Dear CUA Law Students,
1. District of Columbia Court of Appeals. On October 24, we hosted a regular sitting of the D.C. Court of Appeals in the Slowinski Courtroom at the Law School. Chief Judge Eric T. Washington, Associate Judge John Fisher, and Senior Judge Inez Smith Reid heard arguments from counsel in three cases. The cases involved a criminal defendant’s effort to withdraw his guilty plea before sentencing, an appeal from a decision of the D.C.’s Office of Human Rights on an age discrimination complaint, and a challenge to the U.S. Marshal’s practice of shackling juvenile defendants at their initial appearances. The Courtroom was packed with students (as well as faculty and staff) watching justice in action. Afterwards, students had the opportunity to ask questions and meet informally with the Judges. We thank Chief Judge Washington for bringing this educational outreach to our Law School.
7. Faculty-in-Transition Reception. On October 20, we held a reception in the Law School Atrium to pay tribute to five distinguished members of our full-time Faculty, along with three of our long-time Distinguished Lecturers, who have made major career changes during the past academic year. The program honored retiring Professors Ralph Rohner, Leah Wortham, Stephen Margeton, and Karla Simon, as well as Chief Judge Fred B. Ugast, of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia, Judge Sylvia Bacon, also of the Superior Court, and Chief Judge Loren A. Smith, of the United States Court of Federal Claims. Professor George Garvey, who returns to full-time teaching after many years of administrative service, including most recently as Acting Dean and Vice Dean, was also honored. Special thanks go to Director Joan Vorrasi and her team for their work in orchestrating this event. Please click here to see the full story about the event, along with some memorable photos.
8. Reunion Weekend. On the weekend of September 27-29, we welcomed back to campus hundreds of alumni and their guests from the graduation classes ending in the years 3 and 8. The weekend began with a Friday night reception for all attendees at a downtown restaurant. On Saturday, early risers attended a CLE-credit ethics presentation by Professor Leah Wortham while others attended the inaugural meeting of the Law Alumni Association. Led by Susan Newell ’93, President of the new Law Alumni Council, the alumni association will be a great way for all alumni to stay connected with each other and the Law School, especially our younger alumni and those located outside of the Washington metropolitan area. These Saturday morning events were followed by a Q&A session with the new Dean and a family-friendly picnic on the Law School Lawn. The afternoon offerings included tours of the Law School, the CUA Cardinals’ homecoming football game, and a special First Amendment tour at the Newseum led by Professor Sarah Duggin.
Saturday night featured ten class reunion parties held at seven different locations. The parties ran the gamut from elegant sit-down dinners at leading venues, to a wonderful reception hosted by Timothy J. Cooney ’93 at J.P. Morgan’s beautiful offices, to gatherings at a few pubs known for their engaging social scenes. I had the good fortune to attend each one. The weekend concluded with a new event — the first convocation of the William Callyhan Robinson Society, named after the Law School’s first Dean, for the purpose of inducting alumni who graduated 40 or more years ago. Professor Ralph Rohner ’63 acted as the convener for the luncheon event at which the inductees offered favorite memories of their Law School experiences. For those who are interested in seeing photos and videos from the weekend, please click here and here.
9. Board of Visitors. The Board of Visitors, now chaired by Thomas D. Yannucci, 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. On September 27, the BOV met at the Law School. The meeting included a tribute to outgoing BOV chair Donald Farley ’69 for his service and a welcome to Professor Ralph Rohner ’63, whose retirement from the faculty and staff made him eligible for BOV service. The BOV meeting covered a wide range of issues, including enrollment, tuition and scholarships, fundraising, job placement, finances, curriculum changes, new initiatives, and alumni relations. The BOV members participated actively — leading discussions, asking insightful questions, providing thoughtful advice, and offering their strong support. The BOV meeting concluded with remarks by BOV member Michael Bidwill ’90, President of the Arizona Cardinals football team, about the high value he places on his CUA Law education and continuing affiliation with the Law School.
10. Alumni Events. In addition to the Reunion Weekend festivities, we held several other alumni events this past month. These included “meet the new Dean” receptions for local alumni on October 9 in Providence, Rhode Island, and on October 10 in Hartford, Connecticut. On October 16, I attended the annual luncheon for New York area alumni of the Securities Program, directed by Professor David Lipton. The event was hosted by Eric W. Blanchard ’99 at the offices of Covington & Burling LLP. On October 2, I met for breakfast with alumni working at Arent Fox LLP, including managing partner Matthew J. Clark ’83.
11. Representing CUA Law. By virtue of my position, I am occasionally asked to represent the Law School at other events. This past month, for example, I had the opportunity to serve as a Lector at the Red Mass celebrated at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle to invoke God’s blessings on public officials responsible for the administration of justice. I served as a judge for the annual awards presented by the Washington Metropolitan Area Corporate Counsel Association for outstanding law department, chief legal officer, in-house counsel, and community service. I attended the Blessed John Paul II New Evangelization Award Dinner for the Catholic Information Center, “the soul of Washington in the heart of the city.”
Thank you for your interest. I welcome your comments at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Daniel F. Attridge