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

Dean Grossman Welcomes New and Returning Students

This week Dean Claudio Grossman welcomed new and returning JD, LL.M., and SJD students to the law school for the 2013-14 academic year. “Our community looks forward to providing you with exceptional teaching, scholarship, and service,” said Grossman in his welcome message. “Your law school experience will be further enriched by many exciting initiatives and developments.” Read the full message.

Historic “Stop and Frisk” Case Tried by Alumna

After more than a decade of use, the controversial “stop and frisk” tactics used by New York City Police Department officers have been struck down by a federal ruling. The high-profile case was tried by a group of attorneys, including alumna Sunita Patel ’05, staff attorney for the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR), a non-profit legal and educational organization committed to the “creative use of law as a positive force for social change.” MORE

New Faculty for the 2013-14 Academic Year

AUWCL welcomes Llezlie Green Coleman, Jennifer Daskal, and Mark Niles to the full-time faculty this fall. Also joining the AUWCL community are several professors, visitors, and practitioners-in-residence. MORE

Dean Grossman Named Chilean Academic of the Year

Dean Claudio Grossman will receive the North American-Chilean Chamber of Commerce Chilean Academic of the Year award at the group’s annual dinner, to be held Sept. 18 at the New York Athletic Club. Additionally, Susan L. Segal will be recognized as Honorary Chilean of the Year, and George Gellert as Distinguished Corporate Leader of the Year. The Chamber, based in New York City, is an association of American and Chilean businesses and professionals interested in Chile. MORE

Students, Faculty, and Staff Volunteer for "In My Back Yard" Day of Service

Incoming students, faculty, and staff participated in the annual In My Back Yard (IMBY) Public Service Day on Aug. 20, volunteering at a number of city and non-profit organizations in local Washington, D.C. neighborhoods. MORE

Myers Society Dinner to be Held at U.S. Institute of Peace

The 29th Annual John Sherman Myers Society Dinner will be held Sept. 20 at the United States Institute of Peace. The Myers Society is a select group of committed alumni, faculty, and friends of AUWCL, and was established 29 years ago to honor former dean John Myers and his wife, Alvina Rickman Myers. The Myers Society provides critical funding for facilities, scholarships, technological developments, academic initiatives, and students services. MORE

AUWCL Welcomes 2013-14 Humphrey Fellows

Eleven legal scholars and professionals from around the world arrived in Washington, D.C. in August to participate in the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program coordinated by the International Legal Studies Program at AUWCL. MORE


IP Program Receives $250,000 Gift from Google, Inc.

AUWCL is proud to announce a new gift of $250,000 from Google, Inc. to underwrite the continuation and expansion of the International Intellectual Property Public Interest Research Project of AUWCL’s Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property (PIJIP). MORE

Students Share Their Summer Experiences Living, Learning, and Working in the U.S. and Abroad

AUWCL students participated in an array of activities this summer, from coursework, to internships abroad, to advocacy work in the U.S. Their real-world, hands-on experiences proved invaluable—read their stories.

Lawyer Re-Entry Program Information Session, Sept. 12

Registration is now open for AUWCL's Lawyer Re-Entry Program. AUWCL is dedicated to helping lawyers restart and refocus their legal careers. This six-day program is filled with interactive and practical sessions focused on legal research, writing, and technology; job search strategies; self-assessment and networking; and includes post-program one-on-one coaching. Join us Thursday, Sept. 12th from noon-2 p.m. for an information session. MORE

Faculty Scholarship Highlight: Professor David Snyder

For David Snyder, professor of law and director of the Business Law Program at AUWCL, the limits of the U.N. Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods (CISG) provide fertile ground for exploring the differing domestic legal regimes that apply to many—if not most—contracts for cross-border exchanges of goods. To that end, Snyder’s forthcoming Oxford University Press coursebook, co-authored with Tulane law professor Martin Davies, offers a first-of-its-kind assessment of “International Transactions in Goods: Global Sales in Comparative Context.” Watch this month's faculty scholarship highlight, a conversation with Professor Snyder. MORE

Litigation Skills Summer Institute Works with Students and Practitioners to Sharpen Courtroom Skills

Composed of short lectures and demonstrations, the Litigation Skills Summer Institute featured a host of faculty experts who lead courses on fact witness depositions, expert witness depositions, digital presentation of evidence, and civil trial advocacy. MORE