AUWCL Holds Discussion Groups with Free CLE as Part of the Celebration for New Campus

Dr. Jim Yong Kim, the president of The World Bank Group, 
opens the day of discussion groups with an inspiring address


As part of the celebration weekend for the new campus, on Saturday, Feb. 13, American Unviersity Washington College of Law hosted a breakfast with guest speaker Dr. Jim Yong Kim, president of The World Bank Group. After the breakfast, over a dozen discussion groups on relevant local, national, and international topics by leaders in their fields took place, offering free Continuing Legal Education to participants.

Highlighting the faculty’s and alumni’s areas of expertise, the discussion groups helped connect law students with alumni practitioners in the field, as well as deepen the alumni’s connections to each other and to the law school.

"This event showcased the law school’s vibrant community and is an epic display of AUWCL’s expertise and commitment to law and justice," said Professor Amy Tenney, one of the organizers for the celebration weekend. "Nearly all of the panelists are prominent alumni in their fields and will be joined by more than thirty faculty members to discuss important issues facing our country and the world." 

Discussion group sessions included:

  • Law, Politics & Government: Who Counts in American Political Democracy?
  • International Human Rights Becomes Local
  • Trends in Global Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Addressing the Gap in Civil Legal Services: Serving Underrepresented Clients & Communities
  • Dismantling the Prison Part of the Criminal Justice System Pipeline: Institutional Advocacy and Strategy
  • Family Law for Modern Families
  • Recent Developments in International Anti-Corruption Law & Practice
  • The Future of International Trade and Investment Law: A Discussion of Recent Developments and Opportunities for Legal Professionals
  • New Directions in Intellectual Property Law: Redefining Boundaries, Institutions, and Practice
  • Fixing Our Broken Criminal Justice System
  • Climate Change, Energy & Environment: Strategies and Opportunities in a Post-Paris World
  • Gender, Migration, and the Workplace: Contemporary Challenges for Female and LGBT Migrants
  • Is Health, Safety, and Environmental Regulation at Risk in Congress and the Courts?
  • The 2016 Presidential Election and the Supreme Court: What’s at Stake?

As a gracious welcome to the neighborhood, the local Whole Foods Market sponsored a lunch between the discussion group sessions. “The new campus is a beautiful addition to our community and we look forward to partnering with American University Washington College of Law students, faculty, and staff throughout their academic endeavors," said Todd Schrecengost, Metro Marketing Team Leader at Whole Foods Market.

Q and A during the breakfast session
Q and A during the breakfast session
Standing ovation after Dr. Kim's address
Standing ovation after Dr. Kim's address
Dean Grossman and Dr. Kim
Dean Grossman and Dr. Kim
Discussion following the "International Human Rights Becomes Local" panel
Discussion following the "International Human Rights Becomes Local" panel
Climate Change, Energy and Environment: Strategies and Opportunities in a Post-Paris World
Climate Change, Energy and Environment: Strategies and Opportunities in a Post-Paris World
Discussion groups in action
Discussion groups in action
Professor Cynthia Smith addresses the crowd
Professor Cynthia Smith addresses the crowd
L-R: Professors Stephen Vladeck and William Yeomans with Tom Goldstein '95
L-R: Professors Stephen Vladeck and William Yeomans with Tom Goldstein '95
Attendees of the Law and Government session
Attendees of the Law and Government session
Law, Politics, and Government: Who Counts in American Political Democracy?
Law, Politics, and Government: Who Counts in American Political Democracy?
The 2016 Presidential Election and the Supreme Court: What's at Stake?
The 2016 Presidential Election and the Supreme Court: What's at Stake?
Dismantling the Prison Part of the Criminal Justice System Pipeline: Institutional Advocacy and Strategy
Dismantling the Prison Part of the Criminal Justice System Pipeline: Institutional Advocacy and Strategy
Addressing the Gap in Civil Legal Services: Serving Underrepresented Clients Communities
Addressing the Gap in Civil Legal Services: Serving Underrepresented Clients Communities
Family Law for Modern Families discussion group
Family Law for Modern Families discussion group