In 2015, our nearly 12,000 alumni were recognized collectively and individually as among the best legal practitioners in America. They have put their CUA Law degree to work in many ways - - as judges, top administrators in professional sports, offering much needed pro bono services, and as experts whose talent and dedication have helped to steer the economic direction of the nation. CUA Law alumni make their mark early, share their insights, and credit their education as a major reason for their success. They have remained loyal and supportive of the Law School and demonstrated their appreciation by their strong support of today’s students.
CUA Law’s students were involved in active discussions of racial issues and were on the frontlines helping support those in need. Students in the clinics at CUA Law continued to provide much needed services to its clients and through our pro bono program students and faculty provided volunteer services to the community. Our moot court association sent a team to the 2015 National Baseball Arbitration Competition and hosted the First Annual Immigration Law Moot Competition. The Law School celebrated another graduating class and welcomed a new one. Students networked, raised money, worked with local high school students, provided support to DC Habitat, as well as performed for the Pope and at the 9:30 Club.
The Law School’s enviable location in the nation’s capital was once again leveraged to full advantage in 2015. Where else can a law student see and learn in person from so many expert insiders about the major issues of our time? Students were treated to lectures by FCC Commissioner Pai discussing the effects
of Broadband Communication on Entrepreneurship and the Law, and by Mr. Douglas F. Gansler and Governor Robert L. Ehrlich on the upcoming 2016 Presidential race. Prior to the Pope's historic visit to campus, the Law School hosted a Religious Freedom Summit, and on September 23, 2015, Pope Francis celebrated mass on campus. During the year, the Law School was the venue for a court proceeding conducted by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, offered a Law Review symposium on fast-changing world of patent law, held the 8th Annual Protective Services Conference, and hosted its First Annual Family & Friends Day. Along the way the Law School received accolades, announced its new Law and Technology Institute, and hosted students from England, telecommunication officials from Ghana, and Indonesian legal educators.
The Law School’s faculty remained at the forefront of legal education during the just completed year, distinguishing themselves in remarkable ways as both hands-on practitioners and scholars of the first order. Professor Mark Rienzi continued his win streak with the United States Supreme Court and was called upon several times throughout the year to discuss religious liberty. The Papal encyclical Laudato Si’ kept Professor Lucia Silecchia's schedule full with various talks and news interviews, and the Natural Born citizenship requirement was a topic of conversation for Professor Sarah Duggin. Professor Cara Drinan published two blogs and was quoted in various publications about the Pope visiting inmates and juvenile justice. Professor Mary Leary published an op-ed, had several interviews, panel appearances, and published a book chapter in The State of Criminal Justice 2015. Professor Clifford Fishman was quoted on wiretapping and teaching racial cases in the classroom. The scholarly output of the Law School’s faculty celebrated a year online. Professors Faith Mullen and J. P. Ogilvy continued the proud tradition of CUA Law in service to others. Professors Regina Jefferson and Beverly Peterson Jennison both received important nominations. Engaged, passionate, and dedicated, our faculty worked with staff and developed a strategic plan to help guide the Law School forward.
Stories on Facebook that gained the largest reach included: two clients from CUA Law's Innocence Project Clinic & Clemency Project had their sentences commuted by President Obama, CUA Law 2015 Reunion Weekend, the 2015 Columbus Awards Night, 2015 CUA Law SPIL Auction, and the biggest social media event across twitter, facebook, and instagram was the Papal visit on September 23, 2015.