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

Dear CUA Law Alumni, Family, and Friends,

The beautiful season of spring has arrived on our campus.  Outside, the flowers are in bloom, the waters in our courtyard fountain are flowing, and new green leaves are sprouting on the trees.  Inside our building, we are winding up our spring 2018 semester and our 2017-18 academic year.  Classes end on April 27, final exams will be held from May 4 to May 14, and graduation on May 25. This is a brief report on what’s been happening and what’s coming up:

1.  2018 Commencement. Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh, United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, will deliver the Law School’s 129th Commencement Address on Friday, May 25. Judge Kavanaugh has a deep reservoir of experience, achievement, and service to draw upon in offering advice to our graduates.

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Alumni in the news

Marshall Breger
Professor Marshall Breger spoke at a Seminar regarding Nationalism, Politics and Religion: the Backdrop to Conflict Over Holy Places in Jerusalem

Cara Drinan
Professor Cara Drinan was the keynote speaker at Catholic University's Reasearch Day and she will be giving a lecture at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health on May 1, 2018

Roger Hartley
Professor Roger Hartley was quoted on line-item veto legislation in the Washington Post

Regina Jefferson
Professor Regina Jefferson gave an oral presentation at Catholic University's Reasearch Day entitled Let Them Eat Cake, where she examined the United States retirement savings policy through the lens of international human rights

Megan La Belle
Professor Megan M. La Belle recently spoke at Harvard Law School at a conference co-organized by the Project on the Foundations of Private Law at Harvard Law School and the University of Texas School of Law

Mary Leary Professor Mary Leary was quoted in a Catholic News Agency article regarding new sex trafficking law; was a guest on the Oregon Public Radio (NPR) show Think Out Loud to discuss FOSTA; her article The Indecency and Injustice of Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act was published in the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy ; and spoke at the Coalition to End Sexual Exploitation Global Summit 2018 on April 7, 2018

Suzette M. Malveaux
Professor Suzette M. Malveaux's article The Modern Class Action Rule: Its Civil Rights Roots and Relevance Today was published in the University of Kansas Law Review 66 U. Kan. L. Rev. 325-398 (2017)

Veryl Miles
Professor Veryl Miles gave an oral presentation at Catholic University's Reasearch Day entitled Consumer Financial Protection: A Common Good.

Marin Scordato
Associate Dean Marin Scordato's article Innocent Threats, Concealed Consent, and the Necessary Presence of Strict Liability in Traditional Fault-Based Tort Law has been cited in the Harvard Law Review

Lucia Silecchia
Professor Lucia Silecchia spoke at the Environmental Justice in the 21st Century: Threats and Opportunities event on April 16, 2018, and her article Recalling Pope Benedict XVI’s Human-Rights Appeal was published in the National Catholic Register

Frederick Woods
Professor Frederick Woods delivered the 2018 Mirror of Justice Lecture

Leah Wortham
Professor Emerita Leah Wortham presented The Susan Campbell Oration: The Transformative Nature of Clinical Legal Education on April 16, 2018

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Robert Fulton

Robert Fulton Dashiell '73 honored by Black Law Students Association

Labor Relations Board Seal

John Ring '89 was approved by the Senate to serve on the National Labor Relations Board, a five-member board, which is tasked with resolving labor dispute cases

Vytas Vergeer

The Honorable Vytas Varekojis Vergeer '93 spoke at the CUA Law Pro Bono Reception

Willie Burden

Willie Burden (2L) was awarded the 2018 Peggy Browning Summer Fellowship

Rebecca DeVerter Mairah Hosie

Rebecca DeVerter (2L) and Mariah Hosie (1L) were awarded the Women’s Bar Association Foundation Founders Fellowship

Latena Hazard

Latena Hazard (3L) was inducted into the U.S. Navy Jag Corps on April 13, 2018

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CUA Law Dean's Dinner

Initiated by the Law School’s Board of Visitors in 2013 to honor then new dean, Daniel F. Attridge, the Dean’s Dinner has become an important spring tradition at CUA Law as a means of raising scholarship donations for students. This year’s event was held at the St. Regis in Washington, D.C. where there was a reception and dinner featuring keynote remarks from Francis X. Coonelly ’86, president of the Pittsburgh Pirates. It was a record breaking event in both participation and fundraising for the Law School.

Read more here.

CUA Law Center for Religious Liberty

On April 23, 2018, CUA Law hosted the Inaugural Lecture for the Center for Religious Liberty with United States Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom, Sam Brownback. The Center for Religious Liberty is a part of the CUA Law Path Forward Initiative. The Center seeks to attract top legal scholars, provide important public commentary, and to fully engage in the important ongoing discussion about the proper role of individual and organizational religious liberty in a diverse democracy.

Read more here.


Moot Court at CUA Law

Moot Court at CUA Law continues to grow and stay competitive. The law school’s National Trial Team had their final competition of the academic year in Puerto Rico, from April 14–15. The Securities Law Program Moot Court Team impressed at the Kaufman Securities Moot Court Competition at Fordham Law School in New York City.

Plus the Moot Court Association at CUA Law saw significant progress in its 2017-2018 season. This year saw record growth in participation on Moot Court for all grade-levels, new competitions hosted by the University, better training, streamlined faculty roles, and national success amongst competitors.

Also on Friday, April 13, 115 first-year Lawyering Skills Program (LSP) students argued before 60 alumni and friends of CUA Law, who volunteered to provide oral and written critiques of their advocacy. This was the culmination of the semester-long first-year appellate advocacy problem, which closed with a mediation exercise on April 17.

Thank you to all those alumni and friends of CUA Law, who have volunteered and supported our students within these programs.


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Alumni Calendar
& Upcoming Events

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


Dean Attridge Farewell Reception
Wednesday, June 27, 2018
Columbus School of Law

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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