The Docket Oct. 16, 2006
Washington College of Law
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Please keep in mind that responses to fire alarms in the building must be taken seriously.
Individuals are to proceed immediately to the nearest stairwell either on their own or at the
direction of volunteers on each floor; all building stairwells have fire exits. Assistance collection
points marked by a blue sign are affixed to the wall on each floor near the elevators for anyone
experiencing a a challenge in departing from the building.
We urge your cooperation in making the building (and exit from it) a safe one.
OFFICE OF THE REGISTRAR
REGISTRAR’S OFFICE HOURS
Monday 9:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Tuesday - Thursday 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Friday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
To make other arrangements or schedule appointments outside regular office hours,
please call 202-274-4080.
ATTENTION PROSPECTIVE DECEMBER GRADUATES: If you plan to graduate
in December 2006, please complete an Application to Graduate as soon as possible.
Applications are available in the Registrar’s Office, Suite 304, or on-line at
ANONYMOUS GRADING NUMBERS: All students must use anonymous grading
numbers, and not names, on all school examinations. These are available on
http://my.american.edu under Person Links at the bottom (WCL Anonymous Grading
SPRING 2006 and SUMMER 2006 EXAMS AVAILABLE FOR PICK-UP For
those professors who have returned their exams for spring 2006 and summer 2006 to our
office, these exams/papers are now available for pick-up during office hours. Exams are
filed by anonymous grading number (for that semester) and are in cabinets and drawers in
the office. A listing of all available exams is posted for review.
OFFICE OF STUDENT SERVICES
1Ls- Are you planning on taking the Florida Bar? If so, you can save on the cost of your
registration by registering now!
Registration fees increase from the date you begin law school:
Within 180 days pay $75
181 to 195 days $100
196 to 250 days $200
After 250 days $500
For information and/or to register please go to www.floridabarexam.org
WCL Business Cards
The Office of Student Services is pleased to extend to the student community an
opportunity to order business cards with the AU and WCL imprint.
Students may find these cards useful during networking sessions and other opportunities
when outside the law school.
The law school receives no income through purchase of the business cards. Please use the
link provided to order yours today!
Writing Competition: In addition to those posted outside Room 300. Over $30,000
in cash prizes available.
American College of Consumer Financial Services Lawyers Writing Competition
Award: $2500-$1000, Deadline: December 1, 2006.
Nathan Burkan Competition. Award: $250-$600. Deadline: June 30, 2007.
The American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC) announces the
American College of Trust and Estate Counsel Mary Moers Wenig 2007 Student Writing
Competition. Award: $1,000-$5,000. Deadline: May 1, 2007.
The American Immigration Law Foundation sponsors the Edward L. Dubroff writing
competition. Deadline: March 12, 2007 (5:00pm ET). Award: $1,000.
American Intellectual Property Law Association Watson Award Competition
Deadline: June 30, 2007.
Jackson Lewis LLP and the Institute for Law and the Workplace are sponsoring
The Louis Jackson National Student Writing Competition in Employment and Labor
Law. Deadline: January 16, 2007. Award: $1,000-$3,000.
The Environmental Law Institute and the American Bar Association’s Section of
Environment, Energy, and Resources announce the “Endangered Environmental
Laws” Student Writing Competition. Deadline: April 13, 2007. Award: $2,000.
The ABA Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources is sponsoring a writing
competition. Deadline: February 9, 2007
The American College of Trial Lawyers is sponsoring an essay contest for law students
on the topic of Judicial Independence and the Separation of Powers Doctrine. Award:
$5,000-$10,000. Deadline: March 1, 2007.
National Association Of Counsel For Children is sponsoring a writing competition.
Award: Deadline: June 1, 2007. Award: $1,000.
The American Inns of Court sponsors the Warren E. Burger Prize. Deadline:
Deadline: June 15, 2007.
The ABA Section of Criminal Justice announces the William W. Greenhalgh Student
Writing Competition. Award: $2,000. Deadline: April 11, 2007.
National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws is sponsoring the
William J. Pierce Writing Contest. Award: $500. Deadline: December 31, 2006.
The ABA Section of Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Law Student Writing
Competition. Deadline: March 5, 2007. Award: $500-$1,500.
The ABA Section of Antitrust Law is sponsoring a writing competition. Deadline:
January 26, 2007. http://www.abanet.org/antitrust/at-law-student/at-writing-comp.html
GRAMMY Foundation® Entertainment Law Initiative (ELI) is sponsoring the
Entertainment Law Initiative Writing Competition. Deadline: Jan. 5, 2007.
OFFICE OF DIVERSITY SERVICES
Sherry A.Weaver, Director – (202) 274-4032 – Suite 300 – email@example.com
Hours: 10:00 am-6:00pm
Dean’s Diversity Council Activities: You’re Invited
Thursday, October 26
DON’T MISS IT
4:00-5:00 PM: Fall 2006 Dean’s Diversity Council Speaker Series Program
Linda M. Estrada, president-elect, Hispanic Bar Association of the District of Columbia
Title: “Your Legal Career: The Plan, The Path, The Reality”-- The speech will
examine the necessity to “expect the unexpected” along the path to a career in law.
5:15-6:00 PM: DDC Reception with students: Students will have the opportunity to
meet and talk with Dean’s Diversity Council members. [A list of DDC members is
available in the Office of Diversity Services.]
Both activities will be held in the JD Student Lounge.
RSVP REQUIRED: firstname.lastname@example.org
Panel Speakers Wanted for Externship Orientations:
The Externship Program is seeking past externs to speak at the 1L Externship
Orientations--October 24th and/or October 25th from 12-1:30. If you would like to share
your externship experience and insights, please contact Meadow Wirick in the Externship
Office (email@example.com, 202-274-4200, Room 413). We look forward to
hearing from you!
FYI: Sherry Weaver will be recruiting at Florida State University and Florida A&M
University on Tuesday and Wednesday of next week; she will return on Thursday.
If you graduated from an Historically Black College or University (HBCU) or an
Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) and you have a good contact to whom we might send
admission information, please get in touch with the Office of Diversity Services.
OFFICE OF FINANCIAL AID
Student Account Bills
If you have an outstanding bill for the semester, it is likely that a “stop” has been
applied to your account. Notices were recently sent by the Student Accounts Office.
If your aid for the semester has not been posted, let us know. Aid cannot be
disbursed if entrance counseling requirements, Master Promissory Note (MPN) or
other file information is missing. Check now to see if your file is complete.
Registration for the next term and access to other university services may be
blocked if a “stop” exists in your record.
Consider signing up for direct deposit to receive your pay. Information is available at the
Payroll Office or the WCL Finance Office.
If you are contemplating a change in enrollment status or in your Stafford loan amounts
for the spring term, please notify the office by December 1.
Prospective Graduates - December 2006
Please notify the office if you will graduate this December. Federal loan borrowers must
complete Exit Interview requirements prior to leaving the university. Information
regarding the process will be provided later.
Supplemental Loans – Grad PLUS or Private Loans
Now is the time to weigh your needs for the remainder of the school year. Regulations
require disbursement of aid in equal installments for each award period; disbursement at
the beginning of each semester is the standard. If you think it will be necessary to
borrow additional funds (up to the cost of attendance) submit your request/application
Information regarding the following outside scholarship opportunities has been received.
• Constangy, Brooks & Smith, Diversity Scholars Awards for second year
students. Apply at www.comstangy.com/MissionStatement.html. Deadline:
November 1, 2006.
Stop in to check the Outside Scholarship Binder for additional scholarship information.
OFFICE OF PUBLIC INTEREST
Suite 515 - Phone: 202-274-4099 - Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
MISSED THE DEADLINE TO APPLY FOR THE EQUAL JUSTICE WORKS CONFERENCE AND
CAREER FAIR? ON-SITE REGISTRATION IS AVAILABLE! The conference and career fair
will be held October 19th and 20th at The Inn and Conference Center, University of
Maryland University College, 3501 University Blvd., East Adelphi, MD 20783.
