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

Dear CUA Law Alumni, Family, and Friends,

Our busy fall semester is quickly coming to a close.  Our classes end on December 4, just after the Thanksgiving break, and then we head right into final exams concluding on December 18.  This is a brief report on what’s been happening and what’s coming up:


1.  Thanksgiving.  On behalf of all of us at CUA Law, we wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving.  We hope you have an opportunity to celebrate this wonderful national holiday with your family and friends.  At the Law School, we all have much for which to be grateful.  Ours is a strong community of students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends who are dedicated to each other and to helping others.  We are thankful for the love of our family and friends, for our health and prosperity, and for the promise of the future. To view a special video message of thanks commemorating Pope Francis’ historic visit to our campus, please click here

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Alumni in the news

Clifford Fishman
Professor Clifford Fishman was quoted in a USA Today story on police use of illegal wiretapping

Mary Leary
Professor Mary Leary's Op-Ed: "Sentencing Reforms Need Voices From Victims" was published in the National Law Journal on November 2, 2015

Kenneth Pennington
Professor Ken Pennington was recently published and he will be giving a talk on Pope Innocent III and the Fourth Lateran Council of 1215 at the Catholic University of Murcia, Spain

Mark Rienzi
Professor Mark Rienzi speaks about the latest Supreme Court Religious Liberty Case in November’s Faith In Action Event

Lucia Silecchia
Professor Lucia Silecchia will be participating in the closing session of an international congress on “The Environment and Law: Responsibility and Participation” held in Castel Gandolfo, Italy

Jennifer Tschirch
Jennifer Tschirch Chosen for the Above and Beyond Pro Bono Award from the Washington Council of Lawyers

To read more Faculty news and activities please click here.

Mary Anne Gibbons

Mary Anne Gibbons, Class of 1980, Honored with Distinguished Achievement Award by John Fanning Center for Labor & Employment Law

Sean Henseler

Sean Henseler, Class of 1997, Appeared on White House Chronicles

Jeffrey Moreland
(L to R) Alfred Dewayne Brown and Brian Stolarz
On October 30, 2015, Brian Stolarz, Class of 1998, presented to a group of more than 100 alumni, faculty, and current students and their families as part of the Law School's first-ever Family and Friends Day. Stolarz's presentation, Innocent Going In and Innocent Coming Out, the Exoneration of Alfred Dewayne Brown, detailed Stolarz's pro bono representation of Brown whose death penalty conviction was overturned in June.

To read more Class Notes please click here.

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

Annual CUA Securities Law Program Luncheon Continues to Celebrate a Strong Community by Bringing Together Alumni and Students

As they have done for the past thirty-one years, Securities Law Program Alumni gathered for lunch on Wednesday, November 4th, to reconnect, to celebrate some marvelous achievements, to catch up on developments in fiduciary duty regulation proposals, and to appreciate the fact that their Program makes CUA Law’s name shine even brighter.


Giving Tuesday

After Black Friday and Cyber Monday, there is Giving Tuesday. On December 1st, charities, families, businesses, community centers, and students around the world will come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give. We hope that you will join in the giving spirit, and make a gift to CUA Law on Giving Tuesday. You can also get in the spirit by posting about your support of CUA Law on social media with the hashtag #GivingTuesdayCUA.

To make your gift, please click here and make your gift to CUA Law. We truly appreciate every gift from our alumni, and hope that you will remember us on Giving Tuesday, December 1, 2015.


Law Review

In an effort to broaden its readership and reconnect with alumni, The Catholic University Law Review has instituted a new giving/subscription program. This program will help the Law Review defray the cost of publication. A digital subscription will include the next four issues of the Law Review and a digital copy of Law Review’s bi-annual newsletter. Please help the Law Review continue its tradition of academic excellence!  For more information and to subscribe, click here.


2016 SPIL Auction Save the Date

Save the date for the 25th Annual Students for Public Interest Law (SPIL) Auction! The silent and live auction event will be held in the Atrium of the Law School on Friday, 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 SPIL’s website


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Class Notes
To catch up on the latest developments about your classmates and other alumni, please click here.

Update Us
We would like to hear about your recent personal and professional news.  Please submit your updates by filling out the alumni information updates form or email us at

If you would like to share your news with your individual class, please contact us at to discuss class-specific outreach options. 

Alumni Calendar
& Upcoming Events

Virginia Bar
Pre-Swearing In

December 9, 2015
Richmond, Virginia

33rd Annual
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

25th Annual SPIL Auction
February 12, 2016

Support CUA Law
Every gift, whether large or small, helps to advance Catholic Law's distinctive mission. Your support is greatly appreciated.

CUA Law Alumni Resources
The CUA Law Alumni Resources page features links to the Law Library, Requesting a Transcript, the Office of Career and Professional Development, an online Repository of Faculty and Student Scholarship, the CUA bookstore, HEINOnline, and Insurance Discounts.

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

Year-End Giving

In this season of giving and goodwill, we hope you will consider a gift to the Annual Fund to make a difference in the lives of our deserving students at CUA Law. Your year-end support is especially critical to helping CUA Law open doors for a quality legal education. As 2015 comes to an end, and a new year with new opportunities unfolds, there are several options to make a year-end investment in the Law School in the most tax-wise and effective manner.

Your gift at this time will also provide support for scholarships, our clinics, as well as our outstanding programs throughout the Law School. To find out how you can make your gift today please click here.

Please note that CUA Law School offices are closed from December 23 through January 3. During this time we encourage you to make your gift online using our secure credit card system.

Don’t Forget:  It’s not too late to make a 2015 Charitable IRA Rollover Gift!  For further information, contact Katie Crowley in the Office of Development and Alumni Relations at or (202) 319-5010.

Law Firm Challenge

Sign your firm up to participate in the Law Firm Challenge. The Law Firm Challenge is a fun way for you and other CUA Law alumni working in your office to show your support for the Law School. The concept is simple. Make a donation to the Law School and then contact the other CUA Law alumni in your office and encourage them do the same. Making a donation is easy – just click here.

To sign up as a point of contact for the Law Firm Challenge, please contact Katie Crowley in the Office of Development and Alumni Relations at

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