American University Washington College of Law

American University Washington College of Law

Located on the NW edge of Washington, D.C., American University Washington College of Law is 20 minutes from the White House, yet set within green boundaries of a residential neighborhood.

American University Washington College of Law is a leading law school preparing students to practice in all areas of the law. With five specialty programs ranked in the top 10 by U.S. News and World Report, AUWCL students receive a legal education that prepares them to tackle a breadth of challenges in Washington, D.C., throughout the country, and around the world.

American University Washington College of Law Practitioner-in-Residence Daniela Kraiem, director of the Women and the Law Program has been appointed Interim Senior Director of AUWCL OCPD.

“Daniela has a deep commitment to WCL and its students, an unbounded enthusiasm for her work, and the critical expertise needed to get the job done,” said Acting Dean Robert Dinerstein. “She brings her extensive experience connecting students with job opportunities and fellowships in gender-related fields to her new position with the Office of Career and Professional Development. We are fortunate to have someone with her credentials and energy to lead OCPD during this challenging time.”

Learn more: https://bit.ly/3j6Y5Yg

Today, American University Washington College of Law released a statement on ICE Policy regarding international Students.

“WCL stands with our international students. As a law school that has a long history of and commitment to high-quality international legal education and fighting discrimination in all its forms, WCL opposes the change in ICE policy in the strongest possible terms," writes Acting Dean Robert Dinerstein. "The policy not only hurts our international students, but our entire law school community. International students enrich our learning experience in untold ways by sharing their perspectives and views in and outside of the classroom. They are part of who we are: a community that values diversity and inclusion and understands that we are all one human family regardless of our ethnic, racial, national, and religious affiliation."

Read the full statement here: bit.ly/38VYacw

Last week, The Council of the District of Columbia voted to make the District of Columbia the first jurisdiction to restore voting rights to incarcerated residents with felony convictions.

This significant democratic milestone comes after a testimony in support of the Bill by Visiting Professor Margaret Martin Barry, director of WCL Clinical Program's Re-Entry Clinic, with the assistance from her Dean’s Fellow, 1L Xena Hinton. Learn more: https://bit.ly/32n80TL

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Professor Claudio Grossman Awarded 2020 Goler T. Butcher Medal

LL.M. Programs at American University Washington College of Law Professor and Dean Emeritus Claudio Grossman has been awarded the 2020 Goler T. Butcher Medal by the ASIL - American Society of International Law.The Medal was presented by ASIL President Catherine Amirfar in recognition of Grossman's outstanding contributions to the development and effective realization of international human rights law.

The Medal was officially presented to Professor Grossman at the ASIL Annual Meeting on June 25, 2020. Learn more:

wcl.american.edu Professor and Dean Emeritus  Claudio Grossman  has been awarded the 2020 Goler T. Butcher Medal by the American Society of International Law (ASIL). The Medal was presented by ASIL President Catherine Amirfar in recognition of Grossman's outstanding contributions to the developme...

Incoming 1L Tre’ Leonard is the embodiment of our motto, #ChampionWhatMatters. He is a finalist in BARBRI’s One Lawyer Can Change the World Scholarship competition. In his essay, he explains that after multiple negative experiences with law enforcement while growing up, his dream is to affect change as a prosecutor. “Prosecution must entail active participation at the forefront of crime prevention,” Tre’ writes. “Working as a prosecutor would enable me to exercise discretion at the highest level of our criminal justice system and work to mend the broken bridge between law enforcement and underserved communities, creating an environment of mutual respect. It is important to me to utilize my unique background and platform to be the change I want to help create.” Tre’, welcome to Washington College of Law – we are lucky to have you!

You can vote for his essay in the scholarship competition at lawpreview.com/top-10

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Summer Course Recap: Campaign 2020 and the Law Provides Election Year Insight

This summer, 76 students from across the country participated in a dynamic new program, designed by AUWCL Program on Law & Government, that guided participants through this important election year: Campaign 2020 and the Law.

Learn more about the program -- which included courses on voting rights, campaign finance, and election security -- here:

wcl.american.edu Each summer, AUWCL hosts specialized summer law institutes covering a range of legal topics. This year, the Program on Law and Government designed a dynamic new online program to guide participants through this important election year: Campaign 2020 and the Law.

American University Washington College of Law is proud to announce the Stephen S. Weinstein Advocacy Program’s Mock Trial Honor Society and Moot Court Honor Society have been invited to compete in a two prestigious national competitions for the 2020-2021 academic year.

For the first time, MTHS has received a special invitation to compete in the 2020 Tournament of Champions Mock Trial Competition, while MCHS has been invited for the first time to the 2021 Hunton Andrews Kurth Moot Court National Championship. Learn more about the upcoming competitions, and the Program, here: https://bit.ly/3gc5kMq.

Interested in starting your LL.M. this fall? Begin your studies online with the same level of instructional quality, student services and access to co-curricular activities. Submit your LL.M. application for Fall 2020 by July 15th. To learn more, visit wcl.american.edu/llm.

