CUA Law 2014 Year in Review


CUA Law 2014 Year in Review: Alumni

In 2014, our nearly 12,000 alumni were recognized collectively and individually as among the best legal practitioners in America. They have put their CUA Law degree to work in many ways; as judges, top administrators in professional sports, and as experts whose talent and dedication have helped to steer the economic direction of the nation.  CUA Law alumni make their mark early, accelerate quickly, and credit their education as a major reason for their success. They have remained loyal and supportive of the Law School and demonstrated their appreciation by their strong support of today’s students.


CUA Law 2014 Year in Review: Students

CUA Law’s raison d'être, our students enjoyed an outstanding year on many fronts, showcasing their prowess as future lawyers in trial and moot competitions domestically and abroad.  Their scholarship appeared in prominent national forums.  Their superb work through the Law School’s highly-ranked clinical offerings protected the elderly, assisted the indigent with tax expertise, and even helped to save a client’s life.  Best of all, employers took notice of their capabilities.  As always, our students honored the Law School’s singular tradition of service to others. The manifest advantages of the CUA Law education also drew five working professionals as the initial class in our new Master of Legal Studies program.


CUA Law 2014 Year in Review: CUA Law in Washington, DC

The Law School’s enviable location in the nation’s capital was once again leveraged to full advantage in 2014.  Where else can a law student see and learn in person from so many expert insiders about the major issues of our time? Students were treated to lectures from Special Master Kenneth Feinberg speaking about the 9/11 Victims Compensation Fund; well-known conservative Grover Norquist arguing for prison reform; Baltimore’s Archbishop William Lori discussing the meaning of mercy, and  the Hon. Diarmuid F. O’Scannlain of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit reflecting on the role of Catholic legal education. During the year, the Law School also celebrated its close ties with D.C. Superior Court, hosted a court proceeding conducted by the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims, and offered students the opportunity to watch leading attorneys moot for upcoming Supreme Court arguments.  Along the way, the Law School gratefully celebrated its 20th anniversary in its superb architectural home.


CUA Law 2014 Year in Review: Faculty

The Law School’s faculty remained at the forefront of legal education during the just completed year, distinguishing themselves in remarkable ways as both hands-on practitioners and scholars of the first order. Professor Mark Rienzi won a favorable and rare unanimous ruling from the United States Supreme Court. Father Raymond O’Brien published the first casebook on elder law in the nation.  Professor Cara Drinan’s work on mandatory sentencing for juveniles was sourced by the media and noted in SCOTUSblog. Professors Megan La Belle and Heidi Schooner collaborated on scholarship published in the University Of Pennsylvania Journal of Business Law.  Other faculty members educated the media and the public by their analysis of such issues as police use of force, grand jury processes, and the real meaning of embracing life.  The scholarly output of the Law School’s faculty is now in one readily accessible place.  Professors Mary Leary and Roger Colinvaux joined the ranks of tenured faculty in 2014, while Professors Sarah Duggin and Faith Mullen continued the proud tradition of CUA Law in service to others.  Engaged, passionate and dedicated, our faculty continues to rank among the best legal educators in the nation.

 

CUA Law 2014 Year in Review: Faculty

The Law School’s social media presence has increased over 2014. CUA Law now has a presence on Linkedin, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube. Stories on Facebook that gained the largest reach included the success of students in the Immigration Litigation Clinic, Four CUA Law Students Named 2014 Presidential Management Fellowship Finalists, the 2014 Columbus Awards Night, The Supreme Court Rules Favorably Again in Cases Advocated by Professor Mark Rienzi, and the SBA Welcome Back Picnic and Student Organization Fair.


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