Perhaps one of the coolest programs at American University, Washington College of Law (home of TMA) is the Founders' Day events. Dean of WCL, Claudio Grossman, through the initiative, funds a number of symposia, conferences, and events during the spring semester based on students' proposals.
They are free, open to the public, held at WCL in Northwest DC, and usually offer lunch or dinner depending on the time (only registration is required). It's a really neat way for folks to learn about legal happenings, engage in discussion, and connect with other like-minded people.
The Special Events website contains a comprehensive list of the events here. We wanted to highlight several events:
Minority Majority: The Social and Legal Implications of a Post-White America, March 23, 6 - 8pm. Sponsored by The Modern American.
Roots & Reality II: Hip Hop, Law, and Social Justice Organizing, April 13, 10am - 2:30pm. Co-sponsored by TMA, WCL chapter of the National Lawyers Guild, Sports and Entertainment Law Society, and corporate sponsors, HBO & BET.
12th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Commemoration, January 20, 4 - 6pm. Sponsored by the Office of Diversity Services.
Responding to Anti-Muslim Bigotry, January 26, 12 - 2pm. Sponsored by the Program on Law & Government, and the Center for Human Rights & Humanitarian Law.
Violence Against Native Women: Is the Tribal Law and Order Act of 2010 A Step Forward? January 27, 12 - 2pm. Sponsored by the Women and the Law Program.
Vulnerable Populations: LGBT Youth in the Correctional System and Foster Care. February 1, 10am - 12pm. Sponsored by the Lambda Law Society and the Labor and Employment Law Forum.
Housing Justice in the Nation's Capital: Strategies to Preserve Homes and Neighborhoods During the Foreclosure Crisis, February 3, 1 - 5pm. Sponsored by the Community and Economic Development Clinic, the Disability Rights Law Clinic, and the General Practice Clinic.
Washington "Redskins": Pride or Prejudice? February 15, 6 - 9pm. Sponsored by the Sports and Entertainment Law Society and the Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property.
The Freedom Riders and the Progression to Post Racial America. February 17, 5:30 - 9:30pm. Sponsored by the Black Law Students Association.
Keeping the Needs of Students with Disabilities on the Agenda: Current Issues in Special Education Advocacy. February 25, 9am - 5:30pm. Sponsored by the Journal of Gender, Social Policy and the Law, and the Disability Rights Law Clinic.
Tribes, Land, and the Environment. February 25, 9am - 5pm.
To Kill A Mockingbird: An Examination of Race and Justice 50 Years Later. February 28, 12 - 2pm.
14th Annual Hispanic Law Conference: The Role of the Legal Community in Addressing Latino Issues. March 1, 4 - 9pm. Sponsored by the WCL Latino/a Law Students Association, Hispanic Bar Associations of DC, MD, and VA, and the Latina/o Alumni Association of WCL.
Immigration Law Conflicting with Human Rights: Families Lost Through Deportation. March 24, 9am - 5pm. Sponsored by the International Human Rights Law Clinic.
The New "Illegitimacy": Re-visiting Why Parentage Should Not Depend on Marriage. March 25 - 26, 9 - 5pm. Sponsored by the Journal on Gender, Social Policy, and the Law, and the National Center for Lesbian Rights.
The New Racism. March 28, 2:30 - 5:30pm. Sponsored by the Journal on Gender, Social Policy, and the Law.
The Fourth Annual WCL Asian Pacific Americans and the Law Alumni Awards Dinner. March 30, 6 - 9pm. Sponsored by the Asian Pacific American Law Students Association and the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of DC.
National South Asian Summit. April 2 & 3, 9 - 5pm. Sponsored by the South Asian Law Students Association and South Asian Americans Leading Together.
14th Annual Sylvania Woods Conference and African Americans in the Law. April 7, 4 - 9pm. Sponsored by the Office of Diversity Services.
Soul Food Seder. Sponsored by the Jewish Law Students Association and the Black Law Students Association.
Tara's Crossing: LGBT Asylum-Seekers and the U.S. Immigration System. April 14, 6 - 9pm. Sponsored by the Immigrant Justice Clinic, Immigrants' Rights Coalition, and the Lambda Law Society.
The "New" American Workday: How 9 - 5 has become 24/7. April 18, 9 - 5pm. Sponsored by the Labor and Employment Law Forum & the Labor and Employment Law Society.
Not in the DC area? No sweat. See WCL's podcast collection to listen/watch the event you missed.
If you need practical information about transportation, accessibility, dietary accommodation requests or more, contact The Modern American at firstname.lastname@example.org, refer to this post, and we'll be glad to help.
See you at the events!