Dean Veryl V. Miles summed up a CUA legal education for first-year students on Aug. 20:
"Practicing what you learn and at the same time helping, healing and giving hope to others."
(Photographs courtesy of Greg Stack)
For 1Ls, Law School Begins With a Warm Welcome
At the end of five exhausting and exhilarating days that concluded orientation week, the incoming day and evening students of 2010 were officially welcomed in to the CUA Law community with remarks on Aug. 20 from law school Dean Veryl Miles, Catholic University Provost Dr. James F. Brennan and the university’s new President, John H. Garvey.
For the first time ever, a slight majority of students (51%) in both the day and evening divisions are women.
22 % of the class is self-identified as members of a recognized minority group. They come from 34 states and 11 foreign countries, including Singapore, the Philippines, Taiwan, Bangladesh, Ireland, Italy, Germany, Venezuela, El Salvador, Trinidad & Tobago, Botswana, Morocco, Cameroon, Rwanda, China, Japan and Australia. More than 18 languages are spoken proficiently.
- Previous work experiences include sailing instructor, platoon leader at Guantanamo Bay, FBI intelligence analyst, owner and operator of a personal training business, naval aviator, investigative journalist, patent examiner, and for the first time, fly fisherman.
- There are athletes, performers and political activists. The class includes a competitive Irish Dancer, a baseball fan who set a world record for singing the national anthem in every major league baseball stadium, and decorated military veterans, including a recipient of the Purple Heart.
- Many class members are committed volunteers with organizations such as Habitat for Humanity, Teach for America, Peace Corps, Jesuit Volunteer Corps, Special Olympics, Katrina Relief and Operation Smile.
SBA President Melissa Feldmeier explained the organization's role in student life at introductory lunches held during orientation week.
Earlier in the week, the first-year students were also welcomed on a peer-to-peer level by Melissa Feldmeier, president of the Student Bar Association. Over a lunch designed to help the new classmates get to know one another, Feldmeier reminded everyone to make the effort to strike up new friendships.