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

Dear CUA Law Alumni, Family, and Friends,

We are now halfway through the schedule of classes in our spring semester.   Taking advantage of a relatively mild winter, our students, faculty, and staff have been engaged in many activities during the past month.  This is a brief report on what’s been happening and what’s coming up:

1.  Dean’s Dinner Benefiting Student Scholarships.  On April 20, our Board of Visitors will be hosting our annual Dean’s Dinner benefiting student scholarships.  The dinner will be held at the Cosmos Club in downtown Washington. Our guest speaker will be Daniel M. Gallagher, Jr. ’99, former Commissioner of the Securities and Exchange Commission and current President of Patomak Global Partners, LLC.

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Alumni in the news

E. Clinton Bamberger Jr. - Photo courtesy of the Baltimore Sun
The Columbus School of Law Mourns the Passing of E. Clinton Bamberger Jr.

Roger Colinvaux
Professor Roger Colinvaux was part of a debate sponsored by U.S. News and World Report about whether to heed Donald Trump’s call to “destroy” the Johnson Amendment

Megan La Belle
Professor Megan M. La Belle is a guest blogger at PrawfsBlawg and presented her forthcoming article, The Patently Unexceptional Venue Statute.

Mary Leary
Professor Mary Leary's presented the paper entitled "Dear John, You are a Human Trafficker" at the South Carolina Law Review Symposium and was quoted in reference to victims of sex trafficking and in reference to the SCOTUS case of the Mexican teen shot at border.

Suzette Malveaux Aoife Delargy
Professor Suzette Malveaux and Pro Bono Coordinator Aoife Delargy Lowe Volunteer to Help Immigrants Under New Travel Ban

Raymond Obrien
Rev. Raymond C. O'Brien Establishes Endowed Scholarship in Honor of His Grandparents

Lucia Silecchia
Professor Lucia Silecchia was interviewed by EWTN News Nightly, recently published an op-ed entitled "Rejecting a View That Any Human Life Is Dispensable", and recently began service as an Expert of the Holy See's Permanent Observer Mission to the United Nations

To read more Faculty news and activities please click here.

Michelle Curth

Michelle Curth's '12 Pro Bono Client Granted Clemency

Alice Fisher

Alice Fisher '92 spoke at the 2017 Mentor/Mentee Reception at CUA Law.

To read more Class Notes please click here.

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Survey Confirms CUA Law as Top Supplier to Big Law Firms

According to an article published on February 10, 2017 by Vault, CUA Law ranks #26 nationally as one of the best school for BigLaw jobs. Vault conducted a 2016 survey with 15,673 BigLaw associates and identified the associates ABA-approved law schools. Vault then factored in the size of the law school and the ABA’s 2016 law school matriculation data. They used the matriculation numbers to calculate an expected number of BigLaw associates by school size only and then compared that to the actual number of BigLaw associates.


Brendan Brown Lecture Series Continued in February

NAACP President Cornell William Brooks spoke before a crowded Slowinski Courtroom on February 8 for the Brendan F. Brown Lecture Series in an impassioned lecture entitled, “The Ballot and the Testament”, where he discussed the right to vote and the NAACP’s history of social justice. Brooks spoke about the current mass incarceration epidemic and need for sentencing reform as issues of human dignity. “Our humanity cannot be reduced to our mugshot numbers, to our criminal record numbers. Our humanity cannot be stripped away by the dehumanizing treatment of our criminal justice system,” he said.

The second Brendan F. Brown Lecture Series was organized as a conversation between CUA Law Dean Daniel F. Attridge and the Honorable Sri Srinivasan on February 15. The discussion covered topics including the challenges of representing clients who others have demonized, the best courses to take in law school, advice regarding mentor relationships, and the importance of faith. In talking about his own personal and professional journey, Judge Srinivasan spoke about his immigration to the U.S. as a child and his pathway to citizenship as a young adult, “In the early 1990s, I took the Oath of Citizenship from a federal judge in California. Twenty years later I can give the Oath of Citizenship as a federal judge. It is remarkable.”

2017 Student Scholar Series

José Espejo (3L) delivered the second Student Scholars Series lecture of the semester on February 22. Espejo’s scholarship, “The Enforceability of In Terrorem Clauses,” argued that no-contest clauses, also known as “in terrorem” clauses, which forbids a beneficiary from challenging a will or trust, should be enforced.

Chris Wright '11 of Vogelman, Turner & Wright, P.C. served as the respondent for Espejo’s lecture. Wright’s primary areas of practice are wills, trusts and estates, tax law, and business law. He worked full-time as a Certified Public Accountant while attending CUA Law as an evening student. Read more here.


26th Annual SPIL Auction

For the 26th year, the Students for Public Interest Law (SPIL) held its annual auction, a signature event within the Law School community. The auction raises money to fund stipends for CUA Law students to take summer public interest jobs that they otherwise could not afford to accept. For the selected applicants each year, the SPIL stipend makes the critical difference in their ability to pursue their passion for helping others.

The February 17 event offered its usual combination of a live auction, a silent auction offering donated items on display tables for one week leading up to the main event, and for the second year in a row, an online auction for bidders who could not attend in person.

"Elizabeth Ross (2L), Sydny Bryan (2L), Caroline Mrohs (3L) and Maggie O'Neill (3L) worked tirelessly to prepare for and manage another successful SPIL Auction," said David Schrock, the Law School’s director of financial aid and the staff advisor for the event. "Each year I am inspired by members of the SPIL and their dedication to the public interest law, and especially their commitment to make this fund-raising event both successful and fun."


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Alumni Calendar
& Upcoming Events

Evening Law Student
& Alumni Reception

Tuesday, March 7, 2017
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, LLP in Washington, DC

23rd Annual BLSA
Alumni-Student Reception Honoring Patricia Howard Fitzgerald, Class of 2000

Thursday, March 16, 2017
Columbus School of Law

Dean William Callyhan Robinson Intellectual Property Lecture Series with Judge Kara F. Stoll
Monday, March 20, 2017
Columbus School of Law

Alumni and Admitted Student Reception
Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Jones Day

Alumni Reception
in Georgetown

Thursday, March 23, 2017
Thos. Moser Showroom

May She Please the Court
Thursday, March 23, 2017
Columbus School of Law

CUA Law Pro Bono Reception
Monday, March 27, 2017
Columbus School of Law

Master of Legal Studies
Open House/Info Session

Tuesday, March 28, 2017
Columbus School of Law

The Catholic University Law Review Alumni and Students Lunch
Friday, April 7, 2017
Venable LLP

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

Save the Date

2017 CUA Law Reunion
October 27 & 28, 2017
Columbus School of Law

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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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