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

Dear CUA Law Alumni, Family, and Friends,

We are off to a great start for our 2016-17 academic year.  Orientation for our new students was held from August 16th to 18th, and classes for all students began on August 22nd.  We’re delighted to welcome a new group of students and to welcome back our upper-division students.  This is a brief report on our latest developments and what’s coming up:

1. A New Class of Students.   Our Admissions Office, led by Director Shani Butts, continues to attract high-quality students to our Law School.  This year we are fortunate to be enrolling 124 new first-year students to our J.D. program. 

Read more here


Alumni in the news

Dean Daniel Attridge
The Women’s Bar Association to Honor CUA Law Dean Daniel F. Attridge

Stacy Brustin
Professor Roger Colinvaux was quoted in an article entitled "Trump Wants to Make Churches the New Super PACs," in The Atlantic

Cara Drinan

Professor Cara Drinan is Making the Case for Mercy and Fair Sentencing for Juvenile Offenders

A.G. Harmon

Professor A.G. Harmon recently published an article entitled  "'Should' or 'Must'?: Distinguishing Mandates from Guidelines in Tort Claims Contexts," in the West Virginia Law Review

Megan La Belle

Professor Megan M. La Belle won the 2016 Southeastern Association of Law Schools (SEALS) Call for Papers Award

Mary Leary
Professor Mary Leary featured in CUA Alumni Magazine,Breaking the Chains: Members of the Catholic University community stand up for those affected by human trafficking and was quoted in National Catholic Register

Sandy Ogilvy

Professor Sandy Ogilvy, Hyun Jin Kim ’15, and the Law School’s Innocence Clinic featured in CUA Alumni Magazine; also another client from CUA Law's Innocence Project Clinic & Clemency Project has Sentence Commuted by President Obama

Mark Rienzi
Professor Mark Rienzi published an article entitled "Symposium: Gay rights, religious liberty and … tire scraps? The inclusive Fourteenth Amendment path in Trinity Lutheran," on SCOTUSblog

Lucia Silecchia
Professor Lucia Silecchia's paper "'Social Love' as a Vision for Environmental Law: Laudato Si' and the Rule of Law," was recently published in Liberty University Law Review

To read more Faculty news and activities please click here.

Mark Holden

Mark Holden ’88 Appears on MSNBC in Support of Criminal Justice Reform

Laila Leigh

Laila Leigh ’10 Joins Columbus Community Legal Services (CCLS)

Roshni Nair

Former clinic student and CUA Law alumna, Roshni Nair ’16 follows challenging CCLS case through graduation

To read more Class Notes please click here.

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

Large Turnout for Back to School Carnival Organized By CUA Law Student, Veda Rasheed (3E)

The Back to School Carnival organized by Veda Rasheed (3E) was a huge success. Over 200 families attended the event held on August 20 on the field of the Richard England Boys & Girls Club located at 4103 Benning Road, N.E., Washington, D.C. Rasheed worked for months to plan the Carnival to provide those in need of school supplies with the tools necessary to be successful in the classroom.


The Columbus School of Law Mourns the Passing of Justice H.F. Sparky Gierke, III

Justice H.F. Sparky Gierke III, 73, Bismarck, passed away Aug. 7, 2016.  A long-time adjunct faculty member, Judge Gierke regularly hired CUA Law alumni as his law clerks and was honored as Best Adjunct Faculty Member at the Columbus School of Law in 2002 and 2004.  A memorial session of the Court to honor Judge Gierke is being planned for Tuesday, Oct 11, at 1:30 p.m. 

Click here to read a tribute to Judge Gierke by CUA Law alumnus, Sean M. Connolly ’99.

2016 Reunion Weekend

It’s almost time to reconnect with your CUA Law School classmates!  Reunion Weekend 2016 is October 14-16 and will honor the classes of 1966, 1971, 1976, 1981, 1986, 1991, 1996, 2001, 2006 and 2011.

REGISTRATION IS LIVE! You can take a look at a full list of events by clicking here.  For more information, contact the Office of Development & Alumni Relations at (202) 319-5670. 


Reunion Class Giving Campaign

Reunion is a time to come together to remember, reconnect, and celebrate. It is also an opportunity to give back. In a reunion year many alumni make their first gift, while others increase their annual gift to contribute as a class and ensure the success of CUA Law and its students. 

Each reunion committee has set a giving goal to reach in honor of their reunion. Help your class reach their goal this year by making a gift today at


Save the Dates – Seigenthaler – Sutherland Moot Court Competition

For the second year in a row, the Newseum Institute and the Columbus School of Law will host the Seigenthaler-Sutherland National First Amendment Moot Court Competition.  The Law School will host the Seigenthaler-Sutherland National First Amendment Moot Court Competition March 24 and 25, 2017. For more information, please email


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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

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Alumni Calendar
& Upcoming Events

St. John XXIII Lecture
September 8
Columbus School of Law

Board of Visitors Meeting
September 9
Columbus School of Law

Alumni Council Meeting
September 9
Columbus School of Law

Alexandria Area Alumni & Friends Reception
September 21
Home of Tom and Susan Newell ’93
Alexandria, Virginia

2nd Annual Friends and Family Day with First Year Friday Presentation by Brian Stolarz ‘98
September 30
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!

Law Alumni Association Meeting
Open to All CUA Law Alumni!
October 15, 2016
Columbus School of Law

William Callyhan Robinson Society Induction Ceremony and Luncheon
October 16, 2016
Columbus School of Law 

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

Save the Date!
34th Annual Alumni
& Friends Christmas Party

December 14, 2016
The Ritz-Carlton
1150 22nd Street, N.W.

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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
is growing, and wants your ideas
and input. Please email, to share
your ideas and to get involved.

The 2016 CUA Securities Law Program Lecture Series

presents the following lectures inspired by the work of Commissioner Dan Gallagher ’99, while serving at the SEC.

September 14, 2016 5:00 p.m.
The Value of Non-Transparent Markets (“Dark Pools”) in Securities Trading
Speaker: Matt Anderson, CEO Headlands Tech

October 5, 2016 5:00 p.m.
Why is “CATS” Essential to Securities Law Enforcement
Speaker: Scott W. Bauguess, Deputy Chief Economist, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and Deputy Director, Division of Economic and Risk Analysis

Both lectures to take place in Slowinski Courtroom with receptions to follow in the Law School Atrium.


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Your gift to the Annual Fund provides CUA Law the resources to recruit and retain the best and brightest students. A gift to the Annual Fund, no matter the amount, makes a direct impact on our students, scholarship, and the school. Give online today!

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