Registrants may participate in employer “table talk” and attend conference sessions. For
more information visit www.equaljusticeworks.org/careerfair.
DON’T MISS OUT ON OPPORTUNITIES! JOIN THE PUBLIC INTEREST ANNOUNCEMENTS
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student groups regarding public interest programming and events. To subscribe to the
listserv, send an email to email@example.com. Leave the subject line blank,
and in the body of the message, type “subscribe pi_wcl” without the quotes.
UPCOMING PROGRAMS AND EVENTS:
2Ls and 3Ls - New Voices Fellowship Brown Bag Information Session, Monday,
October 16th at noon, room 500
WCL alumna Courtney Chappell will be on hand to answer questions regarding the New
Voices postgraduate public interest fellowship program and to answer questions
regarding the application and selection process. RSVP to Charlene Gomes at
PRO BONO HONORS PLEDGE PROGRAM:
Miss the “Getting Involved in Pro Bono” Session? If you missed the October 11
program but would like to learn about the Pro Bono Honors Pledge Program, stop by the
Office of Public Interest in Suite 122 and pick up a copy of the pledge materials.
Did you know? The Office of Public Interest maintains a list of more than 100 suggested
Pro Bono Placements in the DC Metro area. In addition, pro bono hours may be accrued
through a variety of on-campus activities, including but not limited to:
• Street Law Teaching
• Genocide Teaching Project
• Students United
• Election Protection
• Participating in UNCAT with Dean Grossman, and
• Clinical Program Translators.
OFFICE OF SPECIAL EVENTS AND CONTINUING LEGAL
Phone 202.274.4075 Fax 202.274.4079
Jennifer Dabson · Director
Phone: 202.274.4075 · E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Website www.wcl.american.edu/secle
Taking Your Product to Market: Clinical Research and Product Launch for Drugs
Times: 9:30AM - 12:30PM
NAPABA Thomas Tang National Moot Court Competition
9:00am – 5:00pm
Room 603 ect.
Save the Dates: FALL 2006
October 25th Freedom of Expression Reception
October 26th: Deans Diversity Council and Dinner
October 26th: Increasing Criminalization
FOR T H E F U L L L I S T I N G O F F A LL P R O G R A M S P L E A S E VISIT
ACADEMY ON HUMAN RIGHTS AND HUMANITARIAN LAW
BOOK LAUNCH INVITATION
“The Prohibition of Torture and Ill-Treatment in the Inter-American Human Rights
System: A Handbook for Victims and Their Advocates”,
Professors Claudia Martin and Diego Rodriguez-Pinzón
Tuesday, October 24, 2006, from 7 to 9 pm
Organization of American States, Inter-American Commission on Human Rights
(Ruben Dario Room, 8th floor, 1889 F Street, NW, Washington DC)
The Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law cordially invites you to celebrate
in the publication of a new book, co-authored by Professors Claudia Martin and Diego
Rodriguez-Pinzón, Co-Directors of the Academy. The book, entitled The Prohibition of
Torture and Ill-Treatment in the Inter-American Human Rights System: A Handbook for
Victims and Their Advocates, completes Volume 2 of the OMCT Handbook Series and
includes a Foreword by Dean Claudio Grossman. Currently being printed in English,
Spanish, and Portuguese, the book provides both practical insight into the intricacies of
the Inter-American system, as well as in-depth analysis of the Inter-American
jurisprudence involving the prohibition against torture and cruel, inhuman, and degrading
treatment and punishment.
The official book launch, organized by the World Organization Against Torture and the
Academy, will include presentations from the following panelists: Eric Sottas, Director,
OMTC; Commissoner Florentín Meléndez, Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Persons
Deprived of Freedom, Inter-American Commission on Human Rights; Claudio
Grossman, Vice Chair, United Nations Committee Against Torture; Boris Wilkström,
OMCT Legal Advisor and Handbook Series Editor; and Diego Rodríguez-Pinzón and
Claudia Martin, Co-Directors, Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law.
THE ACADEMY’S SUMMER PROGRAM
The Summer Program of the Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law is the
only intensive, three week program in the world to offer human rights courses in both
English and Spanish. Every year the Academy hosts over 25 visiting world-renowned
scholars and activists who teach courses on topics including regional human rights
approaches; the United Nations; international criminal tribunal; human rights and
development; women's rights; terrorism and human rights; and international humanitarian
law. The program is open to lawyers, professionals in the human rights field and law
students. Classes can be taken for academic credit or Certificate of Attendance. All
classes are open to WCL students, who can earn up to seven credits toward their degree.
More information about the Summer Program can be found at
GET INVOLVED WITH THE ACADEMY ON HUMAN RIGHTS!
Help us organize the 12th Inter-American Human Rights Moot Court Competition!
As one of the only trilingual (English, Spanish & Portuguese) moot court competitions in
the world, WCL’s Competition brings together nearly 200 students from all over the
world for a week of tough competition (and great fun) at WCL in late May. The
Competition is dedicated to the advancement of the Inter-American human rights legal
system and involves a large number of prominent attorneys and volunteer judges, experts
from the Inter-American Commission and Court of Human Rights and more. During the
week, participants attend receptions and other events, participate in training
opportunities, and visit international organizations such as the Inter-American
Commission on Human Rights. We also throw an awesome Salsa-dancing party!!!!
Volunteers are needed to communicate with participants, recruit judges, research the
Bench Memorandum and plan the various events of the Competition. The Competition
particularly seeks Spanish and Portuguese speaking volunteers (but not exclusively!). If
you are interested in volunteering, please send an email to the Competition at
email@example.com or at 202-274-4215. For more on the Competition, visit our
website at www.wcl.american.edu/hracademy/mcourt.
CENTER FOR HUMAN RIGHTS AND HUMANITARIAN LAW
HUMAN RIGHTS COFFEE HOUR IS CLOSED FOR RENOVATIONS
Action for Human Rights is in the process of giving the morning coffee hours a huge
makeover. Starting in November breakfast will be served with a side of a human rights
discussion. The new Coffee Hour will be a monthly event featuring the screening of a
brief documentary and special expert guests to generate conversations around human
rights issues. The new improved Coffee Hour will be back in business November 1st and
will feature a film on the Nepalese conflict. Stay tuned for more details!
ALTERNATIVE WINTER BREAK
Applications Due October 18th!
Action for Human Rights is planning an Alternative Winter Break trip to New Orleans,
LA! Students may arrive on either Wed., Dec. 27 or Tues., Jan. 2 and the trip will end
Sun., Jan. 7th. We will be partnering with the Student Hurricane Network (SHN) to
provide students with week-long volunteer legal positions. There will also be
opportunities to participate in physical rebuilding work as well. To apply for the
Alternative Winter Break trip go to the TWEN page for "Action for Human Rights" and
follow the instructions on the front page. Applications are due by Wednesday, Oct. 18
at 7 pm.
THE COOL HUMAN RIGHTS WORK I DID ON MY SUMMER VACATION
Thursday, October 12, 12:00pm – 1:20pm, Room 602
Come hear WCL students discuss their amazing human rights work experiences last
summer. Hear descriptions of how they obtained their assignments, travel stories, and the
best and worst aspects of working in the human rights field in the US and abroad.
Panelists include: Emily Strunk: Save the Young (SAYO), Kumbo-town, Northwest
Province of Cameroon; Lindsay Jenkins: Center for Justice and International law
(CEJIL), Buenos Aires, Argentina; Michelle Lapointe: CASA de Maryland, Silver
Spring, Maryland; Mark Vorkink: International Organization for Migration (IOM),
Ankara, Turkey; Tim Curry: DC Public Defender Service, Washington, D.C.; Amy Tai
(moderating): Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF), New
HUMAN RIGHTS FILM SERIES AT WCL CONTINUES
TUESDAYS IN OCTOBER!!
