CUA Law E-newsletter - January 2016
Dean Daniel F. Attridge
A letter from Dean Daniel F. Attridge:

Dear CUA Law Alumni, Family, and Friends,

Our fall 2015 semester has reached a successful conclusion. Our students have taken their final exams and turned in their final papers.  Our faculty members are busy grading all of this work, while preparing for the next semester.  We are all ready to enjoy the Christmas holiday break.  Our new spring 2016 semester will begin on January 11.  This is a brief report on what’s been happening and what’s coming up:


1.  Christmas.  On behalf of all of us at CUA Law, we wish you a very Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year.  Or, if you do not celebrate Christmas, we wish you all the best in commemorating your own faith or other traditions at this time of year.  We hope you enjoy celebrating this holiday season with your family and friends.  At the Law School, we are grateful for all of our successes during the course of this year.

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Alumni in the news

Marshall Breger
Professor Marshall Breger's Op-Ed Agreeing to Disagree was published in the November/December 2015 issue of Moment Magazine.

Robert Destro
Professor Robert Destro was quoted in a December 8 article published by the Catholic News Agency discussing the issue of how Christians are becoming genocide victims at the hands of ISIS

Mary Leary
Professor Mary Leary was interviewed on WTOP in reference to the Virginia detective who was facing child sex-related charges and killed himself

Lisa Martin
Director of the Experiential Curriculum and Clinical Assistant Professor Lisa Martin was elected to the Clinical Legal Education Association’s Board of Directors

Sandy Ogilvy
Two Clients from CUA Law's Innocence Project Clinic & Clemency Project had their Sentences Commuted by President Obama

Mark Rienzi
Professor Mark Rienzi was quoted in a Boston Globe column on free speech and abortion rights

Lucia Silecchia
Professor Lucia Silecchia provided commentary on EWTN Nightly News in reference to the U.N.’s Climate Deal (COP21) in Paris

Victor Williams
Professor Victor Williams was interviewed on POTUS 2016 regarding his recently published article on the Electoral College and Donald Trump's disruptive impact on 2016 presidential election

To read more Faculty news and activities please click here.

Phyllis Borzi

Phyllis Borzi, Class of 1978, Discusses Her Career Path and the Powerful Role Women Have in Changing Employee Benefits Law in an Op-ed Published by InvestmentNews

Michael Ryan

CUA Law Adjunct Professor Michael Ryan, Class of 1991, Helps Carry on a Family Tradition at Tree Farm

To read more Class Notes please click here.

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

CUA Law Alumni Supreme Court of the United States Bar Admission Ceremony

Thirty seven graduates of Catholic University’s Columbus School of Law were present to be formally sworn in as members of the Bar of the Supreme Court of the United States on December 14, 2015. Alumni traveled from California, Georgia, Massachusetts, and Michigan to participate and class years represented ranged from 1968 to 2011.


Alumni Referral Scholarships Available to Incoming Students

Any successful applicant who is recommended by an alumnus before the Admissions Office acts on the application, or who visits campus through the Admissions Office by April 17, is eligible for at least a $1,000 scholarship. Applications for admission may be completed online by clicking here.

CUA Law will also award up to 25 full tuition scholarships for the incoming fall class of 2016. Qualifying applicants must achieve an LSAT score of 158 or higher and an undergraduate G.P.A. of 3.5 or higher. Other applicants will be considered for partial scholarships. For additional information, please contact the Admissions Office at (202) 319-5151 or


Judges Wall

Are you a member of the judiciary? If so, please click here to confirm whether your name is listed on the Law School’s “Judge’s Wall” on display along the third floor classroom corridor. If your name is not currently listed, please click here to have your name added to the wall. On February 26, 2016, CUA Law will honor all alumni members of the judiciary with a luncheon and will reveal the updated wall with all new submissions received by January 22, 2016. We welcome all alumni judges and their guests to attend the luncheon on February 26, and you may register by clicking here.


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.

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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

Capitol Hill
Alumni Happy Hour

January 14, 2016

Spring Externship Fair
January 20, 2015

Communications Law Career Panel and Alumni Reception
January 21, 2016

First Year Friday Reception with Alumni Mentors
January 22, 2016

CUA Law Open House
January 28, 2016

Catholic University Law Review 2016 Symposium
Keynote speaker – Paul Bland, Executive Director Public Justice
January 29, 2016

25th Annual SPIL Auction
February 12, 2016

Luncheon Honoring
Alumni in the Judiciary

February 26, 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 Corley Raileanu in the Office of Development and Alumni Relations at

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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