A newsletter for the students of the Columbus School of Law - March 2018
Dean Daniel F. Attridge
A letter from Dean Daniel F. Attridge:

Dear CUA Law Students,

We are now halfway through the schedule of classes in our spring semester.   Working our way through the winter season, our students, faculty, and staff have been engaged in many activities during the past month.  This is a brief report on what’s been happening and what’s coming up:


1.  Search Committee for New Law School Dean.  As announced last month, I intend to resign as dean of the Law School as of July 31, 2018, after having the privilege of serving for five and half years, nearly twice the average three-year tenure of current law school deans.  Following that announcement, the University appointed a search committee to identify, evaluate, and recommend candidates to serve as the next dean of the Law School.  The members are:  CUA Provost Andrew Abela, who will chair the committee; Law School Professors Regina Jefferson and Mark Rienzi; CUA Trustee and former Law School Board of Visitors Chair Jeff Moreland; Deputy Supreme Knight Patrick Kelly of the Knights of Columbus; Student Bar Association President Frank Russo; Nursing School Dean Patricia McMullen; and Philosophy School Professor Jean De Groot.  Russell Reynolds Associates, an executive search consulting firm, has been engaged to assist the committee.  All students are welcome to provide their input to Frank Russo, and all are invited to meet with the search consultants at the Law School on March 16.

2.  Development and Alumni Relations.  We are very pleased to announce that Louise Lydon, who previously served as the Law School’s Director of Alumni Relations, has been selected after a nationwide search as our new Executive Director of Development and Alumni Relations.  Besides her previous service at CUA Law, Louise developed major and planned giving programs at the American Association for Justice. While at George Washington’s Law School, she managed the Dean’s Circle of donors and worked closely with the Dean’s Board of Advisors, including the implementation of new advisory boards for health law and giving societies.

3.  Careers in the Law Series.  Our Office of Career and Professional Development, led by Director Tonya Gaskins, has been hosting a series of career panel discussions for interested students.  Recent sessions have focused on career opportunities in compliancereligious liberty, and criminal defense, with discussions led by experts in the respective fields.  Professor Sarah Duggin moderated the compliance panel, which included Richard Gallena ’13, Orrick; Parker Griffin ’08, Morgan Stanley; Vin Lacovara ’97, CUA Office of General Counsel; Lydia Pardini ’13, U.S. Department of Commerce; and Michael Shaw ’93, Semmes, Bowen & Semmes.  Professor Mark Rienzi led the discussion about careers in religious liberty and First Amendment defense. The criminal defense panelists were Arthur Ago, Public Defender of D.C.; Melinda Douglas, Public Defender Virginia; and Gwen Waters ’09, Office of Public Defender Maryland.

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Alumni in the news

Roger Colinvaux
Professor Roger Colinvaux was quoted in a Politico article entitled "Charities brace for giving plunge in wake of new tax law"

Aoife Delargy
Pro Bono Coordinator Aoife Delargy was awarded a Le Hackie Award by D.C. Legal Hackers for her work with the Washington Council of Lawyers (WLC) in organizing a Hacky Hour and Coding Justice Events

Mary Leary Professor Mary Leary was profiled by The Arlington Catholic Herald for her work to stop online sex trafficking; spoke on the panel "Fighting Sex Trafficking Online: In Search of a Legislative Solution" hosted by TechFreedom; and spoke on the panel "Issues with Enforcement: Human Trafficking, Pornography and Prostitution" at The 2018 Randolph W. Thrower Symposium held at Emory Law

Lisa Lerman
Professor Emerita Lisa G. Lerman was quoted in a New York Times article regarding legal ethics

Suzette Malveaux
Professor Suzette M. Malveaux's Harvard Law Review Forum essay on Nationwide Injunctions is featured on SCOTUSblog

Rev. Raymond C. O'Brien
Rev. Raymond C. O'Brien's article Obergefell’s Impact on Functional Families, 66 Cath. U. L. Rev. 363 (2017) was quoted in the recent Vermont Supreme Court opinion in Sinnott v. Peck

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Naomi Churchill Earp '82, was nominated as Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Agriculture

William Newman

William T. Newman Jr. '77 Starring in “The Gospel at Colonus”

Fintech: Growth and Deregulation

Rudy Rouhana '07, co-authored a book entitled Fintech: Growth and Deregulation

John J. Siemietkowski
John J. Siemietkowski '87, Spends Year in Afghanistan Advising the Afghan Anti-Corruption Justice Center

Raymond Magorien

Student Scholar Series Kicks off with a Presentation from Raymond Magorien (3L) on International Maritime Disputes

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Upcoming Events

Spring Break
March 5 – 11, 2018

DC Alumni Networking for Evening Students and Mentors
March 6, 2018
Akin Gump Strauss
Hauer & Feld LLP (Washington, D.C.)

2018 Journal of Law & Technology Spring Symposium
Repeal of The Open Internet Order of 2015: A Discussion on A Dynamic Internet and the Legal Road Ahead
Keynote Speaker Brendan Carr '05, Commissioner of the FCC
March 16, 2018
Columbus School of Law

Dean William Callyhan Robinson Intellectual Property Lecture Series
Maintaining a Conversation with the Consumer, While Protecting the Brand: A Discussion with Under Armour

March 19, 2018
Columbus School of Law

Equal Pay for Women
and Minorities

March 21, 2018
Columbus School of Law

CUA Law Pro Bono Reception
Honoring the Honorable
Vytas Varekojis Vergeer '93

March 27, 2018
Columbus School of Law

Easter Recess
March 29 – April 1, 2018

24th Annual BLSA
Alumni-Student Reception

Honoring Robert Fulton Dashiell '73
April 4, 2018
Columbus School of Law

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