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

Dear CUA Law Alumni, Family, and Friends,

Our 2015-16 academic year has come to a successful conclusion.  Our students are now looking forward to summer jobs or internships, some well-earned vacation time, and in the case of our newest graduates, preparation for bar examinations.  Our faculty will refocus on their scholarship and other pursuits over the summer months.  In the meantime, we will all be getting ready for the upcoming fall semester beginning in mid-August with a new class of incoming day and evening students.  This is a brief report on what’s been happening and what’s coming up:


1.  Class of 2016 Commencement.  We had a beautiful sunny day for our 127th annual Commencement exercises on May 27. In accordance with our traditions, we celebrated graduation at a magnificent venue — the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception — and afterwards with a reception on the Law School Lawn. It was a fantastic day for our graduates, our Law School, and our University.

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Alumni in the news

Cara Drinan
Professor Cara H. Drinan was quoted in an article published by the Catholic News Agency entitled "How being poor wrecks your chances of good legal representation." and published a new blog post, A Congressional Fix to the Indigent Defense Crisis

Megan La Belle
Professor Megan M. La Belle was a guest blogger at PrawfsBlawg in May. Her posts were titled "Consent to General Personal Jurisdiction" and "Forum Shopping in Patent Cases."

Mary Leary
Professor Mary Leary was named to the Editorial Board of a new online Journal on Sexual Exploitation and Violence and was quoted in an article published by the Catholic News Agency entitled "How being poor wrecks your chances of good legal representation."

David Lipton
Professor David Lipton participated in his inaugural meeting as a Trustee of the Securities and Exchange Commission Historical Society, held in New York City.

Mark Rienzi
Professor Mark Rienzi asked by various media outlets for his view on the May 16 SCOTUS decision

Marin Scordato
Associate Dean Marin Scordato published an article entitled "A Legal Definition of Leadership: Understanding § 3B.1 of the Federal Sentencing Guidelines," in Volume 19 of the Lewis & Clark Law Review

To read more Faculty news and activities please click here.

Roberta Liebenberg

Roberta Liebenberg ’75, is a recipient of the ABA’s Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Award

Mary Card-Mina

Lt. Col. Mary Card-Mina ’96 to be Honored by the National Association of Women Lawyers


J. Patricia Wilson Smoot ’88, Nominated by President Obama as Commissioner for the United States Parole Commission

Malcolm Young

Malcolm Young ’74, Launches Program Aimed as Assisting Newly Released Inmates

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Congratulations to our Newest Alumni

On Friday, May 27, 2016, CUA Law officially welcomed the graduates of the Class of 2016 in to its family of more than 11,500 alumni living all around the world.

Congratulations graduates and welcome to the CUA Law Alumni Association!


New Accolades for CUA Law

The Columbus School of Law was ranked at #4 by the National Law Journal for the school with the highest percentage of 2015 graduates in permanent, fulltime government and public interest jobs and as #12 nationally as one of the most diverse law schools in the country by PreLaw magazine.


Law and Public Policy Program Students Honored at Annual Brunch

On Sunday, April 24th, the 2016 CUA Law and Public Policy Program Certificate Candidates and The Eleanore Dulin and James Clanton Haynes Memorial Fellows were honored at an annual brunch designed to congratulate students on their achievements.


CUA Law Annual Fund

Thank You!

A sincere thanks to all of our 2016 donors! This year over 1,200 alumni, faculty, staff, students and friends joined together in support of CUA Law. These gifts strengthen our community and enable us to continue the mission of providing a practical, focused, and connected legal education to deserving students. Continue your support today by making a gift at


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Class Notes
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Alumni Calendar
& Upcoming Events

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

Virginia Bar Pre-Swearing In Brunch
June 8, 2015
The Greater Richmond Convention Center

The Law & Technology Institute’s State of the Institute Brown Bag Lunch
June 14, 2016
FCC – Washington, DC

Nationals Game & Pre-Game Alumni Picnic
July 15, 2016
Washington Nationals v. Pittsburgh Pirates

Virginia Bar Exam Lunches
July 26 and 27
Roanoke, VA

Maryland Bar Exam Lunches
July 26 and 27
Baltimore, MD


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
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.

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