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

Dean Claudio Grossman and Professor Juan Mendez Address UN General Assembly

Juan Mendez, visiting professor of law and UN special rapporteur on Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading Treatment or Punishment, and Dean Claudio Grossman (pictured with the Secretary General of the United Nations and other committee chairs), as chair of the United Nations Committee against Torture (UN CAT), presented to the UN General Assembly in New York on Oct. 23. In addition, Grossman and Mendez participated in a panel, "Reprisals Against Victims of Torture and Other Ill Treatment," at the Permanent Mission of Denmark to the UN in New York in partnership with the Association for the Prevention of Torture (APT). Watch Dean Grossman and Professor Mendez's press conference.

AUWCL Launches New Brazil-U.S. Legal and Judicial Studies Program

American University Washington College of Law proudly announces the establishment of the Brazil-U.S. Legal and Judicial Studies Program, a comparative law program focused exclusively on Brazil and the United States and their respective legal and judicial institutions. The law school recognized the launch of the program Thursday with a celebratory lunch with remarks from Mauro Vieira, ambassador of Brazil to the United States, U.S. District Court Judge Peter Messitte, who is heading the new program, and Dean Claudio Grossman. MORE

International Legal Studies Program Celebrates 30th Anniversary

American University Washington College of Law held a three-day conference and alumni reunion in celebration of the 30th Anniversary of the law school's renowned International Legal Studies Program (ILSP). The event included conference sessions and roundtable discussions about a variety of compelling international law topics—from ending torture, to trends in foreign investment, to the future of legal education. MORE

Tenley Campus Update

American University Washington College of Law's Tenley Campus Project continues to move forward, working on detailed designs for classrooms and other instructional spaces. Whiting-Turner and TriTech Communications have joined the team to provide support for construction management and audio-visual set-up respectively. American University Washington College of Law continues to be excited about this important next step in our history.

Event Examines U.S. Supreme Court's Rehearing of Kiobel

American University Washington College of Law held a timely discussion of Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum a day after the U.S. Supreme Court’s rare rehearing of the case. Speakers representing both sides of the debate and case assessed the previous day's arguments while providing insight about the Court's impending decision. The event was co-sponsored by EarthRights International, and the law school's Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law and Program on International and Comparative Environmental Law. Read a re-cap of the event or view CSPAN's coverage.

Faculty Scholarship Highlight: Professor Amanda Leiter - "'Soft Whistleblowing' and the Unitary Executive"

For decades, scholars and policymakers have grappled with the appropriate scope of government whistleblowing—when employees break the chain of command in order to reveal to inspectors general (or, in some cases, the public) waste, fraud, or abuse by the relevant government agencies. But Associate Professor Amanda Leiter argues that another form of whistleblowing, "soft whistleblowing,” is dramatically underappreciated by those who regulate and write about our modern administrative state. Watch this month’s faculty scholarship highlight, a conversation with Professor Leiter. VIDEO

Women and the Law Program Hosts Conference to Cultivate New Women Leaders

In early October, the Women and the Law Program at American University Washington College of Law hosted the Ms. JD: Fifth Annual Conference on Women and the Law. The dynamic, full-day conference was themed “She Leads,” and was designed to cultivate the next generation of women leaders. The conference was organized by Ms. JD, a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to the success of women in law school and the legal profession. MORE

Professors Discuss Apple-Samsung's Impact on IP Law and Litigation

Apple Inc. recently requested that the courts kick Samsung Electronics out of the smartphone market. Apple requested a court-ordered injunction after a California jury ruled that Samsung illegally copied Apple’s patents. The two electronics makers are in a ten-country patent war, both of them battling for the top spot in the market. Read MORE about the Apple-Samsung impact on IP law and litigation from two of the law school's IP and patent law experts.

International Commercial Arbitration Competition Hosted at American University Washington College of Law

In early October, student competitors from the University Externado de Colombia won the Fifth Annual International Commercial Arbitration Competition hosted by the Center on International Commercial Arbitration at American University Washington College of Law. The competition, conducted exclusively in Spanish, promoted the study of international commercial law and arbitration as a means of conflict resolution in international business. More than 200 students from 39 law schools participated in addition to more than 150 arbitrators and coaches. MORE

Dean's Diversity Council Holds Annual Program and Dinner

The Dean's Diversity Council Annual Program and Dinner was held this month, featuring a special panel, "Getting There: Talking about Career Paths," moderated by DDC member Jill Cummins '87, counsel for Allstate Insurance. Throughout the event, Council members and guests from varying backgrounds talked about their own career paths, the implications of the current employment climate, and possibilities for non-traditional legal employment. Students also had several opportunities to network.

The Law School Participates in National Pro Bono Week

The law school joined in the celebration of National Pro Bono Week, Oct. 21-27. The Office of Public Interest (OPI) hosted a roundtable discussion for students on Oct. 23 about the new mandatory pro bono requirement for the New York Bar. On Oct. 25, OPI and the Journal of Gender, Social Policy & the Law co-sponsored "Access to Justice: How the Legal Profession is Addressing the Needs of the Poor," a look at the many different important approaches to providing free and reduced-cost legal services. MORE