JOIN US THIS WEEK FOR MAQUILAPOLIS (2006)
Tues., Oct. 17, 6:00 pm and 8:00 pm, Room 603 Runtime: 60 minutes
Just over the border in Tijuana, Mexico is an area peppered with maquiladoras: massive
sweatshops often owned by the world's largest multinational corporations. This
exceptional film documents the life of Carmen and Lourdes, two workers at a
maquiladora who are able to offer personal perspectives on the story of globalization as
they struggle to survive in the grueling life of a globalized city.
THE CENTER’S LISTSERV IS PARTIALLY BACK IN OPERATION!
PLEASE READ BELOW FOR SUBSCRIPTION INSTRUCTIONS.
If you tried to subscribe to the Center's listserv in the past few weeks, most likely you
received a returned email with an error message. We apologize for any inconvenience
this may have caused you. The IT department is in the process of creating a new web
portal through which new users can subscribe online. In the interim, to subscribe: 1)
Visit http://www.wcl.american.edu/techres/list_update.cfm; 2) Enter your email address; 3) Click
In addition, you make check the Center’s website every Wednesday afternoon to access
to the most recent listserv postings: http://www.wcl.american.edu/humright/center/listserv.cfm.
Thanks again for your patience! We will send out a new announcement as soon as the
listserv is repaired.
Room 413 (202) 274-4200 www.wcl.american.edu/externship
M, W 9:00 am-5:30pm; T, Th. 9:30 am-6:00pm; F 9:00 am-3:00pm
EXTERNSHIP ORIENTATIONS FOR 1LS
Learn how you can earn academic credit for legal work. All first-years will want and
are expected to attend an Externship Orientation. Please note your section assignment and
let us know if you have academic conflicts. Lunch will be served!
Section 2 and Section 4 and Legal Rhetoric Section 516-006 (Professor Figley) will
attend on Tuesday, October 24th from 12-1:30 in room 603.
Section 1 and Section 3, as well as members of Section 5 who are available during the
day, will meet on Wednesday, October 25th from 12-1:30 in room 603. We understand
that some of you have class until 12:20 so we won’t begin the panel until you arrive.
An Upper Class Workshop will be held on October 31st from 12-1 in room 601. An
Evening Student Workshop will be held on October 31st from 5-6 in room 401.
WHO IS LOOKING FOR SPRING (new this week)
• United States Department of Justice, Organized Crime and Racketeering Division
• United States District Court for the District of Columbia, Judge Kennedy
=1901Institute on Religion and Public Policy.
• United States Department of Justice, Executive Office for Immigration Review,
Arlington Immigration Court
…and many more!
Please see the database or stop by the Externship Office to learn about these and
hundreds of other placements for spring.
The Inter-American Court of Human Rights; The World Health Organization; the
Supreme Court of Argentina…Hunagary, Rome, Chile…Do you want to earn
academic credit for legal work outside the United States? Start thinking now about
SUMMER INTERNATIONAL EXTERNSHIPS . Our International Database, which
includes organizations and agencies that have significant ties to WCL, is available online.
We encourage you to start exploring your options early. Interested students should
contact the Externship Office and complete our International Externship
Questionnaire. Please attach a current resume to your questionnaire when submitting it
to the office. Those who have filled out questionnaires will be invited to an informational
workshop next month.
INDIVIDUAL EXTERNSHIP COUNSELING
Avis Sanders, Director of the Externship Program, is available for one-on-one
counseling. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (202) 274-4200 for an
FACULTY AND ADMINISTRATIVE SUPPORT SERVICES
After October 20, 2006, the Course Packet Distribution Center (Room 465) will be closed
to prepare for the Spring 2007 classes. Students who need to pick up photocopied course
materials should visit the Course Packet Distribution Center on or before October 20.
INTERNATIONAL DUAL DEGREE PROGRAMS
Wednesday, October 25, 12:00, room TBC. Meet former student from the dual degree
program with Nanterre, Caroline Genevois. She will talk about her experience at
Nanterre, her French degrees and job opportunities in Europe. Please RSVP to
ATTENTION 2L STUDENTS: WE HAVE AN ADDITIONAL OPENING FOR
THE PROGRAM WITH THE UNIVERSITY OF PARIS X-NANTERRE
Starting Date abroad: October 2007
Application deadline: MONDAY, OCTOBER 30, 2006
Requirements and Application form:
Please note that this is an extraordinary application process open only to second year
WCL students willing to start the two-year program at Nanterre in the Fall of 2007.
Regular applications for all international JD dual degree programs for first year WCL
students are due on January 29, 2007. During that selection process we will choose up to
three students, per program, who will start studying abroad in the Fall of 2008. For more
information, please contact Macarena Sáez at email@example.com or at (202) 274-
There re are more advantages in obtaining a joint JD/LL.B than practicing law abroad:
Did you know that Canada has been the leading foreign export market for U.S. goods
since 1946, while the United States has been the number one destination for Canadian
exports since 1942?
Did you know that at the University of Ottawa you can work in a law firm, government
agency or international organization such as the Red Cross while receiving credits
towards your law degree?
You do not need to speak another language to do this program For more information
please visit http://www.wcl.american.edu/dualdegree/ottawa.cfm or contact the Program
Director Macarena Sáez at firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information please visit http://www.wcl.american.edu/dualdegree/madrid.cfm
or contact the Program Director Macarena Sáez at email@example.com
MARSHALL-BRENNAN CONSTITUTIONAL LITERACY
Save the date and come help out. On Sunday, November 19, the Marshall-Brennan
Constitutional Literacy Project will hold its fall moot court competition for the high
school students we teach in the DC-area public and charter high schools. The day-long
competition will be held at the U.S. Courthouse at 3rd and Constitution NW. We need
volunteers!! Students who are 1Ls can help out as bailiffs, timekeepers and in other
support roles. Students who are 2Ls and 3Ls can be judges or bailiffs and timekeepers.
Pro bono hours will be available for those who volunteer, and breakfast and lunch are
also included. Volunteering on Nov. 19 is also a great way to see what the Marshall-
Brennan Project is all about. For more information or to volunteer, contact Steve
Wermiel, the Marshall-Brennan associate director, at firstname.lastname@example.org or
And don’t miss the Marshall-Brennan Project bake sale in the WCL lobby on
Wednesday, November 8 and Thursday, November 9. All proceeds support the kids
we teach, through prizes at the moot court and spring essay/arts competitions, funding for
transportation for field trips, and other direct benefits. The tables in the lobby will be
staffed by current Marshall-Brennan Fellows, who will also do most of the baking. It is a
great opportunity to meet the Fellows and learn about the program.
PENCE LAW LIBRARY
Monday – Thursday 8:00 am – 12:00 am*; Friday 8:00 am – 10:00 pm*; Saturday 9:00 am – 10:00 pm*; Sunday 9:00 am -
The library is open two additional hours beyond the posted closing times for registered WCL students with law school IDs. Only
security personnel are available in the library and there are no library services during extended hours. Current WCL students with IDs
may also use the library beginning at 6:00 am, but must first register with the Facilities Office in Room 383, 202-274-4008.
Access Pence Law Library Electronic Resources from Home Do your research
from anywhere by linking to the library webpage at library.wcl.american.edu The WCL
community can log into subscription databases such as LegalTrac, LexisNexis
Congressional and HeinOnline on the library website by linking to one of the database
listings under Research Tools or Information Resources on our website. Enter the same
user ID and password that you use to access the law school network and
Do you need to use the library before our regular hours begin at 8 am? Are you an
early riser or need to put the last touches on a research assignment? You can use the
library beginning at 6 am, provided you have registered your ID with the Office of
Facilities Management in Room 383. No library services will be available until our
normal opening. If you have any questions, please contact Adeen Postar at
TRY IT! Are you researching and writing on a foreign or international law topic?
