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

Dear Friends,

Congratulations and welcome to the class of 2012! You are now part of an impressive group of accomplished and eclectic alumni.

As an introduction for new alumni and a reminder to current alumni, below is a list of some of the many benefits available to graduates of American University Washington College of Law. 

  • We strive to assist every alumnus with their career goals and skills. We will soon launch an online CLE program so you can meet your state requirements while staying connected to the law school.

  • We offer networking events in several cities, and local alumni can audit courses for $100 per course to gain new insight or expertise.

  • Need to study or conduct research? The Pence Law Library is open to you and, with an alumni card, you can check out books for private or professional research.

  • Stay in touch with fellow alumni with our online community, InCircle, which offers an alumni directory and the opportunity to update contact information, find old friends, and search for alumni in other states or practice areas. Don’t forget to find us on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn!

  • We are  also developing new benefits and alumni cards (which will be needed to receive the benefits). The benefits list will be available for you online later this summer. We will mail alumni cards in early fall, so please update your current mailing address so the card can reach you. To get an alumni card before they are mailed, email, or stop by our office, weekdays 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

The Office of Development and Alumni Relations is always available to help with these or other items. Please don't hesitate to contact us at, or send us a message via any of our social networking sites.


Shelly Horn
Director of Alumni Relations

AUWCL Celebrates Commencement 2012 and Welcomes Valerie Jarrett, Senior Advisor to President Obama, as Speaker

The law school welcomed Valerie Jarrett, senior advisor to President Barack Obama and chair of the White House Council on Women and Girls, as the spring 2012 commencement speaker, May 20. "Listen to your heart and discover your passion, and renew and replenish it throughout your life," Jarrett said in her address to the law school's 437 JD, 78 LL.M., and 2 SJD graduates. MORE

The class of 2012, their families, and friends joined Dean Claudio Grossman and the law school community for a commencement reception at the Organization of American States (OAS), Saturday, May 19. Dean Grossman also hosted a reception prior to the commencement ceremony for faculty, guests from the class of 1962 celebrating their 50th reunion, and legacy alumni recognizing this year's graduates.

Tenley Campus Update

Plans for the new law school campus at Tenley are moving forward. Construction is expected to begin in July 2013 and finish in August 2015. “This is a historic moment in the life of the law school,” said Dean Claudio Grossman. “The Tenley Campus is an eight-acre site, one block from the Metro, where we will design a state-of-the-art facility allowing us to develop even further one of the finest institutions of legal education in the nation.” More information about all of AU’s upcoming campus improvements can be found HERE.

Summer Programs in D.C. Feature Instruction from Top Legal Minds

Gain expert instruction from some of the most influential people in their respective fields of law at our summer programs in D.C. Students and practitioners will receive intensive training from top legal minds like the former director for the Office of National Drug Policy, a judge at the International Criminal Court, and a mediator at the World Bank International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes. MORE

Record Number of Teams Participate in 17th Annual Inter-American Moot Court Competition

The 17th Annual Inter-American Moot Court Competition was held May 20-25 at American University Washington College of Law. The event is presented by the law school's Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, and is co-sponsored by the Inter-American Court on Human Rights. This year's competition featured a record number of 109 participating teams from 26 different countries, and involved more than 300 students, professors, and human rights professionals. MORE

Law School & USIP Launch Afghanistan Document Project Website

The Pence Law Library, War Crimes Research Office, and United States Institute of Peace (USIP) are pleased to announce the launch of the Afghanistan Document Project website, a fully searchable and publicly accessible database of documents regarding human rights and humanitarian law violations committed in Afghanistan since 1978. The collaborative project began in 2008 as a direct response to the lack of a central resource and knowledge about the legacy of war crimes in Afghanistan. MORE

Program on Law & Government Honors LL.M. and S.J.D. Graduates

On May 17, the law school's Program on Law & Government honored new graduates of the LL.M. in Law & Government and S.J.D. Programs. Maryland Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler delivered keynote remarks, and was given the Program's inaugural award for Excellence in Public Service.

Celebrating 30 Years of ILSP - Sumanto Basu '93

This year, the International Legal Studies Program (ILSP) is celebrating its 30th Anniversary. Each month the American University Washington College of Law e-newsletter will spotlight one of the program's alumni. As a new student at AUWCL, Sumanto Basu thought that he would eventually work in a public international law career. However, after his initial internship at Porter Wright, he became intrigued with the different clients and transactions that the private law firm environment provided. MORE

New Summer Program on Judicial Reform in Latin America and the U.S., July 8 - 21

In the new Summer Program on Judicial Reform in Latin America and the U.S., practitioners, government officials, and other legal professionals gain an overview of the reform processes of judicial systems taking place in Latin American countries, with a special emphasis on criminal justice. Participants will be exposed to the challenges and skills needed for professional practice in new judicial systems and will gain an understanding of select U.S. judicial system reforms which they may apply to their own work in Latin American systems. Courses are offered in English or Spanish. MORE

American University Business Law Review has a "Very Entrepreneurial" Inaugural Year

The American University Business Law Review (AUBLR) is wrapping up its inaugural year as an official law journal. The publication transitioned from the Business Law Brief to a law journal in 2011. After the release of one issue, a successful symposium, and the launch of a new website, the outgoing leaders are reflecting on the progress of the journal in its inaugural year. MORE

Project on Addressing Prison Rape Responds to DOJ's Release of National Prison Rape Elimination Act Standards

On May 12, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) released the final national Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) Standards. The Project on Addressing Prison Rape (Project) based at the law school applauds these efforts to eliminate sexual abuse in custodial settings, but notes that the standards merely set the floor for basic requirements that agencies should follow to protect adults and youth from sexual abuse. MORE

LL.M. Conference Welcomes Administrators from 75 Law Schools

On May 3-4, the law school hosted an inaugural conference for LL.M., S.J.D, and M.L.S. program administrators, "Post-Graduate Legal Education: Trends, Challenges, and Opportunities." The event served as an opportunity for administrators from 75 law schools to collaborate on enhancing law school offerings and legal education. MORE

Alumna Honored at Annual International Trade and Investment Law Society Dinner

The International Trade and Investment Law Society and the Office of Development and Alumni Relations recently held the 6th Annual International Trade and Investment Law Society Distinguished Alumni Dinner, honoring Nancy Zucker Boswell ’86, former president and CEO of Transparency International-USA (TI).  Introductory remarks were given by the World Bank Vice President for the Africa Region, Obiageli Ezekwesili. A program “Securing the Benefits of Trade and Investment through Transparency and Anti-Corruption,” preceded the dinner, and featured remarks from Boswell, Timothy Reif, general counsel at the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, and Karan Bhatia, vice president and senior counsel for International Law & Policy, General Electric. MORE