Our academic year comes to a close in May. You, our students, have now taken your final examinations and turned in your papers. Many of you are looking forward to summer jobs or internships and some well earned vacation time. The Faculty, in turn, have been busy grading those exams and papers and will have an opportunity to refocus on their scholarship and other pursuits over the summer months. Meanwhile, preparation is well underway for our fall semester, which begins in mid-August. This is a brief report on what’s been happening and what’s coming up:
1. Class of 2014 Graduation. We had a beautiful sunny day for our 125th annual Commencement exercises on May 23. In accordance with our traditions, we celebrated graduation at a magnificent venue — the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception — and afterwards with a reception on the Law School Lawn. It was a fantastic day for our graduates, our Law School, and our University. All of us shared with our graduates, along with their families and friends, the tremendous sense of pride arising from the accomplishment of an important life goal.
It was a great privilege for me to participate in the Commencement exercises for the class of 2014. They are a special group of people: talented, well trained, and ready to make a difference. I urged our graduates to always remember the words from the gospel of Luke: “Much will be required of the person entrusted with much, and still more demanded of the person with more.” Much more will be demanded of our graduates. We expect them to use their talents and training to make a difference in the lives of other people, in their communities and in the world. Along the way, we hope to see and hear from our newest alumni frequently.
Our Commencement speaker was Jane Golden Belford, who served for 13 years as the Chancellor of the Archdiocese of Washington. As Chancellor, Mrs. Belford held the highest ecclesiastical or decision making office that a layperson can hold in the Roman Catholic Church. Before that, she practiced law as a partner at the law firm Foley & Lardner, while also serving in a host of leadership positions in bar organizations and charitable organizations. Chancellor Belford is a model of what it means to be a Catholic lawyer, intertwining her faith and professional training in the most meaningful ways possible.
Chancellor Belford shared the story of her own life journey, reflecting on how she has used her legal training and experience to serve the Catholic Church and its good works. She offered five lessons for our graduates to consider: (1) find the purpose in your work, doing something that engages your heart as well as your mind; (2) think broadly about what you can do with your legal education; (3) let your faith transform your work; (4) define success on your own terms; and (5) take pride in what you’ve accomplished and have faith in where you’ll go.
Graduating student Ana Sami spoke on behalf of the class of 2014. She reminisced about her class’ experiences at the Law School, marked by many displays of compassion, diligence, and intelligence. She urged her classmates to continue their acts of kindness, going the extra mile and lending the extra hand. University President John Garvey, himself a former law school dean, offered concluding remarks on the virtue of constancy: it “points still and strongly toward the good. It directs us to be true to God, our neighbors, and ourselves.”
2. New Tracks for Master of Legal Studies Program. We are actively seeking applications for our new Master of Legal Studies (M.L.S.) degree program, now set to begin in August 2014. The 26-credit program aims to meet the demand for professionals who want to develop specialized knowledge and enhanced understanding of the critical role the law plays across various industries and disciplines. M.L.S. students will complete the program on a part-time schedule over three or four semesters. As previously announced, the new degree program will offer an area of emphasis in intellectual property law. In addition, we are now announcing that three other tracks will be available: compliance and corporate responsibility, employment and human resources, and general U.S. law. We encourage you to refer potential applicants to us. For more information about the new program, please click here.
3. Summer Programs. Students interested in continuing their studies over the summer have three options. One is to take courses on campus through our summer session program that began on May 19. For more adventurous alternatives, students can sign up for our International Human Rights Summer Program in Rome, Italy, from May 19 to June 7, or our International Business and Trade Summer Law Program in Cracow, Poland, from June 14 to July 16. In these international programs, students have the opportunity not only to earn academic credit for their courses in an international law context, but also to experience the cultural and historic treasures of their host cities.
4. Alumni Association. All of our graduates are automatically members of our CUA Law Alumni Association. Under the leadership of the newly elected Chair of the Alumni Council, James Anagnos '96, the Alumni Association seeks to engage alumni, whether brand new, mid-career, or in their golden years, with each other, our students, and the rest of the Law School community. There are many ways for our alumni to get involved, including, for example: (1) attending, planning, or hosting an event; (2) volunteering to mentor or advise a current student; (3) assisting our recruiting and admissions program; (4) serving on your reunion class committee; or (5) participating in our law firm challenge. For more information, click here or contact our Executive Director of Development and Alumni Relations, Tanya Easton, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
5. Faculty Scholarship. Our Faculty includes leading experts whose influential scholarship is making a difference in many ways. To cite a few recent examples:
• Professor Marshall Breger published book chapters entitled “What Is a Religious Law School? Some Observations” in Religious Universities: Essays and Studies and “Jerusalem’s Holy Sites in Israeli Law” in Between Cultural Diversity and Common Heritage.
