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AUWCL Celebrates Commencement 2013

American University Washington College of Law welcomed Harold Koh, Yale Law School professor and former legal adviser to the U.S. Department of State, as the spring 2013 commencement speaker. The ceremony was held May 19, 2013 at American University's Bender Arena. The law school and Dean Claudio Grossman also welcomed graduates, their families, and friends to a reception at the Organization of American States in honor of commencement. The reception was an opportunity to celebrate student accomplishments in a spectacular setting. MORE

Marshall-Brennan Project Recognizes Educators, Students, and Community Members for Activism and Service

Brian Stirgus, the 17 year-old who organized hundreds of students to boycott Chicago Public School closings, was among the activists, educators, students, and community members recently recognized by AUWCL's Marshall-Brennan Constitutional Literacy Project for their support of public education and civic engagement. MORE

Dean Grossman Chairs 50th Session of UN Committee Against Torture; Elected Chair of Human Rights Treaty Bodies

Dean Claudio Grossman, in his capacity as chair of the UN Committee against Torture (UN CAT), presided in May over the Committee's 50th session in Geneva. He also served as the country rapporteur for Guatemala and the co-rapporteur for Japan. While in Geneva, Grossman hosted a dinner for alumni and friends at Café du Soleil.

Dean Grossman was recently elected chair of all the human rights treaty bodies of the United Nations. Read the statement given by Dean Grossman to the member states of the UN in his new role on behalf of all the human rights treaty bodies.

18th Annual Inter-American Moot Court Competition

The 18th Annual Inter-American Moot Court Competition was held May 19-24 at AUWCL presented by the Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, and co-sponsored by the Inter-American Court on Human Rights. The event was a unique trilingual (English, Portuguese, and Spanish) competition with a total of 98 participating teams from a record number of 27 different countries involving more than 300 students, professors, and human rights professionals. MORE

Voting Rights Law Institute to Launch in June

As part of the Summer Institute on Law and Government, AUWCL and The Campaign Legal Center and will launch a new Voting Rights Law Institute to help train the next generation of voting rights litigators. The four-night Institute June 24-27 will feature instruction from Gerry Hebert, the Campaign Legal Center’s executive director and director of litigation, who will be joined each night by seasoned voting rights litigators, appellate advocates, and scholars in the field. Read more about the Voting Rights Law Institute or check out the law school's summer programs beginning in June.

Trial Advocacy Students Share Experiences Gaining Courtroom Skills

The Stephen S. Weinstein Trial Advocacy Program prepares more than 400 students for litigation practice each year through 16 unique courses, hands-on critique from adjunct faculty (including more than 40 sitting judges and current litigators, a state-of-the-art courtroom), and the opportunity to compete throughout the U.S. in the Mock Trial, Moot Court, and Alternate Dispute Resolution Honor Societies. Two students share their experiences in this video.

Alumnus Tom Goldstein's SCOTUSblog Receives Peabody Award

SCOTUSblog, a blog covering the U.S. Supreme Court published by alumnus Tom Goldstein '95, and edited by his wife, Amy Howe, has been honored with a Peabody Award for excellence in electronic media. This is the first time a website has received this honor. Professor Stephen Wermiel was also recognized at the ceremony for his "SCOTUS for law students" column.

Faculty Scholarship Highlight: Professor Lia Epperson

In June, the U.S. Supreme Court will hand down its decision in Fisher v. University of Texas—the latest case to come before the Court raising the constitutionality of race-based affirmative action policies. Professor Lia Epperson's recent work looks at the many ways in which the law can help to realize the “promise” of the Court’s landmark 1954 decision in Brown v. Board of Education outside of the courtroom. Watch this month's faculty scholarship highlight, a conversation with Professor Epperson. MORE

Alumnus Appointed to D.C. Superior Court

AUWCL is proud to announce that alumnus Michael O'Keefe '92 has been confirmed as associate judge of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. Read his opening statement as a nominee before the U.S. Senate committee.

Moot Court Team Qualifies for Geneva Grand Finals

AUWCL’s International Trade and Investment Law Society's moot court team for the European Law Students Association (ELSA) Moot Court Competition on WTO Law traveled to San Jose, Costa Rica, this spring to compete in the All-American Regional Round of the competition. Team Members Christine Casaceli, Lindsay Heebner, Thomas Kirby, and Heng Loke emerged as North American finalists. The team won Best Overall Written Submission and Best Complainant Written Submission, and qualified for the Grand Finals Round in Geneva on April 30. The team was coached by adjunct professors Matthew Nicely (Hughes Hubbard & Reed) and John Magnus (TradeWins), as well as David Christy (Thompson Hine), and Sheridan McKinney (TradeWins).