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

Dear CUA Law Alumni, Family, and Friends,

Our new spring 2017 semester began on January 9.  Our classes, programs, and activities are back in full swing.  This is a brief report on what’s been happening and what’s coming up:

1.  2016 Year in Review.  At CUA Law, we take great pride in the accomplishments of our students, alumni, faculty, and staff.  Together we can and do make a real difference in our communities through our dedicated service to others.

Read more here


Alumni in the news

Robert Destro
Professor Robert Destro referenced in a National Catholic Register article

Megan La Belle
Professor Megan M. La Belle published an article entitled "Public Enforcement of Patent Law" in the Boston University Law Review

Mary Leary
Professor Mary Leary's expertise in the area of the exploitation of children and women was sought out by Catholic News Agency and published an op-ed in the National Review entitled "We’ve Allowed a Culture That Devalues Women to Blossom."

Ken Pennington
Professor Ken Pennington was quoted in a TIME article entitled "TV’s Young Pope Is Scandalous, But the Real Youngest Pope Has the ‘Worst Reputation’"

Mark Rienzi
Professor Mark Rienzi and his colleagues at the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty won a nationwide injunction against a federal regulation

Lucia Silecchia
Professor Lucia Silecchia published an op-ed in Crux Now entitled "The Legacy of Roe v. Wade extends beyond abortion" and in a Washington Examiner op-ed, Silecchia reflected on abortion legislation considered by the Supreme Court last year in light of Roe v. Wade

To read more Faculty news and activities please click here.

Sarah K. Magruder Lyle

Andrew Bremberg '06, has been nominated by President-Elect Donald J. Trump to serve as the Director of the White House Domestic Policy Council.


Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai recently announced the appointment of Brendan Carr '05 as the Commission’s Acting General Counsel

A. B. Majeed

Judge A.B. Majeed '75, was recently profiled in Florida Today regarding his retirement as the longest-serving active county judge in the 18th Judicial Circuit


Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai recently announced staff appointments to the Office of the Chairman. Two appointees are Alison Nemeth '14 and Rachael Bender '10.

Kevin Ring

Families Against Mandatory Minimums founder Julie Stewart announced that CUA Law alumnus, Kevin Ring '96, has officially become president of the nonprofit sentencing reform organization.

Tiffany Anderson

David Winstead '82 was appointed by Maryland Governor Larry Hogan recently as one of three new Maryland Aviation Commissioners

To read more Class Notes please click here.

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Leveraging CUA Law's DC Location for the Benefit of its students

Click here to see some of the highlights from the past year at The Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law.


Leveraging CUA Law's DC Location for the Benefit of its students

CUA Law Professor Suzette Malveaux takes advantage of the Law School’s D.C. location by taking students to a historic Supreme Court oral argument and bringing long-time civil rights activist Judy Richardson to the classroom.

On January 18, 2017, students from Professor Malveaux’s Civil Procedure class, Civil Rights Law class, and fall Fair Employment class had the opportunity to expand their legal education by attending their first Supreme Court Oral Argument: Ashcroft v. Abbasi. In order to witness some of the most talented appellate advocates in the country argue before the Supreme Court Justices, students were asked to meet in front of the Court at 4:00 a.m., just to make sure they could get in.

The following day, students in Professor Malveaux’s Civil Rights Law class were able to hear firsthand what it was like for a leader of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) during the 1960s civil rights movement. Ms. Richardson shared what it was like to do civil rights work not only in the deep south, but also on Maryland’s eastern shore, as a sophomore in college and beyond.

2017 Student Scholar Series

Adilene Rosales (3L) delivered the first Student Scholars Series lecture of the semester on January 25. Rosales’ scholarship, “Sentenced to Life in a Foreign Country: Distinguishing Between Aggravated Felon, Significant Misdemeanants, and Innocent Immigrants,” examined the implementation of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program through a series of memoranda issued by the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security.

Current legislative assistant for Congressman Bishop, Julian Johnson, served as the respondent for Rosales’ lecture. After the lecture, Rosales took questions from the audience, and students had the opportunity to engage in conversations with faculty and guests. Read more here.


26th Annual SPIL Auction

This year your support of SPIL can go twice as far!

This year you can double your impact with a donation to the Eric Weissman ’94 Memorial Fund, a SPIL stipend awarded in memory of an alumnus who was dedicated to the CUA Law community and public service.

A generous donor has agreed to match every single dollar you give — up to $15,000 — to the close of the auction on February 17th. To double your support of SPIL stipends visit by 2/17 and choose the “Eric D. Weissman ’94 Memorial Scholarship” in the dropdown.

If you would like more information about this fund and who is eligible for the scholarship please visit



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Class Notes
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Alumni Calendar
& Upcoming Events

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

2017 Catholic University Law Review Symposium
February 3, 2017
Columbus School of Law

Brendan Brown Lecture with Cornell William Brooks, NAACP president
February 8, 2017
Columbus School of Law

Alumni Mentor Reception
with Alice Fisher ’92

February 1o, 2017
Columbus School of Law

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

Brendan Brown Lecture: A Conversation with Judge Sri Srinivasan
February 15, 2017
Columbus School of Law

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

2017 Journal of Law & Technology Symposium
February 28, 2017
Columbus School of Law

- - Save The Date - -
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
is growing, and wants your ideas
and input. Please email, to share
your ideas and to get involved.

CUA Law Annual Fund

THANK YOU to more than 1,000 alumni and friends who made gifts or pledges to the Annual Fund by the end of the calendar year. Your gifts show your support for the quality legal education provided here at CUA Law. Your participation in the 2016-17 Annual Fund has helped greatly in advancing the Law School and will leave an indelible mark on the academic life of our current student body.

To those that have yet to make a gift, there is still time. The end of the fiscal year is approaching on April 30th and we still have a way to go to reach our goal. Your gift will help us to continue to provide quality academic programs for our students. If you choose to make a gift today please click here.

Every gift counts and will have a profound effect on our students.


Alumni Judges Needed for Seigenthaler-Sutherland Moot Court Competition

Once again this year the Newseum will join the Law School in co-hosting the Seigenthaler-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!

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