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

Dear CUA Law Alumni, Family, and Friends,

Our busy fall semester is quickly coming to a close.  Our classes end on November 26, we pause for a Thanksgiving break, and then we head right into final exams beginning on December 4 and concluding on December 18.  This is a brief report on what’s been happening and what’s coming up:


1.  Thanksgiving.  On behalf of all of us at CUA Law, we wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving.  We hope you have an opportunity to celebrate this wonderful national holiday with your family and friends.  At the Law School, we all have much for which to be grateful.  Ours is a strong community of students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends who are dedicated to each other and to helping others.    Read more here



Alumni in the news

Marshall Breger
Professor Marshall Breger, Op-ed on need for "big tent" approach to attitudes regarding Israel among American Jews, Moment magazine, Nov.-Dec. issue

Megan La Belle
Professor Megan La Belle, publishes "Reverse" Patent Declaratory Judgment Actions: A Proposed Solution to Medtronic; University of Pennsylvania Law Review Online

Victor Williams
Professor Victor Williams, interviewed by Voice of Russia about his Supreme Court brief in Noel Canning v. NLRB, a case involving presidential recess appointments

A. G. Harmon
Professor A.G. Harmon, publishes new book, "The Complete Advocate II" from LexisNexis

To read more Faculty news and activities please click here.

Christopher Spevak
Dr. Christopher Spevak, 2006, Interviewed on NPR's Diane Rehm Show About New Painkiller Regulations

Alice Fisher
Alice Fisher, 1992, Named to List of DC’s Most Powerful Women

Israel Balderas
Israel Balderas, 2006, debuts as anchor on WPEC

Patrick Murck
Patrick Murck, 2006, General Counsel of The Bitcoin Foundation, testifies before Senate committee

CUA LAw Alumni Council

The Law Alumni Association celebrated its official kick-off during Reunion Weekend 2013, providing the opportunity for the first ever Law Alumni Council to come together.  The founding members of the Council were appointed by the Dean and were selected for their strong involvement with the Law School and their connections within the Law School alumni community. 

The Council serves as the governing body of the Association, and members work to promote the values, objective and well-being of the school, while building and fostering mutually beneficial relations between and among alumni, students, faculty and staff.  If you would like to learn more and assist with the Council’s efforts, please email

Council members include  James “Jim” C. Anagnos ’96; Christopher R. Bjornson ’00; Machalagh Carr ’05; Charles “Chuck” Clapton ’95; Ariel A. González ’07; Carmine G. Iaccarino ’10; Kathleen A. Kirby ’91; Daniel K. Roque ’05; Maureen Smith ’08; Susan Smith Newell ’93; Brian W. Stolarz ’98; Stanley E. Woodward, Jr. ’08; Josephine Vowels ’14; and Professor Lisa Lerman.


2014 SPIL Auction

The Students for Public Interest Law (SPIL) invite you to the 23rd Annual SPIL Auction to be held Friday, February 7th, 2014 6:30 – 10 p.m. in the Law School Atrium.  The theme is the 1920s and it will be a fabulous evening for a great cause. Catholic Law Alumni play an important role in the SPIL Auction as attendees and supporters of the evening. We encourage you to come and/or donate items! All money raised will be used to support students taking summer positions in the public interest field. Please mark the date and direct any questions or donations to the SPIL Auction Co-Chairs, Raha Mokhtari and Caitlyn Yuschak at  Thank you in advance for your support.


2013 Securities Luncheon

The last minute need for extra tables was an unmistakable sign of the ever-growing popularity of the Columbus School of Law’s Annual Securities Practice Group Alumni Luncheon, held on Nov. 7 at its usual location at the Army Navy Club in downtown Washington, D.C.

Closing in on its third decade, the event provides a forum for alumni to reconnect and hear from a distinguished speaker about a hot topic in the securities industry.  This year’s presentation was offered by Andrew Ceresney, co-director of the United States Securities and Exchange Commission, who discussed “The SEC’s revised policy on Consent Decrees…How does it work?” before the overflowing crowd.

Prior to Ceresney’s remarks, two students were surprised to receive scholarships presented by Professor David Lipton. Many in the room had contributed to the newly augmented securities law student scholarship fund. Read more here.


CUA Law Firm Challenge to Kick-off in January

The CUA Law Firm Challenge is back and will kick-off January 2014!  The Challenge was created to give alumni an opportunity to remain involved with their alma mater, to promote an opportunity to have a meaningful impact on the school, and to improve alumni giving participation. Alumni participation is an important marker for prospective donors and funding partners because it sends a message about alumni satisfaction with the value of their education.

The structure of the Challenge is simple. We ask that participating alumni support the Law School through an individual gift to the Law School Annual Fund. Each gift will have a direct impact on the lives of students here at CUA Law. Winning firms in each category will be recognized in the CUA Lawyer, have bragging rights over peer firms, and, most important, show their loyalty to CUA Law.  Law firms with 5 or more CUA Law alumni are eligible to participate in the Challenge.

The Law Firm Challenge will run from January through April, 2014.  We ask that firms engage in friendly competition to try to reach 100% participation in alumni giving.

If you are interested in being the point of contact at your firm, finding out if your firm is eligible to participate, or for questions about annual giving, please contact Annual Fund Coordinator Lauren Enlow



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Alumni Calendar
& Upcoming Events

Richmond Area
Alumni Reception

December 4, 2013
Richmond, VA

VA Bar Pre-Swearing
In Lunch

December 4, 2013
Richmond, VA

25th Annual Christmas Concert at the Basilica, Washington, D.C.
December 6, 2013
Washington, DC

All-Alumni Christmas Party
December 10, 2013
Washington, DC

DC Superior Court Alumni and Judges Reception
January 28, 2013

Annual SPIL Auction
February 7, 2013
Washington, DC

Reunion Weekend
for the 4’s and 9’s

October 17-19, 2014
Washington, DC

Alumni Stories
Check out this special video series featuring stories from Alumni about their own Law School days.
Alumni Stories
Bill Quirk '03

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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Year-End Giving

In this season of giving and goodwill, we hope you will consider a gift to the Annual Fund to make a difference in the lives of our deserving students at CUA Law. Your year-end support is especially critical to helping CUA Law open doors for a quality legal education. As 2013 comes to an end, there are several options to make a year-end investment in the Law School in the most tax-wise and effective manner. To find out how you can make your gift today please click here. To make a pledge to the CUA Law Annual Fund please click here.

Please note that CUA Law School offices are closed from December 23 through January 6. During this time we encourage you to make your gift online using our secure credit card system. For more information, please contact Lauren Enlow in the Office of Development and Alumni Relations at 202-319-4638.

Don’t Forget:  It’s not too late to make a 2013 Charitable IRA Rollover Gift!  For further information, contact Tanya Easton at
or 202-319-4697.


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