We’re all set for the start of the 2014-15 academic year. Our faculty and staff are refreshed from our summer break and ready to go. Orientation for our new first-year students will be held from August 12 to 14. Classes for all students begin on August 18. We look forward to welcoming our newest class and to welcoming back our returning students. This is a brief report on our summer developments and what’s coming up as we’re about to begin the fall semester:
1. Professor Mark Rienzi at the Supreme Court. Every lawyer dreams of one day appearing before the Supreme Court, arguing before the nine Justices, and winning a unanimous judgment. That dream came true for our Professor Mark Rienzi this past academic year, in a case in which he represented Eleanor McCullen, a Massachusetts grandmother dedicated to helping pregnant women avoid abortions. In McCullen v. Coakley, the Supreme Court ruled 9-0 that a Massachusetts law providing a 35-foot protest-free zone outside of abortion clinics was an unconstitutional violation of the free speech clause of First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. We congratulate Professor Rienzi on his superb and successful advocacy.
2. In Memoriam: Stephen M. Goldman. We are mourning the loss of longtime Distinguished Lecturer Stephen M. Goldman, who passed away on July 10. Professor Goldman was a highly regarded member of our adjunct faculty. At CUA Law, he taught many courses over the years, including Corporations, Professional Responsibility, Civil Procedure, Pre-Trial Practice, and Conflicts of Law. He received his A.B. from Duke University, J.D. from the University of Michigan, and D. Phil. from Oxford University. He also practiced law at Sands Anderson P.C. We have posted an in memoriam tribute to Professor Goldman on our website, available at http://www.law.edu/2014-summer/In-Memoriam-Stephen-M-Goldman.cfm. His widow, our alumna Allison Feierabend ’05, requests that any donations be made to the Stephen M. Goldman Memorial Scholarship Fund at the Law School. To contribute, please click here.
3. Courses for Practitioners. Our Law School offers practicing attorneys the opportunity to take our upper level courses in a wide variety of practice areas. These courses allow attorneys to retool or to intensify their knowledge within specialty areas in which our Law School is so well recognized. Our courses are open to J.D. degree holders from ABA-accredited schools or those who are in good standing with any Bar. The courses are offered at reduced tuition rates, and the credit earned can subsequently be applied to an L.L.M. degree and for CLE credit when feasible. Information about our Courses for Practitioners program may be found on our website at http://www.law.edu/academic/practitioners/index.cfm.
4. Faculty Changes. Professor Cliff Fishman will be returning to full-time teaching this fall after his well-earned sabbatical this past academic year. We welcome him back. Professors Susanna Fisher, George Garvey, Regina Jefferson, Lisa Lerman, and Lucia Silecchia will be on sabbatical or leave for the upcoming academic year. Professors Catherine Klein and Suzette Malveaux will be on sabbatical or leave for the fall semester. We wish them well during this time.
5. CUA Undergraduates Can Apply to CUA Law Without Taking the LSAT. Our Law School has just received approval from the American Bar Association to admit CUA undergraduate students without requiring them to take the LSAT exam. To qualify, the CUA undergraduates (1) must have scored at the 85th percentile or above on a standardized college or graduate admissions test (specifically, the ACT, SAT, GRE, or GMAT) and (2) must be ranked in the top 10% of their undergraduate class, or achieved a GPA of 3.5 or above, through six semesters of academic work. This special program offers several advantages for top CUA undergraduates to apply to our Law School, such as: They will receive early consideration for admission and have the opportunity to continue their law studies in the same educational setting in which they are thriving. They will be eligible for admission without incurring the significant time, expense, and anxiety involved in preparing for and taking the LSAT. Assuming early admission as juniors, they will have the freedom to pursue a less conventional or more challenging curriculum during their senior year, and they will be able to start planning their program of study and legal careers, with early access to our mentoring, counseling, and other programs available to admitted students. All of this adds up to a great opportunity for top CUA undergraduates, and a great opportunity for CUA Law to recruit some of the University’s top undergraduate students.
6. New Alumni Relations Director. We are very pleased that our alumna Katie Gamelin Crowley ’10 will be joining us on August 4 as our Director of Alumni Relations. Katie received her undergraduate degree at CUA and previously worked in our Office of Development and Alumni Relations. More recently, Katie practiced law with Dragga, Hannon, Hessler & Wills LLP, in Rockville, MD, where she specialized in family law and was recognized as a Maryland Super Lawyer Rising Star. We are thrilled that she is bringing her energy, experience, and enthusiasm back to the Law School in her new role. Starting next week, she can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
7. CUA Law Box Lunches at the Bar Exam. Many of our newest alumni have been spending the past few months studying hard for the bar exam. We will be providing box lunches for our graduates who are sitting for the Maryland and Virginia bar exams on July 29 and 30. As the newest members of our alumni community, we hope the hospitality and convenient lunches will make them a bit more comfortable during their exams. We wish them all the best of luck.
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