June 14, 2017

L to R:
Stan Samorajcyk '67, Missy Attridge, Anthony Ambrosio '66, Professor Sarah Duggin,
Kirk Renaud, Professor Cara Drinan, Michael Ambrosio '66, and Dean Daniel F. Attridge

The unique importance of the Columbus School of Law, at The Catholic University of America to the Church in the United States was celebrated at the Cardinals Tribute Dinner on June 2, 2017. Cardinals, archbishops, and bishops from across the country gathered on campus with leaders and students of the University as they celebrated the most loyal benefactors and their generous gifts.

Over the past academic year, the Law School developed three mission-focused initiatives to build on its strengths and increase its impact on some the pressing needs of society today. These initiatives, referred to as "Path Forward" initiatives as they are advancing the Law School, relate to access to justice, compliance and corporate responsibility, and religious liberty. The first gift celebrated at the Cardinal's Tribute Dinner was a $1,000,000 commitment from an anonymous donor to fund the start of the Law School's compliance and corporate responsibility and religious liberty centers. In addition to this gift, the Law School expects to reach full funding shortly for the access to justice pilot program, thanks to the support of generous alumni and foundation partners. His Eminence Donald Cardinal Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington, recognized this anonymous donor and spoke about the importance of these initiatives. He introduced a video showcasing support the Law School's initiatives.

The University also celebrated CUA Law alumnus Professor Michael Ambrosio's $1,000,000 bequest for the Michael and Anthony Ambrosio Class of 1966 Endowed Scholarship. Michael was recognized by His Eminence Timothy Cardinal Dolan, Archbishop of New York, who introduced a video about the gift and the importance of scholarships.

"For some students, a scholarship means the difference between being able to attend law school and not being able to attend law school. For others, it means an opportunity to devote the kind of time and attention to their studies that they need," Michael Ambrosio said.

The partnership of our alumni and friends and their continuing commitment to building our scholarship program sends a great message to current and prospective students: we intend to make a CUA Law education more affordable.