LL.M. Programs at American University Washington College of Law

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Introduction to U.S. Immigration Law - Online Education

U.S. immigration law is a critically important legal field, and AUWCL offers an unparalleled opportunity to pursue an Online Certificate in Introduction to U.S. Immigration Law. The course, directed by Professor Jayesh Rathod, director of AUWCL's Immigration Law Clinic, begins July 6. Learn more at wcl.american.edu/immigration.

wcl.american.edu In today's world, U.S. immigration law is a critically important field. American University Washington College of Law offers an unparalleled opportunity to pursue an Online Certificate in Introduction to U.S. Immigration Law.

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Program on Law and Government Hosts Virtual Panel on Criminal Justice Policy and Reform

Former Deputy Assistant Attorney General of The United States Department of Justice's Civil Rights Division Roy Austin, American University Washington College of Law Senior Associate Dean Brenda Smith and Professor Cynthia Jones came together yesterday to talk criminal just reform and defunding the police during a webinar hosted by AUWCL Program on Law & Government. Read about their discussion here: bit.ly/318NdTb

wcl.american.edu On June 23, American University Washington College of Law’s Program on Law and Government presented “Defund the Police? Mapping a Reform Agenda,” discussing the ways in which criminal justice reform can be obtained.

Next Monday, the third webinar in our “WCL Faculty Speaks” series will discuss the impacts on migration law and policy amid COVID-19. Participants include Professor and Associate Dean for Experiential Education Jayesh Rathod, director of the Immigrant Justice Clinic; Assistant Professor Anita Sinha, director of the International Human Rights Law Clinic; and Professor Janie Chuang.

Learn more and register: https://bit.ly/379Z7gu

Following up on Tuesday’s announcement about our plans for a hybrid learning experience for the fall semester, we have launched an Information and Resources website with FAQs, links to the American University plan, library resources, and more: https://bit.ly/2YehEFq

On the site, students, faculty and staff can also find another link to the Building Usage Survey that was sent in Tuesday’s email. We are looking forward to your feedback as we continue our planning to determine the best ways to meet students where they are this fall.

Following up on American University's announcement regarding the upcoming Fall semester, American University Washington College of Law is pleased to share our plan for Fall 2020. We are planning a hybrid learning experience for Fall, providing students with an engaging and inclusive education without disruption. Our 8.5-acre Tenley Campus will be open to support opportunities for collaborative onsite experiences, both indoors and in the many outdoor spaces our campus provides. We will also endeavor to offer on-campus limited-enrollment classes, consistent with the CDC, DC, and AU guidelines.

As excited as we are about re-opening the campus, in-person participation in all AUWCL activities will be optional for Fall 2020. We will support all students, whether they choose to participate remotely or to combine remote participation with in-person, on-campus activities. Students who are not able, or do not wish, to come to class or campus in person will not be required to do so; all on-campus offerings will be duplicated or simulcast online. We are confident we can meet students where they are and provide an affirming and supportive community that is committed to excellence, diversity, inclusion, and caring.

Learn more about how AUWCL is Moving Forward this Fall here: https://bit.ly/3fypYWH

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In an effort to provide safe and accessible education this fall, AU will offer a blended combination of in-person/online classes and purely online classes as part of our AU Forward plan, which focuses on the health, safety, and well-being of our community.

More information: https://www.american.edu/coronavirus/au-forward.cfm

Join AUWCL Program on Law & Government Tuesday, June 23 for a discussion on criminal justice reform with former Deputy Assistant Attorney General of the The United States Department of Justice's Civil Rights Division Roy Austin, American University Washington College of Law Senior Associate Dean Brenda Smith and Professor Cynthia Jones.

To attend, visit http://auwcl.zoom.us/s/97725039070

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Professor Angela J. Davis Joins Roundtable on Racism with Rep. Jamie Raskin

American University Washington College of Law professor and leading U.S. criminal law scholar Angela Davis provided expert legal insight into America’s ongoing racial injustices during a virtual roundtable discussion with Rep. Jamie Raskin and Georgetown Law Professor Paul Butler.

“We need to reimagine and deconstruct this criminal legal system,” Davis told Raskin, Professor of Law Emeritus at AUWCL and chair of the House Civil Rights/Civil Liberties Oversight Subcommittee. “Reform is not enough."

wcl.american.edu American University Washington College of Law professor and leading U.S. criminal law scholar Angela J. Davis provided expert legal insight into America’s ongoing racial injustices during a virtual roundtable discussion with Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.) Friday, June 5.

