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

Dear CUA Law Alumni, Family, and Friends,

This is the relatively quiet time in our academic cycle.  We’ve finished the 2016-17 academic year, and preparations are underway for the 2017-18 year.  Although some summer session classes are being held – on campus as well as in Poland – and our 2017 graduates are busy studying for their bar exams, most students are focused on their summer jobs while our faculty turn their attention to summer research and writing projects.  Hopefully, everyone will make some time for vacation before our busy schedule of classes resumes in mid-August.  This is a brief report on what’s been happening and what’s coming up: 

1.  Path Forward Initiatives.  The dramatically changing landscape for law schools has forced us to think, long and hard, about what makes us distinctive.  We have some amazing strengths that make us particularly attractive to law students. 

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Alumni in the news

Stacy Brustin
Professor Stacy Brustin was appointed the D.C. Access to Justice Commission

Roger Colinvaux
Professor Roger Colinvaux published an op-ed in The Conversation entitled "Hillary Clinton is starting a social welfare group. What does that mean?"

Robert Destro
Professor Robert Destro was appointed by University President John Garvey as director of the Institute for Policy Research & Catholic Studies (IPR).

Cara Drinan
Professor Cara Drinan's book The War on Kids has been published by Oxford University Press.

Rosemary Harold
Adjunct Professor Rosemary Harold was appointed by FCC as Enforcement Bureau Chief.

Roger Hartley
Professor Roger Hartley's book How Failed Attempts to Amend the Constitution Mobilize Political Change has been published by Vanderbilt University Press.

Heidi Schooner
Professor Heidi Mandanis Schooner's article "Big Bank Boards: The Case for Heightened Administrative Enforcement" was recently published in 68 ALA. L. REV. 1011 (2017).

Lucia Silecchia
Professor Lucia Silecchia was interviewed by the EWTN radio show, Morning Glory, regarding elder abuse; had op-eds published in recognition of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day discussing the victims of elder abuse; and her book chapter " The When and the Where of Love: Subsidiarity as a Framework for Care of the Elderly" was recently published in Agape, Justice and Law: How Might Christian Love Shape Law

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CUA Shield

Tara Giunta '86, Profiled in Forbes Magazine

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UA Law Celebrates Loyal Benefactors at Cardinals Tribute Dinner

The unique importance of the Columbus School of Law, at The Catholic University of America to the Church in the United States was celebrated at the Cardinals Tribute Dinner on June 2, 2017. Cardinals, archbishops, and bishops from across the country gathered on campus with leaders and students of the University as they celebrated the most loyal benefactors and their generous gifts.

Over the past academic year, the Law School developed three mission-focused initiatives to build on its strengths and increase its impact on some the pressing needs of society today. These initiatives, referred to as “Path Forward” initiatives as they are advancing the Law School, relate to access to justice, compliance and corporate responsibility, and religious liberty. The first gift celebrated at the Cardinal’s Tribute Dinner was a $1,000,000 commitment from an anonymous donor to fund the start of the Law School’s compliance and corporate responsibility and religious liberty centers. In addition to this gift, the Law School expects to reach full funding shortly for the access to justice pilot program, thanks to the support of generous alumni and foundation partners. His Eminence Donald Cardinal Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington, recognized this anonymous donor and spoke about the importance of these initiatives. He introduced a video showcasing support the Law School’s initiatives.

The University also celebrated CUA Law alumnus Professor Michael Ambrosio’s $1,000,000 bequest for the Michael and Anthony Ambrosio Class of 1966 Endowed Scholarship. Michael was recognized by His Eminence Timothy Cardinal Dolan, Archbishop of New York, who introduced a video about the gift and the importance of scholarships.

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2016-17 Honor Roll of Donors

This year's Honor Roll of Donors is now available to view online. Last fiscal year (May 1, 2016 - April 30, 2017) CUA Law alumni, students, faculty, staff and friends committed over $5.5 million, surpassing the previous record of $2.1 million! This year's success is a reflection donor support and commitment to the Law School's mission of providing a practical, focused, and connected legal education to deserving students! Thanks to every donor listed who gave their time and resources in support of CUA Law's mission.

If you have any questions about your gift or the giving program at CUA Law please feel free to reach out to Claire Howard, Annual Fund Coordinator at 202-319-4638 or


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Alumni Calendar
& Upcoming Events

Capitol Hill & Government Agency Alumni Reception
August 10, 2017
Union Pub

CUA Law Alumni Securities Luncheon at FINRA
September 13, 2017

Tysons/McLean Alumni Reception
September 19, 2017

Alexandria Alumni Reception
September 27, 2017
Lorien Hotel & Spa

New York CUA Law Securities Law Luncheon
October 18, 2017
CBOE + Bats Global Markets, Inc.

New York Pub Party
October 19, 2017
The Banc Café

2017 CUA Law Reunion
Registration is Now Open
October 27 & 28, 2017
Columbus School of Law
Celebrating Class Years
Ending in 2s and 7s!


DC CUA Securities
Law Luncheon

November 9, 2017
The Army and Navy Club
on Farragut Square

DC Annual Alumni
Christmas Party

December 5, 2017
The Ritz-Carlton

Dean’s Dinner Benefiting Student Scholarships
April 19, 2018
The St. Regis

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

Every year CUA Law alumni and friends join together to show their support of our mission of providing a quality legal education. Annual giving provides critical support for a number of needs, most importantly our scholarship program. A gift to the Annual Fund, no matter the amount, will help support the Law School’s efforts to recruit and retain the best and brightest students. Please consider making a gift to the CUA Law Annual Fund today!

Every gift counts, no matter the size. To make your gift today please click here. For questions about the Annual Fund please contact Claire Howard, Annual Fund Coordinator, at (202) 319-4638 or

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