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

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Dean Grossman Recognized Among Most Influential in Legal Education

The law school is proud to announce that Dean Claudio Grossman has been recognized as one of the 25 most influential people in legal education by National Jurist Magazine. Dean Grossman, #11 out of 25, was recognized for his work in expanding international and experiential opportunities at AUWCL as well as for his role as chair of the UN Committee against Torture. Nominations for this honor were received from every law school in the nation. MORE

Grant will Expand and Support Human Rights Education in Colombia

American University Washington College of Law has received a $1 million grant from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) through Higher Education for Development (HED) to facilitate a partnership among the law school and two universities in Cali, Colombia to expand and support their teaching of human rights. Learn MORE about the partnership coordinated by the Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law.

Students Gain Valuable Pro Bono Experience in New Orleans

For the past seven years, the law school has sent a group of 30 to 40 students to New Orleans for an alternative winter break. While in New Orleans, the students provide pro bono legal services and help rebuild in areas affected by Hurricane Katrina. Read MORE about this year’s trip.

Luncheon Held at Duncan, Weinberg, Genzer & Pembroke, P.C.

Dean Claudio Grossman hosted a luncheon Jan. 23 in memory of alumnus Walley Duncan '61 at Duncan, Weinberg, Genzer & Pembroke in Washington, D.C. The luncheon also honored the generosity of the firm for establishing a scholarship in Duncan's honor, awarded to an Administrative Law Review student each year.

Professor Lewis Grossman Named to Food and Drug Law Institute Board of Directors

Professor Lewis Grossman has been named to a five-year term on the board of directors of the Food and Drug Law Institute (FDLI). FDLI is a prominent nonprofit D.C.-based organization that holds conferences and publishes books and periodicals in the areas of food and drug law. On the board, Grossman will serve with partners from leading law firms, senior executives and counsel from major corporations, the general counsel for a major trade association, and the director of the Public Citizen Litigation Group.

PIJIP Organizes 2nd Global Congress on IP and Public Interest; Hosts Copyright Workshop & U.S. Supreme Court Series

In December, the Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property (PIJIP) co-organized the Second Global Congress on Intellectual Property and the Public Interest in Rio de Janeiro. PIJIP chaired tracks of meetings and workshops on Copyright Limitations and Exceptions and on Open Educational Resources, and distributed model text and other work from the Global Network on Copyright Limitations and Exceptions. Professor Peter Jaszi addressed the opening plenary. PIJIP also worked this fall with Pedro Paranagua (Duke Law) and FGV faculty and staff to host a private workshop with international experts, Brazilian copyright officials, and civil society on proposals for reform of limitations and exceptions to copyright in Brazil's draft "Marco Civil" legislation.

Join PIJIP this semester for a series of events on U.S. Supreme Court intellectual property rights cases. Counsel for parties and amici in intellectual property cases will come to the law school on the afternoon of oral argument to discuss the reaction of the Court. MORE

Faculty Scholarship Highlight: Professor Jorge Contreras - “Reengineering Standards-Essential Patents"

Professor Jorge Contreras' recent work draws analogies between patents developed by open industry groups and “patent pools”— a structure in which competitors in the same technological field agree to license their patents covering a particular technology (such as the MP3 or DVD file formats) collectively, and benefit proportionately from the revenue generated by licensing that technology within the industry. Using the evolution of private rules to govern patent pools as a precedent, Contreras aims to demonstrate how the lessons from that evolution could also be applied to open industry standards. Watch this month’s faculty scholarship highlight, a conversation with Professor Contreras. VIDEO

Swiss Ambassador Speaks on Role of International Organizations

His Excellency Manuel Sager, ambassador of Switzerland to the U.S., spoke at the law school Jan. 22. Sager discussed the Swiss view of the current role of international organizations. The event was presented by the Program on International Organizations, Law and Diplomacy. MORE

Legal Spanish Program Starts Feb. 2

Starting Feb. 2, the law school will offer a Legal Spanish Program emphasizing criminal law for lawyers who speak Spanish but have difficulty translating complex legal terms in their client interactions and legal work. Through lectures, written assignments, and in-class exercises, participants will practice a wide array of legal Spanish skills ranging from legal reading and writing strategies to oral presentation of substantive legal issues in criminal law. MORE

Inter-American Human Rights Moot Court Competition Releases 2013 Hypothetical Case

The Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law is pleased to announce the release of the hypothetical case for the 2013 Inter-American Human Rights Moot Court Competition. The case, which focuses on the rights of LGBTI persons, was co-written by Victor Madrigal-Borloz, principal specialist at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights and Silvia Serrano, human rights specialist at the IACHR.The Inter-American Human Rights Moot Court Competition, hosted at the law school in May, is the only trilingual (English, Spanish, and Portuguese) moot court competition based on the Inter-American legal system. Read the hypothetical case.

Business Law Review Launches E-Newsletter

The American University Business Law Review is a student-run publication at AUWCL that provides cutting-edge legal analysis for the business law community. It is the only law review in Washington, D.C. dedicated solely to business issues. Stay up-to-date about the latest AUBLR publications and symposia by subscribing to their new e-newsletter.

Founders' Celebration Kicks off with Annual MLK Jr. Birthday Commemoration

The 2013 Founders' Celebration began with the Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Commemoration, held Jan. 16. The commemoration and program featured a keynote speech by Professor Cynthia Jones on "Addressing Racial Disparities in the Criminal Justice System," followed by a collaborative reading by members of the law school community. MORE