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

Dear CUA Law Alumni, Family, and Friends,

We are nearly halfway through a schedule of classes in our spring semester.  Despite some cold temperatures and rescheduling resulting from three snow days, our students, faculty, and staff have been engaged in many activities during the past month.  This is a brief report on what’s been happening and what’s coming up:


1.  Dean’s Dinner Benefiting Student Scholarships.  On April 21, our Board of Visitors will be hosting our annual Dean’s Dinner benefiting student scholarships.  The dinner will be held at the Cosmos Club in downtown Washington.  Our guest speaker will be Kenneth R. Feinberg, mediator extraordinare of high profile controversies and one of the most influential lawyers in the country.

Read more here


Alumni in the news

Marshall Breger
Professor Marshall Breger sat on a panel addressing the Muslim efforts in defense of Christians in Muslim-Majority Countries during the annual National Prayer Breakfast in Washington D.C.

Cara Drinan
Professor Cara Drinan published a new blog post, White House and Supreme Court Agree: Children Deserve a Shot at Redemption

Paul Kurth
Paul Kurth, Managing Director of CCLS, appointed to the Taxpayers Advocacy Panel, Tax Clinic awarded grant

Mary Leary
Professor Mary Leary's article "The Third Dimension of Victimization" was published in the newest volume of the Ohio State Journal of Criminal Law

Raymond O'Brien
Professor Raymond C. O'Brien published an article entitled "Selective Issues in Effective Medicaid Estate Recovery Statutes" in the Catholic University Law Review

Sandy Ogilvy
Professor J.P. "Sandy" Ogilvy Published Book Entitled Inside Torts: What Matters and Why

Mark Rienzi
Professor Mark Rienzi was quoted in several publications in reference to Justice Scalia's death and what it means for the upcoming Little Sisters of the Poor case before SCOTUS

Lucia Silecchia
Professor Lucia Silecchia's op-ed "Tapping Our Better Nature To Solve Global Woes," was published by the Environmental Law Institute.

George Smith
Professor George P. Smith co-authored an article with David Steenburg '15 entitled "Environmental Hedonism or, Securing the Environment Through the Common Law"

Victor Williams
Professor Victor Williams was quoted in a February 16 article published by Mother Jones about President Obama's ability to appoint a replacement for Justice Scalia

To read more Faculty news and activities please click here.

Daniel Gallagher

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan recently announced the appointments of the Honorable Karen Mason '92 and Ms. Dorothy Engel '00 as state Circuit Court Judges.

Otis Milton Smith

Black History Month Display Honors Law Alumnus Otis Milton Smith '50

Keeshea Turner Roberts

25th Annual SPIL Auction Honors it’s First Auction Chair Terry McClendon Werner, ’91

To read more Class Notes please click here.

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

25th Annual SPIL Auction a Success

For the 25th year, the Students for Public Interest Law (SPIL) held its annual auction, a signature event within the Law School community. The auction raises money to fund stipends for CUA Law students to take summer public interest jobs that they otherwise could not afford to accept. For the selected applicants each year, the SPIL stipend makes the critical difference in their ability to pursue their passion for helping others. 

The February 12 event offered its usual combination of a live auction, a silent auction offering donated items on display tables for one week leading up to the main event, and for the second year in a row, an online auction for bidders who could not attend in person.


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


2016 Dean’s Dinner Benefiting Student Scholarships

The Board of Visitors of the Columbus School of Law, along with Dean Daniel F. Attridge, is pleased to host the 4th Annual Dean’s Dinner, with proceeds benefiting Student Scholarships. The Dean’s Dinner will take place on Thursday, April 21, 2016 at the Cosmos Club, and will feature Kenneth R. Feinberg as the guest speaker.  All alumni and friends are invited to attend and urged to support this great cause.

If you would like more information about this event or are interested in serving as a named host, please email or click here


CUA Law In Action Series

CUA Law’s Offices of Alumni Relations and Career & Professional Development are pleased to continue the CUA Law Advantage In Action Series with its latest installment for Intellectual Property and Information Privacy law. 

Please join fellow alumni and students interested in these growing fields for a career panel (5:30 p.m.) and networking reception (6:15 p.m.) on March 21, 2016 at the Columbus School of Law.  Click here to register.


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


Alumni Referral Scholarships Available to Incoming Students

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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Alumni Calendar
& Upcoming Events

Luncheon Honoring
Alumni in the Judiciary

February 26, 2016

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

An Evening with CUA Law
For Admitted Students, Alumni, and Student Leaders
March 10, 2016
Jones Day

First Year Friday Reception with Alumni Mentors and Student Mentees
Special Guest Speaker -  Mitch Ettinger ’83 , Managing Partner – D.C. Office of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
March 11, 2016
Columbus School of Law

2016 Journal of Law & Technology Symposium
March 17, 2016
Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP

CUA Law Advantage –
In Action Series

Intellectual Property /
Information Privacy
March 21, 2016
Columbus School of Law

Boston Alumni Reception
March 23, 2016
Sally & Fitch LLP
Boston, MA

Philadelphia Alumni Reception
March 29, 2016
Reed Smith, LLP

New York City Alumni Reception
April 14, 2016
Hunton & Willams LLP

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

Board of Visitors Meeting
April 22, 2016
Columbus School of Law

Alumni Council Meeting
April 23, 2016
Columbus School of Law


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

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CUA Law Alumni Resources
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CUA Law Annual Fund

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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.

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