Dear CUA Law Students,
We have just commenced our 2015-16 academic year, and we are off to a great start. Orientation for our new students was held from August 18th to 20th, and classes for all students began on August 24th. We’re delighted to welcome a new group of students and to welcome back our upper-division students. This is a brief report on our latest developments and what’s coming up:
2. Pope Francis at CUA. We are thrilled that Pope Francis will be celebrating Mass on campus on September 23. Arrangements are being made to offer all of our students, as well as many of our full-time faculty and staff, the opportunity to attend, and a limited number of tickets have been made available by lottery to alumni and friends of the University. But whether or not you can participate in person, or will be following the events on television or through other media, we hope and pray that the Pope’s presence at CUA will inspire us, enhance our mission, and enrich our lives. In advance of the Pope’s visit, we will be hosting a Religious Freedom Summit on September 18, and we are inviting anyone interested to join the #WalkwithFrancis campaign launched by Catholic Charities.
3. National First Amendment Moot Court Competition. As recently announced, we will be co-sponsoring with the Newseum Institute a moot court competition in March 2016 for up to 16 of the best student teams drawn from among the 206 ABA approved law schools. To be known as the Seigenthaler- Sutherland Cup, the competition will draw on the rich 66-year history of our own Sutherland Cup, which has focused on constitutional law issues, and the Newseum’s own 25-year-old Seigenthaler First Amendment Competition, previously held in Nashville. Combining forces, the Law School and the Newseum will offer participating students the opportunity to compete in the leading moot court competition on First Amendment issues at our outstanding venues in the nation’s capital.
4. CUA Law In Action Series. Our Offices of Alumni Relations and Career and Professional Development are undertaking a new initiative, called the CUA Law in Action Series, to connect alumni practicing in specific substantive areas with students who are interested in the area. Career panels and receptions have been scheduled for criminal law on August 26, family law on September 17, civil litigation on October 15, and employment law and labor relations on November 18. For more details, click here.
6. Career Placement. Led by Director Jill Frost, our Office of Career and Professional Development has been busy supporting our students’ and graduates’ efforts to land jobs. 85.5% of our class of 2015 graduates reported having secured employment as of March 15, 2015 (the day the data are collected), an increase over last year. 57% of our class of 2015 graduates reported having secured employment as of Commencement Day last May, another increase over last year. Looking forward, our OCPD has been hosting employers interested in hiring our students for next summer and post-graduation.Thank you for your interest and support. I welcome your comments at email@example.com.
Daniel F. Attridge