Our new 2013-14 academic year will be starting soon. Registration for our incoming first-year students begins on August 14th, and fall semester classes for all students begin on August 19th. Our faculty and staff are all looking forward to it. Wearing my professor hat, I will be teaching a course in the evening division in the fall semester, and one in the day division in the spring semester. Here is a brief report on our summer developments and what’s coming up soon:
1. Admissions Data. The number of students enrolling in all law schools this coming year is expected to be the lowest in thirty years. Notwithstanding this negative trend, things are looking up for CUA Law for the coming year. Last year at this time, we had received full deposits from 168 successful applicants to hold a place in our incoming class (which ultimately consisted of 141 first-year and 8 transfer students). Read more here
We have two great opportunities coming up to network with CUA Law alumni working on Capitol Hill. We will be hosting a reception with Dean Attridge and special guestsSenator Robert P. Casey, Jr., Class of 1988, andSenator Jeffrey S. Chiesa, Class of 1990, for an after-work reception at the Russell Senate Office Building on Tuesday, September 17, 2013. Later that week, on Friday, September 20, the CUA Law and Public Policy Program will host Senator Chiesa at the law school where he will share about his public policy career.
Whether you work in Legislative, Public Policy, or in Government in the DC area, we hope you will come out and take advantage of either or both of these great events.
The United States Supreme Court has granted certiorari for McCullen v. Coakley, a First Amendment case that has consumed much pro bono time and effort from CUA Law Professor Mark Rienzi over the past several years.
The Court has agreed to review the constitutionality of a Massachusetts law that creates a 35-foot “buffer zone” restricting pro-life advocates from speaking with people entering abortion facilities. The zone restriction was signed into law in 2007 by Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick. Opponents of the law argue it creates create censorship zones designed to stamp out constitutionally protected speech.
Professor Rienzi originally engaged with the case in 2008, when Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys filed the lawsuit. Today, he is lead counsel in the case alongside attorneys with the Washington, D.C. firm Wilmer, Cutler, Pickering, Hale & Dorr, LLP. “I represent peaceful pro-life grandmothers who want to stand on the sidewalk and offer alternative options to women going to the clinic,” said Rienzi.
Oral arguments in McCullen v. Coakley are expected in January.
Tanya Easton comes to CUA Law with a long career in fundraising as a vice president for advancement at independent, church-related institutions in West Virginia. Her experience includes oversight of annual fund, foundation relations, planned giving, church relations, major gifts, and alumni relations. Prior to her arrival at the law school, she served two years a vice president for enrollment management, with responsibility for admissions, financial aid, athletics, and marketing and communications at Alderson Broaddus University, where she was responsible for implementing an enrollment turnaround. Easton has been recognized for her commitment to mentoring staff, and is currently a doctoral candidate at West Virginia University. You may contact Easton at Easton@law.edu or 202.319.4697 if she can ever be of service to you.
Are you interested in hosting a gathering for alumni in your area? Alumni events are a great way to network with others in your city that share a strong similar connection. We have heard from many alumni who have generated business and referrals from these events, found new jobs, identified a local mentor, or even developed strong friendships out of an interaction they had at one of our CUA Law regional alumni events.
The Office of Alumni Relations is a great resource to help plan and promote an event for maximum success. If you would like to host an event in your area, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 1-877-7CUALAW, so we can help you connect with your local alumni.
Reunion Weekend 2013 is September 27-29 and will be honoring the classes of 1963, 1968, 1973, 1978, 1983, 1988, 1993, 1998, 2003, and 2008. A full listing of events can be viewed at http://community.law.edu/reunion2013. For more information, contact Lauren McCaghren, director of alumni relations, at email@example.com.
Judge Kathryn J. Dufour
CUA Law Alumni are welcome to use the Judge Kathryn J. Dufour Law Library to take advantage of the extensive collection, services and online databases. Our librarians will be happy to help you in your research. For information on access policies, wireless connectivity, online catalogs and bar exam resources, please click on the above link.