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

Dear CUA Law Alumni, Family, and Friends,

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. 

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Alumni in the news

Roger Colinvaux
Professor Roger Colinvaux was on a "Tax-Exempt Tax Reform: Overview of Major Tax Reform Provisions" panel held by the D.C. Bar

Robert Destro
Professor Robert Destro was quoted in a National Catholic Register story on the Children’s Health Insurance Program

MCara Drinan
Professor Cara Drinan spoke at the 2018 AALS Annual Meeting's opening panel - Access to Justice

Suzette Malveaux
Professor Suzette M. Malveaux was elected to The American Law Institute

Lucia Silecchia
Professor Lucia Silecchia published a paper entitled "Conflicts and Laudato Si': Ten Principles for Environmental Dispute Resolution" in the Journal of Land Use & Environmental Law

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Cait Clarke

The CUA Women’s Law Caucus and The Office of Career and Professional Development hosted an event entitled “Dare to Ask: Negotiating for a Higher Salary and Other Benefits” with Cait Clarke '86

Michael Flannery

Michael T. Flannery '91, was recently named Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the UA Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law

Dourmashkin and Lambergman

CUA Law’s Mark Dourmashkin (3L) and Bart Lambergman (2L) Argue Baseball Salary Arbitration in New Orleans

Frank Russo

CUA Law student, Frank Russo (3L), was featured in Washington Lawyer magazine's January 2018 issue

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Catholic University Law Review’s annual symposium

Catholic University Law Review’s annual symposium, “FISA & the 4th Amendment: A Review of the 4th Amendment Implications in Foreign & Domestic Surveillance,” provided an opportunity for students, faculty, and practitioners to hear from experts about the recent developments involving FISA and its impact on national security, civil liberties, and the Fourth Amendment.

The January 26 event opened with introductory remarks by Thomas Gentry (3L), Editor-in-Chief, Catholic University Law Review, Vol. 67, and CUA Law Professor Megan La Belle. The program consisted of two panel discussions and a keynote speech from Elizabeth (Liza) Goitein.

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CUA Law’s International Business and Trade Summer Law Program Ranked Top Externship by National Jurist Magazine

The Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law's International Business and Trade Summer Law Program was ranked among the top externships in Europe by the National Jurist magazine’s winter 2018 issue (Vol. 27, No. 3).

National Jurist magazine ranked the school’s programs by the amount of real-world experience students gained.

The Cracow Summer Program was designed to foster an academic exchange between The Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law and the Jagiellonian University of Cracow. Students may work as externs with branches of American, European and Polish law firms, and the school has contacts with more than 20 offices.

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State of the Institute Luncheon with Co-Directors Professor Megan La Belle and Professor Elizabeth Winston

On Monday, January 22, 2018, the Law & Technology Institute Alumni Association and the CUA Law Alumni Association held a State of the Institute Luncheon with Co-Directors Professor Megan La Belle and Professor Elizabeth Winston.

Graduates working in the field of law and technology were invited to attend to learn more about the Directors' plans for the rest of the academic year and beyond. The event was held at Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP, in Washington, D.C.


Alumni judges needed on March 23, 2018

Once again this year the Newseum will join the Law School in co-hosting the Seigenthaler-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!


A Conversation with The Honorable Noel J. Francisco

“In Washington, D.C., you have the unique opportunity as a lawyer to participate in different types of public service. There are many opportunities to help shape the law in one way versus another. That is something you can do more so in Washington, D.C., than in other areas.”

This was some of the advice The Honorable Noel J. Francisco, the 48th Solicitor General of the United States, gave to the students at CUA Law during the Brendan F. Brown Lecture on January 24.

Organized as a conversation between Henry W. Asbill, of counsel with Jones Day, and the solicitor general, the discussion covered topics including memories from clerkships, favorite Supreme Court cases, the importance of public service, and the current state of legal education. CUA Law Dean Daniel F. Attridge provided an introduction.

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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

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

A Conversation with His Excellency Daniel Mulhall, Ambassador of Ireland to the United States of America
February 21, 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

THANK YOU to nearly 1,000 alumni and friends who made gifts or pledges to the Annual Fund by the end of the calendar year. Your gifts show your support for the quality legal education provided here at CUA Law. Your participation in the 2017-18 Annual Fund has helped greatly in advancing the Law School and will leave an indelible mark on the academic life of our current student body.

To those that have yet to make a gift, there is still time. The end of the fiscal year is approaching on April 30th and we still have a way to go to reach our goal. Your gift will help us to continue to provide quality academic programs for our students. If you choose to make a gift today please click here.

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