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

Dear CUA Law Alumni, Family, and Friends,

Our busy fall semester is quickly coming to a close.  Our classes end on December 1, just after the Thanksgiving break, and then we head right into final exams concluding on December 20.  This is a brief report on what’s been happening and what’s coming up:

1.  Thanksgiving.  On behalf of all of us at CUA Law, we wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving.  We hope you have an opportunity to celebrate this wonderful national holiday with your family and friends.  At the Law School, we all have much for which to be grateful. 

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Alumni in the news

Roger Colinvaux

Cara Drinan
Professor Cara Drinan's book The War on Kids: How American Juvenile Justice Lost Its Way launched on November 1, 2017 and served as an editor for Reforming Criminal Justice

A.G. Harmon
Professor A. G. Harmon had a reading and discussion of his new book "Some Bore Gifts" with a signing to follow at the Columbus School of Law

Mary Leary
Professor Mary Leary quoted in article regarding anti-sex trafficking bill

Laila Leigh
Laila Leigh, supervising attorney at the Columbus Community Legal Services, Delivered Faith in Action talk on Restoring the Sacred from the Profane

Geoffrey Watson
Professor Geoffrey Watson gave a lecture entitled Balfour Declaration in International Law: A 100th Anniversary Perspective

Elizabeth Winston
Professor Elizabeth Winston spoke at the Berkeley Center For Law & Technology Patent Law Conference entitled "The Role of the Courtsin Patent Law and Policy"

To read more Law School news please click here.

Michelle Curth

Michelle Curth '12 was recognized at the Annual CUA Securities Law Program Luncheon as the 2017 Distinguished Alumni Recent Award winner

(L to R) Megan Anne Stull '03, Delara Derakhshani '11, and S. Jenell Trigg ‘97 took part in the Women in Tech Law panel at CUA Law

(L to R) Andrew Yingling ’15, Renee-Lauren Ellis ’10, and Mike Lyles ’94 took part in the Black Law Students Association's Diversity Career Panel

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Annual CUA Securities Law Program Luncheon Continues to Celebrate a Strong Community by Bringing Together Alumni and Students

For the thirty-fourth consecutive year, the Securities Law Program, under the guidance of Program Director and CUA Law Professor David Lipton, held its Annual Securities Law Program Alumni Reunion on November 9, 2017.

This year’s speaker was the co-director of the SEC Division of Enforcement, Stephanie Avakian. Director Avakian identified recent developments in the Commission’s Enforcement Program, now under the supervision of newly appointed Chairman Clayton. She highlighted the work being done by two recently created task forces – one in Retail Sales and the other in Cyber Securities.

Professor Lipton announced the recipients of the Securities Law Program’s Scholarships for 2017. Receiving Scholarship Certificates were Nina Shallal (2L) and Aliza Khan (2L).

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CUA Law Federalist Society Hosts First Amendment Debate

On November 9, 2017, the CUA Law Federalist Society hosted a panel discussion on the Masterpiece Cakeshop, Ltd. v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission case pending in the Supreme Court of the United States.

CUA Law Federalist Society President Alex Mansfield (3L) introduced the panelists and moderator for the event. Panelists included Jordan Lorence, senior counsel with Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) and Amanda Shanor of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). CUA Law Professor Robert Destro moderated the event.

“The Federalist Society is a non-partisan group, and we are very committed to the idea of open dialogue. We believe in the idea of open and civil conversation with one another,” Mansfield said.

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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

DC Annual Alumni
Christmas Party

December 5, 2017
The Ritz-Carlton

DC Alumni Networking Reception
with special guest, Carl B. Wilkerson ’78, Vice President and Chief Council for the American Council of Life Insurers, Securities and Litigation. Bring your questions to discuss the DOL and SEC review of The Fiduciary Standards.
February 1, 2018
Dechert LLP (Washington, DC)

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)

Philadelphia Alumni
Networking Reception

March 1, 2018
Ballard Spahr LLP (Philadelphia, PA)

DC Alumni Networking for Evening Students and Mentors
March 6, 2018
Akin Gump Strauss
Hauer & Feld LLP (Washington, D.C.)


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

NYC Dean's Reception with Presentation of the New York Distinguished Alumni Awards
May 3, 2018
The Yale Club of New York

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