• A Message from Dean Camille A. Nelson from Orientation 2017

    A Message from Dean Camille A. Nelson from Orientation 2017
    August 18, 2017
    By Dean Camille A. Nelson

    On August 16 and 17, Dean Camille A. Nelson welcomed AUWCL’s impressive incoming class on behalf of the law school and American University. In speaking to the new students, she also took the opportunity to address, and condemn, the violent events in Charlottesville.

  • Students Start Orientation Week with Local Community Service Projects

    Students Start Orientation Week with Local Community Service Projects
    August 17, 2017
    By Megan Crawford

    Every year before classes begin, law students, faculty, and staff get together to participate in community service projects around the Washington, D.C. area. Since 2003, In My Back Yard (IMBY) has been organized by the school’s rising 2L Public Interest/Public Service Scholars and the Office of Public Interest. The annual event held on Tuesday, Aug. 15, kicked off JD orientation, and allowed new students to become acclimated to the city while returning students, faculty, and staff reconnected with their community.

  • AUWCL Kicks Off Orientation Week with Alumni Panel, Capitol Tour

    AUWCL Kicks Off Orientation Week with Alumni Panel, Capitol Tour
    August 15, 2017
    By Franki Fitterer

    On Aug. 14, 2017, as part of Orientation Week, the Program on Law and Government and the AUWCL Chapters of the American Constitution Society, the Federalist Society, and the National Lawyers Guild organized a panel presentation for incoming 1Ls featuring alumni currently working in the House of Representatives and the Senate. The program was followed by an afternoon tour of the U.S. Capitol.

  • Diana Santos '08 to Present Immigration Law Webinar on Representing Unaccompanied Minors

    Diana Santos '08 to Present Immigration Law Webinar on Representing Unaccompanied Minors
    July 21, 2017
    By Franki Fitterer

    Diana Santos ’08, an immigration attorney in private practice in the Washington, D.C. area, will present the monthly Alumni Webinar in conjunction with the Office of Career and Professional Development on Wednesday, July 26. The Webinar is titled “Representing Unaccompanied Minors Under the Trump Administration – Exploring the Effects of Canales vs. Torres,” and will have a focus on Special Immigrant Juvenile Status in Virginia in light of the recent Canales vs. Torres decision. Alumni can sign up for the Webinar here.

  • Associate Dean David Jaffe Contributes to Best-Selling Book "The Addicted Lawyer"

    Associate Dean David Jaffe Contributes to Best-Selling Book "The Addicted Lawyer"
    July 17, 2017
    By Megan Crawford

    The recently released best-selling book “The Addicted Lawyer” includes a contribution by Associate Dean for Student Affairs David Jaffe. Jaffe provided Chapter 10, “Beyond the Study: Acing Exams and Addiction,” in which he shares what students should expect from a law school and how they can go about finding support and succeeding while in school.  

  • Policing the Black Man, Edited by Professor Angela J. Davis, Addresses the Criminal Justice System's Adverse Impact on African American Boys and Men

    Policing the Black Man, Edited by Professor Angela J. Davis, Addresses the Criminal Justice System's Adverse Impact on African American Boys and Men
    July 13, 2017
    By Franki Fitterer

    Professor Angela J. Davis’ new book Policing the Black Man: Arrest, Prosecution, and Imprisonment, released Tuesday, July 11, by Pantheon Books, is already garnering a variety of positive reviews and recommendations. The collection of essays explores and critiques the many ways the criminal justice system impacts the lives of African American boys and men at every stage of the criminal process, from arrest through sentencing. 

  • AUWCL Student Honored by American Bankruptcy Institute

    AUWCL Student Honored by American Bankruptcy Institute
    June 28, 2017
    By Franki Fitterer

    Third-year student Bradley Jensen received the American Bankruptcy Institute Medal of Excellence for his outstanding performance in Professor Walter Effross’ Corporate Bankruptcy Course this spring. Professor Effross and Dean Camille Nelson presented him with the award this week.

  • Alumna Receives American Foreign Service Association's Rivkin Award for Constructive Dissent

    Alumna Receives American Foreign Service Association's Rivkin Award for Constructive Dissent
    June 21, 2017
    By Megan Crawford

    American University Washington College of Law congratulates Mariju L. Bofill ’01 who recently received the prestigious William R. Rivkin Award for Constructive Dissent. At a ceremony held at the Department of State’s Dean Acheson Auditorium on June 20, Bofill, along with Cecilia S. Choi, Christina T. Le, and Thomas T. Wong were honored for their extraordinary accomplishment involving initiative, integrity, intellectual courage and constructive dissent.

  • Two Students Named 2017 Association of Corporate Counsel Scholars

    Two Students Named 2017 Association of Corporate Counsel Scholars
    June 20, 2017
    By Franki Fitterer

    The Association of Corporate Counsel for the National Capital Region has named two members of the AUWCL class of 2018 to its Corporate Scholars Class of 2017. Michelle Emokpae and Joshua Morris were among the 12 area law students chosen as Scholars this year.

  • Professor Lindsay Wiley Elected President of American Society of Law, Medicine, and Ethics

    Professor Lindsay Wiley Elected President of American Society of Law, Medicine, and Ethics
    June 15, 2017
    By Franki Fitterer

    American University Washington College of Law congratulates Professor Lindsay Wiley on her election as the next president of the American Society of Law, Medicine, and Ethics (ASLME).  On June 7, at the annual Health Law Professors’ Conference, Wiley, who is director of AUWCL’s Health Law and Policy Program, was nominated and elected as President by the ASLME Board of Directors. Her term will begin in October 2017. 