• Professor Stacy L. Brustin published her article entitled “Child Support: Shifting the Financial Burden in Low-Income Families” in the Georgetown Journal on Poverty Law and Policy.
• Professor Roger Colinvaux published his articles entitled “Conservation Easements: Design Flaws, Enforcement Challenges, and Reform” in the Utah Law Review and “Charitable Contributions of Property: A Broken System Reimagined” in the Harvard Journal on Legislation.
• Professor Robert A. Destro published his article entitled “You Have the Right to Remain Silent: Does the Constitution Require Public Affirmation of Same-Sex Marriage?” in the Brigham Young University Journal of Public Law.
• Professor Cara H. Drinan published her article entitled “Misconstruing Graham & Miller” in the Washington University Law Review.
• Professor Clifford S. Fishman published his article entitled “Searching Cell Phones After Arrest: Exceptions to the Warrant and Probable Cause Requirements” in the Rutgers Law Review.
• Professor Regina T. Jefferson published a book chapter entitled “Balancing Greater Protection with Individual Choice in 401(k) Plans” in Beyond Economic Efficiency in United States Tax Law.
• Professor Beverly Peterson Jennison published her article entitled “Beyond Langdell: Innovating in Legal Education” in the Catholic University Law Review.
• Professor A.G. Harmon published his article entitled “Interested, but not Injured: The Compromised Status of Qui Tam Plaintiffs under the Amended False Claims Act and the Return of the Citizen Suit” in the Public Contract Law Journal.
• Professor Catherine F. Klein co-authored articles entitled “Autonomy-Mastery-Purpose: Structuring Clinical Courses to Enhance These Educational Goals” in the International Journal of Clinical Legal Education and “Teaching Social Justice Lawyering: Systematically Including Community Legal Education in Clinical Legal Education” in the Clinical Law Review.
• Professor Megan M. LaBelle published her article entitled “Against Settlement of (Some) Patent Cases” in the Vanderbilt Law Review.
• Professor LaBelle and Professor Heidi Mandanis Schooner published their article entitled “Big Banks and Business Method Patents” in the University of Pennsylvania Journal of Business Law.
• Professor Mary G. Leary is publishing her article entitled “Fighting Fire with Fire: Technology and Child Sex Trafficking” in the Duke Journal of Gender Law and Policy.
• Professor Lisa Gabrielle Lerman co-authored an article entitled “Disclosure, Scholarly Ethics, and the Future of Law Reviews: A Few Preliminary Thoughts” in the Washington Law Review. She also co-authored the concise edition of her book, Ethical Problems in the Practice of Law.
• Professor Suzette M. Malveaux published her article entitled “The Power of Promise of Procedure: Examining the Class Action Landscape After Wal-Mart v. Dukes” in the DePaul Law Review.
• Father Raymond C. O’Brien co-authored the 7th edition of his book, Cases and Materials on Domestic Relations. He has co-authored two new books, Foundations of Elder Law, accepted for publication by Foundation Press, and The Sexual Exploitation of Children, accepted for publication by the Carolina Press, that are due out in the fall of 2014.
• Professor James P. “Sandy” Ogilvy published his article “Externship Demographics Across Two Decades with Lessons for Future Surveys” in the Clinical Law Review.
• Professor Mark L. Rienzi published his articles entitled “Neutral No More: Secondary Effects Analysis and the Quiet Demise of the Content-Neutrality Test” in the Fordham Law Review and “God and the Profits: Is There Religious Liberty for Money-Makers?” in the George Mason University Law Journal. He also argued in the Supreme Court as counsel for the plaintiffs in McCullen v. Coakley.
• Professor Lucia A. Silecchia published her articles entitled “The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities: Reflection on Four Flaws that Tarnish its Promise” in the Journal of Contemporary Health Law and Policy and “On Unease and Idealism: Reflections on Pope Benedict XVI’s Educating Young People in Justice & Peace and its Message for Law Teachers” in the Notre Dame Journal of Legal Ethics and Public Policy.
• Professor George P. Smith II published his book, Pallative Care and End-of-Life Decisions, with Palgrave-Macmillian. He published his articles entitled “Gently into the Good Night: Toward a Compassionate Response to End-Stage Illness” in the Temple University Journal of Political and Civil Rights and “Applying Bioethics in the 21st Century: Principlism or Situationism? in the Journal of Contemporary Health Law and Policy.
• Professor Geoffrey Watson published his article entitled “The Fun of Teaching American Legal History” in the American Journal of Legal History.
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