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A letter from Dean Daniel F. Attridge:

Our new spring 2018 semester began on January 8.  Our classes, programs, and activities are back in full swing.  This is a brief report on what’s been happening and what’s coming up:

1.  Resignation as Dean.  I have notified CUA President John Garvey that I intend to resign as dean of the Law School as of July 31, 2018.  It has been a privilege for me to serve as dean since February 1, 2013.  Working together, the many members of the Law School community have successfully faced unprecedented challenges over the past five years, and we have made many improvements to aid the high quality of the legal education we offer.  We can be proud of our many shared accomplishments, including the numerous accolades our school has received.   I have particularly enjoyed the opportunity to get to know and work closely with many members of our faculty, staff, students, and alumni.  You are a wonderful group of people who have greatly enriched my life.  Your ongoing commitment to the Law School is a major reason to be optimistic about the future of the school.  While I will be stepping down as dean, I look forward to continuing my CUA Law affiliation as a tenured member of the faculty.  I also intend to pursue other interests and devote more time to personal matters, especially with my family. The University will be appointing a committee to conduct a national search to select my successor.  I will be cooperating as may be requested to assure a smooth transition. Thank you for the opportunity to work with you while serving as dean.  

2.  ABA Reaccrediation.  We are very pleased that the American Bar Association has granted reaccreditation to our Law School.  After a 20-month strict scrutiny review, during a period in which the ABA took adverse action against some other law schools, the Accreditation Committee decided to continue our approval without conditions or reservations.  Our heartfelt thanks go out to all of the faculty, staff, students, and alumni who contributed to this favorable outcome.

3.  2017 Year in Review.  At CUA Law, we take great pride in the accomplishments of our students, alumni, faculty, and staff.  Together we can and do make a real difference in our communities through our dedicated service to others.  To take a quick look back at what we accomplished together in 2017, with hyperlinks to our news stories from the past year, please click here.

4.  International Business and Trade Summer Program.  National Jurist magazine recently ranked our IBT summer program, held annually in Cracow, Poland and directed by Professor Emeritus Rett Ludwikowski, as among the top externships in Europe. 

5.  Staffing Changes.  We are pleased to announce that Tonya Gaskins has been selected as the new Director of our Office of Career Placement and Development.  Besides her service as our Associate Director of OCPD, Tonya previously worked as a legal recruiter and as an associate at several large law firms.  Tonya succeeds Jill Frost, to whom we are very grateful for her dedicated work over many years.  In addition, we are sorry to report that Corley Raileanu, our Executive Director of Alumni Relations and Development, will be relocating to Charlottesville, VA to take a development position at her alma mater.   Corley has done a great job for us.  We have asked Louise Lydon, our Director of Alumni Relations, to fill Corley’s position on an interim basis until her successor is selected.  A nationwide search is underway.

6.  Interesting Events.  This past month has included a number of interesting events:

• On January 15, CUA Law students, faculty, and staff participated in the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service organized by the University’s Campus Ministry.  The CUA Law contingent joined other volunteers at the Washington Hebrew Congregation to sort donated clothing, prepare snack bags, chop and bag vegetables for soup pots, and assemble tuna noodle casseroles.  

• On January 18, the Securities Law Program, directed by Professor David Lipton, presented a program on “Sustainability, Corporate Value, and SEC Reporting,” featuring Daniel L. Goelzer, former general counsel of the Securities and Exchanges Commission and former acting chair of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board, as the speaker. 

• On January 23, our Women’s Law Caucus hosted “Dare to Ask:  Negotiating for a Higher Salary and Other Benefits,” featuring Cait Clarke ’86, Chief of Defender Services in the Administrative Office of U.S. Courts. 

• On January 24, the Honorable Noel J. Francisco, the 48th Solicitor General of the United States, delivered remarks as the featured speaker for the Brendan F. Brown Lecture.  The event was organized in a conversational format with Henry W. Asbill, with Jones Day LLP, acting as the moderator.  Please click here to view a video of the event. 

• On January 26, our Catholic University Law Review hosted its 2018 Symposium on “FISA and the 4th Amendment.” 

7.  Upcoming Events.  Please note the following upcoming events:

• On January 31, the Honorable R. Alexander Acosta, Secretary of Labor, will engage in a wide-ranging conversation with Dean Attridge acting as interviewer as part of our Saint Pope John XXIII Lecture Series.  

• On February 2, our students will hold their annual SPIL Auction to raise funds to support summer fellowships for the Students for Public Interest Law.   To make an online donation, please click here. For more information, please email the SPIL organizers at

• On February 7, we will host our Spring Externship Fair.  This is a great opportunity for employer representatives to meet students interested in externships in an informal setting in our Law School Atrium.  If you’re interested in learning more about our outstanding externship program, please contact Paul Kurth, the Director of our Experiential Curriculum, at

• On February 8, the Securities Program will present a program on “Enhancing Corporate Cyber Security,” featuring Susan Axelrod, Executive Vice President of Regulatory Operations at FINRA, as the speaker. 

• On February 9-10, we will be co-hosting, with the Federal Communications Bar Association, the National Telecommunication Moot Court Competition at our Law School.

• On February 16, we will host our Ninth Annual First Year Student – Faculty Luncheon

• On February 21, the Irish American Law Students in partnership with the Irish Network in DC will present a conversation with His Excellency Daniel Mulhall, Ambassador of Ireland to the United States. 

• On February 24, we will be co-hosting, with the American College of Employee Benefits Counsel, the CUA/ACEBC Moot Court Competition at our Law School.

8. Alumni Events.  We are busy planning alumni events for 2018. If you would be interested in having me or other representatives of the Law School visit your group of alumni, please contact Louise Lydon at

9. 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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