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News and Events @ American University Washington College of Law October 2011

Dear Alumni,

In our continuing efforts to keep you informed and connected to the American University Washington College of Law community, we have several social networking and electronic communication tools for your use. They include:

  • The WCL – Alumni – Support Listserve. This new tool allows you to connect directly with fellow alumni when you are searching for someone to assist you in a case outside your jurisdiction or area of practice. It will also allow student group leaders to search for alumni speakers and mentors. To post a message, email wcl-alumni-support@roster.wcl.american.edu. Alumni have the ability to respond to a listserve posting or request directly.
  • CareerLink, Job and career listserve hosted by the Office of Career and Professional Development.
  • inCircle, Our online alumni community and directory allows you to search for fellow alumni by field of law, geographic area, class year and more, as well as post events of interest.
  • Also find Washington College of Law Alumni on Facebook, LinkedIn, or Twitter

Please update your email address often so we can stay in touch! You can update your information on inCircle, or by visiting the Updating your Information page on the Office of Development & Alumni Relations website.

Thank you to those who volunteered to judge for the Moot Court Honor Society the weekend of Oct. 21-23! Alumni volunteers are now needed for the Business Law Society Mentoring Dinner, the OCPD 1L Practioner Luncheon, and a Communications & Media Law Society Luncheon. For more information or to volunteer, visit our volunteer page.

Thanks so much for keeping in touch!

Shelly Horn

Director of Alumni Relations


Planned Move to Tenley will Provide Law School With Greatly Needed Space

On Aug. 29 American University filed an application with the District of Columbia Zoning Commission to relocate Washington College of Law to the university’s Tenley Campus. The newly proposed space will measure approximately 310,000 square feet, and will be the first time Washington College of Law is located in a building specifically designed as law school.

“The space is a vehicle, a means, to better realize our mission," said Dean Claudio Grossman in an Interview with Washington Lawyer Magazine. "This is a law school [that] engages the nation, the community, and the world through our programs and clinics. The fact that we are in a limited space and cannot better serve those communities that we should is very important.” Read the D.C. Bar, Washington Lawyer article.

American University Washington College of Law Named Top School for Promoting Hispanic Diversity

Hispanic Business magazine has named American University Washington College of Law 2nd among the nation's law schools for promoting Hispanic diversity. Hispanic student enrollment, faculty diversity, as well as innovative programs were among the criteria considered by the magazine when ranking universities. Washington College of Law is on this list for the fourth straight year, and this year is the only school representing the Northeast or Mid-Atlantic regions.

Peter Jaszi Awarded for Advancing IP and the Public Interest

Peter Jaszi, professor of law and faculty director of the Glushko-Samuelson Intellectual Property Clinic has been given the 2011 IP3 Award in the intellectual property (IP) category. The award, presented by Public Knowledge, is given to individuals who have advanced the public interest in the areas of IP, information policy, or internet protocol. In addition to working with a variety of clients to expand their ability to employ fair use, Jaszi recently co-authored the book, Reclaiming Fair Use: How to Put Balance Back in Copyright. Jaszi received the award at a ceremony on Oct.13. MORE


Dean Claudio Grossman and Professor Juan Mendez Address U.N. General Assembly

Visiting Professor Juan Mendez, UN Special Rapporteur on Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading Treatment or Punishment, and Dean Claudio Grossman, in his capacity as chair of the United Nations Committee against Torture (UN CAT), presented to the General Assembly of the United Nations in New York Tuesday. Following the presentation, they took part in a press conference and then a panel event on "Rehabilitation of Torture Survivors." View all on the UN webcast site.


Later in the month, Dean Grossman will travel to Geneva for the 47th session of the United Nations Committee against Torture. During the session, he will also serve as rapporteur for Germany and co-rapporteur for Djibouti. There are nine countries scheduled to appear before the Committee this session. Two professors and 10 students will also be traveling to Geneva. Participants include: Professor Cynthia Jones, Professor Robert Dinerstein, and students Charles Abbott III, Tracey Begley, Douglas Keillor, Kate Kelly, Andrew Maki, Courtney Moran, Shubra Ohri, Federico Barillas Schwank, Mina Trudeau, and Ann Capps Webb. Jennifer de Laurentiis, UN CAT project coordinator, will also attend. While in Geneva, Dean Grossman will host a dinner for area Alumni. The event will take place at Café Du Soleil in Geneva on Nov. 1 at 7:30 p.m. To attend, RSVP by Oct. 24 to Gina Evers, +1 (202) 274-4113.