The Library has many databases that will help you with your work listed at
d=18 In addition to numerous law journals and newsletters devoted to foreign and
international law, also available is the Foreign Law Guide, which provides complete
bibliographic citations and, when available, links to primary and secondary sources to
English translations of foreign law for hundreds of countries. For more information,
contact Bill Ryan, Foreign and International Law Librarian at email@example.com
Calling all students who have published articles! If you have an article accepted for
publication, or recently published, by any law review or other scholarly journal, please
send your name, article title, and journal title to Billie Jo Kaufman, Associate Dean for
Library and Information Resources. We hold a reception to honor student scholarship
efforts each spring and we don't want to leave anyone out. Send information to Dean
Kaufman at firstname.lastname@example.org
WAR CRIMES RESEARCH OFFICE
The WCRO serves as a source of expertise in humanitarian and international criminal law
for selected international organizations. In the past year, for example, the office
undertook international law research projects for the International Criminal Court and the
Special Court for Sierra Leone. We also speak at conferences on international criminal
and humanitarian law issues, and publish regularly on the development of international
The War Crimes Research Office is pleased to announce its second War Crimes
Speakers Series Event for the 2006-2007 Academic Year
A documentary film about the Srebrenica massacre
Tuesday, October 17
At 4910 Massachusetts Avenue
On October 17, the WCRO will host a screening of War Portrait, a short documentary
film about the Srebrenica massacre and its aftermath produced by the Youth Initiative for
Human Rights. Discussion following the film will be led by Ivna Giauque, a native
Croatian whose experience includes work with Human Rights Watch and a local human
rights NGO in Croatia.
The screening and discussion will be held in the large conference room at the War
Crimes Research Office, 4910 Massachusetts Ave., lower level, Suite 16. Please e-mail
email@example.com if you'll be in attendance so that we can plan accordingly.
We have extended the deadline for applications to the
JEAN-PICTET INTERNATIONAL HUMANITARIAN LAW COMPETITION
The WCRO has begun preparing for the 2007 Jean-Pictet Competition. Unlike a moot
court competition, the Jean-Pictet competition is a week-long international humanitarian
law exercise involving simulated diplomatic negotiations. It’s an excellent opportunity
for students to immerse themselves in the study and practice of the laws of war and
We are looking for three students (J.D. or LL.M) who are interested in representing WCL
in this year’s competition, which will be held in El Escorial, Spain, from April 14-
April 21, 2007. WCL’s participation in the Jean-Pictet Competition is dependant on the
qualifications of its team members. Therefore, selection is competitive. Students with
experience in humanitarian or international criminal law are particularly encouraged to
apply for our team. Interested applicants should send us their names, year, and a
description of any experience with international criminal / humanitarian law, as well as a
500-word response one of the following questions:
• Are non-state actors who violate international humanitarian law nonetheless
protected by it?
• Is international humanitarian law sexist?
Please note: Applicants who will be 30 years old or older on the day the competition
begins do not qualify for the competition. Any person who has previously attended the
Competition is also ineligible to compete.
Email your application to firstname.lastname@example.org or drop it off at our office at
4910 Massachusetts Ave, Suite 16. The deadline for applications is now Monday
October 16, 2006 at 5pm.
Getting Involved: Volunteers
All students with an interest in public international law are encouraged to volunteer at the
WCRO. We have several volunteer opportunities with a wide range of time
commitments. Volunteers work on projects including:
• monitoring of on-going cases before the world’s major international criminal
courts and tribunals;
• publishing summaries of judgments issued by the International Criminal Tribunal
• assisting with discrete legal research, editing or spading projects; and
• updating a database of the jurisprudence and key documents relating to
international criminal courts and tribunals that is made available to researchers,
experts and practitioners of international criminal and humanitarian law around
If you would like more information about volunteer opportunities, contact us via email at
email@example.com, or call us at 202-274-4067.
International Student Resource Panel: LLM STUDENTS ENCOURAGED TO
Those students who have legal experience in countries other than the US are encouraged
to sign up for the WCRO’s International Student Resource Panel. We keep a list of panel
members who are willing to serve as resource persons on WCRO research projects that
have a comparative law element. The time commitment for Panel members is highly
flexible as volunteers are free to donate as much or as little time as they would like. If
interested, please send your contact information and country (or countries) of expertise to
STUDENT BAR ASSOCIATION
The next SBA Senate meeting will be on Tuesday, October 24 at 10:10 PM in room
101. Any student or student organization that wishes to be on the agenda must e-mail
Senate President Pro-Tempore Sum Mehrnama at firstname.lastname@example.org no later than
6:30 PM on Monday, October 23. SBA Senate meetings are open to the public, and all
students are encouraged to attend.
The next SBA Finance Committee meeting will be on Tuesday October 24 at 9:00
PM in the SBA Lounge, Room 539. To request funding please e-mail Finance
Commitee Chair Whitney Robinson email@example.com no later than 6:30 PM
on Monday October 23 and sign up on the sign up sheet in the SBA Lounge soon
Below is a list of individuals who have petty cash waiting for them in the Finance
Office, room 370 . Please go by and pick up your reimbursement: Kora Nehta, K. Foley,
H. Arif, Renee Kurth, Genny Johnson, Aicholpon Jorapbekova, Akbar Siddiqul, Henri
Manga, Sherine Skarian, Jeremy Horn, J. Rahavi, Michael Aleo, Matthew Eaton, N.
Faulkarson, M. Nazzro, Lisa Bass, M. Ryan, Monique Cole, Erin Ellis, Caitlin Gauny, P.
Gehi, Lisa Ani, R. Prakasam, and L. Tsai.
Action for Human Rights
Student Hurricane Network National Gathering at WCL on October 20th, 5-10pm,
Room 602 Please join us at this special national strategizing and planning meeting for the
Student Hurricane Network (SHN) which will be held almost exactly one year after SHN
was first formed. This gathering is designed to bring together law students from across
the United States who are interested in helping SHN further develop its projects,
leadership, partnerships, and future purpose. All are welcome. Dinner will be served!
Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alternative Dispute Resolution Society
The American University Mediation Services (AUMS) is offering a free 20 hour
mediation training the weekend of October 27-29. After successfully completing the
training you may be eligible to participate as a mediator for the AUMS program. Please
email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org for an application.
Handling Law School Culture Shock: Advice Panel and Q&A Session for 1Ls
Join us on Thursday, October 19th from 12-1 pm in room 601 or 5-5:50 pm in room
524 for an advice panel and question and answer session with upperclassmen. Come get
advice about handling law school culture shock. Ask questions about studying strategies,
extracurricular activities, job searches and more.
We would like to answer and address as many of your questions and concerns as we can.
Email questions or topics you would like to hear about to email@example.com by
Tuesday, October 17th at 7pm and put “advice panel” in the subject heading. We want to
know what’s on your minds and help you succeed at WCL!
*This event is being hosted by SALSA, BLSA, LAMBDA, LLSA, APALSA, and
Christian Legal Society
"Pro Bono or Pro Deo: Christian Legal Aid" You are invited to join the Christian
Legal Society this Tuesday, October 17 from 12-1pm in Room 627 to learn about
volunteering with Christian Legal Aid. Bring your own lunch and bring a friend.
Health Law & Justice Initiative
WCL’s Health Law Publication Wants You!
The Health Law & Justice Initiative is revamping WCL’s health law publication and
looking for students who are interested in being part of this endeavor. Opportunities will
be available for students to be a part of the editorial staff, author articles for the
publication, and have a hands-on role in starting a publication.
A mandatory informational meeting will be held on Tuesday, October 17 at 5 pm in
Room 503 for all those who are interested to come learn about the plan for getting the
publication going and to ask questions. On the following Saturday, October 21, there
will be a mandatory planning session from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. If you’ve been looking
for an opportunity to get involved with a publication or to become more involved in
Health Law opportunities at WCL, now is your chance. Please RSVP for the October
17th informational meeting by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have
questions, please email email@example.com or call 202-841-3668.
