The CUA Lawyer 2020 Supplement is now available online. In this supplement, we share with you the 2019 Distinguished Alumni Awards recipients, some reflections on the impact of the novel coronavirus, the hard work of our Students Public Interest Law (SPIL), and more.
Our feature article profiles the 2019 Distinguished Alumni Awards winners: Paul M. Bisaro ’89, Chris R. Concannon ’94, Donald W. Farley ’69, Michelle W. Lease ’14, Clarence E. Martin, III ’74, Richard M. Starr ’79, and The Honorable Elizabeth M. Timothy ’89. Each year, Catholic Law honors its distinguished alumni—recognizing outstanding alumni for their individual achievements, contributions to their industries or professions, service to their communities, and demonstrated loyalty to the Columbus School of Law.
The 2019-2020 academic year was also an unprecedented one as we faced new challenges brought about by the global pandemic. In the supplement, Catholic Law students, faculty, and staff reflect on how community response to the novel coronavirus has affected the law school. Graduation was among the many things impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Catholic Law held its May degree conferral ceremony online, making its 131st graduating class the first-ever class at Catholic Law to do so virtually.
We also highlight the SPIL recipients who joined the Weissman family to share the work they have been able to do through the Eric D. Weissman Endowed Scholarship Fund. Additional sections of the CUA Lawyer supplement include Catholic Law students’ pandemic pro bono efforts, reflections on 2019 Reunion Weekend, and an introduction to new Catholic Law faculty member, Joel Alicea.
Please note, since publication, the Law School has made the difficult decision to cancel our plan for a July 24 Commencement ceremony. At this time, we are keeping Thursday and Friday, October 15-16 on the calendar, and please know that we are looking at every available option in order to welcome the Class of 2020 back to campus for an in-person ceremony.