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

Dear CUA Law Alumni, Family, and Friends,

With the cherry and pear blossoms in full bloom, the season of spring has finally arrived and along with it our busiest time of the year.  We are in the midst of a whirlwind of activities to conclude our academic year, as we move forward toward the end of classes on April 28, final exams from May 5 to 15, and graduation on May 26.  This is a brief report on what’s been happening and what’s coming up:

1. Rankings.  CUA Law is ranked #106 among law schools in the latest U.S. News & World Report rankings.  The new ranking is a disappointing three-point decrease from last year’s rating, although CUA Law’s overall survey score remains exactly the same. 

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Alumni in the news

Roger Colinvaux
Professor Roger Colinvaux recently published an article entitled - The Importance of a Participatory Charitable Giving Incentive and was quoted in The Economist.

Robert Destro
Professor Robert Destro was quoted in a Catholic News Agency article entitled - What will the US do next for ISIS genocide survivors?

Cara Drinan
Professor Cara Drinan was recently quoted in Paul Marcus', President of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS), 2017 Presidential Address at William & Mary Law School

Megan La Belle
Professor Megan M. La Belle and Rachel C. Hughey of Merchant & Gould filed an amici brief on behalf of about 15 professors of law and civil procedure in Support of Respondent in TC Heartland LLC v. Kraft Foods Group Brands LLC

Mary Leary
Professor Mary Leary was quoted in a Huffington Post article, which discussed human trafficking concerns related to missing teens

David Lipton
Professor David Lipton Lectured in Lisbon on American Securities Law

Suzette Malveaux
Professor Suzette Malveaux recent essay was featured on PrawfsBlawg and Civil Procedure & Federal Court Blog

Veryl Miles
Professor Veryl Miles presented at the Pepperdine University School of Law on March 9-10, 2017

Lucia Silecchia
Professor Lucia Silecchia was interviewed by EWTN Pro-Life Weekly regarding the rise of assisted suicide

George Smith
Professor Emeritus George P. Smith II presented the University Memorial Lecture at the Indiana University Law School

To read more Faculty news and activities please click here.

Paul Bisaro

Paul M. Bisaro '89, member of the Columbus School of Law Board of Visitors, has been named CEO of Impax Laboratories

Patricia Howard Fitzgerald

Patricia Howard Fitzgerald ’00 Honored by Black Law Students Association

Daniel Gallagher

Daniel M. Gallagher ’99 announced as Mylan chief legal officer. He will be joining the company on April 17, 2017

White House

Andrew K. ”Drew“ Maloney '96 has been nominated by President Donald J. Trump to serve as the Deputy Under Secretary of the Treasury for Legislative Affairs and upon confirmation will be designated as an Assistant Secretary of the Treasury Legislative Affairs

William T. Newman Jr.

William T. Newman Jr. '77, member of the Columbus School of Law Board of Visitors, profiled in the Washington Post

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Veda Rasheed (3E) was recently selected as the Mid-Atlantic Law Student of the Year by The National Jurist

Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law student Veda Rasheed (3E) was recently selected as the Mid-Atlantic Law Student of the Year by The National Jurist magazine. National Jurist honored 5 students throughout the country who have excelled in the classroom and beyond in their Spring 2017 magazine. An additional 20 finalists were profiled on their website.

Read more here.


CUA Law Welcomes New Alumni Director

Louise Lydon has been named director of alumni relations in the Columbus School of Law. She will be responsible for the overall leadership and direction of the law school alumni programs which maintain relationships with more than 10,000 CUA Law graduates. She will build upon the strong alumni foundation and promote the alumni relations office as a welcoming door to all those who call CUA Law their alma mater by fostering networking opportunities, social interaction and the tradition and mission of the Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law. Louise looks forward to working extensively with alumni volunteers and faculty to create alumni programs appealing to a variety of alumni interests.

As a graduate of Seton Hill University, she earned her Bachelor of Science degree and served as their Director of Alumni Relations before moving to Bethesda, Maryland in 2012. Most recently she served as the Director of Major Gifts for the American Association for Justice and Associate Director of Development for the George Washington University Law School. In those roles she cultivated relationships and built programs to financially benefit those organizations.

Please join us in welcoming Louise. You may contact her at or 202.319.5010

CUA Law and The Journal of Law and Technology Hosts Annual Symposium

The Journal of Law and Technology’s annual symposium, “The Impact of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board,” provided an opportunity for students, faculty, and practitioners to hear from experts about the creation and recent developments of the PTAB and the impact of its decisions on the U.S. patent landscape.

The February 28 event opened with introductory remarks by Dean Daniel F. Attridge. The program consisted of two panel discussions and a keynote speech from David P. Ruschke, Chief Judge for the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB).

Read more here.


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Alumni Calendar
& Upcoming Events

CUA Law Advantage In Action Series - Labor & Employment Law honoring John Higgins
Wednesday, March 29, 2017
Columbus School of Law

Law and Diversity Career Series: Solo Practitioner Panel
Thursday, March 30, 2017
Columbus School of Law

Managing Ethical Issues and the Business of Building a Legal Practice
Wednesday, April 5, 2017
Columbus School of Law

Securities Law Annual Alumni and Student Mixer
Thursday, April 6, 2017
Bobby Van's Steakhouse

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

24th Annual Mirror of Justice Lecture Final Judgments
delivered by A.G. Harmon, Clinical Associate Professor of Law

Tuesday, April 11, 2017
Columbus School of Law

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

Institutes and Special Programs Certificate Ceremony
Thursday, May 25, 2017
Columbus School of Law

Columbus School of Law Commencement Ceremony
Friday, May 26, 2017
Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception

Save the Date

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

Celebrating Class Years
Ending in 2s and 7s!

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

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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.

End of Fiscal Year Fast Approaching!

With the fiscal year ending on April 30th, please consider making a gift to the CUA Law Annual Fund today! Support to the Annual Fund goes directly to our top priority-student scholarships. Every gift makes a difference for the future of our law school and for its students.

Thank you for your support in ensuring a strong close to our fiscal year!

For questions about the Annual Fund please contact Annual Fund Coordinator, Claire Howard at 202-319-4638 or

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