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The Writing Center at George Washington Law School has posted information on the over 150 legal writing competitions around the country. The competitions cover a wide range of legal topics, and information on eligibility is included.

Learn more about Legal Writing Competitions  (updated February 23, 2015).

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A White House Press Release announced that on Wednesday, February 11, 2015, “President Obama transmitted to Congress a proposed authorization for the use of military force, or AUMF, against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, also known as ISIL.

ISIL poses a threat to U.S. national security, which is why U.S. armed forces are already working with some 60 other nations and partners to degrade and ultimately destroy ISIL. The President has said that we are strongest as a nation when the President and Congress work together, and enacting a bipartisan AUMF against ISIL would provide a clear and powerful signal that the United States stands united behind the efforts to degrade and ultimately destroy ISIL.”

Related Readings:
President Obama’s letter to Congress on AUMF
White House blog: What You Need to Know About the AUMF.

The Center for Gender & Refugee Studies reported in its February 12, 2015 press release the publication of a comprehensive regional study on the “conditions, laws, policies, and practices throughout the Northern Central America-Mexico-United States corridor” related to migration. This thirteen chapter study is the result of a two-year regional investigation and focuses on the practices in Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador, Mexico, and United States. It concludes that the human rights of migrant children and of children whose parents are migrants are being systematically violated and it calls on those five countries “to reform laws and policies and to develop a regional response to guarantee children’s rights in countries of origin, transit, and destination.”

The study overall finds four major shortcomings that deny the basic rights of children and adolescents in the context of migration: (1) lack of attention to the root causes of migration including social exclusion, marginalization and poverty, violence, and the need to reunify with family, (2) policies that prioritize immigration enforcement—such as detention and deportation—over the rights and best interests of children and adolescents, (3) an absence of adequate reintegration programs for repatriated children, and (4) the lack of comprehensive regional accords and policies informed by human rights, human development, humanitarian law, and international refugee law.

Arnold ProntoAs announced earlierProf. Arnold Pronto and Prof. McDonnell are co-teaching the International Law course offered this spring at Pace Law School. Prof. Pronto is a Senior Legal Officer in the Codification Division of the Office of Legal Affairs of the United Nations, working primarily in the field of the codification and progressive development of public international law. As a member of the Secretariat of the Sixth Committee, his activities have included working on the negotiation of several international anti-terrorism treaties, as well as the establishment of the International Criminal Court. He has also been in the Secretariat of the International Law Commission since 1999, and has worked on the topics of state responsibility, the responsibility of international organizations, diplomatic protection, the effects of armed conflicts on treaties, and the protection of persons in the event of disasters and provisional application of treaties. He has published, given presentations and lectures, and taught, in the area of public international law and international human rights law.

TODAY, February 5, 2015 at 1:30-3:20 pm in Aloysia 306 PRESTON 401 the International Law lecture will be open to the entire law school community, including alumni. Prof. Pronto will be covering state responsibility and termination and suspension of treaties. Anyone who is interested is welcome to join this lecture. We hope to see you there!

Arnold ProntoAs announced earlier, Prof. Arnold Pronto and Prof. McDonnell are co-teaching the International Law course offered this spring at Pace Law School. Prof. Pronto is a Senior Legal Officer in the Codification Division of the Office of Legal Affairs of the United Nations, working primarily in the field of the codification and progressive development of public international law. As a member of the Secretariat of the Sixth Committee, his activities have included working on the negotiation of several international anti-terrorism treaties, as well as the establishment of the International Criminal Court. He has also been in the Secretariat of the International Law Commission since 1999, and has worked on the topics of state responsibility, the responsibility of international organizations, diplomatic protection, the effects of armed conflicts on treaties, and the protection of persons in the event of disasters and provisional application of treaties. He has published, given presentations and lectures, and taught, in the area of public international law and international human rights law.

This Thursday, February 5, 2015 at 1:30-3:20 pm in Aloysia 306 the International Law lecture will be open to the entire law school community, including alumni. Prof. Pronto will be covering state responsibility and termination and suspension of treaties. Anyone who is interested is welcome to join this lecture. We hope to see you there!

Via Telegraph – Travel, Donald Strachan in his article titled The Five Best Translation Apps for Travellers, brings together a detailed break down of what he considers the top five translation apps for travelers:

2010 Orientation 40Part of our law library collection is the Law in Film Collection, which is housed on the main level of the library in the student lounge. All patrons with borrowing privileges may check any of the movies out at no charge for up to 5 days. The following are our most recent additions to this collection. Come by and check it out!

Environmental Law

The Ghosts In Our Machine (Bullfrog films and Ghosts Media presents; directed by Liz Marshall; produced by Nina Beveridge and Liz Marshall; written by Liz Marshall) [HV4708 .G46 2013 DVD] - This film asks the difficult question: are animals property to be owned and used by humans as we wish, or are they sentient beings deserving of rights? This award-winning documentary touches on the lives of individual animals as it follows photographer Jo-Anne McArthur on a year-long journey as she photographs animal stories in North America and Europe.

Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret (A.U.M. Films; First Spark Media; written & directed & produced & edited, Kip Andersen, Keegan Kuh) [S589.75 .C69 2014 DVD] - Feature-length environmental documentary following an intrepid filmmaker as he uncovers the most destructive industry facing the planet today, and as he investigates why the world’s leading environmental organizations are too afraid to talk about it.

Criminal Law

Breaking Bad – the complete series (Sony Pictures Television; created by Vince Gilligan; produced by Stewart A. Lyons; producers, Bryan Cranston, Diane Mercer; High Bridge; Gran Via Productions) [PN1992.77 .B74 2014 DVD] – “Emmy Award winner Bryan Cranston stars as Walter White, a down-on-his-luck chemistry teacher struggling to make ends meet for his wife (Anna Gunn) and physically challenged son (RJ Mitte). Everything changes when Walter receives a startling diagnosis: terminal lung cancer. With only a few years to live and nothing to lose, Walter uses his training as a chemist to cook and sell crystal meth with one of his former students (Aaron Paul). As his status grows, so do his lies, but Walt will stop at nothing to make sure his family is taken care of after he’s gone, even if it means putting all their lives on the line.” [container]

If you are still finalizing your spring 2015 schedule, don’t miss this extraordinary opportunity and register for International Law this coming spring!

Arnold ProntoWe are proud and honored to welcome Mr. Arnold Pronto, Senior Counsel with the United Nations, to be the guest lecturer in International Law at Pace Law School this semester. He will be co-teaching approximately one-third of the classes with our own Professor Thomas M. McDonnell in his International Law course.

Professor Pronto is a Senior Legal Officer in the Codification Division of the Office of Legal Affairs of the United Nations, working primarily in the field of the codification and progressive development of public international law. As a member of the Secretariat of the Sixth Committee, his activities have included working on the negotiation of several international anti-terrorism treaties, as well as the establishment of the International Criminal Court. He has also been in the Secretariat of the International Law Commission since 1999, and has worked on the topics of state responsibility, the responsibility of international organizations, diplomatic protection, the effects of armed conflicts on treaties, and the protection of persons in the event of disasters and provisional application of treaties. He has published, given presentations and lectures, and taught, in the area of public international law and international human rights law.

Professor Pronto has a Master’s degree from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and an LL.B. degree from University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa. He has taught as adjunct professor at the Whitehead School of Diplomacy and International Relations, Seton Hall University and, in addition to his duties with the UN, he currently serves as an Extraordinary Lecturer at the University of Pretoria Faculty of Law, South Africa.

Just to remind you all, International Law is a four-credit required course for all those intending to graduate with International Law Certificate. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact Prof. Thomas M. McDonnell, at (914) 422-4381 or via email, or Lucie Olejnikova, Reference Librarian & Adj. Prof. via email.

Transcripts of the grand jury proceedings that followed the shooting death of Michael Brown on August 9, 2015, by Ferguson, Missouri, police officer Darren Wilson are available online from CNN. The grand jury was convened beginning August 20, 2014, at the St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office in Clayton, Missouri. There are twenty-four volumes of transcripts of the grand jury proceedings, as well as witness interviews, additional materials presented in evidence, and photographs of Officer Wilson available on the website.

The grand jury proceedings have been controversial. Generally, such proceedings are secret, and it is rare for a prosecutor to release the grand jury transcripts and evidence to the public. It was also unusual for Officer Wilson to testify for several hours before the grand jury, since as a general rule a suspect under investigation by the grand jury is not considered to have a right to testify or to have exculpatory evidence presented. As Justice Scalia stated in United States v. Williams, 504 U.S. 36, 37 (1992):

[R]equiring the prosecutor to present exculpatory as well as inculpatory evidence would alter the grand jury’s      historical role, transforming it from an accusatory body that sits to assess whether there is adequate basis for bringing a criminal charge into an adjudicatory body that sits to determine guilt or innocence. . .[I]t has always been thought sufficient for the grand jury to hear only the prosecutor’s side, and, consequently that the suspect has no right to present, and the grand jury no obligation to consider, exculpatory evidence. . . .

Related Readings:

The graduates of the Pace Law School class of 1989 were honored to have Governor Mario M. Cuomo as their commencement speaker. Pace Environmental Law Review printed his address, in which he focused on our environmental program, and presciently said

This particular program at Pace, and the general growing awareness of the current threat to our environment, gives me hope that we are smart enough to avert avoidable environmental disasters in the future. That, though, will require that we open our minds to the frightening prospects that all our current environmental hazards now present, from acid rain to toxic waste, so that we can marshal the energy and the strength to change our laws, and our ways, so as to avoid their potential consequences.

His article, The Soul of the Profession, was published in 2010 in a special issue of Pace Law Review devoted to examining New York state law.

Related Reading:

  • Obituary, The N.Y. Times (Jan. 1, 2015).

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