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Alumni Accomplishments
Columbus School of Law Building
Major Gift Pledged to Securities Law Program Scholarship Fund
2012 Alumna Named Outstanding Graduate Student
Law School Hosts Conference on Role of International Labor Standards on American Law
Marvin Johnson, Class of 1980, Celebrates 25 Years of Making Peace
Alumni Experts Assess the Risks and Benefits of High Frequency Trading
Law School Alumni Participants at ABA Business Law Section Meeting
BLSA Honors Alumnus William Jawando at Annual Alumni-Student Reception
What's it Like to Serve as General Counsel for the Archdiocese of Washington?


Paul and Susan Serini

Major Gift Pledged to Securities Law Program Scholarship Fund

Paul Serini, a 1983 alumnus of Catholic University's law school has, along with his wife Susan, committed to a $50,000 matching gift earmarked for the Securities Program Scholarship Fund. The Serinis will match alumni gifts dollar-for-dollar, for a total potential yield of $100,000 for the fund.

"Paul and Susan's generosity is vitally important to the securities law program and will help us continue to attract talented applicants to study and plan careers in this dynamic and rewarding area of law," said David Lipton, director of the Securities Law Program at The Catholic University of America's Columbus School of Law. (Full story)

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Stella Meena Lee

2012 Alumna Named Outstanding Graduate Student

Stella Meena Lee, a member of the Class of 2012, received the Cardinal Service Commitment Award as the outstanding graduate student. The award was presented by The Catholic University of America on April 10, 2012, in celebration of the University's 125th anniversary. Lee contributed 1,187 hours of service to the University's anniversary initiative, the most by any individual. (Full story)

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IPO Panel

Law School Hosts Conference on Role of International Labor Standards on American Law

Karen Tramontano, Class of 1982 and chief executive officer at Blue Star Strategies, LLC, co-organized "Navigating a New Era: An Experts' Dialogue on International Labor Standards and the U.S. Judiciary," a one-day conference held at Catholic University's law school on March 28th. (Full story)

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Marvin Johnson

Marvin Johnson, Class of 1980, Celebrates 25 Years of Making Peace

Catholic University law school alumnus Marvin E. Johnson, founder and executive director of the nationally-recognized Center for Alternative Dispute Resolution, will celebrate a quarter-century of the center's success during its 2012 annual conference, held June 14-15 in Greenbelt, Md. Johnson, who is a 1980 graduate of the Columbus School of Law and also an adjunct professor on its faculty, founded the center in 1986. Its mission is to promote and provide education and comprehensive approaches to dispute resolution that constructively serve the needs of America's culturally diverse society. (Full story)

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Alumni Experts

Alumni Experts Assess the Risks and Benefits of High Frequency Trading

Christopher R. Concannon, Class of 1994, executive vice president, Virtu Financial LLC, and former executive vice president NASDAQ; and Theodore R. Lazo, Class of 1994, general counsel, New York Stock Exchange – Regulation, were among the guests who explained what high frequency trading really is, how it works, and what risks it poses, at a March 26 symposium sponsored by the Securities Law Program and the Securities Law Student Association. (Full story)

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ABA Business Law Section Meeting

Law School Alumni Participants at ABA Business Law Section Meeting

At least five graduates of the Columbus School of Law spoke or presented as panelists at the 2012 ABA Business Law Section Meeting, held March 22-24 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. They included Patrick T. Clendenen, 1991, Andrew Miller, 1995, Phil Lehman, 1974, Hon. Henry duPont Ridgely, 1973, and Ralph Rohner, 1963. (Full story)

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William Jawando

BLSA Honors Alumnus William Jawando at Annual Alumni-Student Reception

William Jawando, Class of 2008, was the guest of honor and keynote speaker at the 18th Alumni–Student Reception sponsored by the Black Law Students Association (BLSA) on March 15, 2012. Jawando told the audience that three lessons have guided him throughout his life. "Dream as if there are no limits. Find a pursuit you're passionate about. Strive to be your best self," he said. (Full story)

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Cynthia DeSimone
What's it Like to Serve as General Counsel for the Archdiocese of Washington?

Cynthia DeSimone, Class of 2003, described to students one of the most varied legal practices imaginable when she returned to the law school in March. (Full story)

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