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Dean Designate Daniel F. Attridge
A letter from Dean Daniel F. Attridge:

Dear CUA Law Family and Friends,

We began March, my second month as the new Dean of the Law School, with spring break -- a tradition in our schedule that everyone seems to relish.  It was a time for our students to catch up on their coursework, to participate in the law review writing competitions, look for summer positions, participate in service projects, or do some traveling or relaxing.   After that, it was back to work at the hurried pace that seems to characterize the end of every academic year and the process of planning for the next one.  This is a brief report on some of our activities during the month:

1.  Courses for Practitioners.  Under a new program just approved by our Faculty, as an outgrowth of a suggestion by Professor David Lipton, J.D. degree holders from any accredited law school will now be able to take individual courses at CUA Law for University or Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credit.  We believe that there are alumni and other J.D. graduates in our area who may interested in taking our courses, particularly our more advanced upper level courses in specialized areas such as securities law. 

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Alumni in the news

J. Paul Molloy J. Paul Molloy, 1965, to Receive Alumni Award

William Jawando William Jawando, 2008, Appointed Director of Corporate and Government Affairs for Discovery Communications

David Whalen First Documentary created by David Whalen, Class of 2000, Wins People's Choice Award for Best Film at John Paul II International Film Festival

Angela Giancarlo
Former Top FCC Official Angela Giancarlo, Class of 1996, Joins Mayer Brown as Partner in D.C.

Angela Giancarlo
Ambassador Charlene Barshefsky, Class of 1975, Named to List of "100 Most Influential Lawyers in America."

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CUA Law Takes Top Spot in National Ethics Trial Competition

A four-member team from the Columbus School of Law won top honors at the Pacific McGeorge Seventh National Ethics Trial Competition, held March 14-16, 2013. The team finished first among a field of sixteen highly ranked advocacy schools, besting Fordham Law School in the final round.  

“The team was perfect from the start,” said Professor Louis Barracato, the trial team’s coach and faculty advisor. “They received acclaim from all of the judges for their knowledge of evidence, their imagination and their advocacy skills. Congratulations for a job well done.”

Jay Goossen (3L) received an honorable mention for Best Advocate for the preliminary rounds based on one argument. His award stated that his scores for the single round would have placed him in the running for overall Best Advocate if he competed in a second round.

Based in Sacramento, Pacific McGeorge School of Law’s National Ethics Trial Competition was established to promote ethical and civility awareness through the mock trial competition format. It offers student trial lawyers the opportunity to develop and display their knowledge and skills of professional responsibility in trial work.


Expert Alumni Return to Discuss America’s Energy Future

Four graduates participated on a panel discussion on March 18, “Our Nation’s Energy Future: A Roundtable on Advancing Technology, Innovation, and Sustainability.” Co-sponsored by the Law and Public Policy Program, the Office of Career and Professional Development, and the Environmental Law Society, the panel aimed to provide current students interested in environmental law with an overview of the major issues of the day.

The roundtable discussion focused on advancing technology, innovation, and sustainability, and included:

Ahuva Battams (2011), an associate in the energy group of the Washington, D.C. office of Cullen and Dykman, LLP. Battams represents clients on a variety of matters involving energy and utility transactions and regulation, FERC proceedings, and advising natural gas storage clients on obtaining rate and certificate authorizations.

Patrick Clarey (1994), with the Office of Energy Market Regulation, FERC. Based in Indiana, Clarey is posted at MISO Energy, a regional transmission organization charged with the operation and control of the high-voltage grid in the central U.S. 

Martha Marrapese (1992), a partner at Keller & Heckman LLP. Marrapese facilitates the registration of new technologies in the global economy with a particular emphasis on biotechnology and nanotechnology applications. She serves on the Advisory Board for the Nanomaterials Registry and also chairs Working Group 1, Nomenclature and Terminology, American National Standards Institute. 

Milena Yordanova (2011) is a compliance enforcement analyst at the North American Electric Reliability Corporation, which establishes and enforces mandatory standards to ensure the reliability of the US electric grid. Yordanova is involved in investigations, enforcement actions and review of proposed settlements related to major power supply disturbances, compliance audits.

2013 Spring Externship Fair Attracts More than Fifty Employers

Catholic University law school students searching for educational and fulfilling professional placements for class credit enjoyed one of the widest selections ever at the CUA Law Spring Clinics and Externships Fair held on March 13. 

Professor Lisa Lerman, coordinator of clinical programs for the law school, assembled more than fifty area employers who staffed tables and provided representatives to interview students, answer their questions, and accept résumés for summer or fall placements.  These organizations offer students hands-on experience in many fascinating areas of legal practice including immigration, national security and terrorism, securities, corrections, and more. To view a full list of participating organizations, click here.

The well-established externship program at the Columbus School of Law is among the most extensive in the nation and has historically offered students hundreds of professional work settings from which to choose, which sometimes lead to fulltime employment after graduation.


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Alumni Calendar
& Upcoming Events

Celebration of Diversity Reception at Jones Day
Wednesday, Mar 27, 2013
Washington, DC

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Alumni Breakfast
Thursday, Apr 4, 2013
Washington, DC

Securities Law Happy Hour
Thursday, Apr 4, 2013
Washington, DC

Communications Law Institute/CommLaw Conspectus Annual Telecomm Law and Policy Symposium
Thursday, Apr 4, 2013
Washington, DC

Dinner honoring
Dean Daniel F. Attridge

Thursday, Apr 11, 2013
Washington, DC

Panel on E-Discovery
Thursday, Apr 11, 2013
Washington, DC

Pro Bono work with
CUA Law Students & DC Bar

Saturday, Apr 13, 2013
Washington, DC

Law and Public Policy Brunch
Sunday, Apr 14, 2013
Chevy Chase, MD

The Thurgood Marshall American Inn of Court
at CUA Law

Thursday, Apr 18, 2013
Washington DC

Vis International
Arbitration Program
Alumni & Student Reception

Monday, Apr 22, 2013
Washington, DC

Baltimore Alumni Reception
Saturday, Apr 25, 2013
Baltimore, MD

Montgomery County Alumni Reception
Tuesday, Apr 30, 2013
Rockville, MD

Tenth Anniversary
of the LL.M. program

Jun 20 - Jun 21, 2013
Kraków, Poland

2013 CUA Law 2013 Reunion Weekend

Sept 27-29,2013
Honoring the classes of 1963, 1968, 1973, 1978, 1983, 1988, 1993, 1998, 2003, and 2008.

Interested in helping with the plans for your class? Email cualawalumni@law.edu to let us know.


Judge Kathryn J. Dufour
Law Library

CUA Law Alumni are welcome to use the Judge Kathryn J. Dufour Law Library to take advantage of the extensive collection, services and online databases. Our librarians will be happy to help you in your research. For information on access policies, wireless connectivity, online catalogs and bar exam resources, please click on the above link.

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