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News and Events @ American University Washington College of Law December 2015

Dean Grossman Presides over 56th Session of the UN Committee against Torture

Dean Claudio Grossman, chairperson of the United Nations Committee against Torture (UN CAT), presided over the Committee's 56th session in Geneva, Switzerland and served as country rapporteur for Austria. With the generous support of the Kovler Foundation, the UN CAT Project’s ten students joined him, together with Jennifer de Laurentiis, the project coordinator, and Professors Lia Epperson and Susan Carle. LEARN MORE


Student Serves as Director of Hispanic Media for O'Malley

This semester, Jose Aristimuño, SPA/BA ’12, is more frequently seen on television than inside Pence Law Library. The 2L is taking a year off from American University Washington College of Law to serve as national director of Hispanic media for Martin O’Malley’s presidential campaign. We talked to him about the campaign, his plan to engage with the Latino voters, and his law school experience. LEARN MORE


Move to Tenley Is Underway, Interior Work Wraps Up

We have two exciting updates about American University Washington College of Law's move to the Tenley Campus. First, the Pence Law Library collections have moved  to its new home in the Warren Building. Second, the furniture for our new light-filled classrooms and spacious student spaces has been delivered. Check out the photo gallery to track the progress at Tenley Campus, as we wrap up the interior finishes. LEARN MORE


Leading Migrants Rights Organization Recognizes Professor with Prestigious Award

Centro de Los Derechos del Migrante, a transnational migrant rights organization founded by Rachel Micah Jones ‘03, presented Professor Jayesh Rathod with a Breaking Boundaries Award for his work as director of the Immigrant Justice Clinic. The award recognizes the clinic’s history of supporting migrant workers’ rights through innovative applied research and public advocacy. LEARN MORE


Online Certificate Program in International Commercial Arbitration

The Center on International Commercial Arbitration is seeking new graduates and mid-career professionals who are eager to acquire the foundational knowledge and skills to succeed in the complex and ever-changing field of international arbitration. The spring session of the Online Certificate Program in International Commercial Arbitration begins January 19. Registration is now open. LEARN MORE


1L Takes Case Challenging Maryland's Gerrymandering to the Supreme Court

Steve Shapiro’s decision to study law was bolstered from the experience of self-advocacy. In 2013, he and two co-plaintiffs filed a complaint fighting the new Congressional districts enacted in his home state of Maryland, arguing that the redistricting violated their Article 1 and First Amendment rights. On November 4, 2015 the Supreme Court of the United States heard Shapiro’s case, making the 1L a subject of national attention. LEARN MORE


Professor Hosts Roundtable on Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Bail and Pretrial Detention

The Pretrial Justice Initiative at American University Washington College of Law, founded by Professor Cynthia Jones, hosted an invitation-only roundtable discussion, which brought together leading bail reform advocates, civil rights lawyers, community organizers, and representatives from state and federal government agencies to discuss racial and ethnic disparities in bail and pretrial detention.  LEARN MORE


Author of the Opinion in Google Books Case Gives Lecture on Fair Use Doctrine

At the Fourth Annual Peter A. Jaszi Distinguished Lecture in Intellectual Property, Judge Pierre N. Leval of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit presented a lecture on the role of the fair use doctrine within the structure of copyright law. Victoria Gómez-Morgan, a 2L student and an associate articles editor for the American University Intellectual Property Brief, recaps the lecture for IPWatchdog. LEARN MORE


ADR Team Takes Second at the William & Mary International Law Negotiation Invitational

Congratulations to the finalists of the 2015 William & Mary International Law Negotiation Invitational! AUWCL’s team of Jacqueline Youm (3L) and Courtney Taylor (2L) competed against 15 other law schools at William & Mary School of Law. Our students took second place while representing a corporation against a sovereign nation in an international negotiation. The team was coached by adjunct professor David Clark '97. LEARN MORE


Anti-Corruption Program Director Participates in Panel on Fighting Corruption

 Nancy Boswell ‘87, director of U.S. & International Anti-Corruption Law Summer Program at American University Washington College of Law, spoke on the anti-corruption panel hosted by the American Society of International Law. The panel underscored the importance of repatriating stolen assets to their country of origin for use in development and as a deterrent to those who might steal in the future. LEARN MORE


International Trade Experts Discuss Trans-Pacific Partnership at AUWCL

On Nov. 10, the International Trade and Investment Law Society and the Program on Trade, Investment and Development hosted a conversation on the mega-regional trade agreement Trans-Pacific Partnership, one of the most contentious debates on Capitol Hill and around the world. Speakers focused on two of the most provocative subjects included in the agreement: labor and intellectual property. LEARN MORE


AUWCL Offers New Certificate in Trial Advocacy for Spanish Speakers

AUWCL offers a new professional development opportunity for legal practitioners – Trial Advocacy: Theory, Procedure, and Practice Skills – Latin America and the United States. Developed in partnership with the Centro de Estudios de Justicia de las Americas and the Universidad Alberto Hurtado, the program is designed to prepare participants to litigate effectively in the global world.  The certificate is offered in Washington, D.C. during January 19-29, 2016. LEARN MORE


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Media Highlights

Associated Press – Fellow in Law and Government William Yeomans discusses what defines domestic terrorism in the light of Planned Parenthood shooting in Colorado. MORE

The New York Times – Associate Professor Lindsay Wiley weighs in on the lack of regulations to protect health data that fitness trackers collect and store. MORE

CNN – Professor Stephen Vladeck explains that while states do not have the authority to refuse Syrian refugees allowed into the country by the federal government, states are able to avoid accommodating them. MORE

The Washington Post – Professor Janie Chuang comments on the language of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000, as the newspaper investigates whether Attorney General Loretta Lynch used inflated numbers in her remarks about the FBI’s success in fighting sex traffickers. MORE

The Huffington Post – Professor Cynthia Jones explains the impact of pretrial detention on the incarceration of blacks and Latinos. Jones discusses how the dysfunctional bail process fuels the problem of prison overcrowding and mass incarceration. MORE

The Christian Science Monitor – Adjunct Professor Melanie Teplinsky writes about the recent fine leveled at the nation’s third-largest cable company, Cox. Teplinsky wrote that the fine should cause carriers to get serious about data security enforcement. MORE

Washington Blade – Director of Center for Human Rights & Humanitarian Law Macarena Sáez is mentioned for testifying at the Colombian Constitutional Court in support of same-sex marriage. MORE

American Constitution Society Blog – Practitioner-in-Residence Anita Sinha responds to the governors blocking refugee resettlement in their states that the power to vet and admit refugees is a federal matter. MORE

Bleacher Report – Professor Jeremi Duru calls for more diversity within the NBA’s head coaching positions. MORE

The Times-Picayune – Director of the Law and Government Program Jamie Raskin discusses Louisiana gubernatorial candidate David Vitter neglecting to renew his law license. MORE

Institute for Public Accuracy – Professorial Lecturer in Residence Sean Flynn addresses the effects of the Trans-Pacific Partnership recently released by the Obama administration. MORE

Friends of the Earth – Environmental Law Fellow Bill Snape says that the settlement of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill by British Petroleum should not be tax deductible. MORE

Tech Dirt – Practitioner-in-Residence Brandon Butler recaps a recent lecture at American University Washington College of Law that featured Judge Pierre N. Leval, the author of the landmark Google Books decision. MORE