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

Dear CUA Law Alumni, Family, and Friends,

We are off to a great start for our 2017-18 academic year.  Orientation for our new students was held from August 16th to 18th, and classes for all students began on August 21st, the same day as  the solar eclipse.  We’re delighted to welcome a new group of students and to welcome back our upper-division students.  This is a brief report on our latest developments and what’s coming up:

1. A New Class of Students.   Our Admissions Office, led by Assistant Dean for Admissions Shani Butts, continues to attract high-quality students to our Law School.  This year we are fortunate to be enrolling 118  new first-year students to our J.D. program.  

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Alumni in the news

Roger Colinvaux
Professor Roger Colinvaux's tax reform letter to Senator Hatch was published in Tax Notes Magazine and mentioned in the Chronicle of Philanthropy

Robert Destro
Professor Robert Destro published an op-ed in the Washington Times

Roger Hartley
Professor Roger Hartley's book How Failed Attempts to Amend the Constitution Mobilize Political Change is now available

Mary Leary
Professor Mary Leary quoted in Law 360 article

Veryl Miles
Professor Veryl Miles was reappointed to serve a third two-year term on the Standards Review Committee of ABA Section on Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar

George Smith
Professor Emeritus George P. Smith is currently undertaking research for a book on International Human Rights with the Solomon Center for Health Law & Policy at Yale Law School and his article "Human Dignity as a Normative Standard or as a Value in Global Health Care Decisionmaking" recently published

To read more Law School news please click here.

Colleen Kollar-Kotelly

The Honorable Colleen Kollar-Kotelly ’68, United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, inducted into the First-Year Class into the Columbus School of Law

Kristin Mitcham

Kristin Mitcham, class of 2019, named co-chair to D.C. Women's Bar Association's Amicus Committee

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CUA Law Welcomes Classes of 2020 and 2021

On August 16, 2017, the CUA Law community welcomed new full-time and part-time students to the Law School. The students arrived for the start of a three-day orientation that was designed to make the transition to the life of a law student as smooth as possible. The administration, faculty, and staff embraced the incoming first-year class, working hard to make sure that every student felt welcomed, comfortable, and oriented to their new surroundings.

Upon their arrival, the students checked in and were greeted with remarks from Assistant Dean for Student Affairs and Dean of Students Katie Crowley ’10. “It is my distinct honor to welcome you to the Columbus School of Law. As you begin to settle in to your new community, rest assured that there is a dedicated team at CUA to help support and guide you.” Crowley introduced CUA Law Dean and Knights of Columbus Professor of Law Daniel F. Attridge who welcomed students to the Law School.

“Both individually and collectively you are a remarkable group of law students. Today not only marks the beginning of your law school career but also the beginning of your legal career,” Dean Attridge said. “You are embarking upon a great life journey with important new responsibilities and wonderful new opportunities.”

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Community Service Day

Community Service Day, held on the final day of Orientation Week for the incoming class on August 18, drew an enthusiastic crowd of new students who dispersed out across northeast Washington, D.C., for a day of volunteerism and fellowship. The day is intended to emphasize the importance of service and pro bono work that is instilled at CUA Law. Community Service Day also introduces students to their new surrounding community and gives students a chance to get to know each other before classes kick off.

There were opportunities for service at five local sites: St. Anthony Catholic School, Washington Yu Ying Public Charter School, the Armed Forces Retirement Home, Carroll Manor Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, and Ronald McDonald House Charities, all within a short drive of the Columbus School of Law. And for the second year in a row, evening students also had a chance to participate in Community Service Day by sorting school supplies and packing backpacks for local children in need. The school supplies were donated by faculty, staff, and students and will be given to children at the Second Annual Back to School Carnival organized by Veda Rasheed (4E).

Read more here.


2017 CUA Law Registartion is Open

Register now for Reunion Weekend. Join us to celebrate the anniversaries of class years ending in 2 & 7. (1962, 1967, 1972, 1977, 1982, 1987, 1992, 1997, 2002, 2007 and 2012) Our newest alumni in the Class of 2017 are invited to attend the Reunion Picnic on Saturday, October 28th.

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Alumni Calendar
& Upcoming Events

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

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