CUA Law E-newsletter - May 2015
Dean Designate Daniel F. Attridge
A letter from Dean Daniel F. Attridge:

Dear CUA Law Alumni, Family, and Friends,

The beautiful season of spring has finally arrived on our campus.  Outside, the flowers are in bloom, the waters in our courtyard fountain are flowing, and new green leaves are sprouting on the trees.  Inside our building, we are winding up our spring 2015 semester and our 2014-15 academic year.  Classes have now ended, final exams will be held from April 30 to May 11, and graduation on May 22. This is a brief report on what’s been happening and what’s coming up:


1. CUA Law’s Practical Training.  We are very proud of our reputation as one of the best law schools for practical training.   In the latest U.S. News & World Report survey, CUA Law’s trial advocacy program is nationally ranked at #14 and our clinical training program at #21.  Our strong performance in these areas is due in no small part to the outstanding efforts of our Columbus Community Legal Services clinics, trial and appellate moot court teams, and curricular concentrations in civil litigation and criminal litigation, just to name a few of our programs focused on these areas.  

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Alumni in the news

Cara Drinan
Professor Cara Drinan Publishes first blog in Huffington Post on juvenile sentencing in America.

Mary Leary
Professor Mary Leary Panelist on cell phone searches at Texas Tech Criminal Law Symposium

David Lipton
Professor David Lipton Interviewed by Bloomberg Law about “Flash Crash” of 2010

Lucia Silecchia
Professor Lucia Silecchia Quoted in an April 22 Catholic News Agency article about the Catholic Church and environmental policy.
Michael J. Bidwill

Michael J. Bidwill, Class of 1990, to Deliver Columbus School of Law’s 2015 Commencement Address

Judge Lawrence M. Lawson

Judge Lawrence M. Lawson, Class of 1972, Awarded New Jersey Bar Foundation’s Highest Award

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Third Annual Dean’s Dinner for Student Scholarships Draws Generous Crowd

Alumni and friends of the Columbus School of Law gathered for a special evening on April 9 to enjoy camaraderie and demonstrate their commitment to the school in one of the most meaningful ways possible: by donating generously to its scholarship fund.

Initiated by the Law School’s Board of Visitors in 2013 to honor then new dean, Daniel F. Attridge, the Dean’s Dinner has become an important spring tradition at CUA Law as a means of raising scholarship support for students. This year’s event was held at The Army and Navy Club in downtown Washington, D.C., where the room was at capacity to hear special guest speaker, White House Counsel W. Neil Eggleston.

Federal Appeals Court Judge Discusses “The Judge as Umpire” at CUA Law

Is impartial and effective judging really a matter of calling judicial ball and strikes, as United States Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts memorably described the role of judge during his confirmation process?

The analogy has some merit, according to the Hon. Brett Kavanaugh, United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. Delivering the 2015 Saint John XXIII Lecture at the Columbus School of Law on March 30, Judge Kavanaugh said the comparison of jurist to baseball umpire goes only so far, but there are some similarities. A primary one is avoiding any semblance of partisanship.

Alumni Council Spring 2015 Meeting

On April 11, 2015 the law school’s Alumni Council conducted its second annual spring meeting.  You can click here to review the Council’s 2014-15 Annual Report.  Michelle Lease ’14, D. Michael Lyles ’94 and John Reid ’00 were elected by the Council as the organization’s newest members and the following alumni will serve as the 2015-16 Alumni Council Officers:

James “Jim” C. Anagnos, 1996

Stanley E. Woodward, Jr.,  2008

Leah Quaile, 2012

Maureen Smith Lawrence, 2008

Simulated Mediation Exercise Asks: What is the Price of Satisfaction?

For the seventh year in a row, the eagerly anticipated conclusion to a fictitious legal case studied all semester by first-year Lawyering Skills Program students was staged in Slowkinski Courtroom, bringing their classroom instruction to a realistic and fitting close.

U.S. ex. rel. David E. Barrier, M.D. v. Twin Oaks Hospital, Inc., is a case that sprang from the imagination of Clinical Associate Professor of Law A.G. Harmon, who has saddled his hapless Overland Park, Kansas hospital with myriad made up legal problems over the years to illustrate the possibilities and benefits of a negotiated settlement by a professional mediator.


2015 CUA Law Annual Fund

Thank you to the 971 alumni and friends to have made a gift to CUA Law this year. For those who have yet to make at gift, time is running out! April 30th is the last day to make a gift this fiscal year and have a direct impact on our CUA Law students.

By making a gift you affirm the value of the education at CUA Law—and you help our students in a significant way. Gifts ranging from $25 to $25,000 total $579,297 for the Annual Fund so far this year--more than half a million dollars to support student scholarship aid. A gift from you will be one of many that makes a difference at CUA Law. We truly appreciate the support of our alumni and friends, and hope that you choose to make a difference today.

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Alumni Calendar
& Upcoming Events

Alumni Luncheon at the US Food & Drug Administration
April 29, 2015
FDA – White Oak Campus
Silver Spring, MD

New York City
Alumni Pub Party

April 30, 2015
The Banc Café
New York, NY

FINRA Alumni Luncheon – New Date
May 6, 2015
FINRA’s Rockville Office – Shady Grove Road

Capitol Hill Happy Hour
May 7, 2015
Pacifico Cantina
Washington, DC

New Hampshire Alumni & Admitted Student Reception
May 13, 2015
Puritan Backroom
Manchester, NH

Boston Alumni & Admitted Student Reception
May 20, 2015
Bostonia Public House

Law School Commencement - Institutes' Ceremony 
and Reception

May 21, 2015

Mass of Thanksgiving
May 21, 2015
St. Vincent’s Chapel

Class of 2015 Celebration 
May 21, 2015

Law School Commencement 
May 22, 2015

If you are related to any of our
2015 law school graduates, 
please contact Joan Vorrasi,, to receive
an invitation to the
Legacy Breakfast.

United States Patent & Trademark Office Alumni & Student Breakfast
May 26, 2015
USPTO Headquarters
Alexandria, VA

Save the Date: Virginia Bar Admission & Orientation Ceremony Brunch
June 3, 2015
Greater Richmond
Convention Center
Richmond, VA

Save the Date: Pre-Game Picnic & Nationals v. Mets Game
June 5, 2015
Nationals Stadium
Washington, DC

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

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for your class, please email

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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.



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