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

Dear Friends,

The end of the semester is upon us, and we are excited to welcome the class of 2013 to our group of accomplished and impressive alumni! Below are some of the many benefits available to our graduates.

  • Networking events: Available in several cities throughout the U.S.
  • (NEW) Alumni Council: Chapters are forming now across the country, with more details to come next month.
  • Alumni Class Audit: Enhance your skills with a law class - $100 per course to gain new insight or expertise.
  • The Pence Law Library: Open to you and, with an alumni card, you can check out books for private or professional research. To get an alumni card, email, or stop by our office, weekdays 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
  • Exclusive access to HeinOnline: This database has more than 1,700 law and law-related journals with a broad range of coverage. Alumni access to HeinOnline is available exclusively though the CareerLink homepage which can be accessed using your personal login and password.
  • (NEW) Access to diverse online CLE offerings: You can meet your state requirements while staying connected to AUWCL by viewing webcasts of our programs online and on-demand through West LegalEdcenter®. Great discounts are available exclusively to alumni!

The Office of Development and Alumni Relations is always available to help with these or other items. Please don't hesitate to contact us at, or send us a message via any of our social networking sites. Join us on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn!


Shelly Horn, Director of Alumni Relations

Harold Koh, Former Legal Adviser to the State Department, to Address 2013 Graduates

American University Washington College of Law will welcome Harold Hongju Koh, former legal adviser to the U.S. Department of State (2009-13) and Sterling professor of international law at Yale Law School, as the spring 2013 commencement speaker. The law school's commencement will be held May 19, 2013, at 1 p.m. at American University's Bender Arena. Koh will be presented with an honorary doctor of laws. MORE

Professors Honored with Top AU Faculty Awards

AUWCL congratulates Associate Deans Robert Dinerstein and Stephen Vladeck and Adjunct Professor Chris Gowen for being honored with 2013 AU Faculty Awards. Dinerstein received the top honor of AU Scholar/Teacher of the Year and Vladeck was honored for Outstanding Scholarship, Research, Creative Activity, and Other Professional Contributions. Gowen was recognized as outstanding teacher in an adjunct appointment. The awards dinner took place April 20 at the National Press Club.

Student Attorneys Brief UN Committee on Migrant Workers

Aimee Mayer and Daniel Gonzalez, student attorneys in the Immigrant Justice Clinic, recently briefed the UN Committee on Migrant Workers. They presented the findings of a report co-authored with the legal clinic at Pontifica Universidad Javeriana in Cali, Colombia, which compiled and analyzed interviews with Colombian migrants in the U.S. and after returning to Colombia. Mayer and Gonzalez were advised by Anita Sinha, practitioner-in-residence in the Immigrant Justice Clinic. Read the students' statement to the UN Committee.

VIDEO: Information Justice and Intellectual Property

The Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property (PIJIP) offers an unparalleled course of study in the fields of intellectual property and information law. Professor Michael Carroll speaks about the program in this VIDEO.

Each summer, PIJIP also offers a unique selection of courses in two policymaking centers, Washington D.C. and Geneva, Switzerland. New courses for this summer include: two in pharmaceutical patent litigation (one focusing on patent protection and enforcement under the new American Invent Act rules, and another on Hatch Waxman litigation), a first-of-its-kind course on IP issues for the mobile applications market, and a case study course in IP management and business strategy. MORE

Center Sends Trial Observation Mission to Guatemala 

The Center for Human Rights & Humanitarian Law sent a team of observers to the genocide trial of former Guatemalan President Rios Montt. The team of Christina Fetterhoff, a second-year student, and Ali Beydoun, director of the UNROW Human Rights Impact Litigation Clinic, traveled to Guatemala City to provide live coverage on MORE

Summer Programs in Human Rights, Arbitration, and More Start May 28

Law students and practitioners seeking supplemental legal training from world-renowned experts in specialized practice areas are encouraged to browse our D.C. summer law programs online. Programs beginning May 28 include: Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, International Commercial Arbitration, Environmental Law, and International Organizations Law and Diplomacy. Read MORE about the law school’s four new summer programs for 2013.

15th Annual Grotius Lecture Opens ASIL Annual Meeting

American University Washington College of Law and the American Society of International Law (ASIL) presented the 15th Annual Grotius Lecture to open the 107th ASIL Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. Emilio Álvarez Icaza Longoria, executive secretary of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, delivered the lecture on "International Law in a Multipolar World." MORE

Students Awarded Prestigious Peggy Browning Fellowship

Students Shauna Agan, Kristian Alfonso, Julie Dabrowski, Nolan Lafler, and Emily Pantoja have been awarded 10-week summer fellowships by the prestigious Peggy Browning Fund. Fellows are distinguished students who have not only excelled in law school, but who have also demonstrated their commitment to workers' rights. MORE

AUWCL Holds Annual Cicchino Public Service Awards

The law school hosted the 14th Annual Peter M. Cicchino Public Service Awards Dinner, celebrating beloved former Professor Peter Cicchino's devotion to public interest. Cristina Jimenez, managing director of the United We Dream Network, gave keynote remarks. The program honored students and alumni who have achieved distinction for their public interest accomplishments. Read MORE about the awardees.

Faculty Scholarship Highlight: Professor Janie Chuang - "Exploiting Au Pairs: Labor, Human Rights, and the Myth of Cultural Exchange"

For AUWCL Professor Janie Chuang, the U.S. au pair program falls right at the intersection of her teaching and research interests of international law, human trafficking, human rights, and migration. As she documents in her recent article, "The U.S. Au Pair Program: Labor Exploitation and the Myth of Cultural Exchange," the legal categorization of au pairs as "cultural exchange participants" under U.S. law has been used to sustain and disguise a government-created domestic worker program to provide flexible, in-home childcare for upper-middle class families at below-market prices. Watch this month’s faculty scholarship highlight, a conversation with Professor Chuang. VIDEO

Business Law Program Welcomes David M. Rubenstein

The Business Law Program welcomed David Rubenstein, co-founder and co-CEO of The Carlyle Group, for a lunchtime presentation on the role of private equity firms and his work in public philanthropy. MORE

Trade & Investment Law Society Honors Ricardo Ramirez

The International Trade & Investment Law Society, Office of Development and Alumni Relations, and Dean Claudio Grossman hosted the International Trade and Investment Law Society Distinguished Alumni Dinner on April 22. The seventh annual event honored Ricardo Ramirez '95, member of the Appellate Body of the World Trade Organization (WTO). MORE

Students Take Part in Alternative Spring Break Opportunities in Navajo Nation, Dominican Republic, and El Salvador

Thirteen American University Washington College of Law students took part in an Alternative Spring Break opportunity this semester, coordinated entirely by students. The Office of Public Interest recently sponsored an information session for students to share their experiences in Navajo Nation, Dominican Republic, and El Salvador. MORE