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

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sotomayor Speaks to Students


American University Washington College of Law welcomed Sonia Sotomayor, associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, for a conversation with the law school community about her book, My Beloved World, and her experiences as a law student, lawyer, and justice of the high court. Read more about her visit and view photos.

Sotomayor’s visit was also covered by the Legal Times, Wall Street Journal, and ABA Journal.

Human Rights Leader Justice Albie Sachs Presents; AUWCL Welcomes U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

The law school and the AU College of Arts and Sciences hosted renowned human rights leader and former South African Constitutional Court Justice Albie Sachs for a presentation on the role of arts and culture in an emerging democracy. Following the event, the law school hosted Sachs, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and other distinguished guests for a dinner. MORE

Faculty Organized “Practice Groups” Aid Student Career Development

Faculty at the law school have organized into 11 “Practice Groups,” in areas ranging from Criminal Law to Intellectual Property and Sports and Entertainment to provide students with more subject matter and practice-specific career information and counseling. These groups—made up of full-time faculty, adjunct faculty, and interested alumni—supplement the work of the Office of Career and Professional Development by offering students strategic career advice, networking ideas and connections, and academic planning. This fall, the majority of students have signed up to be part of at least one Practice Group, and several hundred students have participated in events, receiving tailored one-on-one career and academic counseling. This effort is part of a year-long initiative led by the new Faculty Committee on Career Development, chaired by Professor Jamin Raskin in the fall and Professor Angela Davis in the spring.

Student Team Wins National IP Law Meet

Students Eric Gleysteen and Liz Dukette won the 2013 National IP LawMeet Competition, held virtually on Nov. 8. The competition is for students contemplating a transactional practice focused on intellectual property. The team was coached by Professor Jorge Contreras. MORE

Professor Recognized by ABA for Outstanding Service

Professor Jeffrey Lubbers was recognized with the "Chair's Award for Outstanding Service" by the ABA Section of Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice. The award was presented at the section's annual dinner, held as part of the Administrative Law Conference in Washington, D.C. MORE


Student Profile: Meet First-Year Student Stephanie Mendiola

First-year student Stephanie Mendiola moved to D.C. for law school from the island of Guam. Mendiola hopes to make a difference in the lives of the people in Guam, and raise awareness about Guam, which she said is “a small piece of American paradise in the Pacific, which is too often overlooked.” MORE


Students and Faculty Join Dean Grossman in Geneva for 51st Session of UN Committee Against Torture

Dean Claudio Grossman, in his capacity as chair of the UN Committee against Torture (UN CAT), presided over the Committee's 51st session in Geneva. He also served as rapporteur for Portugal and co-rapporteur for Mozambique. With the generous support of the Kovler Foundation, ten students in the law school's unique UN CAT Project joined Grossman in Geneva, together with UN CAT Project Coordinator Jennifer de Laurentiis and Professors Janie Chuang and Fernanda Nicola. MORE

Online Certificate Program in International Commercial Arbitration

The law school is pleased to announce the launch of the online certificate program, enabling learners around the world to enroll in online courses in the Online Certificate Program on International Commercial Arbitration. The program will provide in-depth knowledge and understanding of the key topics in the fields of commercial arbitration and its relevance in business law. This program begins Jan. 21. MORE


Alumnus Leads the Fight for Equal Rights in the Boy Scouts

After graduating from law school, Alumni Jay Lenrow’s '77 lifelong involvement in the Boy Scouts of America led him to become the executive vice president of the organization's northeast region and chairman of the National Jewish Committee on Scouting. For more than a decade, he has been a leading voice within the movement for pushing the organization to lift its ban on gay members. MORE

State Department Award to Benefit Victims of Sexual and Gender Violence

The Secretary's Office of Global Women's Issues of the U.S. Department of State has awarded the War Crimes Research Office and Women and International Law Program $485,000 dollars to strengthen access to justice for victims of conflict-based sexual and gender violence in Bosnia and Herzegovina. MORE

Faculty Scholarship Highlight: Professor Susan Carle

Professor Susan Carle’s new book, Defining the Struggle: National Organizing for Racial Justice, 1880–1915, is more than just a history of the forerunners to the groups at the heart of the modern Civil Rights Movement, including the National Urban League and the NAACP. As Carle shows through archival research and compelling individual narratives, those who “cast legal liberalism as the dominant paradigm for racial justice activism” are missing the richness of the Civil Rights Movement’s pre-history. Watch this month's faculty scholarship highlight.

Applications Being Accepted for Summer Abroad Programs

Applications are now being accepted for the law school’s specialized summer programs abroad. Participants will study international law in some of the most fascinating parts of the world, understand different legal systems and cultures, and create professional networks abroad. Earn up to six credits this summer in diverse course topics from international business to human rights law in Europe, Asia, and South America. MORE

ILSP Students and Staff Volunteer at Capital Area Food Bank

The International Legal Studies Program (ILSP) coordinated a Volunteer Service day this month, with nearly 30 students and staff participating. The group spent the afternoon volunteering at the Capital Area Food Bank and learning about the U.S. service culture by experiencing it on a local level.

2L Starts Campaign for Acid Attack Victim in India

While interning this past summer, 2L Pious Ahuja discovered the story of acid attack victim Sabana Khatun. Ahuja launched an advocacy campaign on her behalf, conducting research, scheduling doctor’s appointments, publishing a fact-finding report, and establishing a crowd-funding website. MORE