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,

As September draws to a close, the fall semester of 2013 is in full swing at CUA Law.  We're already in our sixth week of classes, and our new first-year students have settled in to the rigorous, yet fascinating routine of law school life.  The great variety of programs and events in which our students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends participate are now well underway.  This is a brief report on what's been happening and what's coming up soon:


1.  Alumni Events:  U.S. Senators Bob Casey ’88 and Jeff Chiesa ’90 on Capitol Hill.  We had a fantastic turnout for an alumni event that we hosted at the U.S. Senate Russell Office Building on September 17.  Two current United States Senators, Bob Casey from Pennsylvania and Jeff Chiesa from New Jersey, both proud graduates of CUA Law, joined other alumni and friends in welcoming the new Dean for a Capitol Hill reception.  Both Senators spoke passionately about how important the experiences they gained at CUA Law were to the formation of the values on which they have built their careers. Read more here


Alumni in the news

Susan Burke Susan Burke, 1987, Profiled in Washington Post as Leading Attorney-Advocate Against Military Sexual Assault

Amy Mushawar Amy Mushahwar, 2005, Discusses Boom in New Internet Domains on NPR's Kojo Nnamdi Show

Zachary Navit 2L Zachary Navit is Quoted on Freedom of Speech Issues in Aug. 15 Digital Journal

Amy Kokot 4E Amy Kokot Wins National Writing Competition

For more Class Notes please click here.

Reunion Weekend Events Open to All Alumni

This weekend, September 27-29, hundreds of alumni and guests will be returning to the Law School to reminisce and reconnect.  However, you don’t have to be a member of a reunion class to join the fun! 

The Law School is hosting a kickoff party in downtown DC on Friday evening, and there are a variety of events at the Law School on Saturday in which we hope you will take part. Bring your family to the Law School Picnic and enjoy the beautiful DC weather, attend the Q&A with Dean Daniel Attridge or the open session of the Law Alumni Association, or take a tour of the school by a current law student. 

To see a full list of activities, please reference the links in the right-hand column. Registration is now closed, but you are welcome to show up and pay with cash or check at the individual events.


All 2013 Securities Law Program Certificate Graduates Have Landed Jobs

For the third year in a row, all of the graduates of Catholic University’s Securities Law Certificate Program are employed in fulltime legal positions within about four months of graduation. The final program alumnus from 2013 recently received and accepted a job offer with a well-known national law firm. All eight certificate recipients are now working fulltime in their chosen field. Seven of the positions involve securities law, while one job is in white collar crime litigation.

The Securities Law Program’s spotless record in placing its May certificate graduates quickly into career track jobs marks the fifth year in a row that all of its certificate graduates found employment prior to the following winter, and the third year in a row that all found employment by the summer’s end.

“I will not pretend that the training our students get does not play an important role in our employment achievements,” commented Professor David Lipton, founder and director of the Securities Law Program at the Columbus School of Law. “But once again, I believe that the dedication of our adjunct instructors (present and past) in finding interviews, as well as the efforts of our alumni, has made our record of employment so outstanding, particularly in this market.” Read more here


Law School Capitol Hill Reception Draws Two Alumni-Senators

Two of the three Catholic University law school graduates currently serving in the United States Senate joined fellow alumni for a two-hour Capitol Hill reception in the Russell Senate Office Building on Sept. 17th.  More than 100 alumni registered to attend the reception, mixing with old friends, making or renewing personal and professional connections, and taking advantage of the opportunity to meet law school Dean Daniel Attridge and the distinguished alumni lawmakers.

Republican Jeff Chiesa, 1990, is the junior United States Senator for New Jersey and the state’s former Attorney General. Chiesa, who met his wife while attending the Columbus School of Law, spent close to an hour at the gathering and had kind words for his law alma mater. “It’s so good to come from Catholic,” he said. “The people that come to Catholic University law hold themselves to a different standard.”

Sen. Robert Casey (D-PA), Class of 1988, also spoke fondly of his student days.“ It was a great law school then and is even better today. I’m blessed to be a part of the CUA law community,” he said.  Casey closed his remarks by urging his fellow alumni to continue to honor the law school’s historical commitment to pro bono service. “Without your skill, training, or ability, [the powerless] won’t have their voice heard,” he said.


CUA Law Annual Fund

Attention Classes of 1963, 1968, 1973, 1978, 1983, 1988, 1993, 1998, 2003 and 2008! Reunion Weekend is almost here and there is still time to make a Reunion Class Gift! Every gift counts, whether you are present for your reunion or not. Each Reunion Gift will be applied to The Columbus School of Law Annual Fund. These gifts strengthen the school’s ability to serve students, and faculty through scholarships and teaching innovations.

Gifts made by September 27th will help your class to win one of three awards: Participation, Dollars Raised and Attendance.

As of today, here are the standings:

Highest Participation: The Class of 1963
Highest Dollar Amount: The Class of 1983
Highest Attendance Percentage: The Class of 1963

There is still time to boost your class to the top! To make your gift please click here or to make a pledge please click here.

For questions about the Annual Fund, please contact Annual Fund Coordinator, Lauren Enlow.


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Alumni Calendar
& Upcoming Events

In House Counsel Panel
September 26, 2013
Washington, DC

2013 CUA Law 2013 Reunion Weekend
Reunion Weekend 2013

September 27-29, 2013
Washington, DC

*DC Area All Alumni Party
& Reunion Kickoff

September 27, 2013
Washington, DC

*Inaugural Meeting of the Law Alumni Association
September 28, 2013
Washington, DC

*Ethics Discussion w/Professor Leah Wortham
September 28, 2013
Washington, DC

*Q&A with
Dean Daniel Attridge

September 28, 2013
Washington, DC
*Family Picnic at
the Law School

September 28, 2013
Washington, DC
*William Callyhan Robinson Society Luncheon and Induction Ceremony
September 29, 2013
Washington, DC

*These events are part of Reunion Weekend 2013 but are open to those alumni not in reunion years.

Providence Area
Alumni Reception

October 9, 2013
Providence, RI

Hartford Area
Alumni Reception

October 10, 2013
Hartford, CT

New York Securities
and Alumni Luncheon

October 16, 2013
New York, NY 

Law Student and
Young Alumni Crabfest

October 18, 2013
Washington, DC

Alumni Meet & Greet

October 30, 2013
Washington, DC

DC Securities Program
Alumni Luncheon

November 7, 2013
Washington, DC

Federalist Society
Alumni Breakfast

November 16, 2013
Washington, DC

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


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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