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

Dear CUA Law Alumni, Family, and Friends,

Our busy fall semester is quickly coming to a close.  Our classes end on December 3, just after the Thanksgiving break, and then we head right into final exams concluding on December 20.  This is a brief report on what’s been happening and what’s coming up:

1.  Thanksgiving.  On behalf of all of us at CUA Law, we wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving.  We hope you have an opportunity to celebrate this wonderful national holiday with your family and friends.  At the Law School, we all have much for which to be grateful. 

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Alumni in the news

Roger Colinvaux
Professor Roger Colinvaux presented his book chapter "Nonprofits and Advocacy" at the Change-Makers of Democracy: Foundations and Nonprofits in Public Policy and published a Chronicle of Philanthropy op-ed entitled "Politics and Charity: Do Not Mix."

Regina Jefferson
Professor Regina Jefferson served on an expert panel regarding planning retirement in the United States

Paul Kurth
Paul Kurth, managing director of Columbus Community Legal Services (CCLS), Served as Instructor for low-income taxpayer training session

Mary Leary
Professor Mary Leary presented her latest work in progress, Policing the Third Dimension at the ABA Criminal Justice Section's Academic Roundtable and was quoted in a WTOP article entitled "Prince George’s Co. school system to implement student safety plan"

Benjamin Mintz Ken Pennington
Professors Benjamin Mintz and Kenneth Pennington were honored during a faculty luncheon on November 11, 2016 for their distinguished service to the Law School

Lucia Silecchia
Professor Lucia Silecchia was was quoted in a Catholic News Agency article entitled "Assisted suicide approved by Washington DC city council"

Leah Wortham
Professor Emerita Leah Wortham received the Officer's Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland (Krzyz Oficerski Orderu Zaslugi Rzeczypospolitej Polskiej) from Chancellery of the President of the Republic of Poland

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Charlene Barshefsky

Charlene Barshefsky '75, named Lawyer of the Year in Best Lawyers Magazine

President Obama recently nominated CUA Law graduate Judge Rainey Ransom Brandt '95 to serve on the Superior Court of the District of Columbia

Jeffrey Chiesa

Jeffrey Chiesa '90, was tapped by the Governor Chris Christie administration to oversee the state takeover of Atlantic City

Marvin Johnson

Marvin Johnson '80, and former CUA Law Adjunct Professor, has been nominated by President Obama to a key Administration post on the Federal Service Impasses Panel, Federal Labor Relations Authority

Patrick M. Regan

Patrick M. Regan '80 and his firm Regan Zambri Long PLLC, were featured on the cover of the Best Lawyers in America 2017 magazine

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2016 CUA Law Reunion Weekend is a Success

On November 14, the CUA Law/Ehrlich Partnership organized a panel discussion “Your Voice, Your Future.”Students, faculty, staff, and guests heard from The Honorable Robert L. Ehrlich Jr., CNN political contributor Van Jones, CUA Law Professor J.P. "Sandy" Ogilvy, and Amy Pofahl (granted Presidential Clemency in 2000). Mark Hyman of Behind the Headlines moderated the event.

The panel answered questions ranging across a broad spectrum of criminal justice issues including, recidivism statistics, problems of reentry for returning citizens, the impact of “three strikes” law, and the impact on minority hiring of “ban the box” legislation. Click here to read more.

A Celebration of Scholars and Benefactors

The Alumni Office is seeking alumni to assist current first-year students in the form of Mentors and Advisors. Please consider serving as an alumni Mentor or Advisor. As alumni, you have much knowledge and insight to share with our students, and we greatly appreciate your assistance. Click here to learn more about these opportunities and to register as a Mentor or Advisor.


26th Annual SPIL Auction

Students for Public Interest Law (SPIL) would like to invite alumni to attend an evening of revelry and philanthropy at the 26th Annual SPIL Auction! The silent and live auction event will be held in the Atrium of the Law School on Friday, February 17, 2017 and the theme is Lights, Camera, Auction: A Night on the Red Carpet. Proceeds raised from the event will help provide stipends for students interning in public interest law over the summer. Please join us in what is sure to be a wonderful evening for a worthy cause. You can find more information about the event on our website (


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Alumni Calendar
& Upcoming Events

34th Annual Alumni
& Friends Christmas Party

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

2017 CUA Law Open House
February 11, 2017
Columbus School of Law

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26th Annual SPIL Auction
February 17, 2017
Columbus School of Law

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.

Year-End Giving

In this season of giving and goodwill, we hope you will consider a gift to the Annual Fund to make a difference in the lives of our deserving students at CUA Law. Your year-end support is especially critical to helping CUA Law open doors for a quality legal education. As 2016 comes to an end, and a new year with new opportunities unfolds, there are several options to make a year-end investment in the Law School in the most tax-wise and effective manner.

Your gift at this time will also provide support for scholarships, our clinics, as well as our outstanding programs throughout the Law School. To find out how you can make your gift today please click here.

Please note that CUA Law School offices are closed from December 22 through January 2. During this time we encourage you to make your gift online using our secure credit card system.


Moot Court Seeks Alumni Volunteers

The Seigenthaler-Sutherland Cup Moot Court Competition will be held on March 24 and 25, 2017 at the Law School and the Newseum. This is one of the most important events in the academic year for our law school’s moot court program. The Moot Court Board welcomes alumni to serve as judges. We will have bench briefs waiting for you, and it takes very little time – one or two one-hour arguments. It’s a great way to support the Law School, learn about an important First Amendment issue, and have fun! The Seigenthaler-Sutherland Cup is a collaborative project between our law school and the Newseum Institute’s First Amendment Center that evolved from our Sutherland Cup program and the Nesum’s Siegnethaler Competition Twenty-eight teams from a diverse array of law schools across the country will participate in the competition. If you are interested in participating, please let us know by email Moot Court Vice-Chancellor Yi Shen at While we know schedules can change, it would be really helpful to know of your interest by December 20th.

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