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

Dear CUA Law Alumni, Family, and Friends,

While the fall season is just beginning, we’re already into our seventh week of classes of the 14-week fall semester.  Our schedule is in high gear, and we have many interesting events and programs coming up.  This is a brief report on our latest developments and what’s on the horizon:


1.  The CUA Law Advantage:  Practical, Focused, and Connected.  Avid readers of CUA Lawyer, our annual alumni magazine, or followers of the home page of our website,, may have detected a new focus to our marketing efforts, stressing what we call the CUA Law Advantage.  The Columbus School of Law has been a leader in legal education in the Nation’s Capital for over 100 years.         Read more here


Alumni in the news

Robert Destro
Professor Robert Destro, panelist - International Religious Freedom Roundtable

Susanna Fischer
Professor Susanna Fischer, co-author - "The Implications of Talent Agent Licensing."

Lucia Silecchia
Professor Lucia Silecchia "Pope Francis: the First Year," Fordham Law School, Oct. 14, 2014.
Dree Collopy

Report from the Front: Law School’s Immigration Clinic Director, Dree Collopy, Class of 2007, Visits Federal Detention Facility

S. Jenell Trigg

Alumna S. Jennell Trigg, Class of 1997, Inducted into the Minority Media and Telecommunications Council Hall of Fame

To read more Class Notes please click here.

To submit a Class Note or news piece about a fellow alum, please email

2014 CUA Law Reunion Weekend • October 17 – 19, 2014

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 attendance, 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. 

Here are the current leaders for each category:

Highest Attendance: The Class of 2004

Highest Participation: The Class of 1964

Most Dollars Raised: The Class of 1969

To register for Reunion events, please visit  For questions about Reunion giving please contact Annual Fund Coordinator, Lauren Enlow.    

Support the CUA Law Annual Fund

Gifts to CUA Law’s Annual Fund support the people and programs that encourage each student to realize their potential and take on new challenges. Your generosity gives current and future CUA Law students the opportunity to dream, explore, lead, and excel.

When you make a gift to the Annual Fund, you help to meet the law school's most pressing needs, scholarships. Each year, CUA Law depends on contributions from alumni and friends in order to provide the CUA Law Advantage.  We offer our students a practical, focused and connected law school experience which allows them to succeed once they graduate. Your contributions will allow us to provide more financial aid to our deserving students. Please consider making a gift or pledge today.

To make a gift or pledge please click here. For questions about the Annual Fund please contact Annual Fund Coordinator, Lauren Enlow.

Students Get Inside Look at Supreme Court Advocacy

The United States Supreme Court issued two decisions in June that were clear victories for Catholic University law school Professor Mark Rienzi, who represented both cases on a pro bono basis over a period of years.

On June 30, the Supreme Court held in favor of the right of a family-owned business to exclude on religious grounds certain types of contraceptives from insurance coverage for its employees. The court’s 5-4 vote in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. marked the second victory for Rienzi, who was part of the legal team that filed a brief last fall at the Supreme Court in the Hobby Lobby case. Rienzi’s involvement in it came through the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, where he has served as senior counsel since 2011. Read more here

Federal Appellate Court Judge Makes Case for Unique Role of Catholic Law Schools

America’s approximately two dozen Catholic-affiliated law schools fulfill a critically important role in legal education, helping to form the character and intellect of future generations of lawyers while addressing questions of law, jurisprudence and constitutional self-government though the distinct lens of the Catholic intellectual tradition.

That assessment from the Honorable Diarmuid F. O’Scannlain, a judge serving on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, formed the philosophical foundation for his deliverance of the law school’s 2014 Brendan F. Brown Lecture, offered to the Columbus School of Law community in Slowinski Courtroom on Sept. 15. Read more here


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Class Notes
To catch up on the latest developments about your classmates and other alumni, please click here.

Update Us
We would like to hear about your recent personal and professional news.  Please submit your updates by filling out the alumni information updates form or email us at

If you would like to share your news with your individual class, please contact us at to discuss class-specific outreach options. 

Alumni Calendar
& Upcoming Events

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

Scholarship Appreciation Luncheon
October 10, 2014

Capitol Hill Alumni
Happy Hour

October 10, 2014

Reunion Weekend for Class Years Ending in 4’s and 9’s
October 17-19, 2014

Alumni Association
Open Meeting
All alumni are encouraged
to attend this open meeting
to learn more about CUA
Law’s Alumni Association 
October 18, 2014

William Callyhan Robinson Society Luncheon
October 19, 2014

First Year Friday Reception with Alumni Mentors
October 24, 2014

Student Bar Association Presents Crab Fest
October 25, 2014

Reception Honoring Alumni Named as Super Lawyers & Rising Stars
November 6, 2014

Federalist Society
Celebrates 30 Years
at CUA Law

November 12, 2014

Securities Annual
Alumni Luncheon

November 13, 2014

32nd Annual Alumni
& Friends Christmas Party

Union Station –
Columbus Club Room
December 11, 2014


Support CUA Law
Every gift, whether large or small, helps to advance Catholic Law's distinctive mission. Your support is greatly appreciated.

CUA Law Alumni Resources
The CUA Law Alumni Resources page features links to the Law Library, Requesting a Transcript, the Office of Career and Professional Development, an online Repository of Faculty and Student Scholarship, the CUA bookstore, and Insurance Discounts.

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.


Law Firm Challenge

Does your firm have 5 or more CUA Law Alumni? If so, please consider entering the CUA Law Firm Challenge.  The Law Firm Challenge is a fundraiser that generates support for the Columbus School of Law by focusing on two main categories: Participation and Dollars Raised. Every gift, regardless of amount, does make a difference. Progress reports on alumni participation will be provided in terms of participation rate and the individual firm donation amounts will not be disclosed. For more information about the Law Firm Challenge please click here.

If you are interested in being the point of contact at your firm, or for questions about annual giving, 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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