Alumna Receives American Foreign Service Association’s Rivkin Award for Constructive Dissent
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.
From the release:
AFSA’s dissent awards, which have been given out since 1968, are unique in the federal government. The awards publicly recognize individuals who have demonstrated the intellectual courage to challenge the system from within, to question the status quo and take a stand, no matter the sensitivity of the issue or the consequences of their actions.
Bofill, Le, Choi, and Wong are honored for their continued successes in improving the transparency and clarity of State Department assignment restrictions, and in creating an appeals mechanism to review cases. Recognizing that the lack of clarity and transparency in assignment restrictions hinders the department’s efforts to utilize its diverse workforce and denies employees the opportunities to apply their language and cultural assets to advance the department’s mission, the former and current presidents of AAFAA consulted with the American Foreign Service Association, lawyers, and senior department leaders in an effort to work within the system to advocate for change.
Mariju L. Bofill is currently the information officer at the U.S. Consulate General in São Paulo, Brazil. She began her career at the Department of State in 2001 as a presidential management fellow (PMF) and joined the Foreign Service in 2004. Prior to joining the State Department, Bofill worked as a law clerk for the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice and was a policy analyst at the National Asian Pacific American Legal Consortium.
May 25, 2017
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.
May 12, 2017
Lizzie Lewis '15 has always had a passion for environmental conservation, and has channeled that passion into a career in environmental law and policy. Lewis has worked on both domestic and international ocean conservation issues for various NGOs and government agencies, and is currently a Law Fellow at Meyer Glitzenstein & Eubanks LLP in Washington, D.C., which specializes in litigation on behalf of grassroots conservation and advocacy organizations.
Women & the Law Leadership Award Luncheon Celebrates Lisa Dewey '93 and Her Commitment to Public InterestApril 25, 2017
The Women and the Law Program along with the Office of Development and Alumni Relations held the law school's annual Women and the Law Leadership Award Luncheon and Ceremony this past Monday. The Women and the Law Leadership Award recognizes the extraordinary accomplishments of alumnae who made significant contributions to the field of law and their service to the law school. This year, the program honored Lisa Dewey ’93 and her commitment to pro bono work and access to justice.