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

Dean Claudio Grossman Welcomes Students for Spring Semester

Students returned to the law school Jan. 9 for the beginning of the 2012 spring semester. READ Dean Grossman's message to the returning students.

Opportunities Day Helps First Year Students Navigate Their Law School Experience

Opportunities Day, the first of a series of events as part of the law school's 2012 Founders' Celebration, is a day-long event for first year J.D. students (1Ls) entering their second semester. The event, which has been ongoing at the law school for nearly ten years, helps students to make the most of their academic and experiential development. "Opportunities Day is a way to suggest to first year students that their law school experience will soon be changing in a dramatic way," said David Jaffe, associate dean for the Office of Student Affairs. "It allows students to think ahead about taking responsibility for pursuing their interests and opportunities." MORE

Update on Planned Move to Tenley Campus

Last year American University filed an application with the District of Columbia Zoning Commission to relocate Washington College of Law to the university's Tenley Campus. The newly proposed space will measure approximately 310,000 square feet, and will be the first time Washington College of Law is located in a building specifically designed as a law school. Faculty and staff members have toured the campus site on several occasions. Read MORE about the campus plan.

American University Washington College of Law Hosts the AALS Opening Reception

American University Washington College of Law hosted the opening reception for the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) Annual Meeting, Jan. 4. The reception was open to meeting registrants, and was dedicated to Celebrating Diversity in Legal Education. The reception included food and music from around the world, as well as entertainment and a nighttime tour of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial. MORE about the annual meeting.

Dean Grossman Receives 2012 Deborah L. Rhode Award

Dean Claudio Grossman was named recipient of the 2012 Deborah L. Rhode award Friday, Jan. 6 by the AALS Section on Pro Bono and Public Service Opportunities at the AALS Annual Meeting. Grossman was chosen from an impressive group of faculty and administrators who work on behalf of pro bono and public interest programs throughout the country. (Dean Grossman is shown in the photo with Deborah Rhode, for whom the award was named.)

2012 Founders' Celebration Events Champion Legal Innovation

The 2012 Founders' Celebration at American University Washington College of Law kicked off this month with Opportunities Day, Jan. 12. This year's celebration features events, seminars, panel discussions, and expert forums covering diverse topics such as international environmental law, health information privacy, copyright and trademark, women in the law, issues in the law of armed conflict, the 2012 campaign, and legal ethics and integrity. Many events offer Continuing Legal Education accreditation for legal professionals. See the full list of events.

American University Washington College of Law Announces New Faculty and Senior Administration Appointments

American University Washington College of Law and Dean Claudio Grossman are pleased to announce the new faculty and senior administration appointments. Professor Mary Clark, formerly director of the SJD Program, will serve as a dean of Academic Affairs. Professor Lia Epperson has been named the law school's director of the SJD Program. MORE

Annual Event Commemorates the Birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

This week American University Washington College of Law held the 13th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Commemoration. The evening event featured a keynote speech by Dr. Josiah Young, professor of systematic theology at the Wesley Theological Seminary. Dr. Young's speech, "A Drum Major for Justice," was followed by a collaborative reading by members of the law school community led by Professor Ann Shalleck. The event was presented by the law school's Office of Diversity Services. "We are honored to gather once more as a community to open the new year and the new semester with our 13th commemoration of the life of Dr. King," said Sherry Weaver, director of the Office of Diversity Services.

International Human Rights Law Clinic Defends Human Rights Attorney Lysias Fleury

Recently the Inter-American Court of Human Rights issued a decision that the State of Haiti violated its international human rights obligations when it illegally arrested, detained, and tortured Mr. Lysias Fleury, a human rights attorney. The International Human Rights Law Clinic of American University Washington College of Law represented Mr. Fleury in the case. MORE

Legal English Program Holds January Session

This month the law school welcomed foreign practitioners, law students, and LL.M. students to a session of the Legal English Program. Participants, whose native language is not English, practiced legal English skills ranging from legal reading and writing strategies to oral presentation of legal issues through a variety of assignments and exercises. The deadline to register for the summer Legal English Program is June 1. MORE

International Dual JD Students Meet with French Ambassador

American University Washington College of Law hosted Ambassador Pierre-Henri Guignard, Permanent Representative of France to the Organization of American States, this month for a lunch with 17 International Dual Degree students currently in the French program. The gathering helped build connections and develop ideas for cooperation between the law school, OAS, and France. MORE