AUWCL Kicks Off Orientation Week with Alumni Panel, Capitol Tour
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.
The alumni speakers Lauren Dudley '12 (Law & Government LL.M. ’13), Counsel, U.S. Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, Tim Daniels '13, Legislative Director for Representative Andy Harris (MD), and Amy Jones '03, Education Policy Director, U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Education & the Workforce, spoke to a group of more than 50 incoming 1Ls about their positions and working on the Hill. They also answered questions and offered advice about what these new law students can do during their first year of law school and beyond to prepare for a career in government.
Deepa Singh '20, who completed her undergraduate in political science at Ohio State University and is interested in going into government work, attended the panel as one of her first orientation activities. “I was not expecting the alumni to be so honest about their experiences as 1Ls,” she said. “It was great, and helpful, to hear their perspectives.”
The students learned a bit about the difference between working for a congressional office and a committee. But some practical skills were also discussed – all three panelists said Legal Writing is one of the most important first year courses.
Tim Daniels, who works for Rep. Harris, stressed the importance of research skills as well. “It’s not always what you know,” he said, “it’s what you can figure out.”
June 7, 2017
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.
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.
April 14, 2015
On April 14, the Program on Law & Government held a networking reception for JD and LL.M. students to speak with alumni in government, public interest organizations, and federal agencies. The event, held at the Rayburn House Office Building, welcomed over 200 students and alumni, including Rep. Stacey Plaskett ’94 and Rep. Gwen Graham ’88.