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A letter from Dean Daniel F. Attridge:

Dear CUA Law Alumni, Family, and Friends,

Our new spring 2015 semester began on January 8.  Our classes, programs, activities, and special events are already in full swing. This is a brief report on what’s been happening and what’s coming up:

1.  2014 Year in Review. At CUA Law, we take great pride in the accomplishments of our students, alumni, faculty, and staff.  Together we can and do make a real difference in our communities through our dedicated service to others.  To take a quick look back at what we accomplished together in 2014, with hyperlinks to our news stories from the past year, please click here

2.  Admissions.  All signs are pointing to another down year for law school applications nationwide.  So far the number of applications to all ABA accredited law schools for the fall of 2015 is down 10.4% from 2014.  This continues the downward enrollment trend of the past several years, during which first-year enrollment at all ABA accredited schools has dropped to the lowest level in over 40 years.  To counteract these national trends, we are continuing to take steps to better target and recruit prospective students.  To that end, we will be hosting our first Open House for prospective students on January 29, with another one to follow on March 4.  In addition, we are initiating a new program that offers a $1,000 Visiting Scholarship to any admitted applicant who visits us between January 8 and April 15, and then enrolls in the fall of 2015.  Please click here for more details.  We encourage you to refer potential applicants by emailing us at admissions@law.edu

3. Fiscal-Year Donations.  We are making good progress toward our goal of $2.5 million in donations for the current fiscal year, which runs until April 30, 2015.  Through January 23, 2015, we have received gifts or pledges of nearly $1.5 million from 735 donors.   The total dollars raised are up substantially compared to the same time last year, but the total number of donors is down.  For those of you who have already contributed generously to this effort, we say thank you very much.  For those who have not yet contributed this fiscal year, we urge you to join us in supporting our students.  Please click here to help out.  No gift is too small or too large.  Every contribution helps; your participation really matters.

4.  Our Students in Action.  Besides devoting themselves to their classroom studies, our students are engaged in a wide range of learning and service activities as part of their educational experience at CUA Law.  Our students are representing clients on a pro bono basis through our clinics, recently winning suits for low-income tenants victimized by a developer’s housing code violations.  They actively participate in moot court competitions, competing against other law schools in mock trials, appeals, and arbitrations.  They donate their time and labor to service projects, recently joining over 700 volunteers from the University in an MLK day of service at the Washington Hebrew Congregation.  They organize discussion groups on the “hot topics” of the day, recently gathering to discuss relations between the police and citizenry. 

5.  Our Faculty in Action.  Likewise, in addition to their outstanding teaching in our classrooms and clinics, our faculty members are recognized for their scholarship and its impact:

Professor Cara Drinan, an expert on the juvenile justice system, was quoted in an article about an upcoming Supreme Court case on life sentences for juveniles.

Professor Megan La Belle, an expert in intellectual property law, was a panelist at a leading patent law conference.

Professor Mary Leary, an expert in criminal law, was quoted in an article about the excessive use of force by police.

6.  Upcoming Special Programs.  CUA Law is privileged to host a number of distinguished speakers on campus:

•  On January 30, the Honorable Robert L. Ehrlich, Jr., 60th Governor of Maryland, will be speaking on “Clemency:  The Emerging Purple Issue.” Through our partnership with Governor Ehrlich, we have added clemency representation for indigents as part of our clinical course offerings for students. 

• On February 4, Patricia R. Hatler, Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer of Nationwide Insurance, will speak on “Career Advice from the General Counsel of a Fortune 100 Company.”

• On February 9, the Honorable Jerome H. Powell, Governor, Federal Reserve Board, will deliver a lecture in our Brendan Brown Lecture Series on “The Federal Reserve Board and the Financial Crisis.”

• On March 5, the Honorable Brett M. Kavanaugh, Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, will deliver a lecture in our Saint  John XXIII Lecture Series on “The Judge as Umpire.” 

Please click here for more information about these upcoming special programs.

7. Alumni Events. Although the new year has just begun, we are already engaged in a busy schedule of alumni events. On January 9, we hosted a networking happy hour on Capitol Hill.  On January 21, we held an alumni reception in Prince George’s County.  On January 22, our Communications Law Institute hosted a career panel and alumni reception at the Law School.

Please join us for the following upcoming events by clicking here to register:    

• Our alumnus, Jeffrey R. Moreland ’70, is hosting a reception on February 3 for Montgomery County alumni and friends at Cesco Osteria in Bethesda.

• We are hosting a reception for Northern Virginia alumni and friends on February 11 in Tysons Corner.

• All are welcome to join us for a family Mass and lunch in Miami on February 15 at the home of Linda and Luis Perez ’83.

• We are hosting a young alumni happy hour on February 19 in downtown DC. 

• For alumni with student loans, we are sponsoring a panel discussion on navigating student loan repayment options on February 25 at the Law School.

We are actively planning other alumni events for the rest of the calendar year.  If you would be interested in having me or other representatives of the Law School visit your group of alumni, please contact Katie Crowley, our Director of Alumni Relations, at crowleykm@law.edu.

Thank you for your interest and support for CUA Law. I welcome your comments at attridge@law.edu.

    Daniel F. Attridge
    Dean and Knights of Columbus Professor of Law
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