A newsletter for the students of the Columbus School of Law - September 2015 Catholic University, Columbus School of Law website Catholic University, Columbus School of Law website

CUA Law Letterhead

A letter from Dean Daniel F. Attridge:

Dear CUA Law Students,

We have just commenced our 2015-16 academic year, and we are off to a great start. Orientation for our new students was held from August 18th to 20th, and classes for all students began on August 24th. We’re delighted to welcome a new group of students and to welcome back our upper-division students. This is a brief report on our latest developments and what’s coming up:

1. A New Class of Students. Our Admissions Office, led by Director Shani Butts, continues to attract high-quality students in our Law School. This year we are fortunate to be enrolling 127 new first-year students to our J.D. program. While this represents a 10% decrease in the size of the 1L class over the past three years, it compares favorably to the 18% decrease in the number of applicants to all ABA approved law schools during the same time period.

As we are getting to know the new students, we are discovering that our 1L class is yet another remarkable group of future lawyers. Drawn from a pool of over 1,300 applicants, our new 1Ls hold undergraduate degrees from 87 different colleges, and they come to us from 21 different states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and Korea. 51% are women; 49% are men. 27% are minorities. Of the 127 new 1L students, 85 are enrolled in the full-time, day program, and 42 are enrolled in the part-time, evening program. We also enrolled 4 new transferring upper-division students for our J.D. program, 4 new students for our LL.M. program, and 5 new students for our Masters of Legal Studies program.

Our new students participated in orientation events from August 18th to 20th. The events included induction ceremony during which Chief Judge Lee F. Satterfield of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia administered an oath to our incoming class. It was an opportunity for the students to reflect upon the important new responsibilities they are undertaking as they begin their journey into the legal profession. To mark the beginning of our new academic year, many of our new students participated in a community volunteer service program organized by Jen Tschirch, our Pro Bono Coordinator. Along with members of our faculty and staff, our students fanned out to five nearby locations to lend a helping hand. For details and some photos, please click here.

2. Pope Francis at CUA. We are thrilled that Pope Francis will be celebrating Mass on campus on September 23. Arrangements are being made to offer all of our students, as well as many of our full-time faculty and staff, the opportunity to attend, and a limited number of tickets have been made available by lottery to alumni and friends of the University. But whether or not you can participate in person, or will be following the events on television or through other media, we hope and pray that the Pope’s presence at CUA will inspire us, enhance our mission, and enrich our lives. In advance of the Pope’s visit, we will be hosting a Religious Freedom Summit on September 18, and we are inviting anyone interested to join the #WalkwithFrancis campaign launched by Catholic Charities.

3. National First Amendment Moot Court Competition. As recently announced, we will be co-sponsoring with the Newseum Institute a moot court competition in March 2016 for up to 16 of the best student teams drawn from among the 206 ABA approved law schools. To be known as the Seigenthaler- Sutherland Cup, the competition will draw on the rich 66-year history of our own Sutherland Cup, which has focused on constitutional law issues, and the Newseum’s own 25-year-old Seigenthaler First Amendment Competition, previously held in Nashville. Combining forces, the Law School and the Newseum will offer participating students the opportunity to compete in the leading moot court competition on First Amendment issues at our outstanding venues in the nation’s capital.

4. CUA Law In Action Series. Our Offices of Alumni Relations and Career and Professional Development are undertaking a new initiative, called the CUA Law in Action Series, to connect alumni practicing in specific substantive areas with students who are interested in the area. Career panels and receptions have been scheduled for criminal law on August 26, family law on September 17, civil litigation on October 15, and employment law and labor relations on November 18. For more details, click here.

5. Upcoming Speakers. Beginning on September 9, and continuing on October 14 and November 4, our Securities Law Program will be hosting a series of lectures by high profile speakers to be moderated by SEC Commissioner Daniel Gallagher ’99 and Professor David Lipton. On September 10, U.S. Senior District Judge Thomas F. Hogan will deliver the Brendon Brown Lecture on the topic of “Civil Liberties and National Security.” On September 30, Robert J. Stevens, retired Chairman, President, CEO of Lockheed Martin Corporation, will reflect on his remarkable career and offer advice to our future lawyers.

6. Career Placement. Led by Director Jill Frost, our Office of Career and Professional Development has been busy supporting our students’ and graduates’ efforts to land jobs. 85.5% of our class of 2015 graduates reported having secured employment as of March 15, 2015 (the day the data are collected), an increase over last year. 57% of our class of 2015 graduates reported having secured employment as of Commencement Day last May, another increase over last year. Looking forward, our OCPD has been hosting employers interested in hiring our students for next summer and post-graduation.

Thank you for your interest and support. I welcome your comments at attridge@law.edu.

Daniel F. Attridge
Dean and Knights of Columbus Professor of Law

Footer bar

The Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law • 3600 John McCormack Road, N.E. • Washington, DC 20064

Home Page Columbus School of Law website