We are now halfway through the schedule of classes in our spring semester. Taking advantage of a relatively mild winter, our students, faculty, and staff have been engaged in many activities during the past month. This is a brief report on what’s been happening and what’s coming up:
1. Dean’s Dinner Benefiting Student Scholarships. On April 20, our Board of Visitors will be hosting our annual Dean’s Dinner benefiting student scholarships. The dinner will be held at the Cosmos Club in downtown Washington. Our guest speaker will be Daniel M. Gallagher, Jr. ’99, former Commissioner of the Securities and Exchange Commission and current President of Patomak Global Partners, LLC.
According to an article published on February 10, 2017 by Vault, CUA Law ranks #26 nationally as one of the best school for BigLaw jobs. Vault conducted a 2016 survey with 15,673 BigLaw associates and identified the associates ABA-approved law schools. Vault then factored in the size of the law school and the ABA’s 2016 law school matriculation data. They used the matriculation numbers to calculate an expected number of BigLaw associates by school size only and then compared that to the actual number of BigLaw associates.
NAACP President Cornell William Brooks spoke before a crowded
Slowinski Courtroom on February 8 for the Brendan F. Brown Lecture
Series in an impassioned lecture entitled, “The Ballot and the
Testament”, where he discussed the right to vote and the NAACP’s
history of social justice. Brooks spoke about the current mass
incarceration epidemic and need for sentencing reform as issues of
human dignity. “Our humanity cannot be reduced to our mugshot numbers,
to our criminal record numbers. Our humanity cannot be stripped away
by the dehumanizing treatment of our criminal justice system,” he
The second Brendan F. Brown Lecture Series was organized as a
conversation between CUA Law Dean Daniel F. Attridge and the Honorable
Sri Srinivasan on February 15. The discussion covered topics
including the challenges of representing clients who others have
demonized, the best courses to take in law school, advice regarding
mentor relationships, and the importance of faith. In talking about
his own personal and professional journey, Judge Srinivasan spoke
about his immigration to the U.S. as a child and his pathway to
citizenship as a young adult, “In the early 1990s, I took the Oath of
Citizenship from a federal judge in California. Twenty years later I
can give the Oath of Citizenship as a federal judge. It is
José Espejo (3L) delivered the second Student Scholars Series lecture of the semester on February 22. Espejo’s scholarship, “The Enforceability of In Terrorem Clauses,” argued that no-contest clauses, also known as “in terrorem” clauses, which forbids a beneficiary from challenging a will or trust, should be enforced.
Chris Wright '11 of Vogelman, Turner & Wright, P.C. served as the respondent for Espejo’s lecture. Wright’s primary areas of practice are wills, trusts and estates, tax law, and business law. He worked full-time as a Certified Public Accountant while attending CUA Law as an evening student. Read more here.
For the 26th year, the Students for Public Interest Law (SPIL) held its annual auction, a signature event within the Law School community. The auction raises money to fund stipends for CUA Law students to take summer public interest jobs that they otherwise could not afford to accept. For the selected applicants each year, the SPIL stipend makes the critical difference in their ability to pursue their passion for helping others.
The February 17 event offered its usual combination of a live auction, a silent auction offering donated items on display tables for one week leading up to the main event, and for the second year in a row, an online auction for bidders who could not attend in person.
"Elizabeth Ross (2L), Sydny Bryan (2L), Caroline Mrohs (3L) and Maggie O'Neill (3L) worked tirelessly to prepare for and manage another successful SPIL Auction," said David Schrock, the Law School’s director of financial aid and the staff advisor for the event. "Each year I am inspired by members of the SPIL and their dedication to the public interest law, and especially their commitment to make this fund-raising event both successful and fun."
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Alumni Judges Needed for Seigenthaler-Sutherland Moot Court Competition
Once again this year the Newseum will join the Law School in co-hosting the Seigenthaler-Sutherland Cup. We have 27 teams from all over the country coming to compete on March 24 and 25, 2017. This year's problem focuses on the application of the First Amendment to the off-campus digital speech of public high school students. It's a timely topic that raises fascinating legal questions. We need judges for the afternoon of Friday, March 25th. If you can help, please email moot Court Chancellor Yi Shen at email@example.com. Thank you!