CUA Law Graduates Gather for Collegial Luncheon at FINRA
Because they are spread out over many class years, Catholic University law school graduates who are employed at the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority—FINRA—could pass each other in the hall every day and never know they shared the bond of attending the same law school.
But that was rectified last week. Approximately 20 of the 27 Columbus School of Law alumni working at FINRA gathered for a first-of-its-kind luncheon at its headquarters on Jan. 20, 2011. Ranging in class years from 1981 to 2010, the CUA Law graduates had a chance to discover and discuss their common link, as well as listen to Professor David Lipton, director of Securities Law Program at CUA, update them on the latest developments within the program.
“The lunch provided a wonderful opportunity for CUA grads to reconnect with one another as well as to expand their alumni network,” said Jill Frost, the director of the Office of Career and Professional Development.
It is believed that the Columbus School of Law has sent more graduates to FINRA than any other law school in the Washington, D.C., area. FINRA is the largest independent regulator for all securities firms doing business in the United States, overseeing nearly 4,580 brokerage firms. Its chief role is to protect investors by maintaining the fairness of the U.S. capital markets.
The luncheon was planned by the law school’s Office of Career and Professional Development and Office of Development and Alumni Relations, along with FINRA’s Office of Human Resources, which wanted to acknowledge the contributions of CUA Law grads to the organization.
"We decided to host the lunch to thank Professor Lipton, the career center and the alumni for continuing to recruit great employees to work at FINRA," said Sherry Sazon, the organization's talent acquisition manager. "We have hired at least four recent grads from CUA's law school in our market regulation department."
Frequently heard among the dining tables were astounded statements such as, “I never knew you were from CUA!”
“Those were sweet words for me and they made the effort of the lunch even more worthwhile,” remarked Professor Lipton.
The remarkable placement record for graduates of the Securities Law Program at high-profile organizations such as FINRA and the SEC has created success that continues to feed upon itself. Of the program’s nine certificate recipients from 2010, eight are currently employed.
Joining CUA Law alumni at the luncheon in addition to Lipton and Frost were Associate Dean Rita S. Kovach; Jessica Heywood, director of Employer Relations; and David Levite, executive director of Development and Alumni Relations.
In a follow-up thank you message to luncheon guests, Professor Lipton asked them to keep future CUA Law graduates in mind when they come seeking employment.