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News and Events @ American University Washington College of Law November 2014

Photograph of Professor Ann ShalleckProfessor Shalleck to Receive Prestigious Clinical Legal Education Award

Professor Ann Shalleck, director of the Women and the Law Program and Clinic, has been chosen as the 2015 recipient of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) Section on Clinical Legal Education's William Pincus Award for outstanding contributions to clinical legal education. The award, which will be presented at the Section's luncheon Jan. 3 at the AALS Annual Meeting, is the most prestigious award in clinical legal education and is a recognition of Shalleck's extraordinary work and dedication as a clinical teacher, scholar, program builder, advocate, and mentor.

New Biography of Professor Perry Wallace

On Dec. 1, a book chronicling the story of Professor Perry Wallace, the first African American basketball player in the SEC, will hit bookstore shelves. “Strong Inside: Perry Wallace and the Collision of Race and Sports in the South” by Andrew Maraniss is based on more than 80 interviews, and tells of Wallace’s experiences on campus and in the gymnasiums of the South during a changing time in the nation’s history. Join Wallace and Maraniss for a book event on Dec. 1 at Politics and Prose in Washington, D.C. MORE

PIJIP Hosts Third Annual Jaszi Distinguished IP Lecture

The third annual Peter Jaszi Distinguished Lecture on Intellectual Property was held Oct. 30 at AUWCL. The event is hosted by the Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property in recognition of Professor Peter Jaszi. This year's lecture, "CopyrightX: Lessons from Networked Legal Education," was delivered by Harvard Law School Professor William Fisher. MORE

AUWCL Recognized in "Best of Legal Times"

The National Law Journal's “Best of Legal Times” has named American University Washington College of Law #2 in JD programs in Washington, D.C., #2 in joint JD-MBA Programs, #2 in Clinical Programs, #3 in LL.M. Programs for the Program in Law and Government, and #3 in CLE Providers, the only law school appearing in this category.

Students and Faculty Join Dean Grossman in Geneva for 53rd Session of UN Committee Against Torture 

Dean Claudio Grossman, chair of the UN Committee against Torture (UN CAT), presided over the Committee's 53rd session in Geneva and served as country rapporteur for Ukraine and Australia. With the generous support of the Kovler Foundation, ten students in the law school's UN CAT Project joined him in Geneva, together with UN CAT Project Coordinator Jennifer de Laurentiis, and Professors Susan Bennett and Jenny Roberts. View student videos from the trip.

Applications Now Open for Summer Programs Abroad

Applications are now being accepted 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

AUWCL Student Awarded Robert A. Shuker Scholarship

cid:image001.jpg@01D00596.C6F7DB70The Robert A. Shuker Scholarship Fund, established in 1993, honors the late Judge Robert A. Shuker, associate judge of the Superior Court of D.C. The Scholarship Fund assists young people with a strong desire to learn, achieve, and serve the public. Two scholarships are awarded per year. AUWCL student Belgin Samantha Palaz is the 2014 winner. Pictured: Judge Nan Shuker ’69, Belgin Samantha Palaz ’16. Khadijah Al-Amin-El, Dean Claudio Grossman, Judge Reggie Walton ’74. MORE

D.C. High School Students Gather at AUWCL for Moot Court

The Marshall-Brennan Constitutional Literacy Project at AUWCL brought together local high school competitors for the William H. Karchmer Local High School Moot Court Competition. The Marshall Brennan Constitutional Literacy Project mobilizes talented second- and third-year law students to teach courses on constitutional law and juvenile justice in D.C. public high schools. MORE

Legal Spanish Program Adds to Online Offerings

The law school now offers an online Legal Spanish Program — the only program of its kind in the U.S. The Program teaches law students and lawyers a wide array of legal Spanish concepts in criminal and immigration law, preparing them for real world situations like client meetings and conference calls. Learn more about this unique online program in a live video chat on Dec. 3. MORE

Student Profile: Q&A with 1L Student Ryan Schmidt

First year student Ryan Schmidt has worked for both AmeriCorps and Peace Corps. He came to law school to explore his passion for public service and international law. "I love that AUWCL has such an international focus," said Schmidt. "AUWCL has a strong reputation and I am from the D.C. area, so it is nice being back here. You cannot beat the location." MORE

Brazil-U.S. Judicial Studies Program Seminar on Civil Justice

The Brazil-U.S. Judicial Studies Program hosted a group of 30 magistrates, prosecutors, and attorneys from Brazil as part of a one week seminar on Civil Justice in the U.S. Professor David Snyder spoke to the group about Consumer Rights in the U.S. MORE