Recently, someone close to you began the challenging and exhilarating journey toward a J.D. degree from Catholic University’s Columbus School of Law. We thought that you might like to know a little more about the place where he or she will be spending a good deal of time for the next three to four years. Our monthly newsletter offers a comprehensive roundup of the things that go on here and that make this a special place. For example, we have just hired a new Assistant Dean for Student Support, a position dedicated to ensuring that each and every student gets the most out of their time here. We hope you enjoy these occasional updates, but please let us know if you would rather not receive them. Above all, we thank you for your support of our new student. As any law student will attest, it’s easier when someone has your back.
A letter from Dean Daniel F. Attridge:
Dear CUA Law Family and Friends,
We’re off and running. Our 2013-14 academic year has started. Orientation for incoming first-year students began on August 14th, and fall semester classes for all students began on August 19th. Our Law School building has come alive again with all of the enthusiasm that greets a new year and a new group of students. Here is a brief report on our latest developments and what’s coming up soon:
1. A New Class of First-Year Students. We have good news from our admissions office, led by Director Shani Butts, especially given that the number of applicants to all ABA accredited law schools was down another 12.3% this year. Despite that negative trend, we enrolled 162 new first-year students, a 14.9% increase over last year’s 141 class of 1Ls. We are thrilled about this positive sign for our Law School in an otherwise down market. Read more here
For the incoming first year day-and-evening classes that began three days of orientation on August 14, the transition unfolded smoothly. One hundred sixty-two full and part-time students registered for class, obtained student IDs, learned how to navigate the library, configured their computers, and made the round of stops required to begin the pursuit of a JD degree from Catholic University’s law school.
The students were officially welcomed by Dean Daniel F. Attridge, who assumed the deanship in February 2013 and was ushering in the first new class of his tenure. Dean Attridge discussed many aspects of life as a CUA Law student, including scholarships, new initiatives, and future plans. He reminded the students above all to be completely and enthusiastically committed, “all in,” in order to reap the most from their law school experience. Read more here.
The newest class of Catholic University law school students is a diverse group, featuring some notable demographic highlights:
- 32 % are self-identified as members of a recognized minority group.
- Graduates from more than 108 colleges and universities and 44 different majors.
- The classes of 2015 and 2016 contain ten current and former members of the U.S. Army, Coast Guard, Navy, and Marine Corps.
The CUA Women’s Law Caucus and the Office of Student Life & Special Events presents a special panel, Women as Leaders: Negotiating Skills for Success. The panel will take place on Thursday, September 19 from 4-5p.m. at the Law School and will be followed by a reception. Come network with some of CUA Law’s distinguished women graduates and learn how to get ahead in your career. The panel features keynote speaker Cait Clarke ’86, Director at National Legal Aid & Defender Association and author of “Dare to Ask! A Woman’s Guide to Successful Negotiating.” Other panelists to be named shortly.
He has traded his wings for textbooks, but Josh Carroll, former fulltime USAF Captain and current fulltime first-year student at the Columbus School of Law, has lost none of his zeal for helping others through creative and innovative ideas. Carroll remains deeply immersed as co-founder and chairman of Team Flying Scarfs, a non-profit business he began in 2011 with three fellow captains deployed in Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. The unusual and altruistic business model was highlighted in an Aug. 15 report by ABC News.
In a nutshell, the business sells scarves knitted by Afghan war widows to customers in the United States, sending all of the profits and proceeds back to the women. As ABC’s story puts it: “Widowed women in Afghanistan are socially outcast, making it harder for them to earn money. Flying Scarfs’ goal is to promote micro-economic development to provide comprehensive networks of stability and, at the same time, help impoverished women and children.”
Carroll, who joined the Air Force in 2005 as an intelligence officer and served eight years of active duty, has expanded Team Flying Scarfs’ reach into Haiti and Kenya, as well as Afghanistan.
He is the recipient of the Presidential Service Award, Air Force Commendation Medal and the Military Volunteer Service Medal for his contributions to microeconomic development in Afghanistan. Read more here.
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Women as Leaders:
September 19, 2013