Our 2014-15 academic year has just started, and we’re looking forward to a great year. Orientation for our new first-year students was held from August 12th to 14th, and classes for all students began on August 18th. We’re delighted to welcome a new group of first-year students and to welcome back our upper-division students. This is a brief report on our latest developments and what’s coming up soon:
1. A New Class of First-Year Students. Law schools are continuing to be challenged by the unprecedented drop in the number of applicants to all ABA accredited law schools in the past few years. Despite this negative trend, our Admissions Office, led by Director Shani Butts, is making great strides in attracting high-quality students in our Law School. Read more here
In an Orientation Week first, the entering 1L class was asked to recognize its future role as lawyers and public citizens with a “special responsibility for the quality of justice,” (as stated by the Model Rules of Professional Conduct) by reciting a short “induction” pledge, administered by the Honorable Lee F. Satterfield, Chief Judge of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia.
Invited to participate as a former part-time lecturer at the Columbus School of Law, Judge Satterfield asked the students to repeat his words during an evening welcome reception on Aug. 13, during the second of the three-day welcome week for new students.
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Longtime Catholic University law school Clinical Assistant Professor Ellen M. Scully concluded 40 years of service to the CUA Law community on Aug. 19, 2014, officially retiring from the faculty. She will continue to lend her vast expertise in the area of clinical education as a part-time volunteer in the law school’s legal clinic, Columbus Community Legal Services (CCLS).
For generations of CUA Law students, Professor Scully was the personification of clinical education, as caring and compassionate in her interaction with students as she expected them to be in turn with the clients they served. A 1967 graduate of the Columbus School of Law, she returned to the law school community in 1974, where she served as supervising attorney of CCLS for five years.
Sign your firm up to participate in the Law Firm Challenge. The Law Firm Challenge is a fun way for you and other CUA Law alumni working in your office to show your support for the Law School. The concept is simple. Make a donation to the Law School and then contact the other CUA Law alumni in your office and encourage them do the same. Making a donation is easy – just use this link: https://community.law.edu/support.
Firms with 5 or more alumni are eligible to participate in the Challenge. Competing firms will have the opportunity to win one of two awards: Highest Participation and Most Dollars Raised. The winning firms in each category will be profiled in the next edition of CUA Lawyer.
To sign up as a point of contact for the Law Firm Challenge, please contact Annual Fund Coordinator, Lauren Enlow.
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Reunion weekend is just around the corner! Reunions provide a special opportunity for alumni to make a contribution by gift or pledge to CUA Law in honor of their reunion year. This year we hope that you will “give your year”. The amount of the gift is not important, whether it is $20.09 or $1,964, it just matters that you give. We hope that you will choose to make a gift or pledge to the Law School even if you cannot attend the reunion.