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

Dear CUA Law Alumni, Family, and Friends,

We are now halfway through our schedule of classes in our 14-week spring semester, although the recent snow and ice on campus make it seem as if spring is still a long way off.   Despite the cold temperatures and accompanying precipitation, our students, faculty, and staff have been engaged in a whirlwind of activities during the past month. This is a brief report on what’s been happening and what’s coming up:


1.  New Master of Legal Studies Program.  We have launched our new Master of Legal Studies (M.L.S.) degree program, with applications now being accepted for enrollment in the summer of 2014.  Somewhat unexpectedly, our first application came from halfway around the world, from a prospective student in China who saw our announcement.       Read more here


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Alexandra Dapolito Dunn
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Bruce Klores

Bruce Klores, 1981, Eyes Appetizing New Career

Ayaz Minhas

Ayaz Minhas, 2013, Battles for Electronic Privacy for Virginians

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CUA Law to Offer New Master of Legal Studies Degree

The Columbus School of Law is launching a new Master of Legal Studies (M.L.S.) degree program. Applications are now being accepted from qualified students for the program starting in the summer of 2014. The 15-month, 26-credit program will offer students both a general understanding of the American legal system and a specific knowledge of their chosen field of interest.   

 “As the legal profession evolves, the need for non-J.D. professionals with a working knowledge of the law is increasing.  Our M.L.S. degree will serve the educational needs of this expanding group of professionals, including legal support staff, scientists, and engineers, and others working in heavily regulated fields,” said law school Dean Daniel F. Attridge.

Fully accredited, the program is designed to accommodate part-time students who may work full-time. It will generally require two summers, one fall and one spring semester to complete. Initially the degree program will offer an area of emphasis in Intellectual Property Law. The program is expected to expand into other areas in the future.  For more information, contact Tom Haederle (202) 319-5438,

CUA Law Team Wins National Trial Law Competition

Catholic University Law School’s Moot Court National Trials Team was the victor in Seventh Annual John L. Costello Criminal Law Trial Advocacy Competition, sponsored by George Mason University’s law school and held at the Fairfax County Judicial Center in Fairfax, VA, Feb. 6-9, 2014.

The three-member Columbus School of Law squad made up of Aliba Henry (3D), Antonio Moore (3E), and Kevin Kleponis (3D), prevailed among the 32 teams in the competition, ultimately besting The University of Texas in the final round.  The group participated in five separate trials in less than 72 hours. The faceoff against their peers from the University of Texas lasted nearly six hours as a United States federal judge from Pittsburgh presided over the student arguments.

“There were five evaluators for the final round, all of whom were partners in Virginia law firms. Each made a specific comment on how ready the advocates were to practice law.  All in all, it was a great weekend,” Barracato concluded.    Read more here.

Deans Dinner - April 10th, 2014

The Board of Visitors of the Columbus School of Law, along with Dean Daniel F. Attridge, is pleased to host the 2nd Annual Dean’s Dinner, with proceeds benefiting Student Scholarships. The Dinner will take place on Thursday, April 10th at the Army Navy Club, and will feature Former U.S. Solicitor General Paul D. Clement, Partner at Bancroft PLLC, as the guest speaker. Last year the event raised more than $65,000 to fund scholarships vital to the matriculation and retention of CUA Law’s most talented students.

“We are very appreciative of the generosity of our law school’s supporters,” said Dean Attridge in response to last year’s success. “Our students will directly benefit from the increase to our scholarship fund made possible by our guests.”

Paul D. Clement served as the 43rd Solicitor General of the United States from 2005 to 2008. He has argued more than 70 cases before the United States Supreme Court. He was recognized as the 2012 Lawyer of the Year by The Bar Association of the District of Columbia and was selected by the National Law Journal in 2013 as one of the 100 most influential lawyers in America.

“As a friend and a former colleague of Paul’s, I greatly appreciate his willingness to join us as dinner speaker for what will certainly be a memorable evening,” said Dean Attridge. “He is widely regarded as one of the most gifted appellate lawyers of his generation, and his mastery of advocacy before our nation’s highest court is second to none.”

If you would like more information about this event or are interested in serving as a named host, please email

Make Your Annual Fund Gift Today!

The end of the fiscal year is rapidly approaching, so please make your gift to the CUA Law Annual Fund TODAY! The Annual Fund is our foundation of support, providing financial resources that can be used immediately where the Dean feels they are needed most. At this time, Annual Fund support allows us to meet the ever-increasing need for scholarship, career planning, legal clinics, faculty scholarship and much more.

To find out how to make a gift to CUA Law click here. Please make your gift today. Every gift makes an impact on the daily lives of our students.

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

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Alumni Calendar
& Upcoming Events

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

International Career Panel
and Networking Reception

March 6, 2014
Washington, DC

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

Miami Alumni and
Admitted Student Reception

March 9, 2014
Miami, FL

Evening Student &
Alumni Reception

March 10, 2014
Washington, DC

An Evening with CUA LAW
March 25, 2014
Washington, DC

Philadelphia Alumni Reception
April 2, 2014
Philadelphia, PA

New York Alumni Luncheon
April 3, 2014
New York, NY

Boston Alumni Luncheon
April 4, 2014
Boston, MA

Dean’s Dinner benefitting Student Scholarships
April 10, 2014
Washington, DC

Lawyering Skills Program Volunteer Opportunity
April 11, 2014
Washington, DC

Board of Visitors
Annual Spring Meeting

April 11, 2014
Washington, DC

Alumni Council
Annual Spring Meeting

April 12, 2014
Washington, DC

Alumni Pro Bono Opportunity
with Law Students

April 12, 2014
Washington, DC

Northern Virginia Alumni
& Friends Reception

April 22, 2014
Arlington, VA

Reunion Weekend
for the 4's and 9's

October 17-19, 2014
Washington, DC

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