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NYC Bar Program and Reception for International LLMs



The New York City Bar’s annual Program and Reception for International LL.M. Students is just a few weeks away. The panelists will speak about how they came to be involved in international practice. They will offer advice on effective contact-making and networking, including how joining the New York City Bar and participating in its activities can be an effective route to do so. Meet, mingle and network with panelists and other City Bar leaders.

To register:

For more information, please contact Weintana Abraha at (212) 382-6624 or



Alumni in the Atrium Series – Wednesday, Sep. 25

James Esselman, SIS BA ’91, will visit the SIS Building Atrium from 3:30 to 4:30 pm on Wednesday the 25th to talk about his work at the Federal Highway Administration, where he is special counsel, advising the chief counsel on legal and policy matters. Mr. Esselman earned his J.D. from the University of Virginia. Students, alumni, faculty and staff are invited to join an informal discussion about his work and career path since SIS. No RSVP is necessary. For upcoming alumni visitors, take a look at the searchable alumni association website.

AUWCL Legal Spanish Program

Ready to Learn Legal Spanish?

Starting January 22, American University Washington College of Law will offer its new, semester-long Legal Spanish Program for lawyers who speak Spanish but have difficulty using complex legal terms in their client interactions and legal work. The program introduces participants to legal concepts and provides practical communication skills in Spanish. Through weekly lectures, written assignments, discussions, and in-class exercises, participants will practice a wide array of legal Spanish skills ranging from legal reading and writing strategies to oral presentation of substantive legal issues.

Learn more and register today at

Legal Spanish Program

Dates: January 22 – April 16, 2014 (every Wednesday)

Requirements: Participants must be practicing lawyers, legal professionals, or law students with an intermediate to high level Spanish proficiency.


  • CLE Accreditation will be applied for upon request. See website for more detail.
  • A Certificate of Attendance is awarded upon successful completion of the program.


  • Regular Rate – $1,200
  • Alumni, Non-Profit, Government Rate – $900

*Payment of a $200 deposit is due upon registration.

American Society of International Law Reception: Peaceful Resolution of Disputes: Past, Present and Future

American Society of International Law Reception: Peaceful Resolution of Disputes: Past, Present and Future

Monday, September 23, 5:30 Pm – 7:30 Pm,

Tillar House, 2223 Massachusetts Avenue, NW Washington, DC

Marking the 100th anniversary of American industrialist and ASIL founder Andrew Carnegie’s gift of the Peace Palace, realizing his vision as a forum for the peaceful resolution of international disputes, the Society is pleased to host this discussion of the International Court of Justice’s impact, legacy, and continued role today and in the future. This event is sponsored by the Royal Netherlands Embassy.

Register here:

For further information, please contact Laura Townzen at +1-202-939-6010.


American Bar Association- Sixth Foreign Corrupt Practices Act National Institute

American Bar Association- Sixth Foreign Corrupt Practices Act National Institute

Wednesday, September 18, 2013, 3:00 p.m. – Friday, September 20, 2013, 3:00 p.m.

The Westin Georgetown, Washington, DC

Event Link

As enforcement of anti-corruption laws in the United States and abroad continues to be a top priority for law enforcement, the Institute will provide a timely and substantive briefing on recent developments for companies, their officers and employees. This year’s program will examine trends stemming from recent proceedings brought by the U.S. Department of Justice and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), as well as address recent challenges to the FCPA both in Congress and the courts. The Institute will also provide a more in-depth focus on certain recurring issues faced by practitioners and companies alike. Whether examining liability presented by other federal and non-U.S. laws in the event of a potential FCPA violation or minimizing liability in connection with complex international business transactions, the program will provide practical tips from experienced government, corporate, and private practitioners. In addition, the Institute will feature both an in-house perspectives panel and a panel dedicated to SEC enforcement and how it has evolved since the SEC’s establishment of its FCPA unit.


Contact Information

Althea A. Billins


2014 Presidential Management Fellowship


The Presidential Management Program (PMF) will begin accepting applications on October 1, 2013, and the deadline is Tuesday, October 15, 2013.  This prestigious program is a great option for anyone who is interested in working in the federal government.  While the program is not designed for attorney hiring there are lots of exciting policy/law-related positions, and fellows can seek rotations that include the agency’s general counsel’s office.  Each placement is individualized, which gives the agencies and fellows flexibility.


PMF Information Session:  Tuesday, September 24th ~ 12:00pm, Room 402

Online Application and Assessment Prep Workshops:

Wednesday, 9/25, 4 – 5:30pm, MGC 5 (Main Campus)
Monday, 9/30, 3:30-5pm, MGC 5 (Main Campus)
Tuesday 10/1, 6-7:30pm, MGC 4 (Main Campus)



Students & alumni who will receive/received degrees between Dec 2011 & Aug 2014



Register now for access to special PMF Prep Intranet with fact sheets and materials that AU offers to help students & alumni get ready for the upcoming PMF online test.  Email  from your AU account, or from a Gmail account (our Intranet uses Google software).  The email must include your full name, graduation date and the AU school you attend/attended.

AU Main Campus Fall Job and Internship Fair

The AU Main Campus Career Center is hosting the 2013 Fall Job and Internship Fair on Wednesday, September 18 from 1:00 PM -4:00 PM in Bender Arena.

 The fair will feature 69 nonprofit organizations, 43 for-profit companies, and 23 government agencies. Internships will be available with 102 organizations, full-time jobs with 72, and part-time jobs with 31. We have a large and impressive roster of returning employers and nearly 30% of this fall’s employers are new to our fair.  New employers include The World Bank Group, Burson-Marsteller (global public relations), Battelle Memorial Institute (an applied science and technology development non-profit company), Engility Corporation (federal government service provider), and National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum. For more information about participating employers and available opportunities, view this complete list or our Employer Directory, which will be supplemented next week with a digital guide highlighting organizations that recently registered. In spite of the sequester, there will be  21 federal government offices recruiting for a mix of full-time positions and internships (compared with 26 in fall 2012).