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News and Events @ American University Washington College of Law December 2011

Dear Alumni,

Thank you for your support of American University Washington College of Law and our students.

This has been an outstanding year for our alumni groups. We have had record turnouts at networking events with more than 2,000 attendees in 12 states. Over 4,000 have joined our alumni online community, InCircle.  Hundreds have volunteered to mentor, speak to students, and attend student group programs. Please visit our Volunteer page often to find new opportunities to interact with students, including helping the Annual Hispanic Law Conference Awards Selection Committee nominate individuals for three awards.

If you live nearby, take the opportunity to audit classes at the law school or on main campus.  You can take up to two classes per semester for $100 each class.  This is a great way to invest in additional skills without the full responsibility of a receiving a grade.  Visit the audit pages for information.

We appreciate all donations that you have made and will give during this calendar year. In the spirit of the holidays, we encourage you to think of the law school in your year-end giving. Your gift, regardless of size, is important. Gifts can be designated to any area of the law school, and can be made online. Without you,  American University Washington College of Law would not be the stellar legal institution it is today.  Thank you for your past support, and for your 2011 Gift.

Season's Greetings and Happy New Year!

Shelly Horn

Director, Alumni Relations
The Office of Development and Alumni Relations


 Plans for Future Home of the Law School Campus Heard by D.C. Zoning Commission

The plans for the transformation of the current Tenley Circle campus to the future home of American University Washington College of Law were reviewed at public hearings before the D.C. Zoning Commission on Nov. 21 and Dec. 1. Various neighborhood organizations spoke in favor of the plan to both restore and reuse existing buildings while building new classroom and library space. Read MORE about the universitys proposed plan for development.

American University Washington College of Law Programs #1 in 2011 Best of Legal Times

The International Legal Studies LL.M. and Clinical Programs at American University Washington College of Law were declared the frontrunners in the Best LL.M. Program and Best Clinical Program categories in the National Law Journal's 2011 Best of Legal Times. The law school was also named a finalist in the Best J.D. Program and Best Joint J.D. MBA Program categories. According to the Legal Times, the survey was voted upon by nearly 3,000 of their readers from the legal community. MORE

Dean Grossman to Receive 2012 Deborah L. Rhode Award

The AALS Section on Pro Bono and Public Service Opportunities has selected Dean Claudio Grossman as the recipient of the 2012 Deborah L. Rhode Award. He was chosen from an impressive group of faculty and administrators who work on behalf of pro bono and public interest programs throughout the country. The award will be presented following the AALS Pro Bono and Public Service Opportunities Section Program, "Teaching and Learning in Pro Bono and Service Learning Programs," at the AALS Annual Meeting Friday, Jan. 6, 2012. MORE

In addition, Dean Grossman, in his capacity as chair of the United Nations Committee against Torture, addressed "How to Improve Coordination Between the Inter-American and Universal Systems of Human Rights in the Fight Against Torture" at the Organization of American States late last month. The talk was part of a regional consultation between the United Nations and the Inter-American human rights mechanisms on the prevention of torture and protection of persons subjected to detention or imprisonment.

AUWCL, PAHO Celebrate Launch of Report on the Right to Health of Young People

As part of their ongoing collaboration to advance health and reduce health inequalities for some of the world’s most vulnerable people, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and American University Washington College of Law recently celebrated the release of PAHO’s new report on “The right to health of young people and gender identities: trends and targets for public health action.” MORE

Program on International and Comparative Environmental Law Attends Durban Climate Project

Environmental law students Braunson Virjee, Ashley Gardana, Emmett Pepper, and Zugeilly Coss, and Program Coordinator Erika Lennon participated in the 17th Conference of the Parties of the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change in Durban, South Africa.  While in Durban, the group worked with other environmental organizations, and Coss served as a member of the Dominican Republic delegation.  MORE 

Dates Announced for Inaugural Conference on Global Health, Gender, and Human Rights

The Program on Law and Government at American University Washington College of Law is pleased to announce that the Inaugural Conference on Global Health, Gender, and Human Rights will be held at the law school March 21-22, 2012. The event will bring together international experts in health, gender, and human rights, and will feature opening plenary remarks by Dr. Anand Grover, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right to Health. A full agenda will be available shortly. MORE

Law School Co-Sponsors "Reed v. Reed at 40" Event Featuring Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

American University Washington College of Law's Women and the Law Program recently co-sponsored "Reed v. Reed at 40: Equal Protection and Women's Rights," with remarks by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. A panel moderated by NPRs Nina Totenberg discussed the past and future of women's legal rights under the Equal Protection Clause. VIEW the webcast.

Professor Ann Shalleck, director of the Women and the Law Program, is pictured on the left with Justice Ginsburg.

13th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Commemoration to be Held Jan. 19

The law school will hold the 13th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Commemoration on Thursday, Jan. 19, 2012 at 4:00 pm. The event will feature keynote speaker, Rev. Josiah Young of Wesley Theological Seminary. Rev. Young is the father of Josiah M. Young of the law schools class of 2010. The keynote speech will be followed by a collaborative reading by members of the American University Washington College of Law community. MORE

Second International Humanitarian Law Student Writing Competition

American University Washington College of Law's Center for Human Rights & Humanitarian Law and the American Society of International Law's Lieber Society (ASIL) are seeking paper submissions for the Second International Humanitarian Law (IHL) Student Writing Competition. The competition aims to enhance scholarship among students in international humanitarian law while deepening their understanding of the field. MORE

SJD Program Hosts Inaugural D.C.-area Paper Roundtable

On Wednesday, the Doctor of Juridical Science (SJD) program at American University Washington College of Law held the first D.C.-area SJD Paper Roundtable. The event provided over 20 current SJD candidates with the opportunity to informally present excerpts from their works-in-progress with colleagues from area law schools. "We're confident that this is the first of many such events, providing an opportunity for SJD candidates to come together across universities to share common research interests and experiences and form an engaged community of scholars," said Mary Clark, professor and director of the SJD program. The roundtable was held in conjunction with SJD programs at Georgetown University Law Center, George Washington University School of Law, and the University of Virginia School of Law.

Andrew J. Sherman '86 - Leveraging Knowledge to Unlock Value and Potential

Over the years, American University Washington College of Law alumnus Andrew J. Sherman '86 has served as a legal and strategic advisor to dozens of Fortune 500 companies and hundreds of emerging growth companies through his work as a partner at Jones Day. Mr. Sherman is also an author and professor. Whether he's practicing law, speaking to students, or writing his latest book, Sherman sees himself as an educator. He frequently returns to American University Washington College of Law, and has been a regular lecturer over the past ten years. Sherman credits his own American University Washington College of Law professors with inspiring him to be a good educator.

Read MORE about Sherman and browse other exceptional alumni stories.