Wednesday, October 18, 6-8 p.m. in the 6th Floor Student Lounge
TRIPS Patent Protections and Access to Essential Medicines in Developing
Countries- WCL's Health Law & Justice Initiative, International Trade Law Society,
Intellectual Property Law Society, and Evening Law Students Association presents
Thomas Bombelles, Director of International Government Relations for Merck., who will
be speaking about the advantages of TRIPS patent protections and access to essential
medicines in developing countries.
TRIPS is the WTO?s Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights Agreement.
For more info on the agreement, see
http://www.wto.org/english/tratop_e/trips_e/trips_e.htm. Pizza will be provided!
Mr. Bombelles' responsibilities at Merck include definition and advocacy on important
international business and policy issues for the company focusing on government
agencies and other institutions in Washington, DC. Prior to joining Merck, Mr.
Bombelles was the Assistant Vice President International at the Pharmaceutical Research
and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA), the professional association representing the
American research-based pharmaceutical industry globally. He has also worked as a
private sector consultant, as a trade analyst in the Department of Commerce, and in the
US Congress. He received an M.A. degree from the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced
International Studies at Johns Hopkins University, and a B.A. degree from the honors
program at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
Immigrants’ Rights Coalition
Trafficking Committee Presents…Human Trafficking: Legal Issues and Real Life
Thursday, October 19, from 12-1:20pm in Room 602 Lunch will be served
A panel of local practitioners to discuss the issues surrounding human trafficking and
how local, national and international organizations are addressing these issues.
Guest Panelists: Carol Angel– Attorney for the Immigrant Women Program at Legal
Momentum (www.legalmomentum.org) ; Andrea Bertone– Director of Human
Trafficking.Org (http://www.humantrafficking.org/); Janie Chuang – WCL Professor
Specialized in issues relating to violence against women, specifically, trafficking in
Israel & Law Society
Want to go to Israel for free this winter break? Birthright Israel and Hasbara Fellowships
are offering free or heavily-subsidized trips specifically designed for WCL and DC
graduate students. A fantastic experience not to be missed! If you are interested in
applying, email IsraelLaw@wcl.american.edu.
Journal of Gender, Social Policy, & the Law
is hosting an Open House for students interested in the journal. Tuesday, October 17
10am - 6pm for all students with special Faculty Advisors desert reception from 5-6pm
Room 632 Come get refreshments and information on the journal. Staffers will be present
all day long to answer any question. For more information contact, Sarah Holland at
Law Students For Choice*
Women and the Law: Career Choices Panel- *Law Students For Choice and the
Women's Law Association are hosting a Women and the Law Career Panel on
Wednesday, October 18th from 12 to 1:30 pm in the 6th Floor, student lounge.
Come hear and meet successful practicing attorneys and learn about career choices that
face women today.
Moot Court Honor Society
Do you always have an opinion that you're not afraid to voice? Or do you wish you were
a better public speaker? Interested in becoming a part of the award winning WCL Moot
Court Honor Society? All interested first year students are invited to attend an
information session regarding the upcoming 1L competition this Monday, October
16 at 12pm in Room 503. Evening students or those not able to attend the session at
noon are welcome to attend an information session on October 16 at 8pm in Room 402.
Moot Court team members will be there to offer advice and competition strategies. Food
and refreshments will be provided. Please contact Candace at
firstname.lastname@example.org or Patrisha at email@example.com for further
National Lawyers Guild
National Lawyers Guild and Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law Speaker on
Rendition to Torture - The Case of Maher Arar: Wednesday October 18, 2006 12:30-
1:20 Room 100. The National Lawyers Guild and the Center for Human Rights and
Humanitarian Law will be hosting an event with Maria LaHood, an Attorney at the
Center for Constitutional Rights who will speak about her work on the case of Maher
Arar. Mr. Arar is a Syrian born Canadian citizen who was arrested by U.S. officials
while in transit at JFK Airport in New York in September 2002. He was intensively
interrogated and then deported to Syria, where he endured 10 months of torture at the
hands of Syrian intelligence officials because the government labeled him a member of
Al Qaeda. Upon his return to Canada, Mr. Arar was never charged with any crime; nor
has he been charged with any crime by the United States. In doing this, the U.S. has
violated the International Convention Against Torture, of which it is a signatory. Ms.
LaHood will speak about the case CCR has brought against the U.S. officials, the order
dismissing the case, the State Secrets privilege, and the Canadian Commission Report. If
you are interested in human rights, international law, and the right of due process, this is
a great event for you. Pizza will be served. If you have any questions contact
Sports and Entertainment Law Society
See What's Going on Behind the Scenes of the Nationals- Please Join the Sports and
Entertainment Law Society and welcome Irwin Raij, one of the outside counsels for the
Washington Nationals. He will address what it entails to be a lawyer for the Nationals.
Also, he will talk about the legal issues behind the scenes that the fans do not see. So
please joint the Sport and Entertainment Law Society on Wednesday October 18th at 5
p.m. in Room 503. Food will be provided.
WCL Republican National Lawyers Association
The WCL RNLA will have a General Meeting next Tuesday October 17th at 12pm in
Room 504 and again at 5pm in Room 314. Interested students need only go to one
meeting. If you are interested in getting involved as a Poll Monitor or in other election
day volunteering activities or in the club in general, this is a very important meeting to
attend. For more information on the national RNLA organization, check
http://www.rnla.org. We hope to see you there.
Women's Law Association.
Domestic Violence Practitioners Panel- Tuesday, October 17 Noon - 1pm Room
524 Speakers include: Moderator: Adrienne Lockie (Director of the Women and the
Law Clinic at WCL); Sarah Connell (WEAVE–Women Empowered Against Violence);
Hannah Sin (Asian Pacific Island Domestic Violence Resource Project); Juley Fulcher
(Break the Cycle) Lunch will be provided.
IN SEARCH OF…
The Asian Pacific American Legal Resource Center (APALRC) is a non-profit
organization dedicated to advancing the legal and civil rights of Asian Americans in the
Washington, D.C. metropolitan community through direct services, education, and
advocacy. Through its innovative programs and strategic partnerships, the APALRC's
main goals are: (1) to address the individual legal needs of low-income and limited-
English proficient Asian Americans, and (2) to advocate for broad-based systemic change
on civil rights issues impacting Asian Americans.
One of the APALRC's main projects is a legal hotline staffed by bilingual law student
volunteers. This semester the hotline will be open for intake on Monday mornings,
Wednesday evenings and all day on Friday. As a hotline volunteer, you will devote a
minimum of 3 hours a week to:
• Interviewing callers on the hotline and using your language skills to assist them with
matters involving domestic violence, workplace rights, family law, immigration law, and
other legal issues.
• Conducting legal research and writing legal memoranda under staff supervision to
provide legal advice or appropriate referrals to hotline callers.
You also may wish to assist with outreach and special events such as legal clinics, "Know
Your Rights" workshops, and community festivals. In the fall of 2006, the APALRC
plans to hold monthly legal clinics in Maryland (with the Korean Community Service
Center), and in D.C.'s Chinatown. Tentative clinic dates are:
- For KCSC, Md – 2 nd Thursday of each month: Sept. 7th, Oct. 12th & Nov. 9th
- For Chinatown, D.C. – 1st Thursday (evenings) of each month: Oct. 5 th, Nov. 2nd
& Dec. 7th
Proficiency in an Asian language is preferred but not required. Understanding of the
Asian American community's issues and experience working with local Asian
American communities are a plus.
NOTE: Hotline volunteers will be required to participate in a training session from 10:30
a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, September 30th at the Georgetown University Law Center,
McDonough Hall, Room 220.
• You can learn about legal issues that impact the Asian American community.
• You can use your language skills to help a community that, because of language and
cultural barriers, has historically been reluctant to seek legal assistance.
• You can see law in action and interact one-on-one with callers/clients to help them
find legal solutions to real-life problems.
• You can learn more about public interest lawyering and find out how the various
local public interest/legal service organizations work together to address caller needs.
