June and July are relatively quiet months in our academic cycle. We’ve finished the 2013-14 academic year, and preparations are underway for the 2014-15 year. Although some summer session classes are being held – on campus as well as in Rome and Cracow – most of you are focused on your summer jobs while our faculty turn their attention to summer research and writing projects. Hopefully, everyone will make some time for vacation (as I just did) before our busy schedule of classes resumes in mid-August. This is a brief report on what’s been happening and what’s coming up:
1. Scholarship at CUA Law. In early April, we moved our legal scholarship to the readily accessible world of digital online publishing, and the response has been very positive. Our new online repository, called Scholarship at CUA Law and available at http://scholarship.law.edu, includes our own law journals: the Catholic University Law Review, CommLaw Conspectus: Journal of Communications Law and Technology Policy, and the Journal of Contemporary Health Law and Policy. Over the summer months, our repository is being expanded to include publications of the CUA Law Faculty. So far, in less than three full months, there have been over 21,000 downloads of articles from our repository – a strong signal of the value and impact of our Law School’s scholarship. We invite you to check out the new website and download your favorite CUA Law articles for free.
2. Master of Legal Studies Program. We are continuing to accept 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. The new degree program will offer four tracks with different areas of emphasis: compliance and corporate responsibility, employment and human resources, intellectual property, 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. J.D. Program Admissions. While the number of applicants to all law schools accredited by the American Bar Association has dropped by 8% compared to last year, what matters most is the number of successful applicants who put down deposits and matriculate. We are pleased that we have so far received deposits from 162 successful applicants. Ultimately, of course, not all of these depositors will matriculate at CUA Law. However, even if we suffer some attrition, we remain confident that we will soon be greeting another strong class of CUA Law students. We appreciate your help in recruiting them.
4. Faculty Promotions. At CUA, getting promoted is no easy task for any faculty member. Just ask Professors Roger Colinvaux and Mary G. Leary, each of whom recently was promoted from Associate Professor to Ordinary Professor and also was awarded the status of a faculty appointment with continuous tenure. Professor Colinvaux is an expert in tax law, and Professor Leary is an expert in criminal law. Their applications were first reviewed and approved by our Faculty’s Committee on Appointments and Promotions, then by our full Faculty and our Dean, before proceeding for further scrutiny by the University’s Committee on Appointments and Promotions, the University’s Academic Senate, and CUA President John Garvey, and (for tenure) finally approved by the CUA Board of Trustees’ Committee on Academic Affairs and the full Board of Trustees. At every level, their reviewers were favorably impressed by Professor Colinvaux’s and Professor Leary’s outstanding teaching, scholarship, and service. We look forward to having them as our distinguished colleagues for many years to come. Congratulations!
5. Adjunct Faculty Reception. On June 25, we will hold a reception in the Law School Atrium to pay tribute to all of the members of our part-time adjunct faculty, some of whom have taught at CUA Law for many years. Officially called lecturers or distinguished lecturers, our part-time adjuncts bring an added dimension of experience to our classrooms, and we are very grateful for their expertise and service. At our reception, we will specially honor five of our retiring adjuncts who have taught at CUA Law with great distinction for many years: Stephen M. Goldman, Carlos Ortiz-Miranda, Theodore Sky, Judge James P. Timony, and Raymond J. Wyrsch.
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