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A letter from Dean Daniel F. Attridge:

We are now halfway through the schedule of classes in our spring semester.   Working our way through the winter season, our students, faculty, and staff have been engaged in many activities during the past month.  This is a brief report on what’s been happening and what’s coming up:

1.  Search Committee for New Law School Dean.  As announced last month, I intend to resign as dean of the Law School as of July 31, 2018, after having the privilege of serving for five and half years, nearly twice the average three-year tenure of current law school deans.  Following that announcement, the University appointed a search committee to identify, evaluate, and recommend candidates to serve as the next dean of the Law School.  The members are:  CUA Provost Andrew Abela, who will chair the committee; Law School Professors Regina Jefferson and Mark Rienzi; CUA Trustee and former Law School Board of Visitors Chair Jeff Moreland; Deputy Supreme Knight Patrick Kelly of the Knights of Columbus; Student Bar Association President Frank Russo; Nursing School Dean Patricia McMullen; and Philosophy School Professor Jean De Groot.  Russell Reynolds Associates, an executive search consulting firm, has been engaged to assist the committee.  Expressions of interest may submitted in confidence to All alumni are invited to meet with the search consultants at the Law School on March 16; further information is available here.

2.  Dean’s Dinner Benefiting Student Scholarships.  On April 19, our Board of Visitors will be hosting our annual Dean’s Dinner benefiting student scholarships.  The dinner will be held at the St. Regis Hotel in downtown Washington. Our guest speaker will be Francis X. Coonelly ’86, President of the Pittsburgh Pirates.   All alumni and friends are invited to attend and urged to support this great cause. For more information and tickets, please click here.

3.  Development and Alumni Relations.  We are very pleased to announce that Louise Lydon, who previously served as the Law School’s Director of Alumni Relations, has been selected after a nationwide search as our new Executive Director of Development and Alumni Relations.  Besides her previous service at CUA Law, Louise developed major and planned giving programs at the American Association for Justice. While at George Washington’s Law School, she managed the Dean’s Circle of donors and worked closely with the Dean’s Board of Advisors, including the implementation of new advisory boards for health law and giving societies.

4.  Careers in the Law Series.  Our Office of Career and Professional Development, led by Director Tonya Gaskins, has been hosting a series of career panel discussions for interested students.  Recent sessions have focused on career opportunities in compliance, religious liberty, and criminal defense, with discussions led by experts in the respective fields.  Professor Sarah Duggin moderated the compliance panel, which included Richard Gallena ’13, Orrick; Parker Griffin ’08, Morgan Stanley; Vin Lacovara ’97, CUA Office of General Counsel; Lydia Pardini ’13, U.S. Department of Commerce; and Michael Shaw ’93, Semmes, Bowen & Semmes.  Professor Mark Rienzi led the discussion about careers in religious liberty and First Amendment defense. The criminal defense panelists were Arthur Ago, Public Defender of D.C.; Melinda Douglas, Public Defender Virginia; and Gwen Waters ’09, Office of Public Defender Maryland.

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

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

• On February 1, CUA Law alumni from Dechert LLP hosted a reception featuring remarks by Professor David Lipton, Director of our Securities Program, and Carl B. Wilkerson ’78, Vice President and Chief Counsel for the American Council of Life Insurers.

• On February 2, our students held their annual SPIL auction to raise funds to support summer fellowships for the Students for Public Interest Law.

• On February 5, our Street Law Program’s students and alumni held a mock trial for elementary school students from Washington Yu Ying Public Charter School.  After a vigorously contested trial, the Big Bad Wolf was convicted. 

• On February 7, we hosted our Spring Externship Fair.   This was 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 Law Program presented 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 co-hosted, with the Federal Communications Bar Association, the National Telecommunication Moot Court Competition at our Law School.

• On February 16, we hosted our Ninth Annual First Year Student–Faculty Luncheon.  The event was a celebration of the Law School’s connected and supportive community of students, faculty, and staff.

• On February 19, third-year student Raymond Magorien delivered a presentation on “The Driving Force behind International Maritime Disputes.” This was part of our Student Scholar Series, founded and organized by Professor A.G. Harmon.   

