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

Dear CUA Law Alumni, Family, and Friends,

Spring has finally arrived in earnest on our Law School campus. Outside, the flowers are in bloom, the grass and new leaves on the trees are bright green, and the waters are flowing again in our courtyard fountain. Inside our building, the academic year is roaring to a close, with a grand mix of many activities and events. Our classes ended on April 28, final examinations are being held from May 1 to 12, and Commencement Day is set for May 23. This is a brief report on what’s been happening and what’s coming up:


1. Scholarship at CUA Law. We are pleased to announce that CUA Law has moved our legal scholarship to the readily accessible world of digital online publishing. Our new online repository, called Scholarship at CUA Law and available at, includes our own law journals: the Catholic University Law Review, CommLaw Conspectus: Journal of Communications Law and Technology Policy, and the Journal of Contemporary Health Law and Policy.      Read more here


Alumni in the news

Professor Cara Drinan's Scholarship on Mandatory Sentencing for Juveniles Noted in SCOTUSblog

Mark Rienzi
Professor Mary Leary quoted in April 22 New York Times about broadening fight against sex crimes

Mark Rienzi
Professor Mark Rienzi Discusses Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores on NPR's Diane Rehm Show

Charles Clapton
James McGovern 1991 to head Criminal Division of Eastern District


Presidential Management Fellowship Finalists
CUA Law Students Named 2014 Presidential Management Fellowship Finalists

Communications Law Institute Alumni
Communications Law Institute Alumni Return to Share Career Advice

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Columbus School of Law Ranked 10th Placing 2013 Grads
in Government and Public Interest Jobs

A report published April 21 by the National Law Journal finds that Catholic University’s law school was among the nation’s leaders in the percentage of its 2013 graduates who were working—nine months after graduation—in either government jobs, such as prosecutors, or in public interest jobs, such as public defenders or non-profit attorneys. It’s article, “Which Law Schools Are Tops for Jobs”, rests upon just released information from The American Bar Association. Read more here.

CUA Law Team Goes Deep in International Arbitration Moot

The Annual Willem C. Vis (East) International Commercial Arbitration Moot, recently concluded in Hong Kong, is among the largest and most prestigious law school moot competitions in the world. Team Asia," consisted of co-Captain Josie Vowels '14, Matt Stummer '14, Angel Hernandez '14, and Joey Davis '15. About 100 law schools from around the world were entered, represented by more than 400 law students. The Vis starts with four general rounds, then 32 teams with the best scores compete in a knockout tournament. CUA prevailed in the round of 32 but were knocked out in the round of 16. This is the farthest a CUA team has progressed in either of the two major Vis competitions during the eight years we have fielded a team. Stummer was awarded honorable mention for his oral arguments, the first time one of our students has received this honor in either of the two majors, and the team’s Claimant's Memorandum also won honorable mention. Alumni coaches included Raeka Safai '08, Renee-Lauren Ellis ’10, Kirsten Bender ’13, and Frances Bishop ’13. Read more here.

Securities Law Team Reaches Quarterfinals in Prestigious Moot Competition

A trio of third-year Catholic Law students bested 16 of the 24 teams competing in the 39th Annual Irving Kaufman Securities Moot Court Competition, held at Fordham Law School on March 28-30. The Kaufman Moot is widely considered to be the preeminent securities law moot competition in the nation, and routinely draws exceptionally strong teams from law schools coast–to-coast. The CUA Law team reached the quarterfinals by outpointing teams from NYU School of Law, University of Virginia Law School, University of Wisconsin Law School, University of Iowa Law School, and University of Florida Law School, among others. Team members were Chris Bellacicco, Abby Onaghise, and Kate Maher. Alumni coaches included Margaret McGuire ’02, James Catano ’11, Robert Rhatigan ’12, Kevin Link ’12, and Jen Crawford ’05. 

Immigration Litigation Clinic Wins Its First Case for Life and Death Stakes

Just eight months after it accepted its first students, the Columbus School of Law’s Immigration Litigation Clinic won its first case on March 7 with a decision from the Baltimore Immigration Court. The stakes couldn’t have been higher. The two students who took on the case, Tarunpal Dhillon ’15 and Judith Muñoz ’14, literally saved their client’s life. Their client, a South African women whose family had run afoul of that nation’s police force, had been targeted with a vendetta by police as a result. In order to grant the client safehaven in the U.S., the students had to litigate her application for protection under the Convention Against Torture before the Baltimore Immigration Court. The students spent the next three months immersed in the case, a time they describe as “overwhelming and stressful because the stakes were so very high.”

Up against an experienced attorney from the Department of Homeland Security, the students spent more than three hours in direct and cross examinations, client and witness testimony, evidentiary challenges, responses to objections by opposing counsel, and answering tough questions from the judge.

“When the immigration judge announced his decision to grant our client deferral of removal under the Convention Against Torture, we experienced a type of joy and accomplishment never before experienced by either of us in our lifetime,” the students wrote. Dhillon and Muñoz worked under the supervision of Professors Michelle Mendez and Dree Collopy ’07. Read more here.


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Alumni Calendar
& Upcoming Events

Boston Alumni Reception
May 7, 2014

Law School Commencement - Institutes' Ceremony
and Reception

May 22, 2014

Class of 2014 Celebration
May 22, 2014

Law School Commencement
May 23, 2014
If you are related to any of our
2014 law school graduates,
please contact Joan Vorrasi,, to receive an
invitation to the Legacy Breakfast.

VA Bar Admission
& Orientation
Ceremony Brunch

June 3, 2014

CUA Law at the Washington Nationals vs. Atlanta Braves
With Professors Lipton and Scully
June 20, 2014

VA Bar Exam Lunches
July 29-30, 2014

MD Bar Exam Lunches
July 29-30, 2014

CUA Law at the Baltimore Orioles vs. St. Louis Cardinals
August 9, 2014

Reunion Weekend
for the 4's and 9's

October 17-19, 2014
Washington, DC

If your graduation year ends in
a 4 or 9 and you are interested
in serving on your Class Reunion
Committee, please email


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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Thank You from
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Annual Fund

On behalf of the entire Law School we thank all of our alumni and friends for your generous donations to the Annual Fund. It is because of the support of our alumni and friends that we are able to provide an outstanding legal education to our students. Your support makes our programs, scholarships and learning experiences possible for CUA Law students. What the Law School accomplishes each year with your support is immense, and we are thankful in equal measure for the generosity of CUA Law’s alumni, donors and friends. We are achieving great things, and it’s thanks to you.

For questions about the Annual Fund please contact Annual Fund Coordinator, Lauren Enlow.  If you would like to make a donation for the 2014-15 Annual Fund please click here. Remember, every gift counts!


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