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

Dear CUA Law Alumni, Family, and Friends,

Fresh off of our spring break during the week of March 9-15, we are now in the midst of one of the busiest times in our Law School calendar. It is a crescendo of activities and events leading up to the end of classes on April 30, the final examination period from May 1 to 12, and our Commencement Day on May 23. This is a brief report on what’s been happening and what’s coming up:


1. New Master of Legal Studies Program. We are actively seeking applications for our new Master of Legal Studies (M.L.S.) degree program, set to begin in the summer of 2014. The 15-month, 26-credit program aims to meet the demand for professionals who want to develop specialized knowledge and enhanced understanding of the critical role the law plays across various industries and disciplines.      Read more here


Alumni in the news


Law School’s Clinical Training Program Elevates to #14 in Latest US News Rankings

Mark Rienzi
Professor Mark Rienzi
On Fox News regarding Obamacare challenge by Little Sisters of the Poor

Charles Clapton

Charles “Chuck” Clapton named SVP federal advocacy for PhRMA

Kristin Leary
Kristin Leary, 1995,  Marches as Marshal in D.C. St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Emily Newman

Emily Newman, 2012, Co-Authors Amicus Brief for Upcoming Supreme Court Case

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CUA Law Ranks Among Top 25 Schools Whose Grads Earn the Biggest Paychecks

For the second year in a row, graduates of the Columbus School of Law are listed among the highest earners in the legal profession, according to a just-published study from Forbes magazine. 

Catholic University’s law school is ranked at #23 in its article “The Law Schools Whose Grads Earn the Biggest Paychecks In 2014.” Average starting pay for CUA Law graduates is $75,600, and mid-career pay is listed at $146,400. CUA Law is among just two law schools in the D.C./Baltimore legal education market to be listed in the Top 25.

The data is drawn from the salary listing website Payscale, which has collected salary information from 40 million workers who self-report compensation information about their jobs. Payscale examined the starting salaries of graduates from 97 popular law schools and found 29,800 of them in their database who had reported salary information.  Read more here

BLSA Honoree Jenell Trigg ‘97 Shares Six Lessons for Living

Any student who ever wondered if law school was worth it need only listen to S. Jenell Trigg. The 1997 alumna of the Columbus School of Law and current member of its Board of Visitors delivered an inspiring set of remarks to students and faculty members on March 20 as the honored guest speaker at a reception held by the Black Law Students Association.

Trigg’s insightful blend of life and career advice to the audience could be distilled to, “it’s never too late to go after what you want.” After graduating as a theater major from Northwestern University, Trigg first tried her hand as a professional stage actor. Eventually, she moved into broadcast sales and marketing in Chicago, a lucrative career that lasted for 16 years. However, dynamic changes in the broadcast industry eventually convinced her that a graduate degree was necessary to continue to thrive professionally.

“I do a self-evaluation of my life every 5 years – a ‘what do I want to be when I grow up’ introspective,” Trigg shared. So at the age of 35, she buckled down, studied hard for the LSAT, applied and was accepted into Catholic University’s evening law program.

It was an investment in herself that paid off. Today, Trigg is recognized as among the preeminent communications attorneys in the country. She is a Member of Lerman Senter PLLC and chairs the firm’s Intellectual Property and New Technology Practice Group. She is also a recognized authority on small and minority telecommunications business issues from an industry, regulatory, and legislative perspective, and works with the FCC’s Federal Advisory Committee on Diversity for Communications in the Digital Age as a subject matter expert and a member of the Funding Acquisition Taskforce. Read more here

Help Us Reach 1000 Donors Before April 30th!

As our fiscal year winds down, we would like to say thank you to the over 900 alumni and friends who have already supported the CUA Law students and faculty with a gift to the Annual Fund this year. We are just under 100 donors away from reaching 1000 Annual Fund donors this year.  Help us to reach this goal by clicking here and making a gift to the Annual Fund TODAY!

Gifts to the Annual Fund allow the Dean to address the current needs of the school, support our programs and initiatives, and provide scholarship assistance to our students. These unrestricted contributions are crucial to maintaining and enriching the CUA Law experience.

If you have questions about the Annual Fund please contact Annual Fund Coordinator, Lauren Enlow at 202-319-4638.

Law Firm Challenge Update

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer and Feld, Venable, LLP, Goulston & Storrs, Wiley Rein, LLP, Hogan & Lovells, Arnold & Porter, Holland & Knight, Miles & Stockbridge, Jones Day or Steptoe & Johnson…who will be the winner?

With just one month to go until the conclusion of the Law Firm Challenge, here are the standings in both the Large and Small firm categories.

Large Firm:
First Place Participation: Venable, LLP
First Place Dollars Raised: Venable, LLP

Small Firm:
Small Firm Participation: Goulston & Storrs
Small Firm Dollars Raised: Wiley Rein, LLP

If your firm is not in the top spot there is still time to make a gift.   All gifts to the school made by April 30th will be counted toward the Law Firm Challenge. Make your gift today and help your firm reach the top!

For questions about the Law Firm Challenge, please contact Annual Fund Coordinator, Lauren Enlow at 202-319-4638.


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Alumni Calendar
& Upcoming Events

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

Pro Bono Reception
April 3, 2014

Community Service
at St. Ann’s

April 5, 2014

Securities Law Alumni
and Student Mixer

April 10, 2014

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

Judges Needed -
Lawyering Skills Program

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

Boston Alumni Reception
May 8, 2014
Boston, MA

Reunion Weekend
for the 4's and 9's

October 17-19, 2014
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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