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

Dear CUA Law Students,

With the cherry and pear blossoms now in bloom, the season of spring has finally arrived and along with it our busiest time of the year.  We are in the midst of a whirlwind of activities to conclude our academic year, as we move forward toward the end of classes on April 27, final exams from May 4 to 14, and graduation on May 25.  This is a brief report on what’s been happening and what’s coming up:


1. Rankings.  CUA Law is ranked #110 among law schools in the latest U.S. News & World Report rankings.  The new ranking is a disappointing four-point decrease from last year’s rating, although CUA Law has remained in the same narrow seven-point range in each of the past five years.  As last year, CUA Law’s score is just shy of the overall score assigned to schools that are ranked #100 or higher.  More positively, U.S. News ranks our part-time J.D. program at #30.  As in past years, U.S. News shows CUA Law with a much higher assessment score by practicing lawyers and judges than our assessment score by academic professors at other law schools.  This undoubtedly reflects the strong performance of our students and graduates in the real world of law practice. Compared to last year, U.S. News shows CUA Law with an improved bar passage rate and a more favorable student/faculty ratio.  But these positives are offset by slight downturns in the selectivity of our acceptance rate and employment placement rates. Other scores – for matriculating students’ undergraduate G.P.A. and LSAT score ranges – remain comparable to last year. 

At the same time, CUA Law continues to fare very well in other surveys.  Other publications rank CUA Law #5 on the list of the best schools in the country for public defender/prosecutor careers; #14 for the highest percentage of recent graduates in government and public interest jobs; in the top 15 for preparation for law firm practice; #26 nationally as one of the best schools for associates obtaining Big Law jobs; and #32 for the number of alumni who are partners at the largest law firms.  These and other accolades confirm that the U.S. News’ rankings do not fully capture the essence of what we call the CUA Law Advantage – the first-rate legal education that prepares our graduates for career success.

2.  Special Events and Programs.  This past month has included a large number of interesting events:

• During February and March, some of our leading alumni hosted luncheons and receptions at their law firms for our top performing first-year students.  Our thanks go out to Agnes Dover and Michael Heyl at Hogan Lovells LLP, Alice Fisher and Daniel Lennon at Latham & Watkins LLP, Richard Favretto and Alan Grimaldi at Mayer Brown LLP, Harry Lee at Steptoe & Johnson LLP, and Charlene Barshefsky at WilmerHale LLP.

• During March, our Office of Career and Professional Development continued its Careers in the Lawseries with programs on sports and entertainment, data privacy, litigation and alternative dispute resolution.

• From March 3 to 11, during our spring break, many of our students volunteered to do law-related pro bono work.  They participated with students from other area law schools in what was called an alternative spring break. They staffed a detention hotline, assisted clinic intakes and naturalization workshops, conducted outreach to families needing shelter, and researched legal issues.

• On March 6, Alumni Council President Stanley Woodward, Jr. '08 hosted a networking reception for admitted students, mentors and the evening division students with our alumni, faculty, and staff at the Washington office of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP.  

• On March 14, the Council on Professional Conduct presented a program on “Professional Ethics: Common Mistakes You Don’t Want to Make” moderated by 3L Sydny Bryan.  The panelists were Hamilton P. FoxJohn Keith, and Lydia Lawless.

• On March 15, our student scholar series continued with a presentation by 3L Kevin Tamul on “A Practical Approach:  Applying the Privileges or Immunities Clause to Intrastate Commerce Disputes.”

Read more here.

Alumni in the news

Cara Drinan
Professor Cara Drinan discussed her new book, The War on Kids, as well as the general state of the criminal justice system at a CUA Law alumni networking event at the Westin Georgetown in Washington, D.C., hosted by Karen L. Grubber '92

Mary Leary Professor Mary Leary was a guest on 89.3 KPCC to discuss the Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act; published an article regarding religious organizations and their fight against human trafficking in The Review of Faith & International Affairs; published an op-ed on pending sex trafficking legislation in The Hill; was quoted regarding the passage of FOSTA, the anti-sex trafficking legislation, which she has been advocating; and participated on a panel at Harvard Law School hosted by The Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy where she presented her forthcoming article, The Indecency and Injustice of Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act

Mark Rienzi
Professor Mark Rienzi published an article in National Review looking at a glaring problem in California's argument in NIFLA v. Becerra and was named President of Becket Fund for Religious Liberty

Lucia Silecchia
Professor Lucia Silecchia published a short essay entitled - Duty to Protect

George Smith
Professor Emeritus George P. Smith participated in a value-based health care event at Harvard Law School and received The Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award

Leah Wortham
Professor Emerita Leah Wortham's book, Learning from Practice: A Text for Experiential Legal Education, was reviewed in the Journal of Legal Education

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Michael J. Desmond '94, Nominated to be Chief Counsel for the Revenue Service and Assistant General Counsel in the Department of the Treasury

William McDermott

William McDermott '11, Named Interim State’s Attorney

Annapolis Alumni

Catholic University Columbus School of Law alumni, practicing in federal procurement, attended the ABA Public Contract Law Section's Federal Procurement Institute in Annapolis, Maryland. This annual event features panelists from government, industry, private law practice, and academia, and focuses on recent developments in federal procurement. Topics at this year's event included: diversity and inclusion in the federal procurement bar, supply chain integrity, recent developments in bid protests, and the role of government contracts counsel in mergers and acquisitions. CUA alumni pictured: Caitlin Conroy '16, Daniel Horner '15, Benjamin Williams '14, Christian Curran '11, Matthew Keller '10, Andres Crosetto '06, Anne Donahue '97, Michael Francesconi '97, Scott Flesch '97, Alexander Brittin '84, and Bill Walsh '68

Kevin Tamul

Student Scholar Series Continues with a Presentation from Kevin Tamul (3L) on the Privileges or Immunities Clause

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Upcoming Events

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

Mary Mirror of Justice Lecture
Delivered by Frederick Woods, Clinical Assistant Professor of Law
April 10, 2018
Columbus School of Law

CUA Law/Ehrlich Partnership on Clemency
with Governor Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. and special guest His Excellency William E. Lori, Archbishop of Baltimore
April 10, 2018
Womble Bond Dickinson LLP, Baltimore

Securities Law Annual Alumni and Student Mixer
Thursday, April 12, 2018
Bobby Van's Steakhouse

Inaugural Event for the
Center for Religious Liberty

A Conversation with Ambassador Sam Brownback, United States Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom
April 16, 2018
Columbus School of Law

Columbus Awards Night
Friday, April 20, 2018
Columbus School of Law

Institutes and Special Programs Certificate Ceremony
Thursday, May 24, 2018
Columbus School of Law

Columbus School of Law Commencement Ceremony
Friday, May 25, 2018
Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception


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