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A letter from Dean Daniel F. Attridge:

Dear CUA Law Alumni, Family, and Friends,

While the fall season is just beginning, we’re already into our sixth week of classes of the fall semester. Our schedule is in full swing, and we have many interesting events and programs coming up. This is a brief report on our latest developments:

1.  Path Forward Initiatives. On September 12, we publicly announced that the Law School has received gifts and commitments totaling $1.4 million that will provide initial funding for three new initiatives supporting research and educational opportunities for our faculty and students.  The initiatives are based on the existing strengths of our Washington, D.C., location, our mission as part of Catholic University, and the expertise of our faculty.  The initiatives will focus on compliance, investigations, and corporate responsibility; criminal justice reform; and religious liberty.  More details, including a video about the initiatives, may be found here.  

2. CUA Law Reunion Weekend: October 27 to 28, 2017. If your graduation class year ends in a “2” or “7,” this is your reunion year. We urge you to sign up today for this fun-filled weekend to reunite and reconnect with your Law School friends (and our faculty and staff). For more information and to register for the weekend, please click here.  You don’t want to miss this.

3.  Search for New CUA General Counsel.  CUA President John Garvey has just announced that on January 1, 2018, the University's General Counsel, Lawrence J. Morris, will become Chief of Staff and Counselor to the President, succeeding Frank Persico, the longtime, highly regarded CUA senior administrator who once served as an Associate Dean at our Law School.  We wish Larry all the best in his new position and Frank all the best in his well-deserved retirement.  The search for Larry Morris' successor as General Counsel will begin soon.  We ask you to encourage highly qualified candidates to apply for the position.

4. Interesting Events. This past month has included many interesting events and programs:

● On September 13, we hosted a luncheon with Professor David Lipton for our Securities Program  alumni at FINRA in Rockville, MD.  

● On September 13, the Women’s Law Caucus sponsored a discussion led by Marlene Trestman, author of Fair Labor Lawyer:  The Remarkable Life of New Deal Attorney and Supreme Court Advocate Bessie Margolin.  

● On September 15, the Board of Visitors, led by Agnes P. Dover ’81, partner at Hogan Lovells and former leader of the firm’s government regulatory practice group, held its biannual meeting with the Dean. The members of the Board of Visitors serve as counselors to the Dean, with particular focus on: (1) strengthening the academic program and educational goals of the Law School; (2) improving our visibility and image, nationally and internationally; (3) addressing the concerns of alumni, students, faculty, parents, and friends of the Law School; and (4) increasing and strengthening the financial resources of the Law School.  The Board welcomed the following new members:  Kelly Ann Donovan ’93, managing director at KPMG LLP in New York; Tara K. Giunta ’86, partner at Paul Hastings LLP in Washington; Rafal Kos ’10, partner at Kubas, Kos Galkowski in Krakow, Poland; Harry Lee ’86, partner at Steptoe & Johnson LLP in Washington; and Thomas A. Scully ’86, general partner at Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe in New York.

● On September 19, Julie Bowen ’90, a member of our Board of Visitors, hosted a reception for alumni and friends at MITRE in McLean, VA.

● On September 19, the Securities Program presented former SEC Commissioner Troy A. Paredes, who spoke about “Unicorns in the Land of Securities Law.”  Unicorns are highly successful $1 billion plus businesses that are not publicly traded.

● On September 20, the Federalist Society presented a program on “Article 1 – Fixing a Broken Congress.”  Panelists included David Schoenbrod, Trustee Professor at New York Law School; Paul Taylor, Chief Counsel of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice; and our Professor Mark Rienzi.  

5. Upcoming Events. Please mark your calendar and plan to join us for one or more of the following events.

● On September 27, the Honorable Thomas B. Griffith, Circuit Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, will speak about “Lawyers and the Atonement” as part of our Faith in Action series.

● On September 27, Mark Cowan ’77, a member of our Board of Visitors, is hosting a reception for alumni and friends at the Lorien Hotel in Alexandria, VA.  

● On September 30, the Student Bar Association will host the annual Crabfest celebration on the Law School Lawn. Students and friends will enjoy crabs and other traditional picnic fare while playing friendly games of cornhole and volleyball.

● On October 10, we will host a program on the new book, Scalia Speaks:  Reflections on Law, Faith, and Life Well Lived, a collection of the speeches of the late Justice Antonin Scalia.  Speakers will include CUA Provost Andrew Abela, Professor Mark Rienzi, and the book’s co-editor, Edward Whelan.  

● On October 11, the Honorable R. Alexander Acosta, Secretary of Labor, will deliver the St. John XXIII Lecture at the Law School.

● On October 12, the Securities Program is hosting a program on “Bitcoin Trading:  Market Gambling or a Digital Payment System.”

● On October 18, Chris Concannon ’94 is hosting a luncheon for alumni and friends of our Securities Program at Bats Global Markets in New York, NY.

● On October 19, Moira E. Casey ’83 and Joseph A. French ’83 are hosting a pub party for alumni and friends at the Banc Café in New York, NY.

● On October 20, we are hosting our 3rd Annual Family and Friends Day.  It is a special opportunity, especially for our students’ support networks, to learn about the law school experience, attend a torts class, and hear about our clemency initiative with former Maryland Governor Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.

● On November 9, alumni, joined by faculty, students, and guests, will gather together for the annual Securities Law Program Annual Luncheon at the Army and Navy Club in Washington.

6. Personal Note.  As some of you have learned, I have been suffering from intermittent neck and shoulder pain following a biking accident last fall.  The condition persisted notwithstanding many months of physical therapy, home traction and exercises, and cortisone injections.  Thus, a few weeks ago, I had cervical spinal surgery to remedy the problem.  The surgery was successful, and I was quickly able to resume my work schedule.  While I still have some post-surgery restrictions, I expect to be 100% recovered in a few more weeks.  I am very grateful for your prayers and get well wishes.

7.  Faculty, Students, and Alumni in the News.  Please continue reading the other sections of this electronic newsletter for news stories about our faculty, students, and alumni. 

Thank you for your interest and support for CUA Law. I welcome your comments at

    Daniel F. Attridge

    Dean and Knights of Columbus Professor of Law
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