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

Dear CUA Law Students,

The beautiful season of spring has arrived on our campus.  Outside, the flowers are in bloom, the waters in our courtyard fountain are flowing, and new green leaves are sprouting on the trees.  Inside our building, we are winding up our spring 2018 semester and our 2017-18 academic year.  Classes end on April 27, final exams will be held from May 4 to May 14, and graduation on May 25. This is a brief report on what’s been happening and what’s coming up:


1.  2018 Commencement. Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh, United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, will deliver the Law School’s 129th Commencement Address on Friday, May 25. Judge Kavanaugh has a deep reservoir of experience, achievement, and service to draw upon in offering advice to our graduates.  He was appointed to the D.C. Circuit in 2006, after serving for more than five years in the White House.  Previously, he was a partner at Kirkland & Ellis in Washington, D.C., Associate Counsel in the Office of the Independent Counsel, and an attorney in the Office of the Solicitor General. He served as a law clerk to Justice Anthony M. Kennedy of the U.S. Supreme Court, Judge Alex Kozinski of the Ninth Circuit, and Judge Walter Stapleton of the Third Circuit.  He graduated from Yale Law School, where he was a Notes Editor of the Yale Law Journal, and from Yale College.  Detailed information about our 2018 Commencement events is available here.

2. Class of 2017 Employment. Our class of 2017 graduates are successfully navigating their way toward employment opportunities.  Relying our CUA Law training and network of connections, 84.7% of our 111 class of 2017 graduates have found employment as of March 15, 2018 (the date that the ABA uses for reporting the data). This is a slight increase compared to last year’s 83.3%.  Of our newly employed graduates, 41.5% are working in law firms, 21.3% in business or industry, 18.1% in government, 11.7% in clerkships, 6.4% in public interest positions, and 0.9% in education. 84% of those employed are working in the District of Columbia (44.7%), Maryland (22.3%), or Virginia (17.0%). In substantial part, we believe this initial local employment focus is a tribute to the key role our geographic location plays in facilitating externship and other real-world work experiences while in law school that our students successfully convert into post-graduate job offers. We know, however, that over time many of our graduates disperse to myriad locations around the country and, indeed, the world.

3. Dean’s Dinner Benefiting Student Scholarships. On April 19, our Board of Visitors hosted the sixth annual Dean’s Dinner benefiting student scholarships.  The dinner was held at the St. Regis Hotel in downtown Washington. Our guest speaker was Francis X. Coonelly ’86, the President of the Pittsburgh Pirates. The event was a great success, raising over $110,000 to support scholarships.  Our deep gratitude goes to all those who supported this important Law School priority.  

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Alumni in the news

Marshall Breger
Professor Marshall Breger spoke at a Seminar regarding Nationalism, Politics and Religion: the Backdrop to Conflict Over Holy Places in Jerusalem

Cara Drinan
Professor Cara Drinan was the keynote speaker at Catholic University's Reasearch Day and she will be giving a lecture at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health on May 1, 2018

Roger Hartley
Professor Roger Hartley was quoted on line-item veto legislation in the Washington Post

Regina Jefferson
Professor Regina Jefferson gave an oral presentation at Catholic University's Reasearch Day entitled Let Them Eat Cake, where she examined the United States retirement savings policy through the lens of international human rights

Megan La Belle
Professor Megan M. La Belle recently spoke at Harvard Law School at a conference co-organized by the Project on the Foundations of Private Law at Harvard Law School and the University of Texas School of Law

Mary Leary Professor Mary Leary was quoted in a Catholic News Agency article regarding new sex trafficking law; was a guest on the Oregon Public Radio (NPR) show Think Out Loud to discuss FOSTA; her article The Indecency and Injustice of Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act was published in the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy ; and spoke at the Coalition to End Sexual Exploitation Global Summit 2018 on April 7, 2018

Suzette M. Malveaux
Professor Suzette M. Malveaux's article The Modern Class Action Rule: Its Civil Rights Roots and Relevance Today was published in the University of Kansas Law Review 66 U. Kan. L. Rev. 325-398 (2017)

Veryl Miles
Professor Veryl Miles gave an oral presentation at Catholic University's Reasearch Day entitled Consumer Financial Protection: A Common Good.

Marin Scordato
Associate Dean Marin Scordato's article Innocent Threats, Concealed Consent, and the Necessary Presence of Strict Liability in Traditional Fault-Based Tort Law has been cited in the Harvard Law Review

Lucia Silecchia
Professor Lucia Silecchia spoke at the Environmental Justice in the 21st Century: Threats and Opportunities event on April 16, 2018, and her article Recalling Pope Benedict XVI’s Human-Rights Appeal was published in the National Catholic Register

Frederick Woods
Professor Frederick Woods delivered the 2018 Mirror of Justice Lecture

Leah Wortham
Professor Emerita Leah Wortham presented The Susan Campbell Oration: The Transformative Nature of Clinical Legal Education on April 16, 2018

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Robert Fulton

Robert Fulton Dashiell '73 honored by Black Law Students Association

Labor Relations Board Seal

John Ring '89 was approved by the Senate to serve on the National Labor Relations Board, a five-member board, which is tasked with resolving labor dispute cases

Vytas Vergeer

The Honorable Vytas Varekojis Vergeer '93 spoke at the CUA Law Pro Bono Reception

Willie Burden

Willie Burden (2L) was awarded the 2018 Peggy Browning Summer Fellowship

Rebecca DeVerter Mairah Hosie

Rebecca DeVerter (2L) and Mariah Hosie (1L) were awarded the Women’s Bar Association Foundation Founders Fellowship

Latena Hazard

Latena Hazard (3L) was inducted into the U.S. Navy Jag Corps on April 13, 2018

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Institutes and Special Programs Certificate Ceremony
Thursday, May 24, 2018
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Columbus School of Law Commencement Ceremony
Friday, May 25, 2018
Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception


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