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A letter from Dean Daniel F. Attridge:

Dear CUA Law Students,

Our fall 2016 semester has reached a successful conclusion. You, our students, have taken your final exams and turned in your final papers.  Our faculty members are busy grading all of this work, while preparing for the next semester.  We are all ready to enjoy the Christmas holiday break.  Our new spring 2017 semester will begin on January 9.  This is a brief report on what’s been happening and what’s coming up:

1.  Christmas.  On behalf of all of the faculty and staff at CUA Law, we wish you a very Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year.  Or, if you do not celebrate Christmas, we wish you all the best in commemorating your own faith or other traditions at this time of year.  We hope you enjoy celebrating this holiday season with your family and friends.  We are grateful for all of our successes during the course of this year.  For a listing of our recent accolades, including our #4 ranking nationally for the highest percentage of recent graduates in government and public service employment, #12 ranking as one of the most diverse law schools in the country, and #32 ranking for the number of alumni who are partners at the largest law firms, please click here.  We appreciate the role everyone in our Law School community plays in these achievements.   

2. Requiem in Pace Benjamin Fendler.  The Law School lost a talented and vibrant member of our community when Ben Fendler, a 2D student, recently passed away.  Afterwards, his family, friends, and our Law School community gathered together to celebrate Ben’s life in a service of prayer, remembrance, and song.  Please remember Ben and his family in your prayers. 

3.  MLK Day of Service.  Please join me in participating with other faculty, staff, and students in the MLK Day of Service on Monday, January 16. Together, we are joining Campus Ministry and the extended University community to take part in a day of service. Pre-registration is required at http://service.cua.edu/MLKDayofService.cfm. Enter “Law” in the “Group Affiliation” box to be paired with others from the Law School.  Please register by January 10, so that Campus Ministry can have an accurate count of participants.

4.  Spring Externship Fair.
  On February 1, we will host our spring externship fair.  This is a great opportunity for students interested in externships to meet employer representatives in an informal setting in our Law School Atrium.  Please contact Professor Lisa Martin, the Director of our Experiential Curriculum, at martinl@law.edu, or click here for more information. 

5.  Faculty Changes.  Professor Cara Drinan and Father Raymond O’Brien will be returning during the upcoming spring semester after leave during the fall.  We welcome them back.  Professors Clifford Fishman, Megan LaBelle, and Heidi Schooner will be on sabbatical or leave during the spring semester. 

6.  Interesting Events.  This past month has included a number of interesting events:

• On December 7, just before final exams began, we hosted our annual pancake supper.  Hungry students were served their favorite breakfast fare by supportive members of our faculty and staff. 

• On December 7, we held a pre-swearing-in lunch in Richmond for the newest alumni members of the Virginia Bar.  Congratulations to all our new Virginia Bar admittees! 

• On December 10, Professor Rett Ludwikowski was presented with the Commander’s Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland.  The award recognized his outstanding contributions to international cooperation and to bonds between Poland and other nations.

• On December 14, we had a fantastic turn out for our signature all-alumni Christmas party at the Ritz Carlton in downtown Washington. Hundreds of CUA Law alumni and friends joined us for this festive event.  For photos of the event, please click here.

Thank you for your interest and support. I welcome your comments at attridge@law.edu.

Daniel F. Attridge
Dean and Knights of Columbus Professor of Law

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