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Columbus School of Law is Present at
SEC's 75th Anniversary Celebration

It began as one of the "alphabet agencies" created by President Franklin Roosevelt in response to the Great Depression. In the 75 years since its founding in 1934, the Securities and Exchange Commission has stood firmly as the first, best and sometimes only sea wall to prevent the restless and unpredictable tides of the world's financial markets from swamping the individual investor.

The commission gave itself a pat on the back for a job well done on June 25, 2009, as the SEC Historical Society offered a celebratory dinner in honor of its founding at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C.

The Catholic University of America School of Law was among only a handful of law schools represented at the gala event. It purchased a table and offered a congratulatory message in the program book that was distributed to all guests and added later to the museum collections.

Nearly a dozen alumni attended, all of them graduates of the school's securities law program that was founded and directed by Professor David Lipton. The law school's presence at Table 87 represented, in Professor Lipton's words, "more than a 40 year spread of graduates, divided almost evenly between men and women." The CUA alumni guests practice today at the SEC, FINRA, private practice, and industry. Their ranks include name partners and associates, CEO's and staffers. "The diversity and the vibrancy of the CUA table reflect the personality of our alumni," added Lipton.

Joining their former professor for the celebration were Kathleen Omara, Genevievette Walker-Lightfoot, Margaret McGuire, Sara Bakker, Eric Blanchard, Tom Patton, Stacy Chattick, Patrick McCarty and Michael Ryan.