CUA Law E-newsletter - February 2015
Dean Designate Daniel F. Attridge
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.         Read more here


Alumni in the news

Cara Drinan
Professor Cara Drinan quoted in New Orleans Advocate about Upcoming Supreme Court Case

Regina Jefferson
Professor Regina Jefferson, who as a member of the AALS Section on Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation, participated on a panel titled “Retirement Policy: Incremental v. Fundamental Reform.” at 2015 AALS Annual Meeting

Megan La Belle
Professor Megan La Belle, panelist at Jan. 16-17 patent law conference in San Diego

Mary Leary
Professor Mary Leary was quoted in a USA Today story on sexual assault.

Lucia Silecchia
Professor Lucia Silecchia, who was part of a panel sponsored by the Section on Jewish Law, co-sponsored by the Section on Islamic Law. Silecchia’s group explored “Religious Beliefs and Political Agendas: What Role Should Faith Play in the Public Square.” at 2015 AALS Annual Meeting
Michael Bidwill

Alumnus Michael Bidwill Profiled in New York Times

Sen Tom Harkin

Sen. Tom Harkin, CUA Law’s Most Senior Alumnus in Congress is Officially Retired

CCLS Students

Clinic Students Force Area Developer to Upgrade Living Conditions for Tenants

To read more Class Notes please click here.

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

CUA Law Firm Challenge to Kick-off in January

The Columbus School of Law ranks high on the lists of law schools whose graduates are included as 2014 Super Lawyers in Maryland, DC, and Virginia.   Super Lawyers is an annually updated, peer-nominated rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.  This year, Super Lawyers has published a state-by-state list of law schools whose alumni were included in the highest numbers in each locale. CUA Law alumni rank among the top five in D.C. and Maryland, and in the top nine in Virginia.  

CUA Law Moot Court Association is currently seeking judges for the 2015 National Telecom Competition

The CUA Law Moot Court Association is currently seeking judges for the 2015 National Telecom Competition.  The Competition will bring together five teams from five schools to argue telecom/copyright law issues.  The Competition rounds will take place on Friday, February 6, 2015 from 6:00pm-7:30pm, and Saturday, February 7, 2015 from 9:30am-12:30pm.  Please consider helping out the Association and the second- and third-year law students participating in the competition by judging these rounds.  Although we are currently seeking more volunteer judges for the Friday night rounds, we welcome interest for Saturday morning judges as well. 

The Association will provide a copy of the problem, a bench brief describing the issues, and an extensive list of suggested questions for your use during the argument.  If you would like to sit on a panel, please contact Tina Petkova, Vice-Chancellor of Alumni Relations, at to sign up for the competition. 

DC Bar Pro Bono Program’s Brief Advice and Referral Clinic on Saturday, April 11 at Bread for the City

The Columbus School of Law is committed to staffing the DC Bar Pro Bono Program’s Brief Advice and Referral Clinic on Saturday, April 11 at Bread for the City.  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

CUA Law Mentor Program

For the third academic year in a row, we are seeking alumni to assist current and incoming students in the form of Mentors and Alumni Advisors.  Once again, each incoming 1L student, Day and Evening, will have the opportunity to be paired with an alumni mentor in a practice area that interests him or her. We are need alumni to fulfill this need. We also have a continual need for alumni to serve as general advisors. Alumni Advisors work with the Office of Career and Professional Development to advise students about practice areas, conduct mock interviews, discuss clerkships, etc. Interactions with students can be by phone or in person and normally require a commitment of no more than one-half hour on an as-needed basis. 

Please consider serving in either one or both of these capacities. As alumni, you have much knowledge and insight to share with our students, and we greatly appreciate your assistance. Click here to learn more about these opportunities and to register as a mentor or advisor.

HeinOnline’s law journal database

The Judge Kathryn J. DuFour Law Library is proud to announce that it now offers CUA Law alumni remote access to HeinOnline’s law journal database.  To access HeinOnline remotely, free of charge, alumni must log in to CUA Law’s Alumni Net Community page.  For full access to all of HeinOnline’s extensive resources, and other online databases, CUA Law alumni may visit the alumni computer terminal located in the Kathryn J. Dufour Law Library. 

CUA Law Courses for Practitioners

The Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law welcomes J.D. degree holders from any accredited law school to take individual courses at CUA Law for University or Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credit.  Legal practitioners who want to retool or add extra skills may take one or more upper-level courses. CUA Law offers a variety of courses in a wide range of practice areas, including securities law, international law, public policy, and communications law. Catholic University's upper-division courses offer something for practitioners at every stage of their career.


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Class Notes
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Alumni Calendar
& Upcoming Events

First Year Friday Reception
With Keynote Speaker, The Honorable Robert L. Ehrlich, Jr.
January 30, 2015
Columbus School of Law

Montgomery County
Alumni Reception

February 3, 2015
Cecsco Osteria, Bethesda, MD

Northern Virginia
Alumni Reception

February 11, 2015
Gordon Biersch, Tyson’s Center, McLean, VA

The Securities Law Program Presents: Prosecuting Insider Trading – A Delicate Balance
February 11, 2015
Columbus School of Law

24th Annual SPIL Auction
February 13, 2015

Miami Area Family
Mass & Lunch

February 15, 2015

Navigating Student
Loans Panel & Q&A

February 25, 2015
Columbus School of Law

Catholic University Health Law Journal 2015 Symposium
March 3, 2015
Columbus School of Law

BLSA Student &
Alumni Reception

March 19, 2015
Columbus School of Law

Catholic University Law Review 2015 Symposium
Patent Litigation After the America Invents Act
March 27, 2015
Columbus School of Law


Dean’s Dinner Benefitting Student Scholarships
April 9, 2015
Army & Navy Club,
Washington, DC 

Reunion 2015
October 23-25, 2015
Celebrating the Class Years
Ending in 0s & 5s


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


Thank You for
Your Support

THANK YOU to the 510 alumni and friends who made gifts to the Annual Fund by the end of the calendar year, December 31, 2014. Your gifts show your support for the quality legal education provided here at CUA Law. Your participation in the 2014-15 Annual Fund has helped greatly in advancing the Law School and will leave an indelible mark on the academic life of our current student body.

Gifts to the Annual Fund are powerful because they go to work immediately. Through your Annual Fund contribution, you provided funding for academic programs, clinics, sustained the students with financial aid and promoted faculty development. You benefited the entire Law School with your gift to the Annual Fund, and we thank you.

To those that have yet to make a gift, there is still time. The end of the fiscal year is approaching on April 30th and we still have a way to go to reach our goal. Your gift will help us to continue to provide quality academic programs for our students. If you choose to make a gift today please click here. Every gift counts and will have a profound effect on our students.

For questions about the Annual Fund please contact Annual Fund Coordinator Lauren Enlow.



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