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Dean Designate Daniel F. Attridge
A letter from Dean Daniel F. Attridge:

Dear CUA Law Alumni, Family, and Friends,

We have successfully concluded our fall semester. Our students have taken their final exams and turned in their final papers.  Our faculty members are busy grading all of this work, while preparing for the next semester.  Everyone is ready to enjoy the Christmas holiday break.  Our new spring semester will begin on January 8.  This is a brief report on what’s been happening and what’s coming up:


1.  Christmas.  On behalf of all of us at CUA Law, we wish you a very Merry Christmas.  Or, if you do not celebrate Christmas, we wish you all the best in commemorating your own faith or other traditions at this time of year.  We hope you have an opportunity to celebrate this holiday season with your family and friends.     Read more here

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Honor Roll of Donors

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Alumni in the news

Robert Destro
Professor Robert Destro on NPR's Diane Rehm Show Regarding ACLU Lawsuit Against Catholic Bishops

Cara Drinan
Professor Cara Drinan
Publishes"Misconstruing Graham & Miller," Washington University Law Review

Mark Rienzi

Professor Mark Rienzi Scholarship Cited in Ruling on Religious Freedom for Business Owners

Lucia Silecchia
Professor Lucia Silecchia Publishes Op-Ed in National Review Online

Victor Williams
Professor Victor Williams
Op-ed: "A Constitutional, Not a Nuclear, End to Confirmation Filibusters," HuffPost Politics

To read more Faculty news and activities please click here.

Alexandra Dapolito
Alexandra Dapolito Dunn, 1994, Profiled for Her Work on Behalf of Clean Water

Cynthia DeSimone

Cynthia DeSimone, 2003, Named Chancellor of the Archdiocese of Washington

James Farmer

James Farmer, 1972, Honored as “Man for All Seasons”

Brian Moran
Brian Moran, 1988, Named Virginia Secretary of Public Safety

Malaku Steen

Malaku J. Steen, 1967, Featured as “Civil Rights Enforcer”

Law School Alumni Pack 2013 Christmas Party

The weather outside was frightful, at least earlier in the day. But neither snow, sleet, nor the shutdown of the federal government kept hundreds of CUA Law alumni from turning out in force for the Law School's 31st Alumni and Friends Christmas Party, held 6:30-8:30 on Dec. 10 in the Columbus Club Room of Washington, D.C.'s Union Station.

A wide range of class years were represented as graduates returned to mingle, catch up with classmates and share high holiday spirits. Attendees lifted glasses, greeted former professors, and took advantage of the opportunity to get brought up to speed on the state of the Law School as summarized in brief remarks by Dean Daniel Attridge. Read more here.


Case Mooted at Law School Aired Before Supreme Court

Lozano v. Alvarez, a case raising points of law regarding child abduction across international lines, was heard by the United States Supreme Court on Dec. 11 after a practice moot held at the Columbus School of Law two weeks earlier. The case was argued on behalf of petitioner Manuel Lozano by Shawn Patrick Regan, a partner with Hunton & Williams LLP in New York City. Regan is a 1996 graduate and a current member of the Board of Visitors. 

On Nov. 26, he practiced his upcoming arguments during a mooting session in the Slowinski Courtroom.  Students were permitted to watch silently as Regan was peppered with questions about his case by four volunteer “judges” who acted as stand-ins for the Justices on the high court. 

Lozano v. Alvarez features a complex stew of legal issues involving international diplomatic treaties, child abduction across national borders, and what is ultimately best for the child in question. Read more here.


Linkedin:Your Source for Alumni, Jobs, and Referrals

In addition to the Law School’s secure NetCommunity where you can search for fellow alums by practice area, class year, etc., we encourage you to check out the many features LinkedIn offers the CUA Law Alumni Community.  As a member of our closed CUA Law Group, you can view around 200 job postings, start discussions and seek referrals, and learn about upcoming events in your area.  On the CUA Law University Page you can explore the careers of the 5,400+ alumni on LinkedIn, segmenting by class year, geographic area, business name, or work specialty (Fun Fact: DOJ is the business listed as having the highest number of alumni at 54!).  And while you’re at it, don’t forget to connect with Dean Dan Attridge! If you are not a member of LinkedIn and would like to join, click here.


CUA Law Firm Challenge to Kick-off in January

The CUA Law Firm Challenge is back and ready to kick-off January 2014!  We thank the following firms for pledging to participate in the Challenge, and wish them good luck as they compete for the highest participation and highest dollars raised.

Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld
Arnold & Porter
Goulston & Storrs
Hogan Lovells
Jones Day

Miles & Stockbridge P.C.
Venable LLP
Steptoe & Johnson, LLP
Wiley Rein, LLP

If you do not see your firm listed above, but are interested in participating in the challenge there is still time to sign up.  To find out if your firm is eligible to participate, or for questions about annual giving, please contact Annual Fund Coordinator Lauren Enlow

Remember!  Your participation sends an important message to others beyond the Law School community about the value of a CUA Law education. Click here to make your gift or here to make a pledge today and get your firm started in the race to the finish!


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Alumni Calendar
& Upcoming Events

Spring Externship Fair
January 16, 2014
Washington, DC
For questions or to participate
as an employer email

Mentor Reception

January 24, 2014
Washington, DC

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 series featuring profiles of Alumni about their career and Catholic Law education.
Eileen O’Connor
Eileen O’Connor ‘78

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.

Class Notes

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Contact the Alumni Council
The CUA Law Alumni Association
is growing, and wants your ideas
and input. Please email,
Subject: Alumni Council to share
your ideas and to get involved.


Support CUA Law
Every gift, whether large or small, helps to advance Catholic Law's distinctive mission. Your support is greatly appreciated.

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 Tanya Easton in the Office of Development and Alumni Relations at 202-870-8513.

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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