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 new spring 2016 semester began on January 11.  We’ve weathered the storm of last weekend’s historic “Snowzilla” blizzard, and our classes, programs, and activities are back in full swing.  This is a brief report on what’s been happening and what’s coming up:


1.  2015 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 2015, with hyperlinks to our news stories from the past year, please click here.

Read more here


Alumni in the news

Marshall Breger
Professor Marshall Breger co-authored an article in the Winter 2016 issue of the Public Lawyer

Robert Destro
Professor Robert Destro's involvement in the attempt to free Robert Levinson, a C.I.A. consultant who vanished in Iran, was noted in The New York Times

Sarah Duggin
Professor Sarah Duggin was a guest on MSNBC's The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell to talk about Ted Cruz and the Natural Born Citizenship issue and her expertise continued to be called upon to discuss Ted Cruz and the Natural Born Citizenship issue

Mary Leary
Professor Mary Leary was asked to present at the AALS Symposium: Violence Against Women and was appointed to the Victims Advisory Group of the United States Sentencing Commission

David Lipton
Professor David Lipton was elected to the Board of Trustees of the SEC Historical Society and Vice President-museum and was a guest on EWTN Nightly News discussing the volatile trading which world wide securities markets are facing today

Mark Rienzi
Professor Mark Rienzi quoted in reference to the Little Sisters of the Poor and the brief, which was filed to SCOTUS on their behalf

Elizabeth Winston
Professor Elizabeth Winston will be part of a panel entitled "Not Just For Patents: Claims Involving Trade Secrets, Trademarks, Copyrights and Beyond at the International Trade Commission (ITC)" at the D.C. Bar

To read more Faculty news and activities please click here.

Daniel Gallagher

Dan Gallagher, Class of 1999, Named President of Patomak Global Partners

Keeshea Turner Roberts

LSIC Alumni Podcast featured an interview with Keeshea Turner Roberts, Class of 2002, who is a Managing Attorney at Neighborhood Legal Services Program

Brian STolarz

Brian Stolarz's, Class of 1998, Journey to Free Alfred Dewayne Brown from a Texas Death Row Jail Cell Profiled in The Washington Post

To read more Class Notes please click here.

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

CUA Law Recognized by preLaw Magazine as a Best School for Public Defender/Prosecutor Careers

In the winter 2016 edition of preLaw magazine the Columbus School of Law was recognized as a best school for students to attend if they are interested in a career as a Public Defender or Prosecutor.  Out of 20 law schools selected the Law School was ranked number 5.


CUA Law's Clemency Program featured in Diverse Issues in Higher Education

Diverse Issues in Higher Education featured an article on the Innocence Project Clinic and Clemency Project at CUA Law. The article quoted both Professor Sandy Ogilvy, Director the Innocence Project Clinic and Clemency Project, and Nicole Conte, 3L.


Law Review

The Catholic University Law Review will host its 2016 symposium, The Intersection of Civil Rights and Civil Procedure on January 29, 2016 from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at CUA Law School.   The symposium will include a keynote address by Mr. Paul Bland, the Executive Director of Public Justice, and two panel discussions of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure Amendments and how they impact civil rights and the Federal Rules as interpreted through case law.  Please click here for more information and to RSVP.  Virginia MCLE credit pending. 


2016 SPIL Auction Save the Date

Please join CUA Law students and fellow alumni for a wonderful night of philanthropy and fun at SPIL’s Mardi Gras Masquerade live and silent auction! SPIL’s 25th Annual Auction will be on Friday, February 12, 6:30 to 10:30 pm.

Tickets are available for purchase online by clicking here.  Consider purchasing your ticket soon as ticket prices increase on February 3!  SPIL is once again hosting an online auction from February 1 to February 14. Visit the online auction here.  You can also click here to stay up to date on all of SPIL’s ongoing events.


Moot Court Seeks Alumni Volunteers

CUA Law’s Moot Court Association is seeking judges for the Seigenthaler-Sutherland Cup National First Amendment Moot Court Competition on Friday, March 18, 2016. This year’s competition combines the former Sutherland Cup, one of the oldest national appellate advocacy competitions in the United States, with the Newseum Institute’s former Seigenthaler National First Amendment Moot Court Competition.

The initial rounds will be held on Friday morning from 9:00 am until 12:15 pm at the Law School.  The quarterfinal rounds will be held from 2:00 pm until 5:00 pm. Twenty-four teams from law schools across the United States are registered to attend. On the evening of March 17, 2016, prior to the competition, the Newseum Institute will host a CLE session on the subject matter of this year’s competition problem taught by Professor David Hudson, a law professor at Vanderbilt University and Nashville School of Law, as well as the First Amendment Ombudsman for the Newseum Institute's First Amendment Center. Additionally, all volunteers will be given two free Newseum admission tickets.

If you are interested in volunteering as a judge, or if you have any questions, please contact the Moot Court Association’s Vice Chancellor for the Seigenthaler-Sutherland Cup, Andrew Howell, at


HeinOnline – New Pilot Program

New Pilot Program:  CUA Law alumni now have access to HeinOnline’s American Bar Association Law Library Collection Periodicals. With this addition to the online collection, alumni now have access (from any on-campus computer, or from off-campus with valid credentials by logging in here) to over 100 ABA-published journals covering a wide range of legal topics. This collection includes over 40 periodicals which were previously only made available to ABA section members. As is always the case with a HeinOnline product, these ABA periodicals are high-quality, scanned PDF files and are available from the publication's first issue.  If have any questions about using this service, please feel free to contact the Law Library.


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


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Alumni Calendar
& Upcoming Events

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

Evening Law Students & Alumni Reception
March 2, 2016
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld


Fourth Annual Dean’s Dinner Benefitting Student Scholarships
April 21, 2016
Cosmos Club

CUA Law Reunion
Weekend 2016

Reunite and Reconnect
October 14, 15 & 16, 2016
Celebrating Class Years
Ending in 1s and 6s!

If you are interested in serving on class reunion committee, please email

Support CUA Law
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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
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and input. Please email, to share
your ideas and to get involved.

CUA Law Annual Fund

THANK YOU to more than 1,000 alumni and friends who made gifts or pledges to the Annual Fund by the end of the calendar year. Your gifts show your support for the quality legal education provided here at CUA Law. Your participation in the 2015-16 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.

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.

Pope Francis Scholarship Fund

This past fall, CUA Law announced the establishment of a new scholarship initiative – The Pope Francis Scholarship Fund. This scholarship commemorates Pope Francis’ historic visit to Catholic University’s campus and advances the mission of Catholic education at CUA Law. You can support this new scholarship by clicking here.

Make a Sustainable Commitment to CUA Law

Making a recurring monthly gift to the CUA Law Annual Fund is an easy and convenient way to join the Law School’s mission of educating excellent lawyers. Monthly donations provide reliable financial support to address the Law School’s most critical needs, including student scholarship and academic programs.

Your recurring donation is secure and flexible. Click here to and customize your recurring gift under "Additional Information" in the giving form. Thank you!

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 Claire Howard in the Office of Development and Alumni Relations at




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