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

Update on Planned Move to Tenley Campus

The plans for American University Washington College of Law's new campus at Tenley remain on schedule. American University recently filed documents about the new law campus with the Historic Preservation Review Board. Information about this and all of AU's upcoming campus improvements can be found HERE.

Dean Grossman Participates in the Human Rights Council

Dean Claudio Grossman participated in the 21st session of the Human Rights Council Sept. 13 in Geneva, alongside panelists Szabolcs Takacs, deputy state secretary for Global Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Hungary, and Michel Forst, chair of the Coordination Committee of Special Procedures, among others. Participants discussed intimidation or reprisal against those who cooperate with the UN in the field of human rights. Read a summary of his statements and those of the other panelists.

Harold Koh, Legal Adviser to the U.S. Department of State, Delivers Important Keynote Address at AUWCL

Earlier this month, American University Washington College of Law welcomed Harold Koh, legal adviser to the U.S. Department of State and renowned expert in international law for an important keynote address, "International Criminal Justice 5.0." "Harold Koh is one of the most important international legal personalities of our time," said Claudio Grossman, dean of American University Washington College of Law, who gave opening remarks at the event. "It was a very significant and exciting opportunity for everyone in the law school community to benefit from his insights and experience." MORE

CLE Programs Now Available Online

The Office of Special Events and Continuing Legal Education is proud to offer practitioners CLE web casts in diverse practice areas either live or on-demand at West LegalEdcenter®, the nation's largest single source of online accredited CLE programs. On-demand AUWCL webcasts currently available feature topics ranging from an analysis of the Supreme Court’s recent decision on the Affordable Care Act to a look at how new corporate structures of L3Cs, B-Corps, and flexible corporations support new businesses and jobs. Practitioners can also access live webcasts on issues such as international trade and administrative law as a vehicle for political reform in China.  An expanded list of live and on-demand programs will be available later this fall and into 2013. Learn MORE about online CLE opportunities, and exclusive discounts for AUWCL alumni.

Faculty Scholarship Highlight: Professor Benjamin Leff - "Why Non-Profits Should Remain Non-Profits"

Associate Professor of Law Benjamin Leff’s scholarship addresses the intersection between federal tax laws and the laws governing charitable organizations. At the heart of that intersection is the “non-distribution constraint,” or the idea that charitable groups should be prohibited from distributing their profits among private persons. In recent years, a number of scholars have argued that the non-distribution constraint unnecessarily impedes charitable work by creating disincentives for a new breed of “social enterprises” that seek to raise funds from both for-profit investors and charitable donors. Professor Leff’s recent scholarship responds to these critiques, suggesting that the latest debates have ignored the government’s independent interest in facilitating the provision of charitable goods. Tune into this month’s faculty scholarship highlight, a conversation with Professor Leff. VIDEO

The Center for Human Rights & RFK Center for Justice and Human Rights Launch New Teaching Fellows Program

The Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law (Center) at American University Washington College of Law and the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights (RFKC) have launched a new transformative initiative for student-to-student peer education in the field of human rights, the Speak Truth To Power (STTP) Human Rights Teaching Fellows Program. The first-of-its-kind program brings together law students, high school teachers, and high school students to promote human rights education and activism. MORE

First Legal Spanish Program for Fall Starts Saturday

The first of two Legal Spanish Programs offered this fall starts on Saturday, Sept. 29. The programs help lawyers and law students with intermediate to high-level Spanish proficiency enhance their legal Spanish communication skills and prepare for real-world situations like client meetings and contract review in Spanish. “The Legal Spanish Program not only improved my legal Spanish vocabulary, but also taught me about how professional tones and interactions differ in Latin America and Spain,” said Katrin Schulz, a 3L and participant in the program’s spring session. 2Ls-3Ls, LL.M., and SJD students can register online HERE.

Seminar on ACA Ruling Features SCOTUSblog's Tom Goldstein '95

The Student Health Law and Justice Society held a seminar Aug. 28 covering the U.S. Supreme Court's Affordable Care Act decision. The panel featured alumnus and SCOTUSblog co-founder and publisher Tom Goldstein '95, and faculty experts Benjamin Leff, Stephen Vladeck, Stephen Wermiel, and Lindsay Wiley. View CSPAN's coverage of the event.

Embassy Reception Recognizes New ILSP Students, and Program's 30th Anniversary

Dean Claudio Grossman and the International Legal Studies Program (ILSP) will host the Annual Embassy Reception Oct. 11, 2012, in honor of the incoming International Legal Studies LL.M. students and the Program's 30th anniversary.With students from over 50 countries, the International Legal Studies Program is one of the top LL.M. programs in the country, and is currently the only program in the United States to offer a dual LL.M./MBA degree. Learn MORE about the International Legal Studies LL.M. Program.

"Hot Air" Podcast Covers the Election, Energy, and Climate Policy

The Program on International and Comparative Environmental Law kicked off their fall "Hot Air Show" podcasts this month with a discussion and debate on the state of U.S. energy and greenhouse gas politics heading into the 2012 elections. Panelists included Kevin Book (ClearView Energy Partners, LLC), Toby S. Short (Duke Energy), Tyson Slocum (Public Citizen's Energy Program), and Professor Bill Snape (AUWCL), with host Chris Berendt (Drinker Biddle and Reath, LLP, Environmental Markets Team). Listen to the podcast.