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,

Our 2014-15 academic year has just started, and we’re looking forward to a great year.  Orientation for our new first-year students was held from August 12th to 14th, and classes for all students began on August 18th.  We’re delighted to welcome a new group of first-year students and to welcome back our upper-division students.  This is a brief report on our latest developments and what’s coming up soon:


1. A New Class of First-Year Students.  Law schools are continuing to be challenged by the unprecedented drop in the number of applicants to all ABA accredited law schools in the past few years.  Despite this negative trend, our Admissions Office, led by Director Shani Butts, is making great strides in attracting high-quality students in our Law School.         Read more here


Alumni in the news

Roger Colinveaux
Professor Roger Colinvaux, Political Activity Limits and Tax Exemption: A Gordian's Knot - SSRN

Mary Leary
Professor Mary Leary, Microsoft Corporate Citizenship Blog: Harnessing the Power of Technology to Fight Human Trafficking

Lucia Silecchia
Professor Lucia Silecchia quoted in U.S. Catholic for "You Can't Take It With You: Estate Planning with a Conscience."
Katherine Gamelin Crowley

Katherine Gamelin Crowley, class of 2010, appointed as Director of Alumni Relations for the Columbus School of Law

Vytas V. Vergeer
Vytas V. Vergeer, class of 1993, begins duties as D.C. Administrative Law Judge

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CUA Law and the Alumni Association welcome the incoming classes of 2017 and 2018.

In an Orientation Week first, the entering 1L class was asked to recognize its future role as lawyers and public citizens with a “special responsibility for the quality of justice,” (as stated by the Model Rules of Professional Conduct) by reciting a short “induction” pledge, administered by the Honorable Lee F. Satterfield, Chief Judge of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia.

Invited to participate as a former part-time lecturer at the Columbus School of Law, Judge Satterfield asked the students to repeat his words during an evening welcome reception on Aug. 13, during the second of the three-day welcome week for new students.

Read more here

Professor Ellen Scully Announces Her Retirement

Longtime Catholic University law school Clinical Assistant Professor Ellen M. Scully concluded 40 years of service to the CUA Law community on Aug. 19, 2014, officially retiring from the faculty. She will continue to lend her vast expertise in the area of clinical education as a part-time volunteer in the law school’s legal clinic, Columbus Community Legal Services (CCLS).

For generations of CUA Law students, Professor Scully was the personification of clinical education, as caring and compassionate in her interaction with students as she expected them to be in turn with the clients they served. A 1967 graduate of the Columbus School of Law, she returned to the law school community in 1974, where she served as supervising attorney of CCLS for five years.

Read more here

Sign-Up Today for the 2015 Law Firm Challenge

Sign your firm up to participate in the Law Firm Challenge. The Law Firm Challenge is a fun way for you and other CUA Law alumni working in your office to show your support for the Law School. The concept is simple. Make a donation to the Law School and then contact the other CUA Law alumni in your office and encourage them do the same. Making a donation is easy – just use this link:

Firms with 5 or more alumni are eligible to participate in the Challenge.  Competing firms will have the opportunity to win one of two awards: Highest Participation and Most Dollars Raised. The winning firms in each category will be profiled in the next edition of CUA Lawyer.

To sign up as a point of contact for the Law Firm Challenge, please contact Annual Fund Coordinator, Lauren Enlow.   


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Alumni Calendar
& Upcoming Events

Fall Board of Visitors
Meeting & Luncheon

September 12, 2014

Alumni & Friends
Reception in Potomac

September 12, 2014

Brendan Brown Lecture Series with Judge O'Scannlain
September 15, 2014

Young Alumni Happy Hour
September 17, 2014

Recent Developments
at the SEC Presented by Commissioner Daniel Gallagher, class of 1999

September 29, 2014

New York City
Alumni Reception

September 30, 2014

20th Anniversary Celebration of Law School Building
October 1, 2014

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

First Year Friday Reception with Alumni Mentors
October 24, 2014


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CUA Law Alumni Resources
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Contact the Alumni Council
The CUA Law Alumni Association
is growing, and wants your ideas
and input. Please email, to share
your ideas and to get involved.

Attention Classes of 1964, 1969, 1974, 1979, 1984, 1989, 1994, 1999, 2004 and 2009….. Show your CUA Law pride by making a gift to the Law School!

Reunion weekend is just around the corner! Reunions provide a special opportunity for alumni to make a contribution by gift or pledge to CUA Law in honor of their reunion year. This year we hope that you will “give your year”.    The amount of the gift is not important, whether it is $20.09 or $1,964, it just matters that you give. We hope that you will choose to make a gift or pledge to the Law School even if you cannot attend the reunion.

During Reunion Weekend, we will recognize those classes with the highest participation and the most dollars raised. Make your gift today to put your class at the top of the list! To make your gift please visit today.  To register for Reunion events, please visit  For questions about Reunion giving please contact Annual Fund Coordinator, Lauren Enlow.   

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