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Dean Attridge

Dean's Newsletter

CUA Law Dean Daniel F. Attridge writes a regular newsletter to keep students informed about news, events, and new initiatives at the law school. Find links to all of the dean's newsletters on this page. 


February 2014

“With our spring semester beginning on January 8, we are already into the full swing of classes, programs, activities, and special events…” Dean Attridge announces a New Master of Legal Studies Program, and discusses Professor Mark Rienzi’s headline-grabbing cases before the Supreme Court. The dean shared some recent media highlights involving faculty members, reviewed sobering application/enrollment numbers, and included an uplifting anecdote about a seriously ill student who nonetheless completed all of his JD requirements and, with a little assistance from Catholic University administrators, was awarded his degree months in advance of May’s commencement ceremony.


January 2014

“We have successfully concluded our fall semester…” Dean Attridge recaps some of the major developments of the just-concluded semester, including the naming of two newly retired professors to Emeritus status, as well as the addition to the law school’s Board of Visitors of two distinguished alumni. The dean congratulated CUA Law alumni on their high proportional representation in the “Super Lawyers” lists, and noted that the law school bucked national trends with an increased enrollment in the fall of 2013. Looking ahead, he previewed upcoming Supreme Court moots that will be hosted by the law school, including for a case that Professor Mark Rienzi will personally argue.

December 2013

“Our busy fall semester is quickly coming to a close…” Dean Attridge summed up a very energetic month: One that included events such as the Law School’s third Faith in Action program, the annual Securities Alumni Luncheon, many job networking events, a “Toast Our Troops” fundraiser, a program on opposition to the death penalty, and a program on the future of the Voting Rights Act. He also discussed employment and salary data for recent graduates, and a Nov. 14 Ecumenical Prayer Gathering held at the Law School. The Dean wished all a Happy Thanksgiving.

> View the December 2013 newsletter 

November 2013

“This past month has been an exciting and energizing one for us at CUA Law…” The dean enumerates the many activities within the law school that always make October one of the busiest months of the year. Among other things, the dean describes the law school’s hosting of a regular sitting by the District of Columbia Court of Appeals, a talk for students about clemency from former Maryland Governor Bob Ehrlich Jr., Reunion Weekend, a Faculty-in-Transition reception, and the conferring of the John Carroll Society Pro Bono Legal Service Award to Professor Michael McGonnigal. 

> View the November 2013 newsletter 

October 2013

“As September draws to a close, the fall semester of 2013 is in full swing at CUA Law…” Dean Attridge summarizes an active month, including a Capitol Hill reception attended by Sen. Jeff Chiesa (R-NJ) and Sen. Robert Casey (D-PA), both Law School alumni; an address by SEC Commissioner Daniel M. Gallagher, Class of 1999, and the debut of the new six part lecture series, “Faith in Action,” which featured remarks by Kevin Ryan, the president of Covenant House and author of the national best-seller Almost Home.

> View the October 2013 newsletter 

September, 2013

“We’re off and running. Our 2013-14 academic year has started…” With the new year comes a new first-year class, described in detail by the dean in this newsletter. He also describes the excellent day of community volunteer service that kick started the semester, and brings reader up to speed on the law school’s new Criminal Defense Clinic.  Dean Attridge also announces his intention to teach Trial Practice this semester, and discusses his ongoing visits with groups of alumni.

> View the September 2013 newsletter 

August, 2013

“Our new 2013-14 academic year will be starting soon…” Dean Attridge brings the CUA Law community up to date on the admissions outlook for the coming year, announces a new Immigration Litigation Clinic, covers some new hires and a very generous alumnus gift, and discusses the visit to the law school in July by telecom regulators and policymakers from around the world. The dean also announced the new chair of the law school’s Board of Visitors.
> View the August 2013 newsletter 


July, 2013

"June is intended to be one of those relatively quiet months in the academic cycle. ..." 
–Dean Attridge reflects on the lessons learned from the past semester and describes plans to move forward for the next one. He discusses the current state of law school admissions, changes among the faculty and staff, a new tenant in the law school building, planned alumni visits, and the tenth anniversary of CUA Law’s LL.M program in Krakow, Poland.
> View the July 2013 newsletter 


May, 2013

"The month of May brings our academic year to a close..." 
– In addition to Commencement 2013, the dean explains new practice-area concentrations and what they mean to future students. He also discusses summer programs, planned upcoming alumni visits, a major gift for a new scholarship, and five faculty members who are moving away from fulltime teaching after many years at CUA Law.
> View the May 2013 newsletter

April, 2013

"April has been an extraordinarily busy month for all of us at CUA Law..." 
– In addition to final exams and graduation plans, the dean writes about some important curriculum changes, Columbus Awards Night, the new Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Research, an update on admissions, and a list of notable recent events.
> View the April 2013 newsletter

March, 2013

"We began March, my second month as the new Dean of the Law School, with spring break -- a tradition in our schedule that everyone seems to relish..." 
– The dean also writes about the law school's rankings, changes to the Dean's List, the National Ethics Trial Competition winners, courses for practitioners, changes to the policy on scholarship renewals, and more.
> View the March 2013 newsletter

February, 2013

"I began my service as the new Dean of the Law School on February 1. It has been a very busy first few weeks..." 
– Dean Attridge also writes about expanding the Innocence Project Clinic to include applications for clemency, a new joint-degree program, an international trade panel, Justice Antonin Scalia's visit to CUA Law, Former Solicitor General Paul D. Clement's moot court session, and other news.
> View the February 2013 newsletter