CUA Law Alumni May 2013 Enewsletter
Dean Designate Daniel F. Attridge
A letter from Dean Daniel F. Attridge:

Dear CUA Law Family and Friends,

The month of May brings our academic year to a close.  Final examinations were held from May 1 to 11.  Our students buckled down and studied even harder than they have all year.  The Library was busier than ever.  The Faculty scurried to read exams, grade papers, and turn in final grades.  Meanwhile, preparation has been underway for next year, with registration for the fall semester courses set to begin on May 30.  The culminating event for our academic year – graduation of our third-year day and fourth-year evening students – was held on May 24 in the Basilica.  This is a brief report on some of our many activities during the month:


1.  New Practice-Area Concentrations. We recently announced important changes to our Law School curriculum.  For our upper division students, the changes include the addition of new practice-area concentrations. These will supplement our existing certificate programs in Communications Law, Comparative and International Law, Law and Public Policy, and Securities Law.  The new concentrations will include Civil Litigation, Criminal Litigation, Family Law and Estate Planning, Intellectual Property, and Labor and Employment Law. Read more here


Congratulations to our newest Alumni!

On Friday, May 24, CUA Law officially welcomed the 239 graduates of the Class of 2013 into our family of more than 10,500 alumni living all around the world. Congratulations graduates and welcome to the CUA Law Alumni Association!


Alumni in the news

Angela Kronenberg Angela Kronenberg, ’95, Named General Counsel for COMPTEL

Richard DesLauriers Interview: Richard DesLauriers, ’86, Headed FBI Boston Bombing Probe

Alice Fisher Alice Fisher, ’92, featured on The Blog of Legal Times

Meg Maggio Meg Maggio, ’85, featured on CNN’s The Age of China

Blair Warner Jessica Katz 2011 Alumni Friends Create a Safe Place for Pets in Danger

Read more alumni Class Notes. 

Class of 2013 Campaign Gift Committee

The Class of 2013 boasts the 2nd highest giving participation rate in the CUA Law Graduation Gift Campaign history. Sixty-four percent, or 145 members of the Class of 2013, donated to the campaign and raised a total of $18,449.30. A big thank you to all of those that made the campaign such a success!

The CUA Law Graduation Gift Campaign was instituted by the Class of 2003 to encourage support for the Law School from its newest alumni. Since its establishment, each graduating class has made a class gift and pledge of future support to the Law School.

CUA Law offers first TransAtlantic Webinar

Catholic University's longstanding American Law Program is generally offered to students at the Jagiellonian University in Cracow, Poland, throughout the year. But for the first time, no member of Catholic University's law school faculty had to hop a plane and cross the ocean to deliver the course in person. Instead, American Civil Rights Law was taught exclusively online as a webinar for the first time in April by Associate Dean of Academic Affairs Suzette Malveaux. To read more, click here.


1937 Law School Alumna Creates Charitable Gift Annuity

Long before CUA’s Columbus School of Law was established, Josephine W. Hillyard was a law student, on scholarship, at Columbus School of Law in Washington, D.C. She is a native Washingtonian, as were her parents. After graduation and throughout her career, she enjoyed practicing law in her hometown, experiencing the change of seasons during her daily walks to and from work, and attending performances at Hartke Theatre. She retired from the Board of Appeal and Review for the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (today known as the Merit System Protection Board), where any adverse action involving federal employees had to exhaust administrative remedies before an appeal could be made to the federal court.

Following her retirement, Hillyard continued living in D.C., enjoying painting as well as traveling the world. Throughout the years, she continued to feel a strong connection to CUA. Although she never had children, she wanted to include her extended family in her estate plans and provide something for her alma mater.

Josephine Hillyard chose to fund a charitable gift annuity, in which fixed payments are made to an annuitant(s) during their lifetime, with the residuum going to benefit the University in accordance with the donor’s wishes. “These are challenging times for all law schools,” says Daniel F. Attridge, dean and professor of law. “It’s great to have the support of Ms. Hillyard and other benefactors.”

Hillyard’s generosity will benefit CUA’s Columbus School of Law through the Josephine W. Hillyard Scholarship Fund. Her spirit and dedication to CUA will provide countless law students with the ability to realize their educational goals for years to come.

To learn more about planned giving to the University, contact Isabel De La Puente by telephone at 202-319-6914 or email at

Professor Karla Simon’s new book, Civil Society in China: The Legal Framework from Ancient Times to the "New Reform Era"

The publication of scholarly works doesn’t usually result in book tours and interviews. One exception appears to be Catholic University law school Professor Karla Simon’s new book, Civil Society in China: The Legal Framework from Ancient Times to the "New Reform Era" (Oxford University Press, March 2013), which continues to draw attention.

The volume has been the subject of two recent public presentations. The first was held at the East West Center in Washington, D.C. on April 24. It featured a discussion of the book with Dr. Susan R. Weld, Executive Director, Law Asia Leadership, Georgetown University Law Center. The second presentation, held on May 2 in New York City under the auspices of the National Committee on US-China Relations, included the organization’s vice- president Jan Berris as discussant. Professor Simon was also invited to discuss her work on the Web site of the Asia Society on May 3rd. The book was recently reviewed in The Diplomat as well.

Civil Society in China: The Legal Framework from Ancient Times to the "New Reform Era" provides both an historical and contemporary analysis of the legal framework for civil society and citizen participation in China. Simon is widely acknowledged as among the world’s leading experts on the subject. She is an Affiliated Scholar with the New York University US-Asia Law Institute and co-directs the Center for International Social Development at The Catholic University of America. Her many articles have been published in the Journal of Chinese Law, the Journal of Japanese Law, the Fordham International Law Journal, among others.


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Alumni Calendar
& Upcoming Events

Boston Alumni Happy Hour with Prof. Mary Leary
Thursday, May 30, 2013
Boston, MA

Virginia Bar Swearing-In Breakfast
Monday, June 3, 2013
Richmond, VA

Lawyers Have a Heart
10K and Fun Walk

Saturday, June 8, 2013
Washington, DC

San Diego Alumni Happy Hour with Prof. Cliff Fishman
Tuesday, June 11, 2013
San Diego, CA

Chicago Alumni Reception with Dean Attridge
June 13, 2013
Chicago, IL

CUA Law Baseball Outing
Washington Nationals vs. Los Angeles Dodgers
Saturday, July 20th, 2013
Washington, DC

Tenth Anniversary of the LL.M. program
Friday, June 21- Saturday, June 22, 2013
Kraków, Poland

DC Bar Exam Lunches
July 30-31, 2013
Washington, DC

Virginia Bar Exam Lunches
July 30-31, 2013
Roanoke, VA

Maryland Bar Exam Lunches
July 30-31, 2013
Baltimore, MD

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 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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