CUA Law E-newsletter - January 2018
Dean Daniel F. Attridge
A letter from Dean Daniel F. Attridge:

Dear CUA Law Alumni, Family, and Friends,

Our fall 2017 semester has reached a successful conclusion. Our students have taken their final exams and turned in their final papers.  Our faculty members are busy grading all of this work, while preparing for the next semester.  We are all ready to enjoy the Christmas holiday break.  Our new spring 2018 semester will begin on January 8.  This is a brief report on what’s been happening and what’s coming up:

1.  Christmas.  On behalf of all of us at CUA Law, we wish you a very Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year.  Or, if you do not celebrate Christmas, we wish you all the best in commemorating your own faith or other traditions at this time of year.  We hope you enjoy celebrating this holiday season with your family and friends. 

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Alumni in the news

Marshall Breger
Professor Marshall Breger was quoted in a Jewish Press article on Trump and the Jerusalem Embassy Waiver

Mary Leary
Professor Mary Leary's co-authored op-ed "A Chance for Congress to Side with Women and Not with the Powerful" was published in The Huffington Post

Suzette M. Malveaux
Professor Suzette M. Malveaux recently published a JOTWELL article entitled "A Prescription for Overcoming Gender Inequity in Complex Litigation: An Idea Whose Time Has Come in Courts Law"

Mark Rienzi
Professor Mark Rienzi was quoted regarding the Little Sisters of the Poor return to court and published an article entitled "Symposium: NIFLA v. Becerra — A Supreme housecleaning continues?," on SCOTUSblog

To read more Law School news please click here.

Alexandra Dunn

William D. Duhnke III '96, was recently appointed by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to serve as Chairman of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB).

Alexandra Dunn

EPA Announces Appointment of Alexandra Dunn '94 to Region 1 Administrator

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CUA Law's Tax Program Ranked #27 in Country by PreLaw Magazine

The Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law's Tax Program was ranked #27 in the country by PreLaw magazine's fall 2017 issue (vol. 21, no. 2).

PreLaw magazine graded law schools based on the breadth of their curricular offerings. The scores were weighted as follows: 30% for a concentration, 24% for a clinic, 12% for an externship, 9% for a journal, 8% for a student group and 5% for a certificate.

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Scholarship at CUA Law Repository Reaches Nearly 1 million downloads

The 1 millionth download from the institutional repository, Scholarship at CUA Law, is expected to occur sometime around January 1, 2018.

The repository was created in April 2014 for two purposes; to bring together under one roof the combined scholarship produced by the faculty and students of CUA Law, and to promote and provide open full text access to this scholarship to researchers throughout the world. At the time the repository went live, CUA Law Dean Daniel F. Attridge said “the rich legal scholarship that has traditionally been featured in our journals deserves to be seen by the widest audience possible, and in a convenient and readily-accessible format.”

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Alumni judges needed on March 23, 2018

Once again this year the Newseum will join the Law School in co-hosting the Siegenthaler-Sutherland Cup. We have 24 teams coming to CSL compete on March 23 and 24, 2018. The teams were selected from an array of highly competitive applicants from schools all across the country. This year's problem focuses on the application of the First Amendment to the speech of political leaders on social media. It's a really timely topic that raises fascinating legal questions. We need judges for the afternoon of Friday, March 23rd.

If you can help, please email moot Court Chancellor Thank you!


2017-18 Moot Court National Trial Team Fall Update

The 2017-18 Moot Court National Trial Team wrapped up another busy fall semester with competitions in San Francisco, California and Buffalo, New York.

The season began on a sad note when Hurricane Maria forced the team’s friends and colleagues at the Interamerican University of Puerto Rico to cancel their annual trial competition. Fortunately, they were able to reschedule for April 2018, and CUA’s team will attend with a spirit of helpfulness and support for whatever their colleagues in Puerto Rico may need.

When the cancellation was confirmed, the four students who had spent weeks preparing to compete in Puerto Rico — Robbie Cain (3L), Mario LaTona (3L), Cloyd Smith (2L), and Kevin Tamul (3L) — admirably switched gears and began preparing to scrimmage against their teammates, who were getting ready to compete at Golden Gate University's In Vino Veritas trial competition in San Francisco, California.

With only weeks to prepare, trial team alumna Mary Thuell '12 graciously agreed to coach the team. “Having a practice team separately coached and prepared provided a simulated trial competition experience that proved to be incredibly beneficial to the four first-time advocates,” CUA Law adjunct professor and Co-Director Lindsey Cloud Mervis 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!

More information to follow. If interested in donating an item, monetary amount, networking experience or activity please contact:


The CUA Law Alumni Council is Seeking Nominations

Are you interested in becoming more involved with the Law School?

The Alumni Council is seeking nominations. Click here for details about the CUA Law Alumni Council.

The slate of nominations is presented each year at the spring Alumni Council meeting. The vote will take place on Friday, April 20, 2018. The deadline for nominations is January 31st.

Please complete the online form for consideration. Click here to complete a nomination form.

Questions? Contact Louise Lydon at or call 202.319.50.


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Alumni Calendar
& Upcoming Events

A Conversation with
Noel Francisco, Solicitor General of the United States

January 24, 2018
Columbus School of Law

A Conversation with
The Honorable R. Alexander Acosta, Secretary of Labor

January 31, 2018
Columbus School of Law

DC Alumni Networking Reception
join our Dechert CUA Law alumni hosts and their featured guests, Professor David A. Lipton and Carl B. Wilkerson, '78, Vice President and Chief Counsel for the American Council of Life Insurers, Securities and Litigation, for a conversation on evolving DOL, SEC, and state insurance law standards governing financial advisors in retail recommendations
February 1, 2018
Dechert LLP (Washington, DC)

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

February 2, 2018
Columbus School of Law

DC Alumni Networking Reception
featuring Professor Cara Drinan with remarks on juvenile justice reform
February 27, 2018
The Westin Georgetown

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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Year-End Giving

In this season of giving and goodwill, we hope you will consider a gift to the Annual Fund to make a difference in the lives of CUA Law’s deserving students. Your year-end support is critical to providing the quality legal education CUA Law has offered for 120 years.

As 2017 comes to an end, we begin to look toward a new year with new opportunities. You have several options to join CUA Law as we forge ahead, by making a year-end investment in the Law School in the most tax-wise and effective manner.

Your gift at this time will provide support for scholarships, clinics, and outstanding programs throughout the Law School. To find out how you can make your gift today please click here.

Please note that the CUA Law School offices are closed from December 21 through January 2. During this time we encourage you to make your gift online using our secure credit card system. Learn more here.

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