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

Dear Alumni,

Thank you for your ongoing support of American University Washington College of Law. Your involvement means so much and makes a difference in the lives of our students as well as your fellow alumni.

In the spirit of the season, involvement can be defined both as giving and receiving assistance. This year alone we had more than 2,000 alumni attend networking events in 12 states. Many more took advantage of our career services events, listserv, online support, and webcasts. Still others continued to audit classes at the law school, spent time in the Pence Law Library, or received one-on-one assistance for lost diplomas, transcripts, and much more. Alumni were also generous with their time and experience, supporting more than 30 student groups as speakers, panelists, judges, and mentors.

We are proud of our alumni for their professional achievements, and applaud your energy, community spirit, and devotion to the law school. You make the difference. You set the example. And we appreciate it.

We also appreciate the donations that you have made and will make 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 2012 gift.

Season's Greetings and Happy New Year! View our e-card!

Shelly Horn, Director of Alumni Relations

December 2012 Graduates Honored at Reception

Dean Claudio Grossman hosted a reception at the law school honoring the Dec. 2012 JD and LL.M. graduates. The event was sponsored by the Dean's Office, the Office of Development and Alumni Relations, International Legal Studies Program, and Program on Law & Government. Nearly 30 graduates and their guests attended. (Pictured left: A few of the December graduates with Jamin Raskin, director of the Program on Law & Government.)

Founders' Celebration 2013 Kicks Off in January

The 2013 American University Washington College of Law Founders' Celebration will kick off in January. The annual celebration features events, seminars, panel discussions, expert forums, and Continuing Legal Education (CLE) programs covering diverse topics such as government transparency, juvenile justice, copyright and trademark, issues in the law of armed conflict, and more. Select CLE Programs will also available online through West LegalEdCenter. MORE

New Hands-on Learning Opportunities Prepare Students to Enter Legal Profession

New hands-on seminars this fall in legislative lawyering, immigrant women advocacy, and course on in-house counsel lawyering offered American University Washington College of Law students practical skills for launching legal careers in a competitive job market. MORE

AUWCL Community Remembers Justice Arthur Chaskalson

A great friend and colleague to many at the law school, Arthur Chaskalson, who was South Africa's premier jurist in constitutional and human rights law and a visiting professor at the law school in 2010, passed away early this month in Johannesburg, South Africa. "Arthur Chaskalson was a towering figure in the fight against apartheid and a role model for all of us," said Dean Claudio Grossman. MORE

Expanding Wellness Program Focuses on Student Needs

American University Washington College of Law students have a helping hand in managing stress and achieving balance thanks to new initiatives by the Office of Student Affairs and the Student Bar Association. This fall marked the first time a full semester of health and wellness programming was scheduled at the law school. From food prep presentations, to movie nights, to fitness sessions, students had the opportunity to participate in nearly 20 events held on-site at the law school. MORE

Ceremony Recognizes Partnership with Chilean Diplomatic Academy

The law school held a signing ceremony in recognition of a new agreement with the Andrés Bello Chilean Diplomatic Academy. The agreement, signed with Ambassador Pable Cabrera, director of the Academy, marked the beginning of future collaborative projects; specifically the Academy will send students to the law school's Summer Program on International Organizations, Law & Diplomacy. Ambassador of Chile to the U.S., Felipe Bulnes, attended the signing.

Clinic Releases Report on Money Transfers to Mexico

The Immigrant Justice Clinic announces the release of "Money Transfers to Mexico," a manual examining the transfer of funds from U.S. advocates to clients in Mexico. Read the report.

Dean Grossman Hosts Alumni Dinner in The Hague

Dean Claudio Grossman hosted alumni in The Hague for dinner on Dec. 6 at Ciao! Ciao! Italian Restaurant. In addition, More than 150 young alumni also met this month in Washington, D.C. for a sold-out holiday reception at Acadiana, while alumni who graduated prior to 2002 met at J.P. Clarke's.

AALS Alumni, Faculty, and Friends Reception in New Orleans

Dean Claudio Grossman and the Office of Development and Alumni Relations welcome alumni, faculty, and friends for a reception Jan. 4 in New Orleans during the 2013 Association of American Law Schools Annual Meeting. The event will be held in the Westin New Orleans Canal Place Azalea II room. For questions or to RSVP, please email

Law and Government LL.M. Students Broaden Horizons with Community Development Initiatives

This year’s Law & Government LL.M. Executive Board joins a long line of past boards dedicated to promoting communication between the law school and students while creating programming for the law school community. Read MORE about the 2012-13 board.

View Faculty Scholarship Highlights From the Semester

In case you missed them, check out the fall semester's Faculty Scholarship Highlights page to hear American University Washington College of Law faculty discuss their recent scholarship, covering topics such as soft whistleblowing and the Federal Circuit. Be sure to check the page in 2013 for new highlights. In addition, follow the official feed for faculty activities on Twitter - @AUWCL_Faculty.

MLK Jr. Birthday Commemoration to be Held Jan. 16

The 14th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Commemoration program and reception will be held Jan. 16 at 4 p.m. in the law school student lounges. Professor Cynthia Jones will deliver the keynote address, followed by the annual community reading of Dr. King’s writings introduced by Matthew Pascocello, director of career development and alumni counseling. MORE