  • Student Receives Latham and Watkins Diversity Scholarship

    Student Receives Latham and Watkins Diversity Scholarship
    June 7, 2017
    By Franki Fitterer

    American University Washington College of Law congratulates Lucas Novaes ’18, one of 17 recipients of the expanded Latham & Watkins 2L Diversity Scholars Program. Novaes is currently a summer associate in the Latham & Watkins DC office, where he is working on a variety of matters, from complex commercial litigation to pro bono and private equity finance work.

  • Judge Peter J. Messitte Awarded Order of the Southern Cross by Brazilian President Temer

    Judge Peter J. Messitte Awarded Order of the Southern Cross by Brazilian President Temer
    June 7, 2017
    By Megan Crawford

    On June 2, Senior United States District Judge for the District of Maryland Peter J. Messitte was presented the Ordem do Cruzeiro do Sul (Order of the Southern Cross) by Brazilian President Michel Temer. The award was given to Judge Messitte “as a token of the gratitude and recognition for those who have rendered significant service to the Brazilian nation." The ceremony took place at the Presidential Palace in Brasilia.

  • Center for Human Rights Presents Annual Congressional Human Rights Summer Series

    Center for Human Rights Presents Annual Congressional Human Rights Summer Series
    June 7, 2017
    By Franki Fitterer

    On Tuesday June 6, the Center for Human Rights & Humanitarian Law, in cooperation with the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission (TLHRC), launched the 2017 Congressional Human Rights Summer Series on Capitol Hill. AUWCL faculty will present briefings on select human rights topics for Congressional staff and interns throughout the summer, examining how and why these topics are relevant to the work of the U.S. Congress.

  • Three Washington College of Law Alumni Selected as Equal Justice Works Fellows

    Three Washington College of Law Alumni Selected as Equal Justice Works Fellows
    May 25, 2017
    By Megan Crawford

    American University Washington College of Law congratulates the 25th class of Equal Justice Works (EJW) Fellows, including three alumni from the Washington College of Law. Ann Garcia ’17, Whitney Washington ’17, and Nicholas Steiner ’15 will join 74 other recent law school graduates who will spend the next two years working to provide legal services to low-income and underserved populations. 

  • Washington College of Law Recognizes Outstanding Students with 2017 Commencement Awards

    Washington College of Law Recognizes Outstanding Students with 2017 Commencement Awards
    May 23, 2017

    As part of the ceremony held on May 21, 2017, the Washington College of Law recognized outstanding students with its 2017 Commencement Awards.

  • Bryan Stevenson, Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative, Delivers Commencement Address to Washington College of Law Class of 2017

    Bryan Stevenson, Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative, Delivers Commencement Address to Washington College of Law Class of 2017
    May 23, 2017
    By Franki Fitterer

    On Sunday, May 21, 2017, American University Washington College of Law (AUWCL) welcomed Bryan Stevenson, founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative (EJI), as its 2017 Commencement speaker. Stevenson addressed a packed crowd at Bender Arena gathered to celebrate the Spring 2017 class, which included 346 students graduating with a Juris Doctor (JD), 47 with a Master of Laws (LL.M.), and 2 with a Doctor of Juridical Science (SJD).

  • Professor Jones Gives Presentations to 10th Circuit Judges

    Professor Jones Gives Presentations to 10th Circuit Judges
    May 18, 2017
    By Franki Fitterer

    Professor Cynthia Jones gave two lectures on Wednesday, May 17, at the Tenth Circuit Judicial Conference in Park City, Utah. The training was for all of the judges of the 10th Circuit-- the U.S. District Court and U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Professor Jones' presentation focused on upcoming changes to the Federal Rules of Evidence and recent United States Supreme Court cases.

  • Impact Litigation Project Participates in Public Hearing of Inter-American Court of Human Rights in Costa Rica

    Impact Litigation Project Participates in Public Hearing of Inter-American Court of Human Rights in Costa Rica
    May 16, 2017

    On May 16, the Impact Litigation Project participated in a special public hearing of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights in Costa Rica. Three AUWCL students, Facundo Capurro, Natalia Gomez Pena, and Whitney Washington, supervised by Professor Macarena Saez, presented arguments on international law requirements regarding a potential statute on change of legal name according to gender identity.

  • Tenth Annual Health Law and Policy Institute to Be Held at Tenley Campus in June

    Tenth Annual Health Law and Policy Institute to Be Held at Tenley Campus in June
    May 12, 2017
    By Megan Crawford

    This year, American University Washington College of Law’s Health Law and Policy Summer Institute will celebrate its tenth year of specialized summer courses. The law school was an early adopter of the summer institute format for health law and policy, and continues to be a resource for students and practitioners.

  • Student Authors Discuss the Motivation Behind Their Recent Publications

    Student Authors Discuss the Motivation Behind Their Recent Publications
    May 3, 2017
    By Kathryn Suma

    This spring, AUWCL celebrated 96 student authors who were published in a wide variety of legal journals and briefs. The 12th Annual Student Authors reception was a moment for the law school to celebrate the accomplishments of all our student authors. AUWCL News took the opportunity to ask just a few of them what motivated them to delve into the innovative topics that led to their being published as law students.