Dear CUA Law Alumni, Family, and Friends,
We have successfully concluded our fall semester. Our students have taken their final exams and turned in their final papers. Our faculty members are busy grading all of this work, while preparing for the next semester. Everyone is ready to enjoy the Christmas holiday break. Our new spring semester will begin on January 8. This is a brief report on what’s been happening and what’s coming up:
3. Law School Enrollment. There are 202 law schools accredited by the American Bar Association. For the fall of 2013 entering class, total first-year enrollment at all ABA law schools decreased by 4,806 students or 11 percent compared to last year. Two-thirds of ABA law schools experienced declines in first-year enrollment this fall. Our Law School was one of only 27 (or 13% ) ABA schools where first-year enrollment increased this fall. Our first-year enrollment increased by 14% from 141 to 161 students compared to last year. But lest we be too optimistic, it is important to note that the number of all LSAT takers dropped another 11 percent in October 2013 compared to last year, and the number of applications to law schools, including ours, is continuing to decline again this year. Thus, while our first-year enrollment compares very favorably to the overall market, the trend of dramatic declines in law school enrollment shows no signs of reversing itself.
6. New Members of the Board of Visitors. The Board of Visitors is a group of distinguished lawyers who provide advice to the Dean about ways to strengthen the Law School. For more information about our BOV, please click here. I am pleased to announce that two distinguished alumni have agreed to join the Board: Paul M. Bisaro ’89 and Paul A. Serini ‘83. Mr. Bisaro is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Actavis, Inc., a global specialty pharmaceutical company. Mr. Serini is the former Executive Vice President of XLHealth, Inc., which is now part of UnitedHealthcare.
7. Supreme Court Moot Court. Under the leadership of Professor Mark Rienzi, we are hosting a series of moot court opportunities for advocates to prepare for their upcoming oral arguments before the Supreme Court. CUA Law alumnus Shawn Patrick Regan ’96 recently used our Slowinski Courtroom at CUA Law to prepare his case involving the application of the Hague Convention to a child custody dispute. For more information about the case, please click here. In January, we expect to hold three more Supreme Court moot courts at CUA Law, including a First Amendment challenge to a Massachusetts law protecting abortion clinics that Professor Rienzi himself will be arguing. In these preparation sessions, a panel of experts grills the Supreme Court advocate with tough questions and then offers candid strategic advice. An eager audience of students (and some faculty) observe the real-world preparation and also have a chance to ask questions, all under a promise of strict confidentiality.
8. Alumni Events. I am continuing my visits with groups of alumni, both at your offices and at various off-campus locations. Earlier this month, we held our signature all-alumni Christmas party at the aptly-named Columbus Club at Washington’s Union Station. Hundreds of CUA Law alumni and friends turned out for this festive event despite the wintery weather. For a story about the event with photos, please click here. We also 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. We are busy planning our schedule of alumni events for next calendar year. If you would be interested in having me or other representatives of the Law School visit your group of alumni, please contact Tanya Easton, our Executive Director of Development, at email@example.com, or Lauren McCaghren, our Director of Alumni Relations, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Daniel F. Attridge
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