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

Dear CUA Law Alumni, Family, and Friends,

With the cherry and pear blossoms now in bloom, the season of spring has finally arrived and along with it our busiest time of the year.  We are in the midst of a whirlwind of activities to conclude our academic year, as we move forward toward the end of classes on April 27, final exams from May 4 to 14, and graduation on May 25.  This is a brief report on what’s been happening and what’s coming up:

1. Rankings.  CUA Law is ranked #110 among law schools in the latest U.S. News & World Report rankings.  The new ranking is a disappointing four-point decrease from last year’s rating, although CUA Law has remained in the same narrow seven-point range in each of the past five years. 

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Alumni in the news

Cara Drinan
Professor Cara Drinan discussed her new book, The War on Kids, as well as the general state of the criminal justice system at a CUA Law alumni networking event at the Westin Georgetown in Washington, D.C., hosted by Karen L. Grubber '92

Mary Leary Professor Mary Leary was a guest on 89.3 KPCC to discuss the Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act; published an article regarding religious organizations and their fight against human trafficking in The Review of Faith & International Affairs; published an op-ed on pending sex trafficking legislation in The Hill; was quoted regarding the passage of FOSTA, the anti-sex trafficking legislation, which she has been advocating; and participated on a panel at Harvard Law School hosted by The Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy where she presented her forthcoming article, The Indecency and Injustice of Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act

Mark Rienzi
Professor Mark Rienzi published an article in National Review looking at a glaring problem in California's argument in NIFLA v. Becerra and was named President of Becket Fund for Religious Liberty

Lucia Silecchia
Professor Lucia Silecchia published a short essay entitled - Duty to Protect

George Smith
Professor Emeritus George P. Smith participated in a value-based health care event at Harvard Law School and received The Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award

Leah Wortham
Professor Emerita Leah Wortham's book, Learning from Practice: A Text for Experiential Legal Education, was reviewed in the Journal of Legal Education

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Michael J. Desmond '94, Nominated to be Chief Counsel for the Revenue Service and Assistant General Counsel in the Department of the Treasury

William McDermott

William McDermott '11, Named Interim State’s Attorney

Annapolis Alumni

Catholic University Columbus School of Law alumni, practicing in federal procurement, attended the ABA Public Contract Law Section's Federal Procurement Institute in Annapolis, Maryland. This annual event features panelists from government, industry, private law practice, and academia, and focuses on recent developments in federal procurement. Topics at this year's event included: diversity and inclusion in the federal procurement bar, supply chain integrity, recent developments in bid protests, and the role of government contracts counsel in mergers and acquisitions. CUA alumni pictured: Caitlin Conroy '16, Daniel Horner '15, Benjamin Williams '14, Christian Curran '11, Matthew Keller '10, Andres Crosetto '06, Anne Donahue '97, Michael Francesconi '97, Scott Flesch '97, Alexander Brittin '84, and Bill Walsh '68

Kevin Tamul

Student Scholar Series Continues with a Presentation from Kevin Tamul (3L) on the Privileges or Immunities Clause

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CUA Founders Day Giving Challenge

On Tuesday, April 10, 2018, Catholic University’s twelve schools will come together to celebrate the founding of The Catholic University of America with an annual day of giving.

The University is challenging 1,000 alumni, parents, students, faculty, staff, and friends to make a gift in honor of the founding of our University.

When the Founders Day Giving Challenge begins, you’ll be able to track which of Catholic University’s twelve schools has received the most gifts. Help CUA Law earn the accolades it so deserves!


CUA Law ranked #38 for Associate Jobs at the Top 100 Firms in the country by

A study that appeared on LAW.COM places The Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law (CUA Law) at #38 among 50 law schools according to the percentage of their 2017 juris doctor graduates who took associate jobs at the largest 100 firms in the country.

CUA Law’s ranking on the LAW.COM's list outperforms its 2017 US News ranking by 68 places; the second greatest disparity between the two rankings of the 50 law schools on the list.

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CUA Law Evening Students and Alumni Gather for Networking Event in DC

On March 6, 2018, the CUA Law Office of Development & Alumni Relations held a networking reception hosted and sponsored by Akin Gump Strauss Haur & Feld LLP at the Washington, D.C., office.

D.C. area alumni, current evening program students, and students who have been admitted to CUA Law for entry in fall 2018, attended the reception. Remarks were made by by Stanley E. Woodward Jr. '08, Counsel, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP and CUA Law Alumni Council President; and Stanley J. Samorajczyk '67, Principal, Stanley J. Samorajczyk Attorney & Advisor and CUA Law Board of Visitors member.


CUA Law' Building ranked in Top 20 Law School Building Survey

The Columbus School of Law's building has been ranked #19 in “Best Law School Buildings,” in the spring, 2018 issue of preLaw magazine. The law school’s Top 20 ranking lands it in the “A” group, alongside the facilities of such law schools as Yale, Notre Dame, and Villanova. PreLaw conducted a comprehensive survey of the nation’s 200-plus law schools to identify the very best facilities. The survey ranked buildings based on aesthetics, technology, libraries, and amenities.


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Alumni Calendar
& Upcoming Events

24th Annual BLSA
Alumni-Student Reception

Honoring Robert Fulton Dashiell '73
April 4, 2018
Columbus School of Law

Mary Mirror of Justice Lecture
Delivered by Frederick Woods, Clinical Assistant Professor of Law
April 10, 2018
Columbus School of Law

CUA Law/Ehrlich Partnership on Clemency
with Governor Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. and special guest His Excellency William E. Lori, Archbishop of Baltimore
April 10, 2018
Womble Bond Dickinson LLP, Baltimore

Securities Law Annual Alumni and Student Mixer
Thursday, April 12, 2018
Bobby Van's Steakhouse

Inaugural Event for the
Center for Religious Liberty

A Conversation with Ambassador Sam Brownback, United States Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom
April 16, 2018
Columbus School of Law

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

Institutes and Special Programs Certificate Ceremony
Thursday, May 24, 2018
Columbus School of Law

Columbus School of Law Commencement Ceremony
Friday, May 25, 2018
Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception


CUA Law Reunion
Weekend 2018

Celebrating the Class Years 1963, 1968, 1973, 1978, 1983, 1988, 1993, 1998, 2003, 2008, and 2013
October 19 & 20, 2018
Columbus School of Law

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CUA Law Alumni Resources
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End of Fiscal Year Fast Approaching!

With the fiscal year ending on April 30th, please consider making a gift to the CUA Law Annual Fund today! Support to the Annual Fund goes directly to our top priority-student scholarships. Every gift makes a difference for the future of our law school and for its students.

Thank you for your support in ensuring a strong close to our fiscal year!

For questions about the Annual Fund please contact Annual Fund Coordinator, Lauren McDonald at 202-319-4638 or


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