A special benefit dinner to raise money for the general scholarship fund of the Columbus School of Law was held at Washington D.C.’s Army and Navy Club on April 10th. Hosted by many members of the law school’s Board of Visitors and other donors, the cocktail hour and dinner featured Paul D. Clement, a partner at Bancroft PLLC and former U.S. Solicitor General, as the guest speaker.
Clement (left) has the distinction of having argued before the United States Supreme Court more than 70 times. His most recent appearance was on March 25, as counsel for the plaintiff in Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores
In his remarks, Clement was complimentary about CUA Law’s commitment to defending religious freedom, as demonstrated especially by the significant pro bono work done on that front by faculty Professor Mark Rienzi.
More than 60 people attended the reception and dinner. Guests included members of the law school’s Board of Visitors, who participated in the biannual meeting at the law school the following day; distinguished law school alumni; and a number of the dean’s family members, friends and colleagues from Kirkland & Ellis, the law firm where he spent most of his pre-academia career.
“For a second straight year, the law school’s friends and supporters have stepped up and helped us meet the challenge of making our law school a financially feasible choice for the best and brightest students,” said Dean Attridge. “CUA Law is a special place whose talented students will directly benefit from the increase to our scholarship fund made possible by our guests.”
Richard C. White, CUA Law Class of 1994 and a member of the Board of Visitors, served as master of ceremonies. The invocation was offered by Jerome H. Powell, a Member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System. Powell’s grandfather, James J. Hayden, served as dean of Catholic University’s law school from 1941-1954.
Thomas Yannucci, chair of the law school’s Board of Visitors, delivered dinner remarks. Dean Attridge concluded the dinner fundraiser with final remarks.