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Ralph J. Rohner
Dear CUA Law Family and Friends,

As the semester is winding down, we take the opportunity to reflect on this past year and look toward the future. We are especially excited to report that Daniel F. Attridge will join us as dean of the law school at the beginning of the new year. As a member of the firm of Kirkland & Ellis LLP for 32 years and managing partner in its Washington D.C. since 1998, he brings to us a vast amount of experience in litigation and law firm management.

We are all delighted to welcome Dean Attridge to the Columbus School of Law and The Catholic University of America. If you missed the earlier announcement about his appointment, you can read it here.

As an administrator and professor here for almost 48 years, I have had the opportunity to interact with many of you, our alumni. There are many positive things that have come to me as the result of my work at the Columbus School of Law, but none is more important or personally rewarding than the relationships I have been able to develop with all of you. Thank you for all you have done for our law school and for me personally. I hope to see many of you at our annual Christmas party to be held Wednesday, December 12th. It is always a wonderful time to catch up and enjoy the festivity of the season.

May the peace of this season be with you and your family. As you gather with family and friends, please remember that there are CUA Law alumni and members of their families affected by hurricane Sandy or serving our country overseas.
Please say a special prayer for their comfort and safe return.

Ralph J. Rohner
Acting Director, Office of Development & Alumni Relations and Professor of Law

New Director of Alumni Relations

Lauren McCaghren, the new director of alumni relations at the Columbus School of Law, joined the School in October and is now creating opportunities for alumni to remain involved with the School and to connect or reconnect with fellow CUA Law graduates and students.

“We are very fortunate that Lauren has joined our professional advancement staff. She brings solid experience as well as energy and enthusiasm for the task of overseeing all of our alumni relations activities. She will serve as the point person to help alumni interact with the school and with fellow graduates, and to develop a program of events and activities that will engage our alumni with the law school community,” says Ralph Rohner, former dean and Acting Executive Director of Development and Alumni Relations.

In the coming months McCaghren hopes to have many conversations with CUA Law alumni. “The Alumni Relations office can be an incredible resource to alumni. I want to hear alumni ideas, suggestions, and opinions so that we are maximizing our efforts and meeting the needs of our graduates,” McCaghren notes. Among the many such opportunities she is now planning with alumni are regional networking events, social media groups, alumni-student mentorship programs, and the establishment of an official Law School Alumni Association.

Prior to CUA Law, McCaghren worked for George Washington Law School and the Cumberland School of Law at Samford University. At GW Law she was responsible for the strategic planning and implementation of student-alumni activities including a 1L mentoring program, in addition to streamlining alumni communications and regional alumni events.

She holds a master of arts in higher education administration from the University of Alabama. She earned her undergraduate degree from Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama. McCaghren can be reached at 202-319-5010 or mccaghren@law.edu.

Alumni Gather for Swearing-In to Bar of the United States Supreme Court

Twenty graduates of Catholic University’s Columbus School of Law were formally sworn in as members of the Bar of the Supreme Court of the United States on Nov. 13, 2012.

With guests and loved ones looking on, including Catholic University’s President John Garvey, the group raised hands and recited the oath intoned by Chief Justice John Roberts.

The brief ceremony was followed by a tour of the nation’s highest court, and later, a luncheon hosted by the law school with law school Acting Dean George Garvey.

Some alumni traveled a long way to participate. Adam W. Cook, ‘06, arrived from Anchorage, Alaska, along with his father, William. Mariano S. Morales, ‘88, flew in from Yakima, Washington. Other guests came from Florida, Virginia, Maryland, and the District of Columbia.

Senator Martin E. Connor, who has served in the New York State legislature for decades, was sworn in to the Supreme Court bar 42 years after his graduation in 1970. Matthew and Melissa Shea, married alumni from the Class of 1993, also attended the ceremony at the court. Class years represented stretched from 1970 to 2008.

To apply for admission to the Bar of the Supreme Court of the United States, a candidate must be a member in good standing of a state bar for at least three years, and be endorsed by two current members of the Supreme Court bar. CUA Law hosts a graduate group swearing-in every two years.

Experts Explore the Legal Void Surrounding High-Tech Surveillance and Privacy

On November 15, the law school hosted a discussion at the National Press Club in downtown Washington: “The Tracking Clash: The Judicial, Legislative and Executive Branches Grapple with U.S. v. Jones and the Use of Geolocation and Biometric Tracking.”

Conceived and organized by law school alumna Anne McKenna, '94, partner, Silverman|Thompson|Slutkin|White|LLC, and chair of the firm’s Internet and Privacy Law Practice Group, the panel discussion focused on the need for Congress, the judiciary, and the administration to work in concert to fashion a coherent policy regarding the use of biometric and geolocating technologies.

Guest panelists included Janet C. Fisher, General Counsel, House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence; Kannon K. Shanmugam, Partner, Williams & Connolly LLP and former law clerk to Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia; Anne McKenna and Professor Clifford Fishman. It was moderated by Hon. Joseph F. Murphy, Jr., who retired last year from Maryland’s Court of Appeals.

The program continues a National Press Club series the law school began in 2009 that explores cutting edge legal topics. Alumni are encouraged to with the law school if you have a compelling subject or idea for such a program in the future.

To view a video of the program please click here, and to read more about the event please click here.


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Alumni Calendar
& Upcoming Events

Annual Auld Lang Syne Luncheon
Friday, November 30, 2012
Washington, DC

CUA’s 24th Annual Christmas Concert and Alumni Reception
Friday, December 7, 2012
Washington, DC

30th Annual Alumni & Friends Christmas Party
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Washington, DC

CUA Christmas Party in Boston with President Garvey
Thursday, December 13, 2012
Boston, MA

Alumni & Friends Reception at the AALS meeting
Friday, January 04, 2013
New Orleans, LA

The Thurgood Marshall American Inn of Court at CUA Law – Open House
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Washington, DC

22nd Annual SPIL Auction
Friday, February 8, 2013
Washington, DC
The Students for Public Interest Law (SPIL) are currently collecting donations for their annual auction to raise money for student summer public service stipends. 10% of the proceeds go to the Loan Assistance Repayment Program, which helps alumni who are pursuing careers in the public service sector repay law school loans. If you would like to donate an item to the auction, please contact Alexandra Jenik at alexjenik@gmail.com.


Judge Kathryn J. Dufour
Law Library

Full access to the library is available to CUA law school alumni.

CUA Law Alumni Library Access Policy During Exams

CUA Law alumni are permitted to use the library but they are restricted to the Reference Room during the reading and exam period: December 1 – 15, 2012.
A Reference Librarian will retrieve books from the library collection for the alumnus to use in the Reference Room. Reference Librarians are available:

Monday – Thursday 8am – 8pm
Friday 8am – 5pm
Saturday 9am – 5pm
Sunday Noon – 8pm


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