CUA Law E-newsletter - January 2017
Dean Daniel F. Attridge
A letter from Dean Daniel F. Attridge:

Dear CUA Law Alumni, Family, and Friends,

Our fall 2016 semester has reached a successful conclusion. Our students have taken their final exams and turned in their final papers.  Our faculty members are busy grading all of this work, while preparing for the next semester.  We are all ready to enjoy the Christmas holiday break.  Our new spring 2017 semester will begin on January 9.  This is a brief report on what’s been happening and what’s coming up:

1.  Christmas.  On behalf of all of us at CUA Law, we wish you a very Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year.  Or, if you do not celebrate Christmas, we wish you all the best in commemorating your own faith or other traditions at this time of year. 

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Alumni in the news

Robert Destro
Professor Robert Destro featured in article for CUA Magazine, Law Professor Advocates for Christians in the Middle East

David Lipton
Professor David Lipton presented a telecast talk to close to 150 lawyers for a panel presentation sponsored by the law firm of Dorsey and Whitney during their Annual Federal Enforcement Forum

Rett Ludwikowski
Professor Rett Ludwikowski Received the Commander's Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland

Suzette Malveaux
Professor Suzette M. Malveaux was quoted in a Bloomberg article entitled "Private Bar Fills Enforcement Void"

Mark Rienzi
Professor Mark Rienzi was quoted in a Catholic News Service article entitled "HHS contraceptive mandate in limbo awaiting action by new administration"

Lucia Silecchia
Professor Lucia Silecchia contributed to several biographical entries in the Encyclopedia of Christianity in the United States 5 Volumes "

To read more Faculty news and activities please click here.

Tiffany Anderson

The Honorable Tiffany Anderson '97 Appointed to Maryland Circuit Court

Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception

Robert F. Comstock '64 was a 2016 Patronal Medal Recipient

Kathryn Doan

Washington Council of Lawyers to Honor CUA Law Alumna Kathryn M. Doan ’91

Sarah K. Magruder Lyle

Sarah K. Magruder Lyle'01, was recently named the president of the Common Ground Alliance (CGA)

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Securities Law Program Again Achieves Full Placement

With the offer and acceptance of a position at the prestigious Division of Corporation Finance at the SEC, the ninth recipient of the Securities Law Program’s Certificate in May has again brought the Program's placement record to 100 percent by the end of the Fall term. This is the seventh time in the last eight years in which the Program has fulfilled this record.

The other graduating students accepted offers by June at some major firms, FINRA, and other government agencies. Professor David Lipton, Program Director, credits the Program’s placement record to the talent of the Program’s adjuncts; the dedication and generous willingness of the alumni to lend a hand; and the tenaciousness confidence of graduates in seeking positions in the industry.

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.


The Seigenthaler-Sutherland Cup Moot Court Competition will be held on March 24 and 25, 2017 at the Law School and the Newseum

Once again this year the Newseum will join the Law School in co-hosting the Siegenthaler-Sutherland Cup. We have 27 teams from all over the country coming to compete on March 24 and 25, 2017. This year's problem focuses on the application of the First Amendment to the off-campus digital speech of public high school students. It's a timely topic that raises fascinating legal questions. We need judges for the afternoon of Friday, March 25th. If you can help, please email moot Court Chancellor Yi Shen at Thank you!


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

2017 MLK Day of Service
January 16, 2017
Columbus School of Law

2017 CUA Law Externship Fair
February 1, 2017
Columbus School of Law

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

5th Annual Dean's Dinner
Thursday April 20, 2017
Cosmos Club in Washington, DC

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
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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. Learn more here.

Openings within CUA Law's Development and Alumni Relations Office

The CUA Law Development and Alumni Relations Office is hiring for a Director of Alumni Relations and a Major Gifts Officer.  Please find more information here and share the news with others who may be interested in applying.

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