CUA Law E-newsletter - October 2015
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 sixth week of classes of the 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:


1. Pope Francis at CUA. Wow! It was absolutely amazing to have Pope Francis, along with 300 bishops and 800 priests, celebrate Mass on campus on September 23. We are very fortunate that so many of our students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends were able to participate in this historic event. A story, with pictures, about it may be found here. We hope and pray that the Pope’s presence at CUA will inspire us, enhance our mission, and enrich our lives. We will take to heart his key advice: Keep moving forward!

Read more here


Alumni in the news

Marshall Breger
Professor Marshall Breger co-authored an op-ed on the Jews and Vatican II in an issue of Forward

Cara Drinan
Professor Cara Drinan was quoted in the Tampa Bay Times on the decisions that came out in 2015 from the Florida Supreme Court about children in the eyes of the law and published her latest blog post, Pope Francis on Prison: 'I, Too, Could Be Here'

Mary Leary
Professor Mary Leary spoke at the opening plenary of the 9th Annual National Conference on Responding to Missing and Unidentified Persons in Atlanta, Georgia

Suzette Malveux
Professor Suzette Malveaux was honored at the Annual NYU Law Black Allied Law Students Association Gala

Mark Rienzi
Professor Mark Rienzi's op-ed is running in the Washington Times about the pope, the president, and religious liberty (and the founding of Maryland too)

Heidi Schooner
Professor Heidi Schooner will be presenting the Foulston Siefkin Lecture, Fall 2015, at Washburn University School of Law

Lucia Silecchia
Professor Lucia Silecchia was quoted in U.S. News and World Report on Pope Francis, Congress, and the Environment, will be a speaker at a Public Seminar for the Environmental Law Institute, and St John's Law School published her Commentary, Pope Francis and the Vocation of the Lawyer: Reflections on Service and Responsibility
Dan Gallagher

CUA’s Securities Law Program Presents the First Installment in its Fall Lecture Series, Moderated by Dan Gallagher ’99

George Simms Todd Petit ’97

George E. Simms, III ’82 and Todd Petit ’97, kicked-off a New CUA Law Speaker and Networking Series

Aurora Wheeland

CUA Law Aurora Wheeland, 1L, Performed at Papal Mass

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Pope Francis comes to CUA

After months of preparation, involving thousands of people from the University community, more than 25,000 people flocked to the campus of The Catholic University of America Sept. 23 to hear Pope Francis deliver a message of love and mercy during the Canonization Mass of St. Junípero Serra.


CUA Law announces Pope Francis Scholarship Fund to Benefit Students

Although Pope Francis’s visit to the United States and to the CUA campus has come to an end, the excitement and call to action surrounding his time here continues. To commemorate this historic event, the Law School is pleased to announce a new scholarship initiative – The Pope Francis Scholarship Fund. Pope Francis shared St. Junipero Serra’s motto which inspired his life and work, siempre adelante! (keep moving forward!) Please consider giving to the Pope Francis Scholarship fund to help embody this message and move the Law School forward. To do so, simply click here and enter “Pope Francis” in the comments section. Thank you for your support.


Seigenthaler-Sutherland Cup National First Amendment Moot Court Competition

CUA Law will once again offer its alumni an opportunity to be sworn in to the bar of the Supreme Court of the United States on Monday, December 14, 2015.  If you have been a member of a state bar for three years, and remain in good standing, you can apply for admission to the Bar of the Supreme Court of the United States.  Limited space is available.  Please obtain an application and additional information by clicking here


DC Bar ProBono Program's Brief Advice and Referral Clinic

The Columbus School of Law is committed to staffing the DC Bar Pro Bono Program’s Brief Advice and Referral Clinic on Saturday, November 14.  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

This is an excellent opportunity to provide discrete, time-limited pro bono assistance with no future obligation.  It is also a wonderful way to not only benefit the DC community but also inspire CUA Law students.  For each volunteer attorney we send, we’re permitted to send a law student volunteer, as well.  We are currently the only law school offered a designated space in these clinics, and this is a very popular project among our students. 

Date & Time:                  Saturday, November 14
9:30 - 10:00AM                Volunteer Orientation
10:00AM – noon              Clinic Open for Advice and Referrals
12:30 - 1:00PM                 Last referral session usually finished

Location: Bread for the City, NW location (1525 7th Street, NW, Washington DC); 3 blocks south of the Shaw-Howard Metro station.

