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News and Events @ American University Washington College of Law November 2011

Dear Alumni,

We continually update our website and social networking pages to provide you with timely, current, and accessible information!

New on the Alumni website, is our Alumni News page with Class Notes where you can discover the most recent news about your fellow alumni. Please send us any of your own Class Notes. Also, view the five recently added alumni profiles--definitely worth visiting! 

Be sure to 'Like' our official Facebook page and join us on LinkedIn. Once you have joined InCircle, our own exclusive alumni online community and directory, it can be navigated via Facebook.

Finally, the WCL-Alumni-Support Listserve allows you to connect directly with fellow alumni or student group leaders searching for alumni speakers and mentors. To post a message, email Alumni have the ability to respond to a listserve posting or request directly.

All of these sites allow you to network, post messages, find old friends, or reach out for assistance from alumni in other states or in other areas of law.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Shelly Horn

Director of Alumni Relations

Tenley Historic Preservation Review Board Approves Plans for Future Home of American University Washington College of Law

In late October, the Tenleytown Historic Preservation Review Board endorsed American University's proposal to transform the current Tenley Circle campus into the future home of American University Washington College of Law. The plan to both restore and reuse existing buildings while building new classroom and library space was supported by a unanimous vote.  Read MORE about the university's proposed plan for development.

American University Washington College of Law Hosts Opening Reception for AALS Annual Meeting

On Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2012 from 6:30 - 9 p.m., American University Washington College of Law will host the opening reception for the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) Annual Meeting. The reception will be open to all meeting registrants. The evening will be dedicated to Celebrating Diversity in Legal Education, and will include food, music, entertainment, and a nighttime tour of the new Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial. Read MORE about the annual meeting.

Student Volunteers Extend a Helping Hand to Maryland Homeowners Facing Foreclosure

The Take Back Your Home (TBYH) Project, coordinated by students at American University Washington College of Law, is a group of volunteers dedicated to educating Maryland residents about their options and legal rights when facing foreclosure. According to recent statistics released in September, one in 805 homes in Prince George's County faced foreclosure actions last year, compared to one in 10,967 homes in neighboring D.C.

"There is a huge need in this area for the kind of outreach we do," explained Ashly Hinmon, 3L Public Interest Public Service (PIPS) Scholar and co-leader of the TBYH Project. MORE.

Contact the group for more information about becoming a TBYH volunteer.

Ten Students Participate in the Law School's United Nations Committee Against Torture Project for Third Consecutive Year

Since 2004, the United Nations Committee against Torture (UN CAT) Project has given American University Washington College of Law students the opportunity to experience firsthand the UN CAT proceedings in Geneva, Switzerland. With the generous support of the Kovler Foundation, the number of students participating in the UN CAT Project was expanded from six to ten for the third consecutive year. MORE.

Seventh Annual Finnegan Distinguished Lecture Series, Nov. 30

The Seventh Annual Finnegan Distinguished Lecture on Intellectual Property will be held at the law school on Wednesday, Nov. 30. Speaker David J. Kappos, undersecretary of Commerce & director for the United States Patent and Trademark Office, will present The America Invents Act: A Patent Law Game Changer in a 21st Century Global Economy. The event is hosted by the law school's Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property. MORE

Legal English Program to Offer New 4-day Class in January

The Legal English Program at American University Washington College of Law will offer a new 4-day legal English class Jan. 3-6, 2012. Designed for foreign practitioners, law students, and incoming LL.M. students, the class will introduce students to legal English concepts and equip participants with legal reading, writing, and oral presentation skills through hands-on activities like in-class exercises and mock negotiations. Applications for the program are due Dec. 15, but those who apply by Dec. 1 can save 25% on the full tuition. MORE

Annual Embassy Reception Welcomes Ambassadors, Embassy Delegations, and Area Professionals

Dean Claudio Grossman and the ILSP LL.M. program held the Annual Embassy Reception Thursday, Oct. 27. The annual reception is an opportunity for ILSP LL.M. students to interact with ambassadors and staff from the local embassies, ILSP alumni, local law firms, faculty, and staff. Nearly 40 countries were represented at the evening's events.

Lawyer Re-Entry Program Honors 30 Participants

The fourth Lawyer Re-Entry Program drew to a close in late October with a certificate ceremony and reception honoring this year's program participants. Thirty attorneys from 23 alma maters, including American University Washington College of Law participated. The six week program for professionals looking to renew their legal careers combines instruction by law school faculty, interactive sessions, networking opportunities, and one-on-one professional coaching for participants. Some of this year's sessions included: Westlaw & Lexis training, a presentation by Sandra Grossman on "How to Start Your Own Law Practice," and featured speaker Ellen Ostrow on "Connecting your Way to Re-Entering Your Career." Read MORE about the program.

Dean's Diversity Council Hosts Annual Meeting and Dinner

On Monday, Oct. 24, the Dean's Diversity Council was recognized for ten years of service during its annual dinner. Council members are jurists and practitioners, alumni, and friends of the law school. Members work with students through the Office of Diversity Services as mentors, program participants, and counselors.

Trial Advocacy Mock Trial Teams Claim Several Semi-Final Finishes

The Stephen S. Weinstein Trial Advocacy Program's Mock Trial Honor Society claimed several semi-final finishes in late October.

First, at the National Civil Rights Trial Competition hosted by St. John's University School of Law, the team defeated DePaul University College of Law in the quarter-final and faced Emory Law School in the semi-final round. Trial team members were: Brenda Gonzalez (3L), Aimee Ghosh (3L), Yuki Hariguchi (2L), and Dan Sox (2L). The team was coached by Elizabeth Boals, associate director of the Stephen S. Weinstein Trial Advocacy Program; Bonnie Hoffman, deputy public defender for Loudon County; and Brittany Keil, assistant attorney general in Washington, D.C.

Matt Rabinowitz (3L), Natalie Pye (3L), Yeve Chitigia (2L) and Robert Genovese (3L) competed at the Quinnipiac University School of Law and American Bar Association Criminal Justice Section Annual Trial Advocacy Competition. Chitigia received the Best Closing Argument Award. The team was coached by Cristina Hillyer, attorney at the Bureau of Prisons, and Jeffrey Wennar, assistant states attorney in the Montgomery County, Maryland States Attorneys Office.

The law school also competed for the first time at the Inter-American University of Puerto Rico School of Law Trial Advocacy Competition. The trial team members were Brittany Gail Thomas (3L), Ellis Palividas (2L), Allison Heldreath (2L), and Ryan Norman (3L). Palividas received a perfect score for his opening statement, while Thomas received a perfect score for her closing argument. Thomas also received the Best Advocate Award. The team was coached by Elizabeth Lippy, assistant director of the Trial Advocacy Program, and Gregory Hillyer, partner at Feldman Gale.

OCPD Hosts Annual Career Day for 1Ls

On Nov. 5th, the Office of Career & Professional Development (OCPD) hosted its annual Career Day for 1Ls. Career Day is OCPDs first major program offered exclusively for 1Ls during the academic year designed to introduce and guide them through the various career opportunities in the legal profession. Over 140 students attended, and many in the law school community participated in the Alumni & Practitioner Luncheon portion of the program. Keynote speakers included Nabila Isa-Odidi '05, practitioner-in-residence in the Gluskho-Samuelson Intellectual Property Law Clinic, and Eric Huang '05, member of the Dean's Advisory Council and chair of the Myers GOLD (Graduates of the Last Decade) Society. Learn MORE about OCPD programs.