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

AUWCL Breaks Ground for New Home on Historic Tenley Campus

The American University Washington College of Law community gathered June 12 to break ground on a new home at the historic Tenley Campus. The ceremony on the site of the new campus was hosted by American University President Neil Kerwin and Washington College of Law Dean Claudio Grossman and attended by more than 200 students, alumni, faculty, staff, and friends of the law school. MORE

AUWCL Furthers Reach through Specialized Online Programs

AUWCL is proud to announce the addition of online learning capabilities, starting with programs in Advanced Legal Research Studies and International Commercial Arbitration. “American University Washington College of Law has prided itself on providing excellent educational opportunities to attorneys and students around the world for decades, especially through our renowned international programs,” said Dean Claudio Grossman. “Adding an online component will only serve to enhance these offerings, and expand the law school’s global connections.” MORE

AUWCL Launches New Criminal Justice Practice and Policy Institute

The law school announces the launch of The Criminal Justice Practice and Policy Institute, to improve the education of future criminal lawyers while working to change the justice system through law reform. “The work of the institute is aimed at law reform, whether changing the law on the books or altering the policies and behaviors that impact the criminal justice system,” said Andrew Taslitz, professor of law and Criminal Justice Institute director. MORE

Professor Robert Dinerstein Recognized by ABA Commission on Disability Rights

Robert Dinerstein, professor and associate dean of experiential education, will be honored with the Paul G. Hearne Award for Disability Rights by the ABA Commission on Disability Rights. He will be recognized at the Commission's annual meeting on Aug. 12. Learn MORE about the award.

Dean Grossman Participates in Vienna+20 International Human Rights Conference

Dean Claudio Grossman, in his role as chair of the UN Committee against Torture and chair of the UN Treaty Bodies in Human Rights, participated in the "Vienna+20: Advancing the Protection of Human Rights" international expert conference. The conference was held in Vienna Hofburg, Austria, on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the World Conference on Human Rights and is organized by the Austrian Federal Ministry for European and International Affairs in cooperation with the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. Experts participants represented International Courts, Academia, the UN, and other human rights institutions.

VIDEO: Clinical Programs at AUWCL

AUWCL's renowned Clinical Programs cultivate and instill creative, client-centered lawyering skills and an ethic of service among its students. Through the law school's 10 in-house clinics, students are prepared to practice by providing high-quality representation to real clients. Learn more about the clinics from students and faculty in this VIDEO.

Law and Government Launches Voting Rights Law Institute

As part of the Summer Institute on Law and Government, AUWCL and The Campaign Legal Center launched a new Voting Rights Law Institute to help train the next generation of voting rights litigators. The four-night Institute June 24-27 featured instruction from Gerry Hebert, the Campaign Legal Center's executive director and director of litigation, and seasoned voting rights litigators, appellate advocates, and scholars in the field. MORE

Program on International Organizations, Law and Diplomacy Boasts Specialized Curricular Offerings and High-Profile Guest Lecturers

The Program on International Organizations, Law and Diplomacy (PIOLD) at AUWCL has welcomed its third class of students to its unique summer program, with courses in Washington, D.C. and Geneva. Since the Program’s launch in 2011 PIOLD has tripled participation in the Geneva program as well as held eight Distinguished Speaker Series events at AUWCL. MORE

The Honorable Richard Thornburgh Speaks at AUWCL

The Honorable Richard Thornburgh, former U.S. attorney general and governor of Pennsylvania, delivered a presentation at AUWCL on June 2. Thornburgh, a sought-after consultant on efforts to battle fraud and corruption, discussed "The Global Effort to Contain Official Corruption." The event was sponsored by the U.S. and International Anti-Corruption Law Summer Program. MORE

AUWCL and RFK Center Accepting Applications for Annual Human Rights Training

AUWCL and the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights are accepting applications for their annual Training Program on International Human Rights Protection Mechanisms in Florence, Italy. The Program, to be held Sept. 9-14, brings together activists and practitioners to strengthen their capacity to access and utilize human rights procedures, standards, and mechanisms. MORE

Rep. Edwards Given 2013 Award for Excellence in Public Service

The Program on Law and Government recently presented U.S. Representative Donna Edwards with the 2013 Award for Excellence In Public Service. Edwards served as keynote speaker at the Program’s Spring Banquet recognizing graduates. The award is chosen each year by the LL.M. in Law & Government Board. MORE