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,

October has been an especially eventful and productive month for us at CUA Law.  As we enjoy the changing colors of the autumnal season, we’re now already in the home stretch of our fall semester.  This is a brief report on what's been happening and what’s coming up:


1.  20th Anniversary Celebration.  On October 1, we celebrated the 20th anniversary of the dedication of our Law School Building.  Hundreds of students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends were in attendance to mark the occasion with cake and champagne.  The event gave us an opportunity to renew our appreciation to all those whose hard work and determination made the building project a reality 20 years ago and to all those who have kept the dream alive during the past 20 years, and to look forward with enthusiasm to the next 20 years.         Read more here


Alumni in the news

Daniel F. Attridge
Dean Daniel F. Attridge profiled in Dean's Limelight from Lawdragon

Sarah Duggin Mark Rienzi
Two CUA Law Professors are panelists on the Constitutional Rights of Corporations

George Garvey
Professor George E. Garvey, Presenter - “Liberty and Solidarity: Living the Vocation to Business”

Mary Leary
Professor Mary Leary, Panelist - ABA Section on Criminal Justice
Susan Smith Newell

Susan Smith Newell, Class of 1993, Presented Alumni Distinguished Service Award & Reunion Recap

Brian Stolarz
Alumnus Brian Stolarz, Class of 1998, Recognized by Catholic Charities for Pro Bono Work

William Callyhan Robinson Society

Nine Alumni Inducted into William Callyhan Robinson Society

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Law School Honors and Celebrates Scholarship Support

For the second year in what will be an annual tradition, Columbus School of Law students had the opportunity to personally thank some of the generous donors whose support of the law school’s many scholarships is making their educations possible.

Held at the law school on Oct. 10th, the Scholarship Appreciation Luncheon brought together approximately 60 people, including 37 students, in recognition of the critical role such financial support plays in training current and future generations of Catholic University law students.

A blend of faculty, staff, and alumni donors were reminded by Dean Daniel F. Attridge that community support—as exemplified by his own establishment of the Dean Daniel F. Attridge Scholarship—creates enduring ties between the past, present, and future. To read more

Moot Court

The Columbus School of Law Moot Court Association is delighted to announce the 1st Annual CUA Immigration Law Moot Court Competition.  The competition will reach a broad range of topics, from asylum status for Chinese refugees through to the applicability of criminal law to removability grounds in immigration proceedings.  The Association invited schools that currently maintain an active immigration clinic or pro bono practices.  This year’s oral arguments are scheduled for February 27-28.

In addition to the CUA Immigration Law Moot Court Competition, the Columbus School of Law will host two other interschool competitions this year.  On February 6-7, Catholic Law will host the 21st Annual National Telecommunications Competition in conjunction with the Federal Communications Bar Association.  Past judges for that competition have included members of the Court of Federal Claims and the Federal Communications Commission.   The Sutherland Cup Competition is one of the oldest constitutional law competitions in the country and draws schools from as far away as Texas and Nevada.  This year’s competition will take place on March 27-28.  In the past, advocates debated issues related to freedom of religious expression in public monuments, press access to academic proceedings, and federal jurisdiction to regulate school employment decisions.

Now that the Association has added a third interschool competition, they need alumni support more than ever.  Please consider lending your time to help moot teams, review briefs, or judge competitions.  Your contribution will take a small amount of time but would be invaluable in helping the Association prepare and host these competitions.  To volunteer with the Association, please contact law students, Tina Petkova or Carla Weaver. For more information about the Moot Court Association and teams, please visit

Pro Bono Opportunity

The Columbus School of Law is committed to staffing the DC Bar Pro Bono Program’s Brief Advice and Referral Clinic on Saturday, November 8 at Bread for the City, along with Dickstein Shapiro, the DOJ Antitrust Division and Steptoe & Johnson.  At the Clinic, pro bono attorneys meet with DC residents to discuss the legal issues they face, provide brief advice and make any needed referrals.  No particular substantive expertise is required – attorneys with the requisite background and reference guides are on hand for volunteers to consult.  Note that attorney volunteers must be barred in DC (active or inactive), have an application pending or be employed by a federal agency and have clearance from the ethics office

For more information, please contact Jennifer Tschirch, CUA Law Pro Bono Coordinator or click here

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

Thank you to everyone who attended or assisted with planning Reunion 2014, especially our reunion committee members.  The weekend was a huge success and we were thrilled to have so many alumni return to campus.

Congratulations to the winners of the Reunion 2014 Challenge:

Highest Attendance: Class of 1994
Highest Percentage Giving Participation: Class of 1964
Most Dollars Raised: Class of 1969 ($57,737)


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Alumni Calendar
& Upcoming Events

Reception Honoring
Alumni Named as Super Lawyers & Rising Stars

November 6, 2014

First Year Friday Reception with Alumni Mentors
November 7, 2014

SEC Luncheon
November 13, 2014

Toast Our Troops
November 21, 2014

Virginia Bar
Swearing In Luncheon

December 3, 2014

32nd Annual Alumni
& Friends Christmas Party

Union Station –
Columbus Club Room
December 11, 2014


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Many companies sponsor matching gift programs that will match contributions made to CUA Law by their employees and their employees’ spouses. Each company varies in their matching gift policy so please contact your human resources department to find out the details of their matching gift program. To see if you company has a matching gift programs please click here.

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Law Firm Challenge

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


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