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

Dear CUA Law Alumni, Family, and Friends,

Our academic year comes to a close in May. Our students have now taken their final examinations and turned in their papers. Many are looking forward to summer jobs or internships and some well earned vacation time. The Faculty, in turn, have been busy grading those exams and papers and will have an opportunity to refocus on their scholarship and other pursuits over the summer months. Meanwhile, preparation is well underway for our fall semester, which begins in mid-August. This is a brief report on what’s been happening and what’s coming up:


1. Class of 2014 Graduation. We had a beautiful sunny day for our 125th annual Commencement exercises on May 23. In accordance with our traditions, we celebrated graduation at a magnificent venue — the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception — and afterwards with a reception on the Law School Lawn. It was a fantastic day for our graduates, our Law School, and our University.      Read more here


Alumni in the news


Professors La Belle and Schooner Co-Author "Big Banks and Business Method Patents" in U. Penn. Journal of Business Law

Mark Rienzi
Professor Lucia Silecchia Interviewed on EWTN About Pope's Meeting with U.N. Secretary General (at 14:52)

Mark Rienzi

Mark Rienzi
Professors Rienzi and Destro Cited in Court Victory Against ‘Forced Speech’ Law for Area Pregnancy Centers


Charles Clapton

A Nod to Alumni Accomplishment: Super Lawyers and Rising Stars, 2014

Presidential Management Fellowship Finalists
Denis Dice, 1990, authors a chapter in the book, “Inside the Minds: New Developments in Securities Litigation 2014.”

Communications Law Institute Alumni
Robert Stein, 2001, joins InterDigital as new Vice President of Government Relations and Regulatory Affairs

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Congratulations to our newest Alumni!

On Friday, May 23, CUA Law officially welcomed the 186 graduates of the Class of 2014 into our family of more than 10,500 alumni living all around the world.

Congratulations graduates and welcome to the CUA Law Alumni Association!

2014 A Resounding Success for Vis Arbitration Moot Team

With dual events held each year on opposite sides of the world, the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration is one of the most prestigious, challenging, and truly international moot competitions in the world. 

The Vis Moot is designed to foster the study of international commercial law and arbitration for resolution of international business disputes.  Hundreds of law schools from dozens of countries compete each year in multi-day competitions in Hong Kong and Vienna, Austria. Catholic University’s law school began fielding its own team seven years ago, and its track record in both geographic spheres of the massive moot has improved impressively each year.

Professor Harris Weinstein, the team’s coach, mentor, and faculty advisor, completed a summary of the recently concluded 2014 Vis season.

National Trials Team Celebrates Runner-Up Finish in National Mock Trial Competition

Four members of Catholic University’s National Trials Team posed with faculty advisor Professor Louis Barracato and Dean Daniel Attridge on April 29 to mark their second place finish in the second annual National Mock Trial Competition, hosted by the Florida State University College of Law on March 21-23, 2014.

The CUA Law team squared off against 11 other law schools in the civil mock trial competition.  Team members included Caitlin Payne (3L), Steven Widmann (2L), Kathleen Daily (3L), and Ryan Patino (3L). Widmann was also recognized with the Best Advocate Award.      Read more here

Columbus Award Night Honors Student Achievement with Light Touch

Festooned with skits, songs, and good-natured joking, the 2014 Columbus Award Night honored nearly 100 law school students, faculty, and staff on April 25 for their service to the law school community. A longstanding tradition at the Columbus School of Law each spring as the academic year winds to a close, the various awards bestowed recognize pro bono service, the embodiment of school spirit and mission, professional excellence, and service to the law school as the head of a student organization, among other things.      Read more here


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Alumni Calendar
& Upcoming Events

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.

Class Notes

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is growing, and wants your ideas
and input. Please email, 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.

Are You Celebrating a Reunion This Year?

Attention Classes of 1964, 1969, 1974, 1979, 1984, 1989, 1994, 1999, 2004 and 2009! Your reunion is a wonderful opportunity to reacquaint with old friends, remember extraordinary professors and mentors, and reflect on the value of a law degree from CUA Law.  It is also a time to come together and once again be recognized as a class. 

Commemorate your reunion by joining with your classmates and make a gift today to the Columbus School of Law. Support from alumni has always provided critical support and has helped the Law School provide exceptional educational opportunity to its students.  In honor of your reunion make a gift in increments of your graduation year. Whether it’s $1,969 or $20.09, we hope that you will take the time to make a gift to CUA Law. Every gift counts, whether you are present for your reunion or not. Gifts made prior to Reunion Weekend will help your class to qualify to win one of two awards: Highest Participation or Most Dollars Raised.

To learn more about the reunion gift visit the Reunion page on the CUA website. 

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


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