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

Dear CUA Law Alumni, Family, and Friends,

The beautiful season of spring has arrived on our campus.  Outside, the flowers are in bloom, the waters in our courtyard fountain are flowing, and new green leaves are sprouting on the trees.  Inside our building, we are winding up our spring 2016 semester and our 2015-16 academic year.  Classes end on April 29, final exams will be held from May 3 to May 16, and graduation on May 27. This is a brief report on what’s been happening and what’s coming up:


1. CUA Law’s Accolades.  According to a new study, CUA Law ranks #12 nationally as one of the most diverse law schools in the country.  Conducted by Jack Manhire, the director of program development at Texas A&M University School of Law, the study looks at how well law schools’ student bodies represent the national population based on gender, race, and ethnicity.  CUA earned a score of 95.25 out of 100 in the study.

Read more here


Alumni in the news

Marshall Breger
Professor Marshall Breger is one of eight academics, who has been invited to participate in a book review blog from the Yale Journal on Regulation and the ABA Section of Administrative Law & Regulatory Practice, "Notice and Comment"

Roger Colinvaux
Professor Roger Colinvaux attended a conference at Stanford University and presented his paper "Donor Advised Funds: Charitable Spending Vehicles for 21st Century Philanthropy""

Cara Drinan
The Charles Koch Foundation has awarded Professor Cara H. Drinan a research sabbatical grant for Fall 2016

J. P. Ogilvy
Professor J.P. Ogilvy was quoted in Corporate Counsel's February 2016 issue on the subject of the importance and value of Externships

Mark Rienzi
Professor Mark Rienzi and the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty continue to be in the news discussing the Little Sisters of the Poor v. Burwell

To read more Faculty news and activities please click here.

Daryl A. “Sandy” Chamblee

Daryl A. “Sandy” Chamblee '77 Honored by Black Law Students Association

Michael Missal

On Tuesday, April 19, the Senate confirmed the nomination of Michael Missal '82 to be the Inspector General of the Department of Veterans Affairs.

To read more Class Notes please click here.

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

2016 Dean’s Dinner Benefiting Student Scholarships

Initiated by the Law School’s Board of Visitors in 2013 to honor then new dean, Daniel F. Attridge, the Dean’s Dinner has become an important spring tradition at CUA Law as a means of raising scholarship donations for students. This year’s event was held at the Cosmos Club in Washington, D.C. where there was a reception and dinner featuring key note remarks by Kenneth R. Feinberg, founder and managing partner of The Law Office of Kenneth R. Feinberg, P.C.


A Conversation with FBI Director James B. Comey, Jr.

On the evening of April 12, 2016, students, alumni, faculty, staff, and guests gathered at the Columbus School of Law for “A Conversation with Director James B. Comey, Jr.” The event was part of the Brendan F. Brown Lecture Series. Named to honor the sixth dean of the Columbus School of Law, Brendan Francis Brown (1949–54), this lecture series invites outstanding professionals, who have made a contribution to public life, to share their perspectives on a wide variety of current topics. The event drew media attention from several outlets and a recording of the discussion is available online here.


2016 International Networking Panel at the Polish Embassy in Washington, D.C.

Catholic University’s Comparative and International Law Institute (CILI) conducted its annual collaboration with the Polish Embassy to present “An International Career Panel and Networking Reception,” held on April 12, 2016 at the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Washington, D.C.


2016 Communications Milestone Award Ceremony & Reception – June 2, 2016

The 2016 Milestone Award will be presented to Bryan N. Tramont, Esquire, Managing Partner of Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP ("WBK") and CUA Law Adjunct Professor, on June 2, 2016 at The Mayflower Hotel. Mr. Tramont is being honored for his longstanding and wide-ranging support of the Columbus School of Law and the Law and Technology Institute (formerly the Institute for Communications Law Studies) (“Institute”) as well as the study of communications law. For more information about the Milestone Award, the 2016 event, and registration and sponsorship details, please click here.


Alumni Council Spring 2016 Meeting & Elections

On April 23, 2016 the Law School’s Alumni Council conducted its third annual spring meeting. Andrea Bautista ’10, Sean Flaim ’12, William Haun ’12, Daniel Kane ’15, Edward McAndrew ’95, Kristin McGough ’08, Jonathan Tabacoff ’14, and Yoliara Ramos Soto ’16 (anticipated) were elected by the Council as the organization’s newest members and the following alumni will serve as the 2016-17 Alumni Council Officers:

Stanley E. Woodward, 2008

Maureen Smith Lawrence, 2008

Leah Quaile, 2012

J. Parker Griffin, 2008


Law Review’s Alumni Newsletter is Back: Footnotes65

The Catholic University Law Review is happy to announce the relaunch of Footnotes, its annual alumni and friends’ newsletter. Since its last Footnotes issue, the law school and Law Review have undergone many changes. Please click here to read more.



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Alumni Calendar
& Upcoming Events

Montgomery County Alumni Reception
May 5, 2016
Paley Rothman, Bethesda

Alumni Council Wine
Tasting with Students

Benefiting SPIL
May 13, 2016

Law School Commencement - Institutes' Ceremony and Reception
May 26, 2016

Mass of Thanksgiving
May 26, 2016
St. Vincent’s Chapel

Class of 2016 Celebration
May 26, 2016

Law School Commencement
May 27, 2016

If you are related to any of our 2016 law school graduates, please contact Joan Vorrasi,, to receive an invitation to the Legacy Breakfast.

Milestone Award Ceremony & Reception Honoring Bryan N. Tramont, Esquire
June 2, 2016
The Mayflower Hotel


Nationals Game &
Pre-Game Alumni Picnic

July 15, 2016
Washington Nationals v.
Pittsburgh Pirates

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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is growing, and wants your ideas
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April 30: End of Fiscal Year Giving

With just days left before the end of the fiscal year on April 30th, please consider making a gift to the CUA Law Annual Fund. Contributions to the Annual Fund provide scholarship and financial aid opportunities and help to support the school in countless other ways.

Regardless of the amount, your generosity is essential in making another successful year for CUA Law!

Visit to make your donation today. Thank you!

2016 Law Firm
Challenge Update

With just one week to go until the conclusion of the Law Firm Challenge, here are the standings in both the large and small firm categories:

Firms with 12 more alumni 

First Place Participation:
Holland & Knight

First Place Dollars Raised:
Hogan Lovells

Firms with 5-11 alumni 

Small Firm Participation:
Steptoe Johnson

Small Firm Dollars Raised:
Goulston & Storrs

If your firm is not in the top spot there is still time to make a gift.  All gifts to the school made by April 30th will be counted toward the Law Firm Challenge. Make your gift today and help your firm reach the top!

For questions about the Law Firm Challenge, please contact Annual Fund Coordinator, Claire Howard at 202-319-4638.

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