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

Dear CUA Law Alumni, Family, and Friends,

We’re all set for the start of the 2014-15 academic year.  We’re refreshed from our summer break and ready to go.  Orientation for our new first-year students will be held from August 12 to 14.  Classes for all students begin on August 18.  We look forward to welcoming our newest class and to welcoming back our returning students.  This is a brief report on our summer developments and what’s coming up as we’re about to begin the fall semester:


1. Professor Mark Rienzi at the Supreme Court.  Every lawyer dreams of one day appearing before the Supreme Court, arguing before the nine Justices, and winning a unanimous judgment.  That dream came true for our Professor Mark Rienzi this past academic year, in a case in which he represented Eleanor McCullen, a Massachusetts grandmother dedicated to helping pregnant women avoid abortions.       Read more here


Alumni in the news

Clifford Fishman
Professor Clifford Fishman quoted in the DC Bar's magazine, Washington Lawyer, for its article "Drones, Coming to the Skies Near You."

Stephen Goldman
The Columbus School of Law is deeply saddened to announce that Stephen M. Goldman, a longtime Distinguished Lecturer in Law at the Catholic University of America’s Columbus School of Law, passed away on July 10, 2014. He was 67.

Mark Rienzi
Supreme Court Delivers Unanimous Victory in Case Advocated by Professor Mark Rienzi

Lucia Silecchia
Professor Lucia Silecchia interviewed by EWTN about new leadership at the Vatican Bank. At 15:32
John Devaney
Alumnus John Devaney, Class of 1983, named managing partner of Perkins Coie

Jessica Kleinman
Recent Graduate Jessica Kleinman, Class of 2014, awarded a 2014 Equal Justice Works Fellowship

Kara Tappan
Rising 3L Kara Tappan named a Ms. JD Fellow

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CUA Law Faculty Share Expertise with Peers in London and the Czech Republic

Catholic University law school Professors Leah Wortham (Emerita) and Catherine Klein spent the week of July 10-17 in Europe attending and presenting at two major international conferences on legal education.

The first was the Sixth International Legal Ethics Conference, sponsored by the International Association of Legal Ethics (IAOLE) and held at City University London.

There, Wortham organized and opened a two-part, 14-person panel on “Legal Ethics Education beyond Common Law Countries.” At the same conference, Klein served as a panelist on the topic “Teaching Ethics in Clinic; Why, What & How?”

Read more here

Hard Work, Fast Pace, and Good Times Mark CUA Law’s International Human Rights Summer Law Program

Immersing students in the complexities of international human rights law while at the same time allowing them to soak up the bountiful pleasures of Rome, Italy, is no easy trick.

Yet it is one that appears to have been mastered by the Columbus School of Law’s three year-old International Human Rights Summer Law Program in Rome, held this year from May 17– June 7.

Open to both CUA Law students and students from other law schools, the intensive three-week program permits students to earn four credits as they study and reside for the summer in the "Eternal City.”

Read more here

Law School Hosts Training to Protect Seniors at Risk

Outreach workers, case managers, social workers and other professionals who work with aging and vulnerable adult populations gathered at the Columbus School of Law on June 27 for a one-day training seminar designed to improve their ability to spot and respond to signs of abuse.

The law school has hosted the event for several years in collaboration with the DC Office on Aging Adult Abuse Prevention Committee, in addition to nearly a dozen additional organizations.

Read more here

Sign-Up Today for the 2015 Law Firm Challenge

Do you have 5 or more alumni at your firm? Are you interested in giving back to CUA Law? If you answered yes to these two questions, sign your firm up today for The Law Firm Challenge. 

The structure of the Challenge is simple. We ask that you, as an alum, support the Law School through an individual gift to the Law School Annual Fund. Your gift will have a direct impact on the lives of students here at CUA Law. Winning firms in each category will be recognized in the CUA Lawyer, have bragging rights over peer firms, and, most important, show their loyalty to CUA Law.  Every law firm with 5 or more CUA Law alumni is eligible to participate in the Law Firm Challenge. To find out if your firm is eligible to participate in the Challenge, please click here.

We are currently looking for Firm Representatives who would be willing to be our point of contact at each participating law firm.  Firm Reps would be responsible for reminding their colleagues about the challenge and encouraging them to make a gift to CUA Law by the end of the fiscal year (April 30, 2015). If you are interested in being a Firm Rep. please contact Annual Fund Coordinator, Lauren Enlow

Remember!  Your participation sends an important message to others beyond the Law School community about the value of a CUA Law education.


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Alumni Calendar
& Upcoming Events

Los Angeles Area
Alumni Reception

July 29, 2014

VA Bar Exam Lunches
July 29-30, 2014

MD Bar Exam Lunches
July 29-30, 2014

San Francisco Area
Alumni Reception

July 30, 2014

Seattle Area
Alumni Reception

July 31, 2014

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

Welcome Reception and Induction Ceremony
for the CUA Law Classes
of 2017 and 2018

August 13, 2014
Washington, D.C.

Alumni & Friends Reception
September 12, 2014
Potomac, Md.

Reunion Weekend
for the 4's and 9's

October 17-19, 2014
Washington, D.C.

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! GIVE YOUR YEAR! In honor of your reunion year, make a gift to CUA Law in increments of your graduation year. Whether it’s $1,969 or $20.09, your gift shows your support for CUA Law and all that we do! 

Click here to make a gift today to the Columbus School of Law. Gifts made prior to Reunion Weekend will help your class to qualify to win one of three awards: Participation, Dollars Raised and Attendance. Every gift counts, whether you are present for your reunion or not, so please consider making a gift today!

To learn more about reunion and to register for the event, visit the Reunion page on the CUA Law website. 

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


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