CUA Law E-newsletter - February 2014
Dean Designate Daniel F. Attridge
A letter from Dean Daniel F. Attridge:

Dear CUA Law Alumni, Family, and Friends,

Our students, faculty, and staff all enjoyed the Christmas break after the conclusion of our fall semester.  Our spring semester began on January 8.  We are already into the full swing of classes, programs, activities, and special events. This is a brief report on what’s been happening and what’s coming up:


1.  New Master of Legal Studies Program.  We are very pleased to announce the launch of our new Master of Legal Studies (M.L.S.) degree program, with applications now being accepted for enrollment in the summer of 2014.  The 15-month, 26-credit program will offer students both a general understanding of the American legal system and specific knowledge of their chosen field of interest without requiring the time and expense associated with a J.D. program.       Read more here


Alumni in the news

Robert Destro
Professor Marshall Breger Blogs in Huffington Post about Trip to Auschwitz

Robert Destro
Case Championed by Professor Robert Destro to be Heard by U.S. Supreme Court

Cara Drinan
Professor Cara Drinan Quoted in New York Times about Sentencing for Juveniles and also appeared on C-SPAN's Washington Journal Discussing Young Offenders and Life Sentences

Victor Williams

Professor Victor Williams Debates Recess Appointment Power on C-SPAN

Alexandra Dapolito
Dree Collopy, 2007, to Author Premier Resource on Asylum Law

Cynthia DeSimone

Molly Sheehan, 1975, Named Of Counsel at Parker Ibrahim & Berg

Professor Mark Rienzi Presents First Amendment Case to U.S. Supreme Court

Nearly six years of pro bono legal work boiled down to a single critical hour for Catholic University Law School Professor Mark Rienzi as he argued McCullen v. Coakley before the nine justices of the United States Supreme Court on January 15th.

The case, which asks the high court to find unconstitutional a seven year-old Massachusetts law that requires anti-abortion counselors to stay at least 35 feet away from the front doors of abortion clinics in the state, has been percolating through the courts since 2008.

The constitutional law professor held a 90-minute practice moot on Jan. 13 in the Law School’s Slowinski Courtroom. Qualified volunteers played the part of the Supreme Court justices, asking pointed questions and probing for weaknesses in Rienzi’s arguments to help him prepare for the real thing. Read more here.

On Feb. 5, the Law School will recognize Professor Rienzi’s achievement at an informal reception in the atrium. Alumni are welcome to attend the reception which will take place at 4 p.m.


Upcoming Alumni Events in DC, Maryland and Virginia

There are a number of upcoming events in DC, Maryland and Virginia of which we hope you will take advantage.  These are excellent opportunities to reconnect with your fellow graduates, catch up with your favorite professors, and build your professional network.  You might even find a career mentor to help you along the way.  Be sure to check out all of the opportunities listed in the newsletter sidebar, but a few highlights include:
  Annual SPIL Auction
February 7, 2014

Northern Virginia Alumni
& Friends Reception
in Clarendon
February 13, 2014

Young Alumni Happy Hour
at McFadden's

February 27, 2014

Montgomery County Alumni & Friends Reception in Rockville
March 4, 2014

Reception for Evening Program Graduates and Current Students
at Akin Gump
- March 10, 2014

An Evening with CUA Law
at Jones Day - March 25, 2014


Alumni Pro Bono Opportunity with Law Students

The DC Bar Pro Bono Program’s Brief Advice and Referral Clinic provides pro bono attorneys and law students the opportunity to meet with DC residents to discuss the legal issues they face, provide brief advice and make any needed referrals.  For each volunteer attorney we send, we’re permitted to send a law student volunteer as well.  We are currently the only law school offered a designated space in these clinics, and this is a very popular project among our students. 

The clinic will take place on Saturday, April 12, and no particular substantive expertise is required – attorneys with the requisite background and reference guides are on hand for volunteers to consult.  Note that attorney volunteers must be barred in DC (active or inactive) or have an application pending

This is an excellent opportunity to provide discrete, time-limited pro bono assistance with no future obligation.  It is also a wonderful way to not only benefit the DC community but also inspire CUA Law studentsFor a complete schedule and registration information, click here.


Thank You

THANK YOU to the 722 alumni who made gifts to the Annual Fund by the end of the calendar year, December 31, 2013.  Your gifts show your support for the quality legal education provided here at CUA Law.  Your participation in the 2013-14 Annual Fund has helped greatly in advancing the Law School and will leave an indelible mark on the academic life of our current student body.

Gifts to the Annual Fund are powerful because they go to work immediately. Through your Annual Fund contribution, you provided funding for academic programs, clinics, sustained the students with financial aid and promoted faculty development. You benefited the entire Law School with your gift to the Annual Fund, and we thank you.

To those that have yet to make a gift, there is still time.  The end of the fiscal year is approaching on April 30th and we still have a way to go to reach our goal. Your gift will help us to continue to provide quality academic programs for our students.  If you choose to make a gift today please click here. Every gift counts and will have a profound effect on our students. For questions about the Annual Fund please contact Annual Fund Coordinator Lauren Enlow.

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Alumni Calendar
& Upcoming Events

The SEC’s Office of
International Affairs and
How the Great Recession
Impacted Upon its Objectives

February 5, 2014
Washington, DC

Annual SPIL Auction

February 7, 2014
Washington, DC

Northern Virginia Alumni
& Friends Reception

February 13, 2014
Arlington, VA

Atlanta Alumni Lunch

February 20, 2014
Atlanta, GA

USPTO Alumni
& Student Breakfast

February 26, 2014
Alexandria, VA

Young Alumni Happy Hour

February 27, 2014
Washington, DC

Montgomery County
Alumni & Friends Reception

March 4, 2014
Rockville, MD

FINRA Alumni Lunch

March 6, 2014
Rockville, MD

Boca Raton Alumni Dinner
March 8, 2014
Boca Raton, FL

Miami Alumni
and Admitted Student Reception

March 9, 2014
Miami, FL

Reception for Evening
Program Graduates
and Current Students

March 10, 2014
Washington, DC

An Evening with
CUA Law at Jones Day
March 25, 2014
Washington, DC

Board of Visitors
Annual Spring Meeting

April 11, 2014
Washington, DC

Alumni Council
Annual Spring Meeting

April 12, 2014
Washington, DC

Pro Bono Opportunity
with Law Students

April 12, 2014
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.
Michael Bidwill
Michael Bidwill '90
President of the Arizona Cardinals

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

Does Your Company Have a Matching Gift Program?
Did you know many employers will match your charitable donations to the organizations that means so much to you?

Many companies sponsor matching gift programs that will match contributions made to CUA Law by employees and employees’ spouses.  To see if you company has a matching gift program please click here.  Gifts received before April 30, 2014 will be counted towards the 2013-14 fiscal year. 

For questions about the Matching Gift Program please contact Annual Fund Coordinator Lauren Enlow

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