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

AUWCL Named Top Law School for Externships, Hispanic Students

AUWCL was recognized in the September issue of The National Jurist as one of the top 25 law schools with the best ratio of externship offerings per full-time student. The 2013 ABA-LSAC Official Guide to ABA-Approved Law Schools reports 42 percent or 510 AUWCL students externed. AUWCL was also named the number one law school for Hispanics by Hispanic Business. Hispanics make up 15.6 percent of the student body and 13.5 percent of the faculty at AUWCL. The schools are ranked using criteria such as enrollment, faculty, reputation, retention rate, and the use of progressive programs to recruit, support, and mentor Hispanic students.

29th Annual John Sherman Myers Society Dinner

The 29th Annual John Sherman Myers Society Dinner, attended by nearly 200 of AUWCL's most distinguished supporters, was held Sept. 20 at the United States Institute of Peace. Alumnus Kenneth G. Lore was honored with the inaugural Founders' Award. (Pictured Right: Associate Dean Mary Clark with this year's Myers Scholarship Award winners Gabriela Baca '15 and Alexandra Arango '15). MORE

Mini Externship Fairs Connect Students With Employers in Criminal Law, Intellectual Property, and More

This fall, AUWCL will host a series of specialized “mini” externship fairs. Students interested in specific areas of law will be matched up with employers for future externships and career opportunities. Areas of the law featured at the mini fairs include Criminal Law (Sept. 19); Intellectual Property and Media and Communications (Oct. 8); and Gender Law (Oct. 16). Business Law and Health Law fairs are also being planned. MORE

Dean's Advisory Council to Welcome UN High Commissioner for Presentation

The Dean's Advisory Council will welcome Navi Pillay, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, for a presentation at AUWCL on Oct. 1. The event will honor Dean Claudio Grossman for his role as chair of the UN Human Rights Treaty Bodies. Introductions will be given by Alumnus and Dean's Advisory Council Chair Kenneth Lore and Dean Grossman. MORE

Dean Grossman Honored as Academic of the Year

Dean Claudio Grossman was named Academic of the Year by the North American-Chilean Chamber of Commerce (NACCC). The organization's annual awards dinner was held at the New York Athletic Club in New York City. Representatives from around 300 of the top corporations that invest in Latin America attended as well as members of the diplomatic community, including the Ambassador of Chile to the United States, Mr. Felipe Bulnes (pictured with Dean Grossman). MORE

Student Profile: Meet First-Year Student Kossi "Jeremie" Siwotso

Kossi “Jeremie” Siwotso is from Togo, West Africa. He has lived in the U.S. since 2005, and earned his bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Trinity University. He knew that he wanted to go to law school before he graduated because of his experiences in Togo working as a missionary and a minister. MORE

UNROW Clinic, Dean Claudio Grossman and Professor Juan Mendez Travel to Costa Rica for Brewer Carías v. Venezuela

Recently, AUWCL’s UNROW Human Rights Impact Litigation Clinic students and director traveled to Costa Rica to observe a trial before the Inter-American Court on Human Rights. The group joined Dean Claudio Grossman and Professor Juan Mendez as they presented the case Brewer Carías v. Venezuela. MORE


Alumnus Michael O'Keefe '92 Sworn In as Associate Judge of the Superior Court of D.C.

Alumnus Michael O’Keefe ’92 has been appointed as an associate judge of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia for a 15-year term. President Obama nominated him on March 19, 2013 and he received a favorable vote from the Senate in May. He was sworn in as associate judge in June, with his investiture taking place in September. MORE

AUWCL Creates New Public Interest Alumni Advisory Board

AUWCL is pleased to announce the creation of a new Public Interest Alumni Advisory Board. The board, which held its first meeting Sept. 23, will meet twice a year for AUWCL alumni to develop ways for the law school to increase opportunities for students committed to public interest law. See list of members.

West Virginia Supreme Court Justice Allen Loughry to Receive Distinguished Alumnus Award at AUWCL

The Program on Law and Government at AUWCL will give a distinguished alumnus award to Justice Allen H. Loughry II (SJD '03/LL.M. '99), who was elected last year to a 12-year term on the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals. Loughry will receive the award at the LL.M. in Law and Government’s 15th Anniversary Celebration on Friday, Oct. 4, 2013. MORE

Faculty Scholarship Highlight: Professor Brenda Smith

For Professor Brenda Smith, one need not look far to see how the problem of prison rape—and the intersection of gender, crime, and sexuality that it represents—has repeatedly manifested itself in her professional practice as a lawyer and her scholarly work. As she has explained, although “[i]t is well known that sexual abuse occurs within the correctional system,” the fact “[t]hat female correctional staff commit a significant proportion of that sexual abuse is met with discomfort bordering on disbelief.” And the result of this discomfort has been a virtually non-existent discourse concerning abuse of men and boys in custody by female correctional workers, even as there have been widely reported public scandals involving misconduct. Learn more in this month's faculty scholarship highlight, a conversation with Professor Brenda Smith. MORE

Lawyer Re-Entry Program Accepting Applications for Oct. Session

The Lawyer Re-Entry Program is still accepting applicants for the October 2013 session. This program is aimed at individuals looking to re-start, refocus, or re-tool their legal career after time away from the workplace. The program features: instruction by law school faculty and career development experts; one-on-one professional coaching; creation of an individual action plan for re-entry; and interactive and practical sessions. MORE