the Court. Watch the webcast. Read MORE about PIJIP faculty, events, and recent news.

Law School Hosts Round of International Environmental Law Moot Competition

In early February the law school hosted the North American Regional Round of the Stetson International Environmental Law Moot Court Competition. Sixteen teams from across North America, including from Trinidad, the Bahamas and Hawaii, participated. The AUWCL team of Maggie Coulter and Joseph Hernandez advanced to the quarterfinals. They also took fourth place in the Written Memorial. MORE