• You can meet students from other law schools.
• The hours you volunteer at the APALRC will count toward your pro bono pledge.
To find out more, please contact Suthima Malayaman at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Notary Service is available in the clinical program office, room 417. Please stop by
during business hours (9-5, Mon-Fri) or call 274-4142 to make an appointment with the
notary. The fee is $2 per transaction.
Need Elective Credits to complete your degree? Interested in networking with key
executives? Consider taking IBUS-741, a seven-week case-based lecture series seminar
on International Technology Transfer that will feature guest lecturers from a cross-
section of global industries. This 1.5 credit seminar will present an integrated and
dynamic view of management of international technology and will explore technology
transfer and know-how as a key aspect of the strategy and operations of medium-sized
and multinational companies. Frameworks for developing transfer strategies will be
presented and applied in various situations based on examples and case studies. The
course will be conducted along the lines of a graduate seminar with close interaction
between students, faculty, and senior executives that will touch on the following topics:
mergers & acquisitions; intellectual property considerations (including a special focus on
the Bayh-Dole Act and its implications); dual use; and international development
The class will meet from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. beginning October 18. For more
information about the course, contact Aurora Carmichael at
email@example.com or Shyam Chidamber at firstname.lastname@example.org.
C.F.T.C. Field Component-Law 785- Students who will have completed Business
Associations and Securities Regulation by the end of the Fall semester of 2006 or who,
by the end of the Fall semester 2006, will have completed Business Associations are
eligible to participate in a Field Component at the Commodity Futures Trading
Commission. Students will have to enroll in the Securities Regulation course in the
Spring 2007 semester and in the Seminar on Derivatives. Please submit your resume, a
copy of your transcript, a writing sample and a cover letter by 5:30 p.m. on Friday,
October 27th to Professor Guttman=s mailbox in room 465 or to Carolyn Wright, his Sr.
Legal Assistant in room 325. Two hundred and ten (210) hours of working with a staff
attorney or Administrative Law Judge at the Commission will earn three credits. There
will also be a meeting with Professor Guttman on Tuesday of every second week,
between 12:00 – 1:30p.m.
U.S. Department of State Office of the Legal Adviser- Applications are invited for a
student internship at the Department of State Office of the Legal Adviser. The work
involves 210 to 280 hours over the Spring 2007 semester and enables a student to earn up
to six credits. (At seventy hours of work per credit). Areas under consideration by the
Department include subjects in the fields of Diplomatic Law, Law Enforcement, Human
Rights & Refugees Laws, Economic & Business Laws, etc.
Students having an interest in these areas, as shown by the courses and seminars they
have taken or intend to take by the end of the Fall 2007 semester should submit a resume,
a copy of their transcript, a writing sample and a cover letter by 5:30 p.m. on Friday,
October 13th. Interested applicants should submit this information to Professor Guttman=s
mailbox in room 465 or to Carolyn Wright his Sr. Legal Assistant in room 325. Students
in this externship will be meeting with Professor Guttman every other week for one hour.
S.E.C. Student Observers Program (Field Component)-Law 784- I would like to draw
the attention of students who have completed Securities Regulation or are going to
complete this course by the end of the Fall semester 2006, that students so qualified can
apply for participation for a minimum of three credits in the Field Component-
Student Observers Program at the Securities and Exchange Commission for the Spring
2007 semester. [Law-784] Students will be expected to work a minimum of two hundred
and ten hours (210) with an attorney on the staff of the Commission and will have to
attend approximately nine seminars given by Commissioners, staff and outside counsel.
(These meeting usually take place on a Wednesday from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.)
Students participating in this Student Observers Program also will have to enroll in an
advanced securities law seminar, such as Regulation of Securities Markets, Mergers and
Acquisitions, Seminar on Derivatives, etc. which enables students to earn additional
Students should submit their resume, a copy of their transcript, a writing sample and a
cover letter by 5:30 p.m. on Friday, October 28th. Please submit your applications
promptly as the SEC will consider admissions to the Student Observers Program as soon
as received. Interested applicants can submit this information to Professor Guttman's
mailbox in room 465 or to Carolyn Wright his Sr. Legal Assistant in room 325. During
the semester students will be meeting with Professor Guttman to discuss recent
developments in securities law every other week on Tuesdays between 12:00 – 1:30p.m.
EXTERNSHIP WITH THE SECURITIES INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION (SIA)- I
would like to draw the attention of students who have completed Securities Regulation or
are going to complete this course by the end of the Fall semester 2006, that students so
qualified can apply for participation in a two or three credit externship at the Securities
Industry Association (SIA) for the Spring 2007 semester. Students will be expected to
work with an attorney on the staff of the SIA for one hundred and forty hours (140) for
two credits or two hundred and ten hours (210) for three credits. Students participating in
this Program also will have to enroll in an advanced securities law seminar, such as
Regulation of Securities Markets, Mergers and Acquisitions, Seminar on Derivatives, etc.
which enables students to earn additional credits. Students selected by the SIA will also
meet with Professor Guttman to discuss recent developments in securities law every two
weeks on a Tuesday between 12:00 – 1:30p.m.
Students interested should submit their resume, a copy of their transcript, and a cover
letter along with a writing sample by 5:30 p.m. on Friday, October 28th to Professor
Guttman, mailbox in room 465 or to his Sr. Legal Assistant in room 325.
OFFICE OF CAREER & PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
Monday and Thursday: 9:00 am to 6:00 pm
Tuesday and Wednesday: 9:00 am to 7:00 pm
Friday: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
1st Saturday of the month: 10:00 am to 1:00 pm
UPCOMING PROGRAMS, DATES & DEADLINES & IMPORTANT REMINDERS
**Attention 2L Students**
OCPD is sponsoring 2L Counseling Week!
October 16th – October 20th
A number of individual counseling appointments have been reserved on a first come,
first served basis for students in the 2008 graduating class. Career Counselors will be
available to discuss job search strategies and other career development issues.
Please contact the OCPD front desk at (202) 274-4090 or stop by Suite 122 to schedule
ABA Section of Litigation Corporate Counsel Committee
Law School Speakers Program – Wednesday, October 25th at 4pm
Students are invited to attend a panel discussion to learn about the work of corporate
counsel, including responsibilities and career paths, and to learn about the differences
between an in-house attorney and an outside litigator. The panel, moderated by Joe
Esposito, P.C., of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, will include attorneys from
Discovery Communications, GTSI Corp., and Jordan Coyne & Savits LLP. The panel
will be held on Wednesday, October 5th from 4-5:30pm in Room 601. Pizza will be
provided. To register, please sign up under the “Events” section of eCampusRecruiter.
1Ls interested in attending should email email@example.com.
Interested in a Career in Energy Law? Join OCPD and the Energy & Mineral
Law Foundation (EMLF) for a program on Wednesday, October 25th from 12-
1:20pm in Room 500. The program will explore energy law careers from two
different perspectives, featuring Ron Meisburg of the National Labor Relations
Board and Kirsten Nathan of Crowell & Moring. Pizza will be provided. Please
sign up under the “Events” section of eCampusRecruiter.
eCampusRecruiter Training for First Year Students!! OCPD will provide 1L students
with an orientation to our primary resource, eCampusRecruiter, on the following dates:
Tuesday, October 31st from 11:50-1:00pm in Room 524; Wednesday, November 1st from
11:50-1:00pm in Room 503; and Wednesday, November 1st from 8:00-9:15pm in Room
602. Students will be automatically registered into the system at the end of October. 1L-
Day students should not be registering on the system before these sessions. In the
meantime, students should utilize the OCPD portion of the Docket to learn about
upcoming events and programming. Students with questions regarding
eCampusRecruiter are encouraged to contact the OCPD Resources Coordinator, Robin
Fulton, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
SAVE THE DATE!!