To register, please email Jennifer Tschirch, CUA Law Pro Bono Coordinator


2015 CUA Securities Law Program Lecture Series

The 2015 CUA Securities Law Program Lecture Series is underway.  The following lectures will be moderated by Commissioner Dan Gallagher ‘99 along with Program Director David Lipton:

October 14, 2015, 5 p.m. (Slowinski Court Room)
How Shareholder Activism is Altering the Nature of Corporate Governance
Speaker: David Katz, Partner, Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz

November 4, 2015, 5 p.m. (Slowinski Court Room)
Should Corporate General Counsels Be Responsible for Compliance Failures
Speakers: Dick Walker, General Counsel to Deutsche Bank and former
General Counsel and Director of Enforcement of the SEC
Rick Ketchum, CEO, FINRA

For additional information, please contact the Office of Institutes and Special Programs at 202-319-6081 or register here


2016 SPIL Auction Save the Date

Students for Public Interest Law (SPIL) would like to invite alumni to attend an evening of revelry and philanthropy at the 25th Annual SPIL Auction! The silent and live auction event will be held in the Atrium of the Law School on Saturday, February 12, 2016 and the theme is Mardi Gras Masquerade. Proceeds raised from the event will help provide stipends for students interning in public interest law over the summer. Please join us in what is sure to be a wonderful evening for a worthy cause. You can find more information about the event on our website ( 


CUA Law In Action Series

CUA Law’s Offices of Alumni Relations and Career & Professional Development are pleased to announce a new initiative to benefit both students and alumni.  Each segment of the series will begin with a career panel featuring alumni in a particular practice area to provide career advice to current law students. The career panel will be followed a networking reception that will allow alumni an opportunity to connect with other alums in their particular field and will also allow students to meet alumni in an area that is of interest to them.  

The following practice areas have been scheduled, but check back on the Alumni Calendar often for updates:

Thursday, October 15, 2015 – Civil Litigation

Wednesday, November 18 – Employment Law & Labor Relations

Career Panels will begin at 5:30 p.m. in Walter A. Slowinski Courtroom and the Networking Receptions will begin at 6:15 p.m. in the Louise H. and James Keelty, Jr. Atrium  


Reunion 2015

It’s almost time to reconnect with your CUA Law School classmates!  Reunion Weekend 2015 is October 23-25 and will honor the classes of 1965, 1970, 1975, 1980, 1985, 1990, 1995, 2000, 2005 and 2010. 

REGISTRATION IS LIVE! You can take a look at a full list of events by clicking here.  For more information, contact the Office of Development & Alumni Relations at (202) 319-5670.   


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Alumni Calendar
& Upcoming Events

A Conversation
with Robert J. Stevens

Retired Chairman, President,
and CEO of Lockheed Martin
September 30, 2015
Columbus School of Law

CUA Law’s Fall Externship Fair
October 7, 2015
Columbus School of Law

Capitol Hill Networking
Happy Hour

October 8, 2015
The Dubliner
Washington, DC

2015 CUA Securities Law Program Lecture Series
How Shareholder Activism
is Altering the Nature of
Corporate Governance with
Speaker David Katz, Partner, Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz
October 14, 2015
Columbus School of Law 

CUA Law Advantage In Action Series -  Civil Litigation  
Civil Litigation Career Panel & Networking Reception for Alumni Practicing Civil Litigation
October 15, 2015
Columbus School of Law 

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

Alumni Association
Open Meeting

October 24, 2015
Columbus School of Law

William Callyhan
Robinson Society Luncheon

October 25, 2015
Columbus School of Law

Securities Law New York City Alumni Luncheon
NEW DATE: October 28, 2015
Covington & Burling, LLP
New York, NY

CUA Law Family & Friends Day
Special Presentation
by Brian Stolarz ’98

Innocent Going In and Innocent Coming Out:  The Exoneration of Alfred Dewayne Brown
October 30, 2015
Columbus School of Law

Securities Law
Alumni Luncheon

November 4, 2015
Army & Navy Club
Washington, DC

CUA Law Advantage In Action Series -  Labor & Employment
Labor & Employment Law Career Panel & Networking Reception for Alumni Practicing Labor & Employment Law 
November 18, 2015
Columbus School of Law 

Save the Date! Alumni & Friends Christmas Party
December 10, 2015
Union Station, Washington, D.C.

U.S. Supreme Court Swearing In Ceremony & Luncheon
December 14, 2015
U.S. Supreme Court & Columbus School of Law

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Every year CUA Law asks its alumni and friends for their help in supporting our mission of providing a quality legal education. Annual giving provides critical support for a number of needs, most importantly our scholarship program. A gift to the Annual Fund, no matter the amount, will help support the Law School’s efforts to recruit and retain the best and brightest students. Please consider making a gift to the CUA Law Annual Fund today! Every gift counts, no matter the size. To make your gift today please click here

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