The month of May brings our academic year to a close. Final examinations were held from May 1 to 11. Our students buckled down and studied even harder than they have all year. The Library was busier than ever. The Faculty scurried to read exams, grade papers, and turn in final grades. Meanwhile, preparation has been underway for next year, with registration for the fall semester courses set to begin on May 30. The culminating event for our academic year – graduation of our third-year day and fourth-year evening students – was held on May 24 in the Basilica. This is a brief report on some of our many activities during the month:
1. New Practice-Area Concentrations. We recently announced important changes to our Law School curriculum. For our upper division students, the changes include the addition of new practice-area concentrations. These will supplement our existing certificate programs in Communications Law, Comparative and International Law, Law and Public Policy, and Securities Law. The new concentrations will include Civil Litigation, Criminal Litigation, Family Law and Estate Planning, Intellectual Property, and Labor and Employment Law. Read more here
The Class of 2013 boasts the 2nd highest giving participation rate in the CUA Law Graduation Gift Campaign history. Sixty-four percent, or 145 members of the Class of 2013, donated to the campaign and raised a total of $18,449.30. A big thank you to all of those that made the campaign such a success!
The CUA Law Graduation Gift Campaign was instituted by the Class of 2003 to encourage support for the Law School from its newest alumni. Since its establishment, each graduating class has made a class gift and pledge of future support to the Law School.
Catholic University's longstanding American Law Program is generally offered to students at the Jagiellonian University in Cracow, Poland, throughout the year. But for the first time, no member of Catholic University's law school faculty had to hop a plane and cross the ocean to deliver the course in person. Instead, American Civil Rights Law was taught exclusively online as a webinar for the first time in April by Associate Dean of Academic Affairs Suzette Malveaux. To read more, click here.
Long before CUA’s Columbus School of Law was established, Josephine W. Hillyard was a law student, on scholarship, at Columbus School of Law in Washington, D.C. She is a native Washingtonian, as were her parents. After graduation and throughout her career, she enjoyed practicing law in her hometown, experiencing the change of seasons during her daily walks to and from work, and attending performances at Hartke Theatre. She retired from the Board of Appeal and Review for the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (today known as the Merit System Protection Board), where any adverse action involving federal employees had to exhaust administrative remedies before an appeal could be made to the federal court.
Following her retirement, Hillyard continued living in D.C., enjoying painting as well as traveling the world. Throughout the years, she continued to feel a strong connection to CUA. Although she never had children, she wanted to include her extended family in her estate plans and provide something for her alma mater.
Josephine Hillyard chose to fund a charitable gift annuity, in which fixed payments are made to an annuitant(s) during their lifetime, with the residuum going to benefit the University in accordance with the donor’s wishes. “These are challenging times for all law schools,” says Daniel F. Attridge, dean and professor of law. “It’s great to have the support of Ms. Hillyard and other benefactors.”
Hillyard’s generosity will benefit CUA’s Columbus School of Law through the Josephine W. Hillyard Scholarship Fund. Her spirit and dedication to CUA will provide countless law students with the ability to realize their educational goals for years to come.
To learn more about planned giving to the University, contact Isabel De La Puente by telephone at 202-319-6914 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The publication of scholarly works doesn’t usually result in book tours and interviews. One exception appears to be Catholic University law school Professor Karla Simon’s new book, Civil Society in China: The Legal Framework from Ancient Times to the "New Reform Era" (Oxford University Press, March 2013), which continues to draw attention.
The volume has been the subject of two recent public presentations. The first was held at the East West Center in Washington, D.C. on April 24. It featured a discussion of the book with Dr. Susan R. Weld, Executive Director, Law Asia Leadership, Georgetown University Law Center. The second presentation, held on May 2 in New York City under the auspices of the National Committee on US-China Relations, included the organization’s vice- president Jan Berris as discussant. Professor Simon was also invited to discuss her work on the Web site of the Asia Society on May 3rd. The book was recently reviewed in The Diplomat as well.
Civil Society in China: The Legal Framework from Ancient Times to the "New Reform Era" provides both an historical and contemporary analysis of the legal framework for civil society and citizen participation in China. Simon is widely acknowledged as among the world’s leading experts on the subject. She is an Affiliated Scholar with the New York University US-Asia Law Institute and co-directs the Center for International Social Development at The Catholic University of America. Her many articles have been published in the Journal of Chinese Law, the Journal of Japanese Law, the Fordham International Law Journal, among others.
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