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News and Events @ American University Washington College of Law March 2015

Maryanne Lavan ’84 Named Recipient of 2015 Women and the Law Leadership Award

Maryanne Lavan ’84, senior vice president, general counsel, and corporate secretary for Lockheed Martin, was named recipient of the 2015 Women and the Law Leadership Award from AUWCL. The award recognizes the extraordinary accomplishments of alumnae who have made significant contributions to the field of law and through service to the law school. MORE

18th Annual Hispanic Law Conference, April 2

AUWCL will host the 18th Annual Hispanic Law Conference April 2. This year's conference titled, "Nuestra Voz: Addressing Key Issues for the Hispanic Community," will focus on issues of concern to the Hispanic community, including immigration reform and access to justice. The keynote address will be given by Don Francisco, longtime host of "Sabado Gigante." MORE

Students Visit Tenley Campus Construction Site

Student representatives visited the Tenley Campus construction site this month with Dean Claudio Grossman. Following a visit on March 4, student leaders and administration met at Guapos Restaurant in Tenleytown for a reception and conversation about opportunities for the AUWCL community in 2015 and beyond. The law school is moving to Tenley Campus in December 2015, and will open at the new location in January 2016. MORE

New Human Rights LL.M. Taught in Spanish

AUWCL is pleased to announce a new LL.M. program in International Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, taught entirely in Spanish. The new program, LL.M. en Derechos Humanos y Derecho Humanitario, is specifically designed for practitioners and other human rights professionals who wish to pursue advanced studies in human rights alongside their existing work responsibilities. Read more about the program here, or in this article by National Jurist.

Students Volunteer in Fresno for Alternative Spring Break

Six AUWCL students spent their spring break performing pro bono legal services through California Rural Legal Assistance Foundation (CRLAF), a non-profit organization. The students included: Jeanna Lee (3L), Nirali Shah (3L), Tyler Bodi (3L), Emmanuel Catalan (2L), Whitley Granberry (2L), and Jacqueline Youm (2L). MORE

Professor Goldman Recognized by Government of Argentina

Professor Robert K. Goldman was one of six U.S. citizens recognized by the government of Argentina for their contribution to the fight for human rights during the Argentine military dictatorship. Goldman was honored at a special event held March 23 at the Argentine embassy in Washington, D.C. Professor Juan Mendez, who was arrested and tortured by that military regime, also spoke at the event. MORE

AUWCL Signs Cooperative Agreement with Chilean Public Defender's Office

AUWCL signed a cooperative agreement with the Defensoría Penal Pública de Chile (DPP), the Chilean Public Defender’s Office, to begin a series of collaborative projects that will promote equal protection under the law, due process, and the dignity of criminal defendants in Chile. MORE

Prospective Students and Alumni Gather in Paris

Prospective students, current dual JD students, and LL.M. alumni enjoyed dinner with Dean Claudio Grossman at Sir Winston during a reception for members of the AUWCL community living in Paris. Other alumni and admitted student events were held this month in Boston, Chicago, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, San Diego, and San Francisco. MORE

Students Receive Top Honors at Competitions

AUWCL students continue to receive top awards at trial competitions around the country, which include taking first place in the Mid-Atlantic Regional of the National Transactional LawMeets Drafting and Negotiation Competition, receiving the Excellence in Research and Writing Advocacy Award in the 2015 Clara Barton International Humanitarian Law Competition, and winning the International Criminal Court (ICC) Moot Competition. MORE

Deadline Approaching for Summer Abroad Programs

A few seats remain for AUWCL's specialized summer programs abroad. Participants will study international law in some of the most fascinating parts of the world, learn about different legal systems and cultures, and create professional networks abroad. Earn up to six credits in course topics from international business law to human rights law in Europe, Asia, and South America. Apply by March 31. MORE

ITSO and AUWCL Launch Online Course

The inaugural online course on "Basic Principles of International Communications Regulation and Policy" has launched with 50 participants from 17 countries. This new course is part of the Program on International Communication Regulation and Policy, a joint program by AUWCL and the International Telecommunications Satellite Organization (ITSO). MORE

National Institute for Trial Advocacy Holds Training Sessions at AUWCL 

AUWCL is hosting the National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA) for two cutting-edge training sessions this spring, “Writing Persuasive Briefs” held March 12-13 and “Persuasive Power in the Courtoom” held April 2-3. AUWCL is home to a nationally recognized trial advocacy program, the Stephen S. Weinstein Trial Advocacy Program, which offers innovative courses and supportive initiatives to prepare students for litigation. MORE

Students and Staff Volunteer at Capital Area Food Bank

Eight AUWCL students and staff members joined others from five area law schools for the first-ever Law School Service Day at the Capital Area Food Bank. The group put together weekend food bags for children and families in need. MORE