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AUWCL Celebrates New Graduates at Commencement

On Sunday, May 22, American University Washington College of Law welcomed United States Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch as its 2016 Commencement speaker. The Spring 2016 class graduated 394 students with a JD, 65 with an LL.M., and one with an SJD. LEARN MORE | WATCH HIGHLIGHT VIDEO

Professor Davis Receives ABA's Raeder-Taslitz Award

The American Bar Association Criminal Justice Section awarded Professor Angela Davis with the Raeder-Taslitz Award for her significant contribution to promoting justice and fairness in the criminal justice system. The award was created in memory of Professor Myrna Raeder and AUWCL's own Professor Andrew Taslitz. The award will be presented to Davis at the Criminal Justice section meeting in November. LEARN MORE

21st Annual Inter-American Moot Court Competition Held at Tenley Campus

The Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law hosted the 21st Annual Inter-American Moot Court Competition from May 22-27, co-sponsored by the Inter-American Moot Court on Human Rights and the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights. More than 100 teams from 25 countries, involving over 600 students, professors, and human rights professionals participated. LEARN MORE

2L Secures One of Nine Akin Gump Pro Bono Scholar Spots

Second-year evening student Miranda Dore has been named a 2016 Akin Gump Pro Bono Scholar. She is one of four Scholars in Washington, DC, nine nationwide, from a pool of over 200 applicants nationwide, and the first to be selected from AUWCL. Miranda will work at the Children’s Law Center this summer. LEARN MORE


Student to Focus on Workers' Rights through Fellowship

Evelyn Haro, a 1L in the evening section, has been selected for the highly competitive Peggy Browning Fellowship Program, which funds law students who dedicate their summers to advancing workers’ rights. Haro will spend 10 weeks in the legal department of SEIU, a labor union that represents almost 1.9 million workers in more than 100 occupations in the United States and Canada. LEARN MORE

AUWCL Expands Tuition Benefits for Veterans

American University Washington College of Law is now able to offer expanded Yellow Ribbon Program tuition assistance to qualifying veterans. With the full support of administrators, including Dean Claudio Grossman, the law school removed the cap on assistance to support an unlimited number of students with free tuition. LEARN MORE

Professor Joins ABA Panel on U.S. Debate over Immigration

On Friday, May 6, Jayesh Rathod, director of the AUWCL Immigrant Justice Clinic, joined Martin O'Malley, former governor of Maryland, and other experts at The National Press Club for the ABA panel on immigration. Speakers discussed the recent political debates around immigration, including the political response to the Syrian refugee crisis and President Obama's executive orders on immigration. LEARN MORE

Register Now for Specialized Summer Law Programs in D.C.

There's still time to register for the law school's specialized summer programs. Join hundreds of practitioners and students from around the country and the globe to benefit from expert instruction and networking opportunities with some of the most influential leaders in law. Programs qualify for CLE and academic credit.  MORE

Law Schools Tackle Mental Health

The National Law Journal interviewed Associate Dean of Student Affairs David Jaffe to discuss his work to help students navigate stress during their three years of law school. MORE

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Media Highlights

CNN – Professor Steve Vladeck spoke about SCOTUS declining to rule on the Obamacare contraceptive mandate. MORE

MSNBC – Fellow in Law & Government Bill Yeomans was on Meet the Press Daily to discuss the legal controversy around North Carolina's new bathroom law which requires transgender people to use public restrooms corresponding to the gender on their birth certificate. MORE

Education Week – Professor Stephen Wermiel spoke about Merrick Garland and posted that examining Garland's cases as a law clerk might offer insights. MORE

The New York Times Professor Christine Haight Farley explores the role of the government in the complicated relationship between the use of disparaging names as trademarks and free speech.  MORE

The New York Times – Professor Jennifer Daskal writes that the decision to go to war is too important to entrust to a single branch of government. MORE

The Hill – Director of Adjunct Faculty Development and Fellow in Environmental Law William Snape co-authored an op-ed where he makes a point that Land and Water Conservation Fund reauthorization is a hollow victory in Senate energy bill. MORE

DipNote – U.S. Department of Statere capped one of our spring Founders’ conferences, "Gender Equality: Voices from the Global South," in its official blog. MORE

AUWCL News – Law School Taps Senior Government Attorneys to Teach Federal Regulatory Process Course MORE