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Nine Alumni Are Inducted into the William Callyhan Robinson Society


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The Columbus School of Law welcomed nine senior alumni into its two-year old William Callyhan Robinson Society on Oct. 19, as the concluding event to the highly successful Reunion 2014 weekend.          
Named after the first dean of Catholic University’s law school, the Society was founded in 2013 to celebrate CUA Law alumni who graduated 40 or more years ago. This year’s luncheon paid special recognition to the Class of 1964, now celebrating its 50th reunion. 
The attending alumni were a mixed group: some retired, some still in practice, and others living overseas. None of them earned their J.D. in the law school’s current building, which opened in 1994.  Although the experience of law school was at least four decades in their past, memories of those days remained vivid for the honored guests.
The induction ceremony was led by Dean Daniel F. Attridge and Donald W. Farley, Class of 1969 and a member of the law school’s Board of Visitors, which he chaired from 2010-2013. 
“We are excited to induct you today as members of the William Callyhan Robinson Society and look forward to many special times with you in the future,” said Attridge.
Each of the inductees was asked to share a favorite memory from their law school days. The request elicited responses that ranged from amusing to factual to poignant.
  • One guest recalled a boisterous student baseball game during which, upon reaching first base, he excitedly kissed the top of the head of then-Dean Vernon Miller.
  • Another described the veil of shock and sorrow thrown over the law school community when it learned of President Kennedy’s assassination.
  • A member of the Class of 1964 recounted his successful effort to have the law school host the first Sutherland Moot Court Competition, which is now the oldest private moot competition in the nation.   
  • An alumna who has lived in Europe for many years reminded the audience of how much times have changed since her law school days, when she was the only woman in her graduating class.
  • One luncheon guest shared an amusing memory of inadvertently falling asleep in the women’s bathroom in the law school, a nap that carried little risk of scandal since there were just two female students at CUA Law at the time. (Sure enough, one of the two walked in and discovered him).  

Alumni Inductees and Members

Fall 2014 Inductees:
John F. Bielagus, Esquire
Class of 1969

Hon. John C. Holmes, Esquire
Class of 1964
Hon. Conrad A. Johnson, Esquire
Class of 1974
John P. Moran, Esquire
Class of 1964
Thomas F. O’Herron, Esquire
Class of 1964

Hon. Joseph Shortall, Esquire
Class of 1964

Lawrence M. Sullivan, Esquire
Class of 1964

Winston W. Tsai, Esquire
Class of 1970
Suzanne Wolfe-Martin, Esquire

Class of 1964

Society Members in Attendance:
Donald W. Farley, Esquire
Class of 1969
Dena Feeney, Esquire
Class of 1963

J. Paul Molloy, Esquire
Class of 1965

Jane W. Molloy, Esquire
Class of 1965
James J. Naccarato, Esquire
Class of 1947