Congratulations to the 2015 – 2016 WCL Democrats Executive Board

Please take a moment to congratulate the new incoming board of the WCL Democrats. Please feel free to contact them with inquiries and suggestions.

President- Adrentis Hooks – email: aghooks7112@gmail.com
Vice President: Zachary Fischer – Zfischer23@gmail.com
Treasurer: Jennifer Howard – howardjk@gmail.com
Political Director: Braxton Marcela – mm3511a@student.american.edu
Admin Director: Micheal Cabrera – Micheal.Cabrera@student.american.edu
Communication Director: Raenetta L. Ellison – raenetta.l.ellison@student.american.edu
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Careers and Opportunities in Election and Lobby Law

The WCL Democrats hosted a panel about Election and Lobby Law on Tuesday, March 17, 2015 from 12 pm to 1 pm in Room 601. Students had an opportunity to learn more about this specialized area of law and to ask questions about different career paths. An intimate insight into the daily professional lives of these attorneys was discussed as they analyzed the effects of Shelby County v. Holder and instant runoff voting. The panel was moderated by Professor William Yeomans, Fellow in Law and Government, American University Washington College of Law. The speakers included Drew Spencer from FairVote, Rudolph McGann from DC Board of Elections, and Craig Engle from ArentFox.

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Professor William Yeomans, Rudolph McGann, Craig Engle, and Drew Spencer

WCL Democrats Meet and Greet sessions off to a great start!

Thanks to everyone who came out to meet and greet Lorie Masters, candidate for DC Attorney General. To learn more about her platform, please visit: http://loriemasters.com

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Meet Lorie Masters – Candidate for DC Attorney General

Hi folks, please join the WCL Democrats this Wednesday, October 8 at 12:30 PM (Room 601) for a meet and greet with Lorie Masters who is one of the candidates for D.C. Attorney General. You can learn more about her on her website: http://www.loriemasters.com/ or check out her Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/lorieforag.

This is a great chance to speak to Lorie about her platform, find out why she’s running and what her goals are as AG for the District. You can also find out how to get involved in her campaign if you are interested in volunteering. Hope to see you all there! RSVP at: https://www.facebook.com/events/279915525537474/?ref_dashboard_filter=upcoming&source=1

Lorie Masters Volunteer Flyer

Hobby Lobby: Aftermath

Thank you to all those that came out to our Hobby Lobby discussion panel. It was a huge success and an interesting discussion.

Thanks to Leila, Hannah, and Professor Wiley for being excellent speakers and to WCL Federalist Society for co-sponsoring.

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2014-2015 Executive Board

Please join me in welcoming our new board for the upcoming academic year. We hope to serve your interests and increase name recognition.

President

Jeanna Lee, 3L

jl7099a@american.edu

Vice President

Navi Bajwa, 3L

Political Director

Maliha Khan, 2L

Administrative Director

James Mackey, 2L

Secretary

Weyinmi Uranje, 1L

WCL Democrats go to the White House!

Our first event of the 2014-2015 academic year was a success! A small group of WCL students were able to tour the White House this fall with the support and assistance of FL Congressman Bilirakis and FL Senator Rubio. After passing through 4 security checkpoints and a security background check, we were able to step foot inside the Big House. Unfortunately, there was no Obama sighting.

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Ayuda – Immigrant Issues Opportunity!

Hello WCL Students!

Hope your week is going well!

The WCL Dems wants to bring to your attention a wonderful volunteering opportunity at Ayuda, the only not-for-profit organization providing a wide array of services for the immigrant community in the DC metro area, including program areas in immigration, anti-trafficking, domestic violence and sexual assault, immigrant children legal services, and others.

This is a great chance to fulfill pro bono hours on behalf of DC immigrant community members, as well as to engage in other types of volunteering based on what you can bring with your passion!

For more info, visit http://www.ayuda.com and for any questions, please contact Elise Webb at elise@ayuda.com.

Rally at the Supreme Court Oct. 8

Howdy Guys, I hope you guys and gals have had a nice start to the school year, and I was happy to see the great turnout for the ACA discussion with Professors Blackman, Vladeck, and Marcus. We will definitely have more events like this in the future, and feel free to shoot us an email about topics you would like to see covered.

 The next thing coming down the pipeline is a rally hosted by the groups People For the American Way and US PIRG. If you have been keyed in on upcoming Supreme Court cases on your own, or if you went to the excellent discussion yesterday about important Supreme Court cases, you would know that the Court hears oral arguments in McCutheon v. FEC. Smarter people than I have written and talked extensively about why this is an important case, for example the SCOTUSBLOG had an impressive online symposium about it if you have some free time and want to read  about the history of the general controversy and the various paths the Court might take to resolve the case. But the basic premise is that  the Court will be deciding on whether or not to strike down caps on how much money an individual can contribute directly to political campaigns. It’s kinda a big deal if you are at all concerned about the affects of money in political races.  

Stephan, on my orders, has probably been indulating you with information about it, but here are the deets again.

WHAT: Rally against big money in politics and McCutcheon v. FEC
WHERE: The Supreme Court of the United States (1 First St NE, Washington, DC)

WHEN: Tuesday, October 8th at 9:30am (speakers at 10:00am)

There are going to be a ton of speakers, and i’ll list them below,  additionally it’s a great chance to get involved in things outside of campus. So if you can, i’d recommend you attend. (and if you are attending sign up in the facebook event and google form):

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1QiWXJKhmBJGggSnAIKV27m3CpL3wKvTHnXwFwHxDPoA/viewform

https://www.facebook.com/events/407857282647092/

Additionally, there is a lobbying training the day before the rally, if you want to attend and pick up some skills. So there is that. So as promised, here is who is going to be there. and if you have any questions, email us.

·         Reverend Dr. William Barber II, Moral Monday leader and chapter leader of North Carolina NAACP

·         Congressman John Sarbanes, Maryland – District 3

·         Larry Cohen, President, Communications Workers of America

·         Phil Radford, Executive Director, Greenpeace USA

·         Marge Baker, Rally co-host and Executive Vice President, People For the American Way

·         Blair Bowie, Rally co-host and Democracy Advocate, US PIRG

·         Liz Kennedy, Counsel, DEMOS

·        Mary Boyle, Vice President of Communications, Common Cause

·         Josh Silver, Director, Represent.Us

·         Matthew Segal, President, Our Time

·         Steve Cobble, Senior Political Advisor, Free Speech For People

·         David Borris, Executive Committee Member, Main Street Alliance

·         Brendien Mitchell, Howard University Fellow, Young People For

·         Craig L. Rice, Maryland State Director, Young Elected Officials Network

·         Tom Blackton, Retired Teacher/School Principal, Center For Community Change

If anybody is interested in going, email us at wcl.dems@gmail.com so we can give the coordinators an idea of who is going!