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

Dear Alumni,

As we wind down the fall 2012 semester, I want to thank you for your participation and generosity toward our students this year.

Together we helped more than 30 student groups recruit alumni speakers, panelists, judges, and attendees. You came out in force to mentor students, assist with job searches and advice, and demonstrate what an AUWCL education can achieve. Many of you volunteered at student speed-networking events, and through various bar associations and area groups. Others came to happy hours and social events to talk with students who are now where you were a few (or more) years ago.

Most of our 30-plus local and regional receptions and dinners were sold out. We enjoyed seeing our alumni assist each other with cases, jobs, and much more. On many occasions I had the pleasure of overhearing the beginnings of conversations of people who have a lot in common but had never met, and are now intricately connected in business ventures.

We are now in the planning stages for the spring semester, and look forward to sharing the details with you next month!

Your time, consideration, expertise, and dedication make us proud.

Happy Thanksgiving!
Shelly Horn, Director of Alumni Relations

AUWCL Hosts Event for International Association of Judges

American University Washington College of Law was honored to host the International Association of Judges (IAJ) for a dinner Nov. 12 as part of the IAJ's 55th Annual Meeting. Nearly 300 judges attended the event. This year marked the first time the IAJ convened in the United States for its annual meeting, Nov. 10-15 in Alexandria, Virginia. MORE

Dean, Faculty, and Students Participate in 49th Session of the UN Committee Against Torture

Dean Claudio Grossman, in his capacity as chair of the UN Committee against Torture (UN CAT), presided this month over the Committee's 49th session in Geneva. He also served as rapporteur for Norway and co-rapporteur for Senegal. With the generous support of the Kovler Foundation, ten students joined Dean Grossman in Geneva, together with UN CAT Project Coordinator Jennifer de Laurentiis and Professor Binny Miller, through the law school's UN CAT Project. While in Geneva, Grossman also hosted a dinner for alumni and friends at Café du Soleil. MORE

Students Apply Legal Knowledge to Protect Voters' Rights

Students and faculty at American University Washington College of Law teamed up during the 2012 election season to inform and protect voters as they exercised their fundamental right at the polls. As experts predicted a tight presidential race, faculty members and students stood ready to educate the community about voter identification laws. MORE

War Crimes Research Office Releases 16th Report on ICC

The War Crimes Research Office has announced the release of the 16th ICC Legal Analysis and Education Report, "Investigative Management, Strategies, and Techniques of the International Criminal Court's Office of the Prosecutor." The report is part of the Office's ongoing ICC Legal Analysis and Education Project, aimed at producing public, impartial, legal analyses of critical issues raised by the Court's early decisions. Read the report.

Federal District Judge Joyce Hens Green Speaks to 1Ls

The honorable Joyce Hens Green, senior United States District Judge for the U.S. District Court for D.C., spoke to 1Ls at American University Washington College of Law on Nov. 13. Green has been a private practitioner, a judge on the D.C. Superior Court, and a federal judge at the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia and a member of the U.S. Foreign Intelligence Court. Green was also appointed as the coordinating judge for all Guantanamo Bay cases.

Humphrey Fellows Observe the U.S. Election Process

As residents in the region headed to the polls on Nov. 6, the international Humphrey Fellows at American University Washington College of Law embarked on a day-long observation of the election process. Alongside American University professors and election experts Robert Pastor and George Guess, International Programs Coordinator Melanija Radnovic, and staff assistant Daniel Enos, fellows observed a number of polling stations in Arlington County, Virginia; Montgomery County, Maryland; and the District of Columbia. They talked with chief election judges at each location. MORE

Summer Law Programs Abroad Feature Opportunities in The Hague, Chile, and More 

Attend American University Washington College of Law's specialized summer programs abroad. You'll study international law in some of the most fascinating parts of the world, understand different legal systems and cultures, and create professional networks abroad. Earn up to six credits this summer in diverse course topics from international business to human rights law. Gain unparalleled access to places like: The World Trade Organization, the United Nations, the International Criminal Court, and more. The law school’s partnerships with law firms, universities, and organizations in each destination city offer participants opportunities for post-program internships. For example, participants have stayed to intern with the ICC in The Hague and with ELiG, Attorneys at Law in Istanbul. MORE

Professor Jonas Anderson - “The Federal Circuit and the Policy-Shaping Function of Specialized Appellate Courts”

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has a unique role as the sole federal court with jurisdiction over patent appeals.  Professor Jonas Anderson details in his new article, “Shaping Legislation: The Federal Circuit and Its Relationship With the Legislative Branch,” scholars of the Federal Circuit have repeatedly neglected the Federal Circuit’s corresponding relationship with Congress when it comes to the substance of federal patent law, even as they have repeatedly examined the Court of Appeals’ interactions with the U.S. Supreme Court, trial courts, and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.  Watch this month’s faculty scholarship highlight, a conversation with Professor Anderson. VIDEO

Summer Program in Geneva Receives ABA Accreditation

The law school is proud to announce that the International Organizations, Law & Diplomacy summer program in Geneva received accreditation this month from the American Bar Association. Following a rigorous site visit, the ABA's Accreditation Committee recommended continuation of the program for the next five years. MORE

Alumnus Elected to West Virginia Supreme Court

Allen Loughry, an alumnus of AUWCL's LL.M. in Law and Government ('99) and SJD ('03) Programs, has been elected to the West Virginia Supreme Court for a 12-year term. Loughry, formerly a senior state assistant attorney general, was the only candidate to participate in the state's public financing system and was outspent by millions of dollars. Loughry's SJD dissertation,"Don't Buy Another Vote, I'm Not Paying for a Landslide: The Sordid and Continuing History of Political Corruption in West Virginia," was published as a book in 2006 and received rave reviews. His thesis adviser, Professor Jamin Raskin, who directs the Program on Law and Government, said: "Allen was a model student and exacting scholar, and he will make a brilliant judge of the highest integrity." MORE