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

VIDEO: Aaron Gleaton '12 - Developing Expertise in Intellectual Property


Through an internship, clerkship, and experience in the law school's Glushko-Samuelson Intellectual Property Clinic, Aaron Gleaton '12 was prepared for the challenging work he does now as part of Finnegan's Bio/Pharmaceutical Group. Watch the video.

Judy Smith '86 to give 2014 Commencement Address

Judy A. Smith '86, the founder and president of Smith & Company, a leading strategic and crisis communications firm with offices in Washington, D.C. and Los Angeles, will give the commencement address on Sunday, May 18 in Bender Arena. Smith is also the co-executive producer of ABC's "Scandal." MORE

Nearly 500 Attend Annual Grotius Lecture to Open ASIL Annual Meeting, ILA Biennial Conference

On April 9, AUWCL and the American Society of International Law (ASIL) welcomed nearly 500 attendees to the 16th Annual Grotius Lecture to open the 108th ASIL Annual Meeting and the 76th International Law Association (ILA) Biennial Conference in Washington, D.C. The Lecture was held at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center. MORE

Law School Hosts 17th Annual Hispanic Law Conference

The law school welcomed more than 200 people to the 17th Annual Hispanic Law Conference, bringing together inspiring and successful individuals and institutions devoted to the progress of Latinos in the U.S. and the region. This year’s conference focused on the impact of immigration reform on access to justice, featuring a keynote address from Felicia Escobar, senior policy advisor for immigration at the White House Domestic Policy Council. Read MORE or view CSPAN’s coverage of panel 1 and panel 2.

Pence Law Library Honors Student Authors at Annual Reception

This spring, the Pence Law Library honored AUWCL student authors at its Ninth Annual Student Author Reception. This reception recognized the research and writing accomplishments of students and celebrated their success in scholarly activities. MORE

Students and Alumni Named Presidential Management Fellows Finalists

The law school congratulates 14 students and recent graduates who have been named 2014 Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) finalists, making AUWCL the law school with the highest number of 2014 finalists. The Program is the federal government's premier leadership training fellowship. MORE

Alumnus Hosts Reception for Dean of Hebrew University

On April 8, the law school welcomed the Dean of Hebrew University, Professor Yuval Shany. Robert Pence '71 and his wife Suzy hosted a dinner in their home in honor of Shany's visit. At the beginning of the year, Shany hosted an AUWCL delegation in Jerusalem.

Dean Varona and Professor Roberts Named 2014 University Faculty Award Recipients

The law school is proud to announce that Tony Varona, associate dean for faculty and academic affairs, and Professor Jenny M. Roberts have been named 2014 University Faculty Award Recipients. Varona received the award for Outstanding Teaching in a Full-Time Appointment. Roberts received the award for Outstanding Scholarship, Creative Activity, and Other Professional Contributions. The awards were presented during the Faculty Recognition Dinner on April 27. 

Students Prepare Tax Returns for Low-Income Taxpayers

Nearly 50 AUWCL student volunteers prepared tax returns for low-income taxpayers in the D.C.-area this spring through a pro bono project spearheaded by the Janet R. Spragens Tax Clinic, in conjunction with the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program. MORE

Registration Now Open for Online Lawyer Re-entry Program

AUWCL’s unique Online Lawyer Re-entry Program − one of only two law school-based programs in the country − provides participants with the guidance, support, and connection they need to reinvent their careers. Through pre-recorded lectures, online interactive sessions, written assignments, and exercises, participants in this program will reclaim their careers and find support among a cadre of talented lawyers. Following the program, participants receive access to Westlaw and Lexis for a period of time and benefit from one-on-one coaching. MORE

Specialized Summer Law Programs in D.C.

Registration is open for specialized summer law programs in D.C. Our intensive programs prove invaluable to students and practitioners who benefit from instruction from world-renowned experts. Networking events and site visits hosted by each program offer access to top legal professionals and government officials. Learn MORE about these unique summer opportunities and apply online.

Faculty and Community Appointments and Awards

  • Professor Susan Carle received the Organization of American Historians Liberty Legacy Award for her book Defining the Struggle: National Organizing for Racial Justice,1880-1915. MORE
  • David Clark JD/MA '97, adjunct professor, was appointed by the U.S. Comptroller General to serve a five-year term as an administrative judge and member of the Government Accountability Office’s Personnel Appeals Board (PAB).
  • Alice Reiner '07 has been hired as the new chief legal officer for the NO/AIDS Task Force.
  • Tony Varona, associate dean for faculty and academic affairs, was named to the “50 Under 50 List of Outstanding Law Professors” by Lawyers of Color magazine. MORE
  • Professor Paul Williams was elected to the Executive Council of the American Society of International Law and will serve as a counsellor for the next three years.

Academy on Human Rights Plans Summer Program, Celebrates 15 Years

The Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law will again host the Program of Advanced Studies on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law from May 27 - June 13, offering 19 courses taught by more than 40 world-renowned scholars and practitioners. The Academy is also celebrating its 15th anniversary. MORE