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2012 Commencement
Certified Ready: Institute and Special Program Students are Recognized for Their Expertise
LSP Students Enjoy Live Finale to Semester-Long Mediation Exercise

A Telecommunications Agenda for 2012 and Beyond
International Arbitration Team Wins in Budapest, Places Second in Shanghai, Fourth in Frankfurt
CUA Law Quartet Reaches Semifinals of Ethics Trial Competition
CUA Law Team Wins National Criminal Moot Court Competition
CUA Law Takes Home the Silver in Securities Moot Court Competition
Experts Square Off Over Constitutionality of Health Care Reform
Student Scholar Series Lecture Examines Social Security Benefits for Posthumously - Born Children
Student Scholar Series Lecture Discusses "A New Standard for Reliance in Inefficient Primary Markets."
Student Scholar Series Lecture Calls for Unified Worker Protections


CUA Law Commencement

2012 Commencement

Most commencement ceremonies are a mixture of powerful emotions: joy, pride, hope, sadness over the finality of the shared experience, and even anxiety over a future that has yet to unfold.

For one new alumnus, however, the future unfolded quite suddenly. In a remarkable example of good timing, the brand new lawyer, a graduate of the Securities Law certificate program, received an offer of employment via voice mail during the commencement ceremony. (Full story)

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CUA Law Certificates

Certified Ready: Institute and Special Program Students are Recognized for Their Expertise

Fifty-two Catholic University law school students were honored on May 24 for their successful completion of course concentrations that stamp them as especially qualified to practice within their chosen area of interest. (Full story)

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LSP Students Enjoy Live Finale to Semester-Long Mediation Exercise

"Morgan v. Architronics, Inc.," a simulated-mediation exercise staged like a theater production on April 17 for and by Lawyering Skills Program students, is a complex story, replete with hidden histories, dark motivations, while displaying a full range of human emotion and behavior. Most of all, the elaborately scripted fictitious legal drama by Catholic University law Professor A.G. Harmon raised thought-provoking legal issues, while at the same time examining the role that competent professional mediators can play in settling disputes before they reach a judge. (Full story)

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CommLaw Conspectus Symposium

A Telecommunications Agenda for 2012 and Beyond

This April 11 symposium was sponsored by CommLaw Conspectus: Journal of Communications Law & Policy and the Institute for Communications Law Studies at the Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law, in association with the Federal Communications Bar Association. Hosted by the law firm Wiley Rein, the day-long symposium brought together nearly two dozen experts from the telecommunications field to discuss how the most important issues in the industry may be shaped by the 2012 presidential election. (Full story)

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Moot Trial team

International Arbitration Team Wins in Budapest, Places Second in Shanghai, Fourth in Frankfurt - and Brings Home a Trophy

This year for the first time Catholic University's international arbitration team was divided into three units: Team Frankfurt traveled to Frankfurt, Germany to compete in a leading international investment arbitration moot; Team Asia represented the school in Vis Commercial Arbitration Moots in Shanghai and Hong Kong; and Team Europe competed in Vis moots in Belgrade, Budapest and Vienna. (Full story)

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CUA Law Quartet Reaches Semifinals of Ethics Trial Competition

A team of four Catholic University law school students argued their way to the semifinal round of the Pacific McGeorge Sixth National Ethics Trial Competition, held from March 15-17 at the Robert T. Matsui United States Courthouse in Sacramento. Sixteen law schools participated in the competition, including some of the leading trial advocacy schools in the nation. (Full story)

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CUA Law Team Wins National Criminal Moot Court Competition

Two Catholic University law school students finished in first place at the Fourteenth Annual Herbert Wechsler National Criminal Law Moot Court Competition, hosted by the University of Buffalo Law School on March 31, 2012. Wechsler is the only national moot court competition in the United States to focus on topics in substantive criminal law. The CUA Law team competed against teams from 26 law schools and defeated, among others, students from William & Mary Law School, New York University School of Law, University of Michigan Law School, and University of Florida Levin College of Law. (Full story)

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Catholic University Law Takes Home the Silver in Securities Moot Court Competition

Three Catholic University law students placed second among 28 teams in the 2012 Irving R. Kaufman Memorial Moot Court Competition held March 23-25 at Fordham Law School in New York City. The Kaufman Moot Court Competition is the premier securities moot in the nation, offering teams the opportunity to test appellate advocacy skills before leading jurists, securities regulators, academics, and practitioners. The Columbus School of Law team bested teams from Albany, Cardozo, Brooklyn, DePaul, Duke, Georgetown, NYU, St. John's, University of California-Davis, and Wisconsin, among others. (Full story)

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Experts Square Off Over Constitutionality of Health Care Reform

Catholic University's American Constitution Society, the Federalist Society, and the CUA Health Law Society jointly sponsored "Is the Health Care Reform Constitutional?" which invited leading experts to debate the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, signed into law by President Obama in 2010. Speakers included Dom Perella, an associate with the D.C. office of Hogan Lovells; Ilya Shapiro, senior fellow in constitutional studies, the Cato Institute, and editor-in-chief, Cato Supreme Court Review; and Ilya Somin, associate professor, George Mason University School of Law. (Full story)

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Kelsey Darnell

Student Scholar Series Lecture Examines Social Security Benefits for Posthumously - Born Children

Kelsey Darnell, Class of 2012, gave a Feb. 15 address, "Legislation Frozen in Time: Persistent Problems with Attempts at Uniformity for Social Security Inheritance Rights of Posthumous Children," arguing that Social Security benefits paid to children born after the death of a parent are overly responsive to the whims of state law, which vary widely around the country and are sometimes hugely unfair.(Full story)

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Emily Rubino

Student Scholar Series Lecture Discusses "A New Standard for Reliance in Inefficient Primary Markets."

Rising 3L Catholic University Emily Rubino tackled the complexities of securities law regulation as the focus of her Student Scholars Series lecture, given before a mixed audience of faculty, staff, and fellow students on March 14. Her address traced the history of remedies available to investors who have been defrauded by securities issuers. (Full story)

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Tara Beech

Student Scholar Series Lecture Calls for Unified Worker Protections

American workers with disabilities may receive inconsistent legal protections from discrimination, depending on which court’s jurisdiction they happen to reside in. That is unacceptable, said law student Tara Beech, Class of 2012. Her proposed remedies to the problem were laid out during a presentation, “Resolving the Split: Independent Contractors and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act,” offered before a mixed audience of faculty, staff, and fellow students on April 18. (Full story)

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