2011 Jurist-in-Residence, Judge James Wynn

American University Washington College of Law's Jurist-in-Residence Program brings a prominent judge to the law school each fall to meet with students, faculty, and alumni; share insights about the courts and judging; and discuss timely and important topics facing the nation's judiciary. This year, Judge James Wynn of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is visiting campus Oct. 20-22. Judge Wynn, who has been on the 4th Circuit since 2010, has wide-ranging legal experience from serving as a Captain in the U.S. Navy JAG Corps to serving on the North Carolina Court of Appeals. MORE

Herbert Morgan ‘60 & Exceptional Students Recognized at John Sherman Myers Society Dinner

Last month the law school acknowledged the generosity of the John Sherman Myers Society members at a dinner held at the National Museum of American History. At this year's event, Herbert Morgan '60 (left), was given the Distinguished Alumni Award for his tremendous loyalty to the law school. Two students, Andrew Kim '12 and Estefania San Juan '13, were awarded scholarships by the Society. The dinner was attended by over 170 people, and included Myers Society donors and alumni, student leaders, faculty, and college administrators

UNROW Clinic Files Petition Before U.S. Supreme Court

Last month, the UNROW Human Rights Impact Litigation Clinic at American University Washington College of Law filed a petition for Writ of Certiorari to the U.S. Supreme Court challenging the constitutionality of a federal statute that bars illegitimate children from automatically deriving citizenship when their fathers naturalize, even though it allows children of married parents or illegitimate children of naturalized mothers to automatically become citizens. MORE

LL.M. Students Play Key Role in WCL Community

The ILSP LL.M. Board, a student group that works with the law school’s International Legal Studies Program (ILSP), has made it their mission to help the law school’s esteemed international community feel at home. Although the LL.M. Board does not see their roles as that of ambassadors (because as one member puts it “all WCL students are ambassadors”), the Board plans cultural, professional, and academic activities year-round that help international students become acclimated to the D.C. community. “Sharing and understanding different cultural experiences has been and will be a huge part of our mission,” says Bianca Báez Pearson, co-president of the ILSP LL.M. Board. Read MORE.

International Organizations, Law and Diplomacy Program Kicks Off New Speaker Series with Diego Lopez Garrido

The Program on International Organizations, Law and Diplomacy hosted Diego Lopez Garrido, Secretary of State for the European Union of the Government of Spain, at the launch of their speaker series on Oct. 13. Lopez Garrido spoke about "The European Management of the Economic Crisis." MORE

The Program in International Organizations, Law and Diplomacy opens outstanding opportunities for participants to interact and have substantive contact with a wide variety of the most important international organizations in Washington, D.C., and Geneva. The program, which includes courses in Washington and Geneva, covers all aspects of international organizations, including political, juridical, security, economic, social, and cultural dimensions.

Center on International Commercial Arbitration Holds Annual Seminar & Lecture

The law school's Center on Commercial International Arbitration held their eighth annual seminar, How to Handle Agency and Distribution Issues in International Commercial Arbitration on Oct. 11-13. The seminar featured a mock case that was discussed from the perspective of the Rules of Arbitration of the American Arbitration Association's International Centre for Dispute Resolution. Participants were taught skills and strategies for successfully conducting international arbitration cases through interactive lectures and scenario-based exercises. MORE

Next month, the Center will host their 6th Annual Lecture on International Commercial Arbitration. The lecture on Nov. 8 will be presented by Gabrielle Kaufmann-Kohler, partner, Lévy-Kaufmann-Kohler. The annual lecture sponsored by Arnold & Porter LLP invites an eminent figure in international arbitration to share his or her ideas on issues and current trends in international arbitration. MORE

Faculty Travel to Poland, Exchange Legal Perspectives

Last week, six faculty and staff members traveled to Poznan, Poland to visit Adam Mickiewicza University. The group spent a full day participating in round table discussions with the faculty there, and presented their research in areas ranging from intellectual property to immigration law. They also had the opportunity to tour the school and interact with students.

The faculty attendees were Jayesh Rathod, Jenny Roberts, Song Richardson, Robert Tsai, and Jorge Contreras. “There were great connections made between their faculty and ours who have similar interests,” said Theresa Kaiser, director of Study Abroad and International Exchange who also made the trip. The Adam Mickiewicza faculty has been invited to Washington College of Law during the spring semester, and both law schools are considering future short-term faculty exchanges.

The Law School Co-Sponsors Debt Crisis Conference in Reykjavik, Iceland

Washington College of Law co-sponsored a conference on the Eurozone debt crisis held by Reykjavik University in Reykjavik, Iceland on Oct. 7-8. The conference brought together leading scholars and practitioners in law, business, economics, and finance to address the causes and possible solutions to the problem of unsustainable government debt and fragile financial institutions. Professor Anna Gelpern presented her research on sovereign debt in the banking sector. MORE