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

Dear CUA Law Alumni, Family, and Friends,

The beautiful season of spring has arrived on our campus.  Outside, the flowers are in bloom, the waters in our courtyard fountain are flowing, and new green leaves are sprouting on the trees.  Inside our building, we are winding up our spring 2017 semester and our 2016-17 academic year.  Classes end on April 28, final exams will be held from May 5 to May 15, and graduation on May 26. This is a brief report on what’s been happening and what’s coming up:

1.  2017 Commencement. As we have previously announced, Ambassador Charlene Barshefsky ’75, formerly U.S. Trade Representative and currently the senior international partner at WilmerHale, will deliver our commencement address on Friday, May 26. 

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Alumni in the news

Roger Colinvaux
Professor Roger Colinvaux's article "Donor Advised Funds: Charitable Spending Vehicles for 21st Century Philanthropy" was published in the Washington Law Review.

Robert Destro
Professor Robert Destro was quoted in a Catholic News Agency article about the chemical attack in Syria

Cara Drinan
Professor Cara Drinan worked with a team of lawyers who filed a clemency petition on behalf of Mr. Ivan Teleguz on Friday, April 7, 2017; was interviewed by NBC 29; and published an op-ed, Three Reasons Why Virginia May Execute an Innocent Man, in Huffington Post

A. G. Harmon
Professor A.G. Harmon's short story collection, Some Bore Gifts, was recently published by World Galaxy Press and delivered the 2017 Mirror of Justice Lecture

Mary Leary
Professor Mary Leary was the keynote speaker at the Second Annual Catholic University Research Day and had her op-ed, Websites where children are prostituted are immune from prosecution. But why?, published in The Washington Post

Stephen Margeton
Professor Emeritus Stephen G. Margeton's book Designing Law and Other Academic Libraries: Building Upon Change (3d ed.) was recently published

Antonio Perez
Professor Antonio F. Perez appeared on EWTN News Nightly to discuss the moral question raised by the U.S. missile strike against Syria, whether the President's use of military force is considered a just war

John Sharifi
Lecturer John N. Sharifi has won a landmark decision in Maryland’s highest court

Elizabeth Winston
Professor Elizabeth Winston contributed a chapter to the recently published book Patent Pledges

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Daniel Gallagher

Daniel M. Gallagher ’99 was the keynote speaker at the Fifth Annual Dean's Dinner Benefiting Student Scholarships at the Columbus School of Law

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Fifth Annual Dean’s Dinner for Student Scholarships Draws Generous Crowd

Initiated by the Law School’s Board of Visitors in 2013 to honor then new dean, Daniel F. Attridge, the Dean’s Dinner has become an important spring tradition at CUA Law as a means of raising scholarship donations for students. This year’s event was held at the Cosmos Club in Washington, D.C. where there was a reception and dinner featuring keynote remarks from Daniel M. Gallagher Jr.,’99, the former Commissioner of the Securities and Exchange Commission and newly announced Chief Legal Officer of Mylan N.V., a global pharmaceutical company.

Agnes P. Dover ’81, chair of the Board of Visitors and Partner at Hogan Lovells LLP, delivered welcoming remarks and offered the invocation. Thomas D. Yannucci, former chair of the Board of Visitors and Partner at Kirkland & Ellis LLP, also thanked CUA Law Professor Cara Drinan for her pro bono work with him and his colleagues on behalf of Ivan Teleguz. Yannucci announced that Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe commuted Teleguz’s execution sentence.

In his closing remarks, Dean Attridge emphasized the importance of scholarships in recruiting and thanked the donors for positively contributing to students’ futures with their gifts. Scholarships make a huge impact on their recipients, making CUA Law more affordable and accessible to students.

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CUA Law Alumni and Students Participate in Advice and Referral Clinic and Expungement Fair

Students from The Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law (CUA Law) participated in two hands on pro bono experiences during the month of April. On April 1, 2017, students attended an expungement fair at the Community of Hope AME Church. Students trained for the first hours and then completed intakes and criminal background research for the volunteer attorneys.

The students were supervised by ASA Karen Polis from the States Attorney’s office. Approximately 198 people were served at the fair, with 15 current students and 3 alumni volunteering.

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Alumni Calendar
& Upcoming Events

New York City Alumni Reception
Tuesday, May 16, 2017
Hogan Lovells US LLP - NYC

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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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.

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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.

Visit to make your gift. 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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