• On February 20, the Securities Law Program presented to a career discussion panel for current students at CUA Law. The panelists included Michelle Curth ’12, Financial Regulatory Authority; Philip Feigen ’93, Polsinelli PC; William P. Lane ’17, Goodwin Proctor LLP; Samuel K. Thomas ’13, United States Securities and Exchange Commission; Robert J. Rhatigan ’12, Dechert LLP; Andriana M. VanderGriend ’17, London Stock Exchange Group; and Amy W. Perskow ’99, Vedder Price.

• On February 21, the Black Law Students Association celebrated Black History month with a civil rights panel focused on the 50th anniversary of the Fair Housing Act.  Professor Suzette Malveaux moderated the discussion featuring Loretta King, former Career Deputy Assistant Attorney General, Civil Rights Division, U.S. Department of Justice, and Jon Seward, Principal Deputy Chief, Housing & Civil Enforcement Section, Civil Rights Division, U.S. Department of Justice.

• On February 21, the Irish American Law Students in partnership with the Irish Network in DC presented a conversation with His Excellency Daniel Mulhall, Ambassador of Ireland to the United States.  The Ambassador candidly discussed a number of key issues, including Ireland’s membership in the European Union, Great Britain’s decision to leave the EU, the Good Friday Agreement, and his impressions of the United States.

• On February 22, the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy hosted a discussion about DACA and immigration law and policy in the United States. The event was organized by CUA Law American Constitution Society Vice President Breck Story (3L) and moderated by Reema Ali '05. Panelists included: Luiz Pedrosa, a 27-year-old DACA recipient, Cori Alonso-Yoder, Practitioner-in-Residence at American Law's Immigrant Justice Clinic, and Dara Lind, Senior Reporter for Immigration Policy at Vox.

• On February 22, Board of Visitors member Bruce Parker ’78 hosted a networking reception for alumni and friends at the Baltimore office of Venable LLP. 

• On February 24, we co-hosted, with the American College of Employee Benefits Counsel, the inaugural Ellen A. (Nell) Hennessy Employee Benefits Moot Court Competition at our Law School.

• On February 27, we hosted an event at the Westin Georgetown featuring Professor Cara Drinan who discussed her new book, The War on Kids:  How American Juvenile Justice Lost Its Way.

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

• On March 1, Alumni Council member Edward J. McAndrew ’95 of Ballard Spahr LLP will host a reception for alumni and friends at the Philadelphia office of his law firm.  To register, please click here.

• On March 6, we will host a networking reception for evening division students with our alumni, faculty, and staff at the Washington office of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP.  To register, please click here.

• On March 16, the Journal of Law & Technology will sponsor its 2018 symposium.  The topic will be the Repeal of the Open Internet Order of 2015: A Discussion of a Dynamic Internet and the Legal Road Ahead.  The keynote speaker will be Brendan Carr ’05, Commissioner of the Federal Communications Commission.  More information is available here.

• On March 19, Toke Vandervoort, Vice President and Deputy General Counsel of Under Armour, and Douglas A. Rettew, Partner at Finnegan, will deliver remarks about “Maintaining a Conversation with the Consumer While Protecting the Brand” as part of the Dean William Callyhan Robinson Intellectual Property Lecture Series.  To register, please click here.

• On March 23-24, our Moot Court Association will co-host, with the Newseum Institute, the Seigenthaler-Sutherland National First Amendment Moot Court Competition.  If you’re interested in serving as a judge, please contact Professor Sarah Duggin at

• On March 24, our Admissions Office will be hosting a Discover CUA Law program for newly admitted students. 

• On March 27, we will host our annual CUA Law Pro Bono reception to honor students, faculty, and staff for their dedication to pro bono work.  The speaker will be the Honorable Vytas Varekojis Vergeer ’93, Administrative Law Judge to the District of Columbia Office of Administrative Hearings.  To register, please click here

• On April 4, the Black Law Students Association will host its 24th annual BLSA alumni-student reception.  The honoree is Robert Fulton Dashiell ’73, of counsel with HJM LLC and an expert in Baltimore City procurement matters.  To register, please click here.

7. 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

8.  Faculty, Students, and Alumni in the News.  Please visit our website at and 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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