Professor Delivers Founders’ Lecture at Ollie May Cooper Awards
Last week, American University Washington College of Law Professor Angela Davis delivered the 35th Founders’ Lecture during the Washington Bar Association’s 37th Annual Ollie May Cooper Award ceremony at Howard University School of Law.
The Ollie May Cooper award – named after one of the first African-American women to start her own law practice – is an annual recognition of outstanding service, leadership, and efforts made by the members of Washington Bar Association to enhance the image of the legal community at large.
After the award presentation to the Honorable Eric T. Washington, Chief Judge of the District of Columbia Court of Appeals, Professor Davis discussed the crisis of mass incarceration, prosecutors’ role in contributing to the problem, and their ethical duty to take affirmative steps to end it.
The lecture was well-received by the audience, including judges from the local and federal courts in the District of Columbia, members of the D.C. bar, law students, and alumni of American University Washington College of Law.
October 20, 2015
The Honorable Bernice Donald, a judge on the Sixth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and this year’s Jurist-in-Residence, spent two days at American University Washington College of Law this October meeting with students and sharing her insights on judicial decision-making. Judge Donald, a longtime champion of equal justice, became the first female African-American judge in the history of Tennessee in 1982.
On Thursday, April 9, the American University Washington College of Law community celebrated the 19th Annual Sylvania Woods Conference. The conference, named after the late Judge Sylvania Woods ’60 - one of the first African Americans to graduate from the law school - celebrated African Americans in the legal profession.
March 2, 2015
Dean Claudio Grossman and the AUWCL community held a reception honoring the accomplishments of Professor Perry Wallace and the recent publication of his memoir by author Andrew Maraniss.