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

Dear Alumni,

The Office of Development and Alumni Relations has enjoyed the opportunity to travel over the last few weeks to Miami, Manhattan, and Chicago to visit with alumni and admitted students. Check out our photos and messages on Twitter and LinkedIn, or on our brand new Facebook page!

Join us in April for more Area Alumni and Newly Admitted Students Events:

For upcoming local alumni and student events, check out our events page and the Looking Ahead section of this newsletter. Our events offer alumni an opportunity to network with other alumni, as well as meet and mentor students. We hope that you'll take advantage of the bounty of activities! Feel free to email us with questions or to register.

Finally, the class audit schedule is now available to view, and is open for registration. Each class is only $100 (does not include summer programs in D.C. and abroad).

Thank you!

Shelly Horn, director of Alumni Relations


D.C. Zoning Commission Approves Relocation of Law School to Tenley Campus

Early this month the D.C. Zoning Commission unanimously approved American University’s 10-year campus plan. Among the approved projects is the relocation of American University Washington College of Law to the Tenley Campus, however decisions regarding further processing for the Tenley Campus will be heard by the Commission on Monday, March 26. Dean Claudio Grossman and the Office of Development and Alumni Relations recently welcomed a group of distinguished alumni to the site of the new Tenley Campus to preview the current architectural design for the new campus. Read MORE about the Campus Plan approval.

Top Hispanic Leaders Meet at Annual Hispanic Law Conference

This month, American University Washington College of Law hosted the 15th Annual Hispanic Law Conference. The event brought together Latinos and Latinas from the American University Washington College of Law community,Washington, D.C. area, and the Hispanic Bar Associations of D.C., Maryland, and Virginia to discuss the high-stakes election year. MORE

Administrative Law Review Signs Additional 10 Year Agreement with the American Bar Association

Dean Claudio Grossman hosted a formal signing ceremony Wednesday, Feb. 29, celebrating an unprecedented additional 10 year agreement with the American Bar Association (ABA), Section of Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice. The new contract between the law school and the ABA provides that American University Washington College of Law will continue to be the home of the Administrative Law Review (ALR), the most widely circulated student law review in the country and a joint effort between the ABA Section and American University Washington College of Law students. MORE

Dean Grossman Recognized with Honorary Degree

Dean Claudio Grossman received an honorary degree this month from the Universidad de San Martin de Porres in recognition of his contribution to global legal education. The ceremony took place March 15, and Grossman gave a presentation on challenges for legal education in the 21st century. While in Lima, Peru, Dean Grossman also hosted a dinner for International Legal Studies Program alumni at Restaurante Huaca Puccllana. MORE

American University Washington College of Law Organizes Colloquium with Université Paris Ouest-Nanterre la Défense

Last week the law school partnered with academics from Université Paris Ouest-Nanterre la Défense to present a series of discussions focused on the consequences of the European debt crisis. The law school community was invited to attend three sessions held on campus: Sovereign Debt Restructuring: Lessons from the Greek Case; Consequences of the Economic Crisis on Criminal Law; and Institutional Changes in the European Union after the Sovereign Debt Crisis;

Celebrating 30 Years of ILSP – Monique van Herksen ‘89

This year, the International Legal Studies Program (ILSP) is celebrating its 30th Anniversary. Each month the American University Washington College of Law e-newsletter will spotlight one of the program’s alumni. ILSP alumna Monique van Herksen ‘89, has spent over 20 years specializing in tax law. As Ernst & Young’s Global Head of Transfer Pricing Controversy and EMEIA (Europe, Middle East, India, and Africa) Head of Tax Controversy based in The Netherlands, van Herksen says she appreciates the creativity required to do her job. READ her story.

Attend Summer Law Programs in D.C.

Gain a competitive edge this summer at American University Washington College of Law. Each year our summer law programs in D.C. provide students and practitioners with expert instruction, intensive training, and networking opportunities with some of the most influential people in their respective fields of law. Summer programs qualify for academic credit and may be used towards an LL.M. degree or for CLE credit when you enroll in the certificate program. Choose courses in one or several of our diverse subject areas. Registration opens April 3 for current students. MORE

Fifth Annual Freedom of Information Day Program Breaks New Ground

More than 100 members of media and public interest groups, Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requesters, and officials from government offices gathered at American University Washington College of Law to celebrate Freedom of Information Day on March 16 with an unprecedented series of academic sessions on government transparency. For the first time, the law school’s program brought together principal congressional staff members for FOIA matters from the House, Senate, majority, and minority, to talk jointly about the prospects for such FOIA amendment legislation. C-SPAN provided live coverage of the event throughout the day. VIEW the video.

Global Health, Gender, and Human Rights Conference

The “Inaugural Conference on Global Health, Gender and Human Rights,” an event that expressed the importance of using international human rights instruments and standards to promote public health actions, took place March 21-22. The event was presented by the law school’s Program on Law and Government, Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO), and the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Guatemala. Students, staff, and faculty, and experts from PAHO collaborated to draft background papers in six topic areas: disabilities; women and adolescents health; gender identity; older persons; access to medicines; tobacco control. MORE

Secure Your Spot in Our Summer Law Programs Abroad

Spaces are filling up for our summer law programs abroad. Enjoy practical legal training in some of the globe’s most fascinating places. Students can study international business transactions in Turkey, constitutional and human rights issues in Israel, and more. Each summer program combines rich academic content with networking and cultural site visits to broaden participants’ international experience. MORE

Law School Hosts a Distinct LL.M. Arbitration Moot Competition

The International Legal Studies Program, the Center on International Commercial Arbitration, and the ILSP LL.M. Executive Board hosted the first International Commercial Arbitration Moot Competition, March 9-10. The competition was created specifically for LL.M. students, to foster the study of international arbitration for the resolution of international business and investment disputes. Teams from American University Washington College of Law placed 3rd and 6th in the general round reaching the quarter finals, with one team reaching the final round. Additionally, student Rishmil Patel received the Best Oralist Award, and students Moin Gani and Bojan Vacic received honorable mentions. MORE

Academy on Human Rights Launches Competitive Placement Internship Program

The Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law is pleased to announce its Competitive Placement Program for summer 2012, which allows students to gain skills in human rights law and compete for one of 14 internships worldwide. Students take classes through the Program of Advanced Studies in Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, and then apply their knowledge and skills to an 8-9 week internship with an organization devoted to international human rights. MORE