Columbus School of Law Dean Daniel F. Attridge brought students up to speed on a number of different subjects at a Feb. 27 Town Hall Meeting open to all in the law school community.
Among the most significant announcements was an important change in the administration of law school scholarships. In most cases in the past, 1L students had to remain within the top 25 percent of their class in order for their scholarship awards to carry forward into their second and third years.
That requirement has been dropped. “We’re eliminating that. You just have to be in good academic standing,” the dean explained.
Dean Attridge, who assumed the deanship full time on Feb. 1, told the audience of students, faculty, and staff that his top priorities are maintaining enrollment, job placement for graduates and fundraising.
He also covered new initiatives such as “CUA Law Advantage,” a program that pairs students with alumni-mentors who serve as career coaches and advisors.
The dean shared details of the recently announced CUA Law/ Ehrlich Clemency Project. Based within the law school’s existing Innocence Project, the clemency project will train law students to help prepare requests for pardons and clemency, as also serve as a resource for governors and/or their staffs on the subject of executive clemency.
His address also touched upon plans for future joint programs with Catholic University’s Business School, as well as the law school’s interest in attracting full time legal practitioners back for brush-up coursework.
Students also heard the dean recap the ongoing effort to upgrade the design of the Web site, as well as the recent visits from Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia and former Solicitor General Paul Clement.
In closing, Dean Attridge stressed the unique advantages of a legal education at Catholic University, and assured the students of his willingness to help them secure postgraduate employment.