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Professor Lindsay Wiley Shares Insights in Upcoming "WCL Faculty Speaks: COVID-19 and Public Health Law"

Join us for our next WCL Faculty Speaks webinar on Thursday, June 11, as Professor Lindsay Wiley discusses the #COVID19 pandemic and public health law. Register today: https://bit.ly/2zxyDJE

wcl.american.edu The second webinar in our “WCL Faculty Speaks” webinar series will take place Thursday, June 11 at 2 p.m. and feature Professor Lindsay Wiley , director of the AUWCL Health Law and Policy Program, as she addresses the impact of COVID-19 and the current pandemic on public health law.

Congratulations to Natalie M. Koss ’03, who has been elected to the District of Columbia Bar Board of Governors, composed of 20 lawyers selected by the active membership and three members of the public appointed by the Board itself as nonvoting members. Koss, a member of the D.C. Bar for over 15 years, is managing partner of Potomac Legal Group PLLC – a small firm that represents employees in public and private sector employment matters.

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The Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law Completes First Week of Virtual Courses

The eight courses offered virtually this year by the Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law give access to quality legal education to scholars, mid-career professionals, human rights defenders and activists, and students all over the world. Students are involved in interchanging dialogue with other participants and develop key networking relationships with 20 of the top human rights experts from over eight different countries around the world, including American University Washington College of Law faculty.

wcl.american.edu The  21 st  Annual Program of Advanced Studies on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law (May 26 – June 12), held by American University Washington College of Law’s  Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law , has completed its first week of courses. Students and expert facu...

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Immigrant Justice Clinic Student Attorneys Overcome Challenges of COVID-19

The student attorneys in WCL Clinical Program, ranked by @usnews as #2 in the nation, work diligently to serve their clients – even in the midst of a global pandemic. Learn how Immigrant Justice Clinic (IJC) student attorneys Shazreh Khan ’20 and rising 3L Audrey Vorhees overcame obstacles presented by COVID-19 to assist their client – an LGBT individual seeking asylum from persecution on account of their sexuality – below.

“Clinic is a real-life lawyering experience, which requires students to navigate uncertain and changing conditions, while upholding their ethical obligations to clients,” said Professor and Associate Dean for Experiential Education Jayesh Rathod, director of IJC and the students’ supervising attorney. “Over the past few months, we have faced formidable obstacles in our case work. In the face of these challenging conditions, Audrey and Shazreh were persistent and determined, and provided their client with high-quality representation.” #AUWCL #ChampionWhatMatters

wcl.american.edu AUWCL’s Immigrant Justice Clinic was a key reason Shazreh Khan ’20 and rising 3L Audrey Vorhees decided to Washington College of Law, and that passion to help others has extended through the global pandemic.

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Message from Dean Nelson to the WCL Community

"When we can and where we are, we must work to make the nation, and our world, more just, fair, equitable, and inclusive for all," American University Washington College of Law Dean Camille Nelson writes in a message to the AUWCL community. "We can use our authentic voices to affirm human rights and our shared interrelated humanity. Our community is well-equipped to speak about, advocate for, and thoughtfully craft and support the positive transformation of our society in furtherance of justice." #ChampionWhatMatters

See Dean Nelson's full message here: https://bit.ly/3gGt2RX

wcl.american.edu The times in which we find ourselves call for self-reflection and what Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. referred to as self-purification . For many people, watching the public killing of George Floyd was the straw that broke the camel’s back. Trouble is, that back has been broken again and again, an...

May 18-21, American University Washington College of Law's Center on International Commercial Arbitration hosted the VII International Investment Moot Arbitration Competition. The competition, conducted solely in Spanish, promotes the study of International Investment Law and Arbitration as its preferred dispute resolution mechanism. The team from the University Externado of Colombia won the event. The Universidad Mayor of San Marcos was the runner-up.

The competition was co-organized with the Latin American Arbitration Association, the Center for Arbitration and Mediation of the Brazil-Canada Chamber of Commerce of Bogota, and the Externado University of Colombia, School of Law. Sponsors included the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes; TDM; Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP; Montezuma Abogados; Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP; and Three Crowns.

This Friday, join the AUWCL Program on Law & Government and AUWCL's U.S. & International Anti-Corruption Law Program for "Defending Inspectors General Under Fire: What Congress Should Do," featuring Walter Shaub '95, senior advisor for Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, and Danielle Brian, executive director of Project on Government Oversight. Attend the event, moderated by Professor Fernando Laguarda, via Zoom: https://auwcl.zoom.us/j/99372455146

AUWCL virtually welcomes participants from across the country and the globe to our specialized summer law programs! Today, we kick off our online programs on commercial arbitration, environmental law, human rights and humanitarian law, intellectual property, and international criminal law.

For more information on our additional online programs starting throughout the summer, visit wcl.american.edu/summer/dc

We are proud to partner with American University School of Education, along with the Antiracist Research and Policy Center at American University, for the Summer Institute On Education Equity And Justice conference, held virtually next month.

This year's theme is "Uplifting Women and Girls of Color Through Antiracist Pedagogy, Practice, and Policies," and features American University Washington College of Law Dean Camille Nelson as a keynote speaker. Learn more at american.edu/soe/summer.cfm

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