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

Dean Grossman Welcomes New and Returning Students

This week, Dean Claudio Grossman welcomed new and returning JD, LL.M., and SJD students to the law school to kick off the 2012-13 academic year. Grossman shared many of the new and ongoing innovative curricular options, financial aid, and career development services offered by American University Washington College of Law to help students build upon a successful law school experience and entry into the profession. Read Dean Grossman’s letter to returning students.

American University Washington College of Law also welcomed Jorge L. Contreras and Andrew E. Taslitz to the full-time faculty this fall, with N. Jeremi Duru joining the full-time faculty in January. In addition to these appointments, law school Professor Mary L. Clark was named associate dean for faculty and academic affairs, and Professor Robert Dinerstein was named associate dean for experiential education. A total of nine visiting professors and practitioners-in-residence will join the law school faculty for 2012-13. MORE

Celebrating 30 Years of ILSP - Maruquel Pabon de Ramirez '86

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. ILSP alumna Maruquel Pabon de Ramirez '86, says setting tough goals has kept her motivated and led to rewarding career opportunities. Read her story.

New JD Students Give Back to the D.C. Community at the Annual "In My Back Yard" Public Service Day

JD orientation week is filled with tours, sessions, and receptions to acclimate new students to the opportunities at American University Washington College of Law. Before orientation begins, new students have the chance to join faculty, staff, and upperclassmen for “IMBY” or the “In My Back Yard” Public Service Day. IMBY is an annual event dedicated to improving the neighborhoods that members of the law school community call home. MORE

Unique Humphrey Fellows Program Welcomes 12 Scholars

Twelve legal scholars and professionals from around the world arrived in Washington, D.C. in August to participate in the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program coordinated by the International Legal Studies Program at American University Washington College of Law. MORE

Faculty Scholarship Highlight: Professor Fernanda Nicola - “Europe from the Ground Up”

Research and writing about the law of the European Union often focuses on current and future legal issues from the top down—such as through the lens of international law—as applied to the relationship between the EU and its member states. But for Associate Professor Fernanda Nicola, the more interesting questions come from the bottom up—from how the smallest and most local governmental institutions in turn effect and shape policy debates and other conversations at the national, European, and international level. Tune into this month’s faculty scholarship highlight, a conversation with Professor Nicola. VIDEO: Professor Fernanda Nicola - “Europe from the Ground Up”

Summer Students Gain Unparalleled Access to Legal Professionals and High-Profile Organizations

This summer, American University Washington College of Law’s programs in D.C. and abroad offered students unparalleled access to professionals and organizations involved with many areas of the law. For example, nearly 30 students—representing countries such as Canada, Columbia, Chile, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, United Kingdom, United States, Mongolia, South Korea, and Ecuador—recently completed the summer Program on International Organizations, Law & Diplomacy (PIOLD) in Geneva. MORE

Legal Spanish Program Back by Popular Demand

The law school will hold two Legal Spanish Programs this fall. The Programs help lawyers and law students with intermediate to high-level Spanish proficiency enhance their legal Spanish communication skills and prepare for real-world situations like client meetings and contract review in Spanish. The fall session begins Sept. 29, and a new Legal Spanish program emphasizing criminal law starts Nov. 10. Registration will open soon. MORE

The Lawyer Re-Entry Program Enters Fifth Year

The Lawyer Re-Entry Program, a six day program for professionals looking to renew their legal careers, is entering its fifth year of operation at American University Washington College of Law. The program combines instruction by law school faculty, interactive career workshops, networking opportunities, and one-on-one professional coaching for participants. Read MORE about the program, session dates, and application process.