In 2016, 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, museum curators, 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 provided volunteer services to the community. The Journal of Law and Technology hosted a Symposium and the Securities Law Program National Moot Court Team triumphed at National Moot Court Competition. Students won writing competitions, were awarded fellowships and had Innocence Project clients granted clemency. 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 at Commencement.
The Law School’s ideal location in the nation’s capital was once again leveraged to full advantage in 2016. 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 able to attend a lecture by FBI Director James B. Comey and the filming of Your Voice, Your Future Town Hall with The Honorable Robert L. Ehrlich, Jr. and Political Commentator Van Jones. During the year, the Law School host a federal clemency conference, Federal Clemency: What’s Next, offered a Law Review symposium on the Intersection of Civil Rights and Civil Procedure, held a Law and Technology Institute program on Protecting Consumer Privacy and Promoting Innovation in the Internet Era, and hosted its Second Annual Family & Friends Day. Along the way the Law School received accolades, hosted moot court competitions, held career and networking panels, luncheons, and annual lecture series.
The Law School’s faculty remained at the forefront of legal education during the academic year, distinguishing themselves in remarkable ways as both hands-on practitioners and top scholars. Professor Mark Rienzi continued his representation of the Little Sisters of the Poor and was called upon several times throughout the year to discuss religious liberty. Professor Marshall Breger moderated a panel titled First Amendment on College Campuses: Speech, Religion, Sexuality, Gender at the Knight Conference Center, Newseum. Professor Faith Mullen published a comprehensive report on poverty through the D.C. Consortium of Legal Service Providers, “Community Listening Project.” Professor Cara Drinan continued to make great strides in the area of criminal justice reform scholarship and action. Professor Sandy Ogilvy personally delivered the news of commutation to two clients of the Law School’s clemency clinic and published a new book on torts. Professor David Lipton appeared on EWTN Nightly News to discuss volatile trading and was elected to the Board of Trustees of the SEC Historical Society and Vice President-museum. Professor Lucia Silecchia was interviewed numerous times regarding assisted suicide bill in D.C. and the World Day of Prayer of Care of Creation. Professor Mary Leary presented her scholarship and took on a new leadership position. The Natural Born citizenship requirement was a topic of conversation for Professor Sarah Duggin, and Professor Megan La Belle won the 2016 Southeastern Association of Law Schools (SEALS) Call for Papers Award. Professor Emerita Leah Wortham and Professor Rett Ludwikowski were recognized for their outstanding contributions to international cooperation.