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News and Events @ American University Washington College of Law February 2014

VIDEO: Recent Graduates Launch Careers in Area Firms, Government, and More

Click the video above to hear from five recent AUWCL graduates employed in areas from immigration to food and drug law. Check out their individual stories—and others—here.

AUWCL Mourns the Loss of Professor Andrew Taslitz

The law school is mourning the loss of esteemed colleague, Professor Andrew Taslitz (Taz), who passed away in February after a short but valiant battle with cancer. "It is difficult to grasp the enormity of this loss - to our law school community, to our profession, and to society at large," said Dean Claudio Grossman. A memorial service will be held at AUWCL on March 17, 4-6 p.m. in room 603. MORE

Women and the Law Leadership Award Luncheon and Ceremony

Dean Claudio Grossman and the Women and the Law Leadership Award Committee will host the Women and the Law Leadership Award Luncheon and Award Ceremony on March 21 from noon - 2 p.m. at The Cosmos Club in Washington, D.C. The award honoree will be announced the week of March 3. MORE

Dean Claudio Grossman Named President of the Inter-American Institute of Human Rights

Claudio Grossman, dean of American University Washington College of Law, has been selected as president of the Inter-American Institute of Human Rights. This is the second time that a dean of AUWCL has been named president of the Institute, the first was Dean Thomas Buergenthal from 1980-90. MORE

Student Leaders Organizing Day of Service

Student groups are organizing a day of service on March 29. They are currently seeking participants—students, alumni, faculty, staff, and families—for two-to-three hour shifts doing legal and non-legal volunteer work with various organizations in the greater D.C.-area. Interested participants can sign up here. Participants will receive more information, including potential site options, two weeks before the event. For more information, email

Law School Launches New Program on International Information Communications Technology (ICT) Policy and Regulation

The law school is pleased to announce a new program on International ICT (Information Communications Technology) Policy and ICT Regulation, made possible through a partnership with the International Telecommunications Satellite Organization (ITSO). MORE

Students Recognized at Named Scholarships and Awards Dinner

The 2013-14 Named Scholarships and Awards Dinner was held this month at AUWCL. More than 190 students, alumni, families, faculty, and staff celebrated the scholarships and awards that are so generously supported by donors. Dean Claudio Grossman presented 106 students with certificates to commemorate their awards. (Pictured: Spencer Deese, Pamela Deese ’83, Professor Cynthia Jones, Destiny Fullwood ’14, and Michael Deese. Fullwood is the recipient of the inaugural Professor Cynthia E. Jones Scholarship established by Pamela and Michael Deese).

Three Alumni Form NGO to Foster Justice Solutions in Nigeria

Three recent graduates who connected through the law school’s Human Rights Brief are using their skills and passions to launch a new NGO in Nigeria. Megan Chapman ‘11, Anna Maitland ‘12, and Andrew Maki ’12 have joined forces to develop Justice & Empowerment Initiatives (JEI) - Nigeria, an organization that aims to build innovative and lasting justice solutions alongside poor and marginalized communities in Nigeria. MORE

Summer Abroad Experience Expands Student's Legal Interests; Applications Being Accepted for Summer 2014

Jeanette Bayoumi participated in the Summer Abroad Program in Turkey after her 1L year, learning on-site from some of the best Turkish and European law professors and experts. She also interned at a law firm in Istanbul and developed an interest in competition law. Read her story. Applications are now being accepted for the law school's specialized summer programs abroad. MORE

Trial Team Advances to the 2014 National Trial Competition

The Stephen S. Weinstein Trial Advocacy Program recently co-hosted the 2014 National Trial Competition Regional Tournament with the University of Maryland and Catholic University. This mock trial tournament is widely recognized as one of the two top U.S. law school mock trial competitions. AUWCL team of third year students Kyle O’Grady and Corey Peterson won their final round and will represent AUWCL in the National Competition in March in Austin, Texas. MORE

Work of IP Clinic Students Cited by The Washington Post

The work of four Glushko-Samuelson Intellectual Property Law Clinic students Natasha Dhillon, Justin Hemmings, Maggie Scales, and William Stanley was cited in a Washington Post column on polling data and the Washington football team's name change debate. Read the students' work.

Student Recognized by American Association of People with Disabilities

Third-year student Talila Lewis has been given the prestigious 2014 Paul G. Hearne Leadership Award by the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD). Lewis is the founder and president of Helping Educate to Advance the Rights of the Deaf ("HEARD"), an all-volunteer nonprofit organization that promotes equal access to the legal system for individuals who are deaf and hard of hearing. MORE

Clinic Client Shares his Story at Congressional Briefing

A client of the law school's Immigrant Justice Clinic provided testimony at a Congressional briefing on U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer's proposed legislation concerning U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) holding facilities. Read MORE in a Huffington Post article written by the Immigrant Justice Clinic's Practitioner-in-Residence Anita Sinha.

Faculty Scholarship Highlight: Professor Stephen Wermiel

March 9, 2014, marks the 50th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in New York Times v. Sullivan, perhaps the most significant First Amendment ruling in the Court’s history. Although Sullivan remains a good law today, Professor Stephen Wermiel documents in a new book, The Progeny: Justice William J. Brennan’s Fight to Preserve the Legacy of New York Times v. Sullivan, that its survival to—and through—the present was hardly a foregone conclusion. MORE

First Annual Sports Law Symposium Welcomes President of the NFL Players Association

The law school’s First Annual Sports Law Symposium was held on Feb. 10 by the Sports and Entertainment Law Society to foster a dialogue about relevant issues in the Sports Law community, including the Washington football team’s name change debate. The event kicked off with remarks by DeMaurice Smith, president of the National Football League (“NFL”) Players Association. Read MORE on the AUWCL Founders’ Blog.

Students Advance to Quarterfinals of Environmental Law Moot Court Competition, Win Best Brief

Three students competed in the Pace National Environmental Law Moot Court Competition held at Pace Law School in New York. The AUWCL team of Susan Johnson '14, Mitchell Lowenthal '15, and Rose Monahan '15 advanced to the quarterfinals in a competition with 78 teams from law schools across the country. Additionally, the team won Best Brief - Respondent. The team was coached by Professor Amanda Leiter. MORE