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News and Events @ American University Washington College of Law October 2013

Dean Grossman and Professor Mendez Address UN General Assembly

Dean Claudio Grossman, as chair of the United Nations Committee against Torture (UN CAT), and Professor Juan Mendez, UN Special Rapporteur on Torture, presented to the UN General Assembly in New York. In addition, Grossman participated in a panel on "Reviewing the Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners." Mendez moderated the panel. While in New York, Grossman hosted an alumni event at Bice Ristorante. More than 120 alumni were in attendance. VIDEO

Online Certificate Program in International Commercial Arbitration

AUWCL is pleased to announce the launch of the online certificate program, enabling learners around the world to enroll in online courses in the Online Certificate Program on International Commercial Arbitration. The program will provide in-depth knowledge and understanding of the key topics in the fields of commercial arbitration and its relevance in business law. MORE

AUWCL Celebrates International Week, Holds Annual Embassy Reception

AUWCL celebrated International Week Oct. 21-25 with a series of panels, workshops, and events for international students. One highlight of the week was the Annual Embassy Reception (pictured), which is a great opportunity for international students to network with ambassadors and staff from local embassies, ILSP alumni, local law firms, and AUWCL faculty and staff. MORE

Dean, Faculty, and Students to Participate in 51st Session of the UN Committee against Torture

Dean Claudio Grossman, as chair of the UN Committee against Torture (UN CAT), will preside this week over the Committee's 51st session in Geneva. He’ll also serve as rapporteur for Portugal and co-rapporteur for Mozambique. With the generous support of the Kovler Foundation, ten students in the law school’s unique UN CAT Project will join Grossman in Geneva, together with UN CAT Project Coordinator Jennifer de Laurentiis and Professors Janie Chuang and Fernanda Nicola. While in Geneva, Grossman will host a dinner for alumni and friends at Café du Soleil.

ADVANCE Student Mentors Provide Guidance and Support for First Generation Law Students

Jeanna Lee is a first generation law school student. As a 1L, she joined ADVANCE, a strategic mentoring initiative designed to provide academic and professional support to first generation, first year law students at AUWCL. Now in her 2L year, she decided to become a mentor herself. MORE

New Semester-Long Legal Spanish Program

AUWCL is pleased to announce a new, semester-long Legal Spanish Program for lawyers who speak Spanish and seek to improve their knowledge and use of complex legal terms in their client interactions and legal work. The course, to be held Wednesday evenings from Jan. 22 to April 16, 2014, introduces participants to legal concepts and provides practical communication skills in Spanish. MORE

Student Profile: Meet First-Year Student Richard Moua

Richard Moua served for five years as a paratrooper in the Army before joining the section two entering class at AUWCL.“I served in a specialized unit of the military,” said Moua. “We jumped out of airplanes and rappelled out of helicopters to get behind enemy lines.” After fulfilling his dream of serving in the military, he chose to come to law school because it seemed like a natural segue. MORE

Experts Preview the New Supreme Court Term

Earlier this month, AUWCL presented the 15th Annual "Looking Ahead at the New Supreme Court Term" event. The panelists, including Professors Amanda Frost, William Yeomans, Stephen Vladeck, and alumnus Tom Goldstein ’95, discussed several high profile cases that are on the U.S. Supreme Court’s docket for the new term and other big cases that may be heard this year. MORE

Alumni Spotlight: Ali Sternburg ’12

Alumna Ali Sternburg '12 works as Public Policy and Regulatory Counsel for the Computer & Communications Industry Association (CCIA). Her job is dictated by Congress’s docket and current events. She works primarily on intellectual property (IP) policy, filing amicus briefs, blogging about copyright- and patent-related topics, and submitting comments to various agencies and policymakers. “Our members are technology companies, and their users are the public, so my work is consistently in line with the public interest," said Sternburg. MORE

Faculty Scholarship Highlight: Professor Paul Figley - “Defending Federal Sovereign Immunity”

Professor Paul Figley’s scholarship has focused on the Federal Tort Claims Act. Figley’s writings fill in important gap in the field, responding to critics of the FTCA who argue that it is too difficult for ordinary citizens to pursue tort claims against the federal government. Learn more in this month's faculty scholarship highlight, a conversation with Professor Paul Figley. MORE

AUWCL Welcomes Five New Scholars from Around the World to the S.J.D. Program

AUWCL’s S.J.D. Program is a vibrant center of intellectual life at the law school. Recently, the Program welcomed five scholars from Korea, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Brazil, and Taiwan. Candidates enjoy a challenging intellectual environment as they pursue their passion for legal research and contribute to legal scholarship in their fields of specialization. MORE