The Office of Career & Professional Development Presents:
Career Day for 1Ls
Saturday, November 4, 2006
Hyatt Regency Bethesda
At Career Day, 1Ls will meet the Office of Career & Professional Development staff and
learn how to utilize OCPD resources and services. 1Ls are allowed to begin applying for
summer internships as early as December 1st. At Career Day, 1Ls will learn ways in
which to market themselves effectively to potential employers. 1Ls will also have the
opportunity to discuss various legal experiences available during law school with current
2Ls & 3L/4Ls, and interact with WCL alumni and other practitioners. Registration for
Career Day will begin October 16th in the area just outside OCPD (Suite 122).
Registration must be accompanied by a fully-refundable $25 check.
PUBLIC INTEREST & GOVERNMENT
Missed the Deadline to Apply for The Equal Justice Works Conference and Career
Fair? On-Site Registration is available! The conference and career fair will be held
October 19th and 20th at The Inn and Conference Center, University of Maryland
University College 3501 University Blvd., East Adelphi, MD 20783. Registrants may
participate in employer “table talk” and attend conference sessions. For more
information visit www.equaljusticeworks.org/careerfair.
Get Ahead On Your Summer Job Search: The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity
Commission’s Office of Federal Operations is starting recruitment for its 2007 Summer
Law Clerk Program. Several positions are available in a variety of programs. The Office
of Federal Operations is responsible for the adjudication of appeals filed by federal
employees on complaints of employment discrimination, as well as overseeing the federal
agencies compliance with federal regulatory requirements. Check out ecampus for a
more complete job posting and visit www.eeoc.gov for more information on the EEOC.
Also, don’t forget to look at the Government Honors and Internship Handbook which is
updated regularly and available in the OCPD library or online at
Attention 3Ls: Public Interest Employment Opportunities Are Surfacing: The
Children’s Law Center is accepting applications for several full time staff attorneys to
begin in the Fall of 2007. Staff attorneys will represent children in abuse and neglect,
adoption and guardianship proceedings and may also represent some caregivers in similar
matters. For more information on this organization, visit www.childrenslawcenter.org.
Also, remember to continually check ecampus for this and other job opportunities.
Great Networking Event for Students Interested in Federal Government Careers:
The ABA presents “Careers Practicing Law in the Federal Government” on October 26th
from 10:45 – 12:15 at the National Press Club in Washington, DC. This event will
feature a panel from various government agencies discussing the many career options
available to young lawyers in public service. The panel will also cover the hiring process
in the public sector, as well as offer advice on how to succeed in a government job. Law
Students attend for FREE, but must register for the event at
www.abanet.org/adminlaw/conference/2006, or stop by OCPD to pick up a registration
Dean’s Fellow Wanted in Office of Career & Professional Development
The Office of Career & Professional Development is seeking a Dean’s Fellow to work 20
hours/week for the Public Interest Specialist on a number of projects including outreach
to public interest employers and WCL alumni, planning and implementation of the 2007
Greater Washington DC/Baltimore Public Service Career Fair, researching and preparing
resource materials for students interested in government and/or public interest careers.
Excellent time-management, computer and interpersonal skills are required. Interested
candidates should submit a current resume and brief cover letter to Claire Raj, Assistant
Director, Public Interest Specialist at email@example.com. Resumes will be reviewed
on a rolling basis until the position is filled.
ATTENTION 3LS/4Ls: IT’S NOT TOO LATE TO APPLY for some state court
If you have not met with Shelley Rudge, Judicial Clerkship Coordinator:
• Listen to a podcast of one of the Nuts & Bolts Application Workshops
• Call (202-274-4251) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org) to schedule an
individual appointment; and
• Remember that judge-specific hiring information for more than 20 states is listed
within the “Judicial Clerkship” section of eCampus.
Check out the Judicial Clerkship Alumni Survey Database! Link to this database
from the main page of the judicial clerkship website. Use this database to locate and
review feedback from alumni who clerked with federal judges, state judges/justices, and
administrative law judges around the country. The alumni surveys include information
• Clerkship experience (role in chambers, main duties, and judge’s demeanor)
• Interview process (format, length, and even specific questions asked)
• Application advice specific to the judge or court
• Alumni contact information so you can call or e-mail with further questions
To subscribe to the Judicial Clerkships Listserv:
(1) From your eCampus home page, select “myProfile” at the top of the page.
(2) Select “Edit”.
(3) Make sure your “Primary Email Address” is one that you check regularly (this
is the address used for e-mails).
(4) Double-check that your “Graduation Date” is correct.
(5) Under “Listservs,” select “Judicial.”
Careers in the FTC Bureau of Competition: Are you interested in an internship or
post-graduate position with the federal government? Join Jeff Schmidt, Director of the
Bureau of Competition, Erika Brown-Lee, Counsel to the Director, and OCPD for an
information session on careers in the FTC as we discuss the variety of opportunities
available with the FTC’s Bureau of Competition, including summer internships for 2007
and 2008 for 1Ls and 2Ls and new attorney positions in 2007 and 2008 for 3Ls/4Ls. The
program will be held on Tuesday, October 24 at 12:00pm in Room 526. Please register
on eCampus if you plan to attend. Pizza will be provided.
Advertising Industry Diversity Job Fair: Interested in an alternative career? New York
University is partnering with Adrants, the top advertising industry blog, along with the
Business Development Institute to produce the first ever Advertising Industry Diversity
Job Fair and Leadership Conference. The Job Fair and Conference will be held on
Wednesday, November 8, 2006 at the NYU Helen & Martin Kimmel Center for
University Life (60 Washington Square South, New York, NY 10012). The Leadership
Conference will be held from 9am until 12noon. The Job Fair will be held from 2pm until
5:30pm. For registration and additional information, please visit
For more information on Diversity Initiatives, including job fairs,
scholarships/fellowships and networking opportunities, please visit
Equal Justice Works Conference and Career Fair: Each year, more than 1,200 like-
minded students travel to Washington, D.C. to attend the Equal Justice Works
Conference and Career Fair. The Conference and Career Fair offers students an
opportunity to search for volunteer opportunities, summer positions and postgraduate
opportunities in the public interest sector. This year, the conference will be held from
October 19-20, 2006 at The Inn and Conference Center at the University of Maryland
University College, 3501 University Blvd. East, Adelphi, MD 20783 (Easily accessible to
Washington, D.C. via public transportation). To register, please visit
ANNOUNCEMENTS FOR LL.M. STUDENTS
FROM ADRIANA VITO, ASSISTANT DIRECTOR FOR INTERNATIONAL CAREER
JOB FAIR ALERT - ATTENTION FOREIGN LL.M. AND S.J.D. STUDENTS:
Resume Collection for the International Student Interview Program (ISIP 2007)
What is ISIP 2007?
Every year in January, the New York University (NYU) organizes a job fair for
international LL.M. and S.J.D. students. Law firms, corporations, and international
institutions will interview students for jobs abroad and in the United States.
Eligibility for ISIP 2007: you need to be registered as an LL.M. or S.J.D. student and
have a foreign law degree in order to participate in ISIP 2007. Unfortunately, students
who are enrolled in the JD program cannot participate. Also, LL.M. or S.J.D. students
who obtained their legal education in the United States are NOT eligible to participate,
since the job fair is focused on students with FOREIGN credentials.
To participate in ISIP 2007 you must fill out all the forms sent to you by email earlier this
week. You must also prepare copies of your resume (1 copy per employer ID number)
and follow the instructions contained in the ‘student instructions’ page sent to you earlier
this week by email.
The resume collection box is a large wooden box with slots containing names and ID
numbers of employers. The collection box is placed outside the Office of Career and
Professional Development (WCL Suite 122, 1st floor). If you have questions about ISIP
2007, you should attend today’s ISIP Coffee Break informational session (Thursday,
October 5) from 4:00pm to 5:00pm in Room 130. Good luck to all participants!
Next Coffee Break - Informational Session about ISIP 2007
The last ISIP 2007 Session coming up!
