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Ten Classes Give a Thumbs Up to Reunion 2014


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Jetting in from as far away as Switzerland, Hawaii, and London, more than 100 Catholic University law school graduates returned to attend Reunion 2014, held Oct. 17-19 at the law school and other locations around Washington, D.C. 

The jam-packed weekend offered a total of 16 events, designed to help old friends and classmates reconnect, keep up with law school developments, and engage with new opportunities to support their law alma mater in the future.
The carefully planned out event offered alumni and their guests a little bit of everything; the perfect fall weather was a bonus gift from Mother Nature.
“We welcomed more than 350 guests in total to all events,” noted Katherine Gamelin Crowley, (Class of 2010), Director of Alumni Relations for the Columbus School of Law. “I received very positive feedback from our alumni and I believe it was an overall success.”
Ten class years were invited to participate in Reunion 2014: 1964, 1969, 1974, 1979, 1984, 1989, 1994, 1999, 2004, and 2009.
The weekend kicked off with a Friday VIP Reception with Dean Daniel F. Attridge at the Sidecar at P.J. Clarke’s in downtown Washington. The reception honored Reunion Class Committee members and donors to the 2014 Reunion Gift.  
Also honored was Susan Smith Newell, Class of 1993, who was presented with the law school’s first Alumni Distinguished Service Award for her service on its Board of Visitors and her past presidency of the Law Alumni Association at the Columbus School of Law (pictured at left with Dean Attridge and the Association's current president, Jim Anagnos, Class of 1996) .  
An All-Alumni Party and Reunion Kickoff followed, at which awards were given to the reunion classes with highest dollars raised (1969 - $57,737), highest class giving participation rate (1964), and highest classmate attendance at reunion (1994).
Saturday morning offered alumni visitors a relaxing mix of social time and informational events. After the Law Alumni Association Annual Meeting, all class members with any questions about the law school were invited to ask them directly of Dean Attridge, who covered such subjects as enrollment, scholarships, job placement, changes to the curriculum, and marketing plans for the future.
Reunion guests also heard Professor Mark Rienzi discuss “The First Amendment & Religious Liberty in the Supreme Court,” a subject he knows well, having played a key litigation role in four cases related to religious liberty that have come before the Court in 2013-2014.
Rienzi provided insight into his recent success before the Supreme Court in McCullen v. Coakley, as well as his involvement in writing briefs on behalf of the Little Sisters of the Poor, Hobby Lobby, and Wheaton College.
Professor Sarah Duggin also stepped up in a big way to assist with Reunion 2014. She led a 15-guest First Amendment Tour of the Newseum, one of the most popular experiences in Washington, D.C.
Blissfully unaware of the rest of the goings-on around them, young children of CUA Law alumni were rewarded by the two-hour picnic on the lawn behind the building during the afternoon. The catered cookout featured live Dixieland music and children’s activities such as a moon bounce, face painting, and more.
Saturday evening offered smaller, intimate dinners broken out by class year. For alumni, it was a wonderful chance to relax, enjoy the company of old friends, and plug back in to the CUA Law community.  
Faculty professors David Lipton, George Smith, and Rev. Raymond O’Brien also contributed to the welcome home for alumni, hosting class reunion gatherings or attending other events. Moving quickly, the dean paid a visit to each of the class dinners at their scattered locations throughout the city.
“An event with so many components is a tremendous undertaking that requires many months of planning and collaboration between several offices. Thank you to our amazing faculty and staff members. I heard nothing but rave reviews about those events,” said Dean Attridge.   

Class Reunion Gatherings
1964, 1969, 1974 - Smith & Wollensky
1979 - DC Coast
1984, 1989, & 1994 Louise H. and James Keelty, Jr. Atrium, Columbus School of Law
1999 - Old Ebbitt Grill
2004 & 2009 - Marvin DC (Bar & Bistro)
Reunion 2014 concluded with two events on Sunday, Oct. 19th. First, a Sunday Mass celebrated with special intentions for the 50-year reunion Class of 1964.
Mass was followed at noon with the William Callyhan Robinson Society Luncheon and Induction Ceremony at the Law School. This special luncheon and ceremony celebrates CUA Law alumni who graduated 40 or more years ago, with special recognition to the Class of 1964. Nine new members were inducted this year.