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

Dear CUA Law Alumni, Family, and Friends,

As we enjoy the changing colors of the autumnal season, we’re now in the home stretch of our fall semester. October has been an especially eventful and productive month for us at CUA Law. This is a brief report on what's been happening and what’s coming up:

1. Bar Passage Results. In recent years, we have taken a number of important steps designed to improve our new graduates’ performance on their bar exams. These steps have included increasing the number of required courses to cover more of those subjects tested on the most commonly taken bar exams, increasing the number of courses designed to aid in bar preparation, and increasing the minimum GPA to remain in good standing at the Law School.

Read more here


Alumni in the news

Roger Colinvaux
Professor Roger Colinvaux was quoted in an Oct. 11 Washington Post article entitled "The GOP plan to simplify taxes could put charitable giving at risk"

Aoife Delargy
Pro Bono Coordinator Aoife Delargy organized Coding Justice Event

Cara Drinan
Professor Cara Drinan published an opinion piece on juvenile justice in USA Today and will be discussing her new book "The War on Kids: How American Juvenile Justice Lost Its Way" at Bus Boys and Poets

A.G. Harmon
Professor A. G. Harmon will have a reading and discussion of his new book "Some Bore Gifts" with a signing to follow

Roger Hartley
Professor Roger Hartley was the featured CUA Law Reunion Speaker on October 28, 2017. Hartley provided an examination of the political significance of the constitutional amendment process.

Megan LaBelle
Professor Megan M. La Belle was a speaker at a conference on the rise of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board

Mary Leary
Professor Mary Leary testified before the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Oct. 3 regarding online sex trafficking and the need to amend the Communications Decency Act and spoke on a panel regarding the source of human rights

Ken Pennington
Professor Emeritus Ken Pennington gave a lecture entitled "Pope Innocent III and Pietro Collevaccino beneventano in the history of classical canon law" at Università degli Studi Giustino Fortunato in Benevento BN, Italy

Mark Rienzi
Professor Mark Rienzi was asked by various media outlets for his view on the Trump administration's narrowing of the Affordable Care Act’s contraception mandate and he spoke at a U.S. Senate press conference regarding the nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals

Elizabeth Winston
Professor Elizabeth Winston spoke at an Internet of Things security roundtable and discussed 'Sham' on Native America Calling

To read more Law School news please click here.

Christine Luchok Fallon

Christine Luchok Fallon ‘77 met with fellow CUA Law alums, students, and staff to discuss answer her work as the Reporter of Decisions of the Supreme Court of the United States

Alice Fisher S. Jenell Trigg

Alice S. Fisher ‘92 and S. Jenell Trigg‘97 recently won Distinguished Alumni Awards

Colleen Kollar-Kotelly

The judicial portrait of Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly '68 was presented to the United States District Court for the District of Columbia Circuit

The Honorable William T. Newman Jr

The Honorable William T. Newman Jr. ‘77 won the 2017 Distinguished Alumni Service Award

S. Jenell Trigg

Douglas Wigdor '93 was featured in The New York Times

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2017 CUA Law Reunion Weekend . . . A Chance to Reconnect

Arriving from all across the country, hundreds of CUA Law School graduates, friends, and family attended Reunion 2017, held October 27-28 at the Law School and other locations around Washington, D.C.

The busy weekend events help old friends and classmates reconnect, keep up with law school developments, and engage with new opportunities to support their law alma mater in the future.

“Reunions are a great opportunity for alumni to reconnect with each other and the CUA Law Community,” noted Corley Raileanu, Executive Director of Development and Alumni Relations. “They also encourage alumni to reflect on their time at CUA Law and the role the CUA Law community has played in their lives.”

Ten class years were invited to participate in Reunion 2017: 1962, 1967, 1972, 1977, 1982, 1987, 1992, 1997, 2002 & 2012.

Read more here.


Securities Law Program Alumni Celebrate a Strong Community

On October 6, the Law School community came together to make lunches for the homeless during #HashtagLunchbag. The event was pulled together under the leadership of the CUA Black Law Students Association (BLSA) and was part of CUA Law's #CUALawWellness month.

Kwambina Coker (3L), president of CUA BLSA said, "We wanted to help those in need around us, but still involve the CUA Law community. This event meant a great deal to us, it was not your simple lunchbag event, but felt like something bigger. We were able to bring the CUA Law community together and accomplished our goal of making over 150 lunches."

Read more here.


2018 SPIL Auction - February 2, 2018

Every summer approximately 40% of law students at Catholic University, Columbus School of Law work in public service internships for non-profit organizations and government agencies. Students for Public Interest Law (SPIL) strives to help offset the cost of working in these meaningful, yet unpaid positions by rewarding qualified students who choose to pursue jobs in the public service sector with stipends to support their summer expenses.

Funds for such stipends are primarily raised through CUA’s most notable student organized event, the Annual SPIL Auction. This auction consists of both a silent and live auction which is a fun event that gives students, faculty, staff and alumni the opportunity to take a Friday night off! And we hope you will join us on February 2nd, 2018!

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Alumni Calendar
& Upcoming Events

Women in Tech Law:
A Candid Conversation
on Careers at the
Intersection of Law
and Technology

November 7, 2017
Columbus School of Law

DC CUA Securities
Law Luncheon

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

6th Annual Toast Our Troops
November 10, 2017
Wundergarten, NOMA

Busboys and Poets Books Presents: The War on Kids
November 12, 2017
Busboys and Poets (Shirlington)

Some Bore Gifts: Short Fiction Reading with A. G. Harmon
November 15, 2017
Columbus School of Law

DC Annual Alumni
Christmas Party

December 5, 2017
The Ritz-Carlton


Students for Public
Interest Law (SPIL)
27th Annual Auction

February 2, 2018
Columbus School of Law

Baltimore Alumni Networking Reception
February 22, 2018
Venable LLP (Baltimore, Md.)

DC Alumni Networking for Evening Students and Mentors
March 6, 2018
Akin Gump Strauss
Hauer & Feld LLP,

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

Board of Visitors Meeting
April 20, 2018
Columbus School of Law

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