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First Annual Family and Friends Day 

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(L to R) Alfred Dewayne Brown and Brian Stolarz


The Columbus School of Law hosted its first-ever Family and Friends Day at the Law School on October 30, 2015. The day allowed for family and friends of CUA Law students to experience a day in the life of a law student. The morning began with refreshments and conversation between, students, their guests, faculty, and staff in the Louise H. Keelty and James Keelty, Jr. Atrium. Students then went their morning classes, while the guests went into the Slowinski Courtroom for a welcome to the Law School from Daniel F. Attridge, Dean and Knights of Columbus Professor of Law, which then followed with a presentation from Maura DeMouy, Assistant Dean for Student Support, on the Law School Experience. Dean DeMouy was assisted by two law students, Caitlin Conroy (3L) and Maggie O'Neill (2L).

Following the two morning presentations in the Slowinski Courtroom, guests of the first year students were able to attend a Torts Class, with Associate Dean Marin Scordato or Professer Antonio Perez. The upper division students' guests had the option of taking a campus tour. After the Torts class and the tour, students and their guests, as well as faculty, staff, and alumni congregated in the Byron Auditorium for a presentation from Brian Stolarz, Class of 1998. 

Brian's presentation, Innocent Going In and Innocent Coming Out, the Exoneration of Alfred Dewayne Brown, detailed Stolarz's pro bono representation of Brown whose death penalty conviction was overturned in June. Brown, who was present for presentation, spent 10 years on death row in Texas before being released. Stolarz described his representation of Brown as the case of a lifetime.

After the presentation the Law School hosted an Oktoberfest Reception in the atrium. This allowed the students and their family and friends to talk with various faculty and staff, as well as talk to Stolarz and Brown further about their experiences. To view other photos from the Family and Friends Day Event visit the Law School's Facebook page.