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A letter from Dean Daniel F. Attridge:

Dear CUA Law Alumni, Family, and Friends,

Our busy fall semester is quickly coming to a close.  Our classes end on November 26, we pause for a Thanksgiving break, and then we head right into final exams beginning on December 4 and concluding on December 18.  This is a brief report on what’s been happening and what’s coming up:

1.  Thanksgiving.  On behalf of all of us at CUA Law, we wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving.  We hope you have an opportunity to celebrate this wonderful national holiday with your family and friends.  At the Law School, we all have much for which to be grateful.  Ours is a strong community of students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends who are dedicated to each other and to helping others.

2. Alumni-Student Networking Events.  One of the great things about the CUA Law community is the strong network of ties among alumni and students.  To promote these ties, these events were recently held:

• On October 30, our Environmental Law Society held a reception for interested alumni and students.  The event was arranged by Alexandra Dapolito Dunn ’94 and hosted by Jim Wedeking ’05 of Sidley Austin LLP. 

• On November 7, our Securities Law Program, led by Professor David Lipton, hosted its annual alumni luncheon, with the program’s current students in attendance. The program featured remarks by Andrew Ceresney, Co-Director of the Division of Enforcement at the Securities and Exchange Commission, on the SEC’s new policy of requiring admissions of wrongdoing in certain enforcement actions. 

• On November 14, alumni and students from our Communications Law Institute held a networking event to discuss communications law developments and careers in the industry.  The featured speaker was John Branscome, Senior Communications Counsel for the Senate Commerce Committee, along with Professor Donna C. Gregg.  Panelists also included Jennifer Bagg ’04, Pat Donovan ’04, Derek Khlopin ’96, and Angie Kronenberg ’95

• On November 16, alumni and students attending The Federalist Society’s 2013 National Lawyers Convention held their annual breakfast meeting.  The featured speaker was Judge Alan O. Forst ’86

• On November 20, the Law School’s clinics, known as Columbus Community Legal Services, hosted a gathering of the clinics’ alumni and students at the home of Professor Faith Mullen.

3.  Year-End Fundraising.  Our year-end push to raise money for our Annual Fund is underway.  Hopefully, you have received my recent letter in the mail requesting that you consider making a donation.  Like me, and 64% of the graduates in the class of 2013, many of you have already donated during the fiscal year that began on May 1.  Thank you.  Others, I earnestly hope, will decide to join us.  Our students need your support. This academic year we’re awarding over $4 million in scholarships, and your financial support is needed to help hold down our students’ net tuition costs and to keep us competitive.  Please click here if you’re able to help out.  Every contribution helps; participation is what really matters.

4. Job Placement.  It’s not easy for law students to find the right legal job in today’s marketplace, but we aim to provide them with sound assistance.  Our programs this past month included a career panel on judicial clerkships led by D.C. Superior Court Judge William M. Jackson, plus a session on getting a job with the Federal Government while in law school, and a resume workshop by our resident experts in our Office of Career Placement and Development.  If you’re aware of any job opportunity for our students – whether paid or for academic credit, or whether during school or after graduation – please send an email to jobs@law.edu.

5.  Class of 2012 Employment Data.  Under ABA requirements, we collect employment data about our most recent class of graduates as of February 15 each year and report the data on October 31.  For our class of 2012, the data show that 199 out of our 246 graduates, or 80.9%, were employed as of February 15, 2013.  For those working full time in the private sector, their median starting salary is $100,000, with those at the 75th percentile making $160,000 and those at the 25th percentile making $65,000.  For those working full time in public service, their median starting salary is $62,457.  Of the 199 graduates who are employed, 62 are in business or industry (31.2%), 52 are at law firms (26.1%), 46 are in government (23.1%), 25 are in judicial clerkships (12.6%), 9 are in public interest (4.5%), and 5 are in academia (2.5%).  We understand that some of those who were not employed as of February 15 have since found employment.  For those who have not yet located employment, our Office of Career Placement and Development will continue to be available to assist them.

6. Upcoming Alumni Events. Please join us for these upcoming events:

Virginia Alumni.  We will be holding two events in Richmond on December 4.  We will host a pre-swearing-in lunch to honor our graduates who successfully passed the bar exam and are about to be sworn in to the Virginia Bar.  The same evening, we will host a reception for all Richmond area alumni.  To register for either or both events, please click here.

Alumni Christmas Party.  All alumni are invited to join us for our annual Christmas Party on December 10 at Union Station in Washington, DC.  It will be held at the appropriately named Columbus Club.  Please come out and celebrate the holiday season with us. To register, please click here.

7.  Faith In Action.  On November 11, we held the third event in our new “Faith in Action” series for first-year and other interested students.  Titled “Pro Bono Work To Help Others Today (and Your Career Tomorrow),” the program speakers included Professor Mark Rienzi, Pro Bono Coordinator Jen Tschirch, and CUA Associate Director of Campus Ministry and Community Service Emmjolee Mendoza Waters.  Students learned how working on pro bono cases helps the less fortunate, helps society, and helps their legal careers.

Relatedly, on November 9, our Legal Services Society and Women’s Law Caucus hosted a Pro Bono Day at the Hogar Immigration Services, an organization of the Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Arlington, Virginia.  Students received immigration interview training in the morning and then worked one-on-one with Hogar clients in the afternoon.

8. Summer Study Abroad.  CUA Law will again be offering students two options for summer study abroad.  A program focused on international human rights, directed by Professor Lucia Silecchia, will be held in Rome, Italy from May 17 to June 7, 2014.  A program focused on international business and trade, directed by Professor Rett Ludwikowski, will be held in Krakow, Poland from June 14 to July 16. 

9.  Interesting Events.  This past month has included a wealth of other interesting events and programs:

• On October 29, Captain Allison DeVito and Major Robert C. Wilder, from the Air Force Special Victims Unit, led a discussion on “Sexual Assault in the Military.”  It was the first presentation the newly established unit has made to a law school audience as part of its public outreach efforts.

• On October 30, John Arnolz, a senior partner at Bingham McCutchen LLP, spoke on “Mortgage Bonds, Their Demise and Rebirth …. Are We Ready for This?”

• On November 8, Associate Dean Marin Scordato led a program for our first-year students on “Exam-Taking Strategies and Techniques.”  Where was this program when I attended law school?

• On November 9, the Law School hosted a full-day program on the interesting topic of “Where Justice and Mercy Meet:  Catholic Opposition to the Death Penalty.”  Featured speakers included Sister Helen Prejean, author of Dead Man Walking:  An Eyewitness Account of the Death Penalty in the United States, and Vicki Schieber, a national voice for victims’ families.

• On November 14, our Black Law Students Association presented a program entitled “What’s Next?  The Voting Rights Act post-Shelby v. Holder.”  The featured speaker was William Crossley, Assistant Secretary for the Civil Rights Division at the Department of Education and former Voting Rights Director for the Democratic National Committee.

• On November 14, our Republican National Lawyers Association and American Constitution Society co-sponsored a “Toast Our Troops” fundraiser. Supported by students, faculty, and staff, the event raised $1,700 in honor of U.S. troops.

• On November 14, students, faculty, and staff joined together for an Ecumenical Prayer Gathering.  It was an opportunity to give thanks, while acknowledging the many different faith traditions that are part of the CUA Law community.  The new dean was rumored to be praying for the gift of wisdom.

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

Daniel F. Attridge
Dean and Professor of Law

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