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News and Events @ American University Washington College of Law May 2015


Celebrating the Class of 2015

American University Washington College of Law held its 129th Commencement Ceremony on Sunday, May 17 in Bender Arena. This year, 466 students graduated with a Juris Doctor (JD), 145 with a Master of Laws (LL.M.), and six with a Doctor of Juridical Science (SJD). View the video and read about the day's events: MORE

Marshall-Brennan Constitutional Literacy Project Celebrates A Successful Year

Earlier this month, some talented teenagers gathered at Busboys and Poets on 14th Street for the Marshall-Brennan Constitutional Literacy Project’s end-of-year celebration. The event celebrated D.C. high school students who participated in the Marshall-Brennan program, their law student teachers, and D.C.-area partners who made the year a success. MORE

Students Compete in ICC Moot Court Competition in The Hague

Students Trevor Maxwell (2L), Chris Keeler (2L), and Asma Kadri (2L) competed against teams from around the world May 17-22 during the international phase of the ICC Moot Court Competition in The Hague. The competition simulated the proceedings of the International Criminal Court (ICC). MORE


AUWCL Delegation Visits Law Schools in Asia

Over the next two weeks, an AUWCL delegation will travel throughout Asia to participate in academic and development visits with law schools in Korea, Japan and India. The delegation will work to expand relationships with law schools in Asia through faculty and student exchanges and other programmatic initiatives. MORE

Professor Victoria Phillips Named to FCC Consumer Advisory Committee

Prof. Phillips was appointed to the Federal Communications Commission's Consumer Advisory Committee. The Committee makes recommendations to the Commission regarding consumer issues within the jurisdiction of the Commission and facilitates the participation of all consumers in proceedings before the Commission. MORE

Students and Alumni Among Top Finalists for Presidential Management Fellows Program

AUWCL is excited to announce that ten of our students and recent graduates are finalists for the Presidential Management Fellows Program. Sponsored by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, this national competition is held annually to provide a government fellowship to recent alumni focused on pursuing a career in government service. MORE

Dean Grossman Receives Honary Doctor of Laws Degree

Dean Claudio Grossman was conferred an honorary Doctor of Laws degree on May 19 from Fairleigh Dickinson University at their spring commencement ceremony taking place at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. At the commencement, Dean Grossman was presented with a formal citation and diploma and gave remarks to graduates of the university, family, and friends. MORE

Alumnus Milton Cerny '59 Honor by ABA

Milton Cerny '59 received the Vanguard Award from the Non-Profit Organizations Committee of the American Bar Association (Business Law Section). The Committee bestows the Vanguard Award on a leading legal practitioner for his or her lifetime commitment to the nonprofit field. Cerny, a retired partner, spent his 55-year legal career tirelessly working with tax-exempt organizations, including the National Office of the IRS, and later practiced non-profit law at Caplin & Drysdale and McGuireWoods. Mr. Cerny has published several articles and has been a frequent lecturer, including serving as an adjunct professor at the Washington College of Law.

20th Annual Inter-American Moot Court Competition

The Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law hosted the 20th Annual Inter-American Moot Court Competition May 17-22, co-sponsored by the Inter-American Court on Human Rights. The competition welcomed 96 teams from 27 countries and territories worldwide, involving more than 300 students as well as over 250 judges and human rights professionals. MORE and view awardees.

Alumna and 3L PIPS Scholar Collaborate in Homeless Persons Representation Project

Executive Director of the Homeless Persons Representation Project (HPRP) and alumna, Antonia Fasanelli, joined with Robert Goodis, a 3L PIPS Scholar, to assist homeless individuals with the expungement process. Through Fasanelli's guidance, Goodis was recently recognized by HPRP for his accomplishments with the organization. MORE

AUWCL Expands International JD Dual Degree Program to Italy

The law school recently approved a new addition to its International JD Dual Degree Programs. In addition to Australia, Canada, France, and Spain, AUWCL students can now earn a law degree in Italy (Laurea Magistrale in Giurisprudenza) through its partnership with Libera Università Internazionale degli Studi Sociali Guido Carli (LUISS), a private university located in Rome. MORE

Register Now for Specialized Summer Law Programs in D.C.

There is still time to register for the law school's specialized summer programs running through July. Join hundreds of practitioners and students from around the country and the globe to benefit from expert instruction and networking opportunities with some of the most influential leaders in law. Programs in areas such as anti-corruption, hospitality and tourism law, litigation skills, and the newly created international communications law program with ITSO, qualify for CLE and academic credit. MORE