Learn more about the NYU Job Fair (ISIP 2007) application process during this informal
question and answer session happening Monday, October 16 from 4:00pm to 5:00pm in
Room 130. All foreign-trained LL.M. and S.J.D. students are welcome to attend. No
registration necessary, just show up! I hope to see you there!
ATTENTION STUDENTS: This will be our last informational session about ISIP
2007. If you have questions about the program or the application process, you
should attend this session. This is the last session of a 3-session series we launched in
the beginning of October.
JD Student Needed to Work as a Dean’s Fellow – Interest in International
Programs and Foreign Languages a Plus!
The Office of Career and Professional Development seeks a JD student to work as a
Dean’s Fellow for the Assistant Director for International Career Programs during the
ongoing fall semester (10 hours a week). Foreign languages and an interest in
international programs and foreign cultures is a plus. Requirements also include excellent
organizational and drafting skills, professionalism and creativity/ initiative. If you are
interested in applying for this position, please email your cover letter and resume to
Adriana Vito at email@example.com . Position open until filled.
ILSP Career Connection
Our bi-weekly resource for jobs, internships and events! Stay tuned!
The ILSP Career Connection. is a bi-weekly electronic publication containing jobs and
internship opportunities for LL.M. students and alumni. Stay tuned to your emails for our
next edition and for instructions on how to access this publication on line. Our next
edition (October 13) will be posted on our website tomorrow (Friday) evening and can be
accessed by following these instructions:
- Go to WCL home page at http://www.wcl.american.edu/
- Click on the Career Development link located in the left side of the screen
- Click on the Foreign Trained LL.M. Services link located on the left side of the
- Click on the ILSP Career Connection link that appears listed on the top right of
your screen (inside a text box)
- In case you are browsing the website from a remote location (outside AU) you
may be asked to type in your Novell log in and password (the same information
you use to access your personal/ financial information.
If you experience difficulties in accessing the ILSP Career Connection, please email
Adriana Vito at firstname.lastname@example.org
Resume and Cover Letter Workshop for Foreign LL.M. Students:
Our next Resume and Cover Letter Workshop will happen TODAY, Thursday, October
12, from 4:00pm to 6:00pm in Room 501. If you plan on attending this session, please
email Adriana Vito at email@example.com to RSVP. This will be your last chance to
attend a resume workshop before the deadline for applications to ISIP 2007 pass. Make
sure you attend this session if you wish to have your resume reviewed before you apply
to ISIP 2007!
General Reminders for Foreign LL.M. Students:
I am available to meet with you for resume and cover letter review and to answer your
job search questions. You are required to attend a Basic Resume and Cover Letter
Writing Workshop before meeting with me for an individual counseling appointment.
To schedule an appointment, please contact the OCS front desk at (202) 274-4090 or stop
by Suite 122. After obtaining an appointment with our front desk, please make sure you
send me an email with your resume and/ or cover letter at least 48 hours prior to your
appointment. My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org . Also, you may include
information about your career goals in your email message. This information will help
me better evaluate your needs and help you in a personalized manner.
Drop-in Hours for Foreign LL.M. Students:
I am also available to meet with you during my drop-in hours. Drop-in hours are designed
for questions that require short discussion, usually 10 minutes or less. If you have a quick
question to ask regarding your career development, job applications or resume and cover
letter, please stop by our office in suite 122 during the following hours:
Tuesdays: from 3:00pm to 4:00pm
Thursdays: from 11:00am to 12:00pm
Students don’t need an appointment to stop by during drop-in hours. Please keep in mind
that issues that take longer than 10 minutes to resolve deserve a full counseling session
by appointment and cannot be addressed during drop-in hours.
*** Have a great weekend! **
GENERAL REMINDERS FOR STUDENTS
Student eCampusRecruiter Profiles
Please take a moment to update your eCampusRecruiter profile. Student profiles
should be updated on a regular basis to note changes in contact information and areas of
interest. Periodically, the Office of Career & Professional Development will email
important information concerning job postings and events to students based on what they
have indicated on their profiles. Therefore, keeping your profile current is necessary if
you wish to receive such information. To obtain a username and password go to
Please refer to the following Job Search categories for locating postings relevant to
your job search:
Permanent/Full Time – Post Graduate Positions for 3Ls & Lateral Positions for Alumni
Permanent/Part Time – Part Time Post Graduate Positions for 3Ls & Lateral Positions
Judicial Clerkship – Post Graduate Positions
Summer/Full Time – Full Time Summer Internships, Summer Associate, Law Clerk &
Summer/Part Time – Part Time Summer Internships (including Judicial) & Law Clerk
Temporary/Full Time – Fellowships, Contract Attorney Positions, Full Time Law Clerk
Positions & Internships (including Judicial)
Temporary/Part Time – Academic year Part Time Law Clerk Positions & Internships
Did you know that you can use your eCampusRecruiter student profile to sign up
for listservs in the area(s) of your interest(s)? OCPD uses the information provided on
the student profile to send targeted emails to students who express interest in a particular
practice area or specialty. To enroll in a listserv, simply use the “Edit” option on your
student profile and select any number of options under “Listservs.”
OCPD Website: Some portions of the OCPD website are protected by password for use
by Washington College of Law students and alumni. A login ID and password will be
provided once the eCampusRecruiter registration process has been completed.
OCPD Counseling Services:
OCPD has seven career counselors to assist you with the career planning process.
Counseling services include:
• resume and cover letter review
• conducting mock interviews
• creating job search strategies
Counselors also specialize in judicial clerkships, public interest, private practice and
government as noted below. To schedule an appointment, call 202-274-4090 or by stop
by Suite 122.
General counseling, domestic LL.M.s and second career JDs
Public Interest and Government
Alumni, Domestic LL.M.s and 2nd Career J.D.s
Foreign trained LL.M.s
DROP IN HOURS:
A counselor is available every Monday – Thursday from 11:30am to 12:30pm to answer quick
questions regarding resumes, cover letters and issues relating to the job search process. To speak
with a counselor regarding in-depth resume or cover letter review or regarding individual career or
job search strategies, please schedule an appointment by speaking with one of our front desk staff
EVENTS FOR THE WEEK OF October 16, 2006
OCPD 2L Counseling Week (October 16th – October 20th) Suite 122 Call 274-4090 or stop by the OCPD Front
Desk to schedule an appointment
Monday, October 16
12pm, Rm 503, Moot Court Honor Society’s upcoming 1L Competition information meeting
Tuesday, October 17
10am-6pm , email@example.com, Journal of Gender, Social Policy, & the Law Open House
12-1pm, Rm 524, Domestic Violence Practitioners Panel
12-1pm, Rm 627, "Pro Bono or Pro Deo: Christian Legal Aid"
4pm, 4910 Mass Ave., lower level, Suite 16, WAR PORTRAIT, A documentary film about the Srebrenica massacre
5 pm, Rm 503, Health Law & Justice Initiative mandatory informational meeting
12pm, Rm 504, & 5pm, Rm 314, WCL Republican National Lawyers Association General Meeting
6pm and 8:00 pm, Rm 603: Human Rights Film Festival: Maquillapolis
Wednesday, October 18
12-1:30pm, the 6th Floor student lounge, Women and the Law: Career Choices Panel
12:30-1:20, Rm 100, The Case of Maher Arar
5 pm, Rm 503, See What's Going on Behind the Scenes of the Nationals
6-8 pm, 6th Fl Stu Lng, TRIPS Patent Protections and Access to Essential Medicines in Developing Countries
Thursday, October 19
9:30am-12:30pm, Rm. 603, Taking Your Product to Market: Clinical Research and Launch for Drugs and Devices
12-1:20pm, Rm 602, Human Trafficking: Legal Issues and Real Life Applications
12-1 pm, Rm 601 or 5-5:50 pm, Rm 524, the ALSAs on Handling Law School Culture Shock: Advice Panel and Q & A Session for 1Ls
Friday, October 20
5-10pm, Rm 602, Student Hurricane Network National Gathering