CUA Law E-newsletter - September, 2018
Dean Regina T. Jefferson
A letter from Dean Regina T. Jefferson:

Dear CUA Law Alumni, Family, and Friends,

Academic year 2018-19 is off to a great start! Orientation for our new students was held August 14 through 16, and classes for all students began on August 20. We are excited to welcome the entering class as well as the returning upper division students.

I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself to the many alumni, family, and friends of the Law School. I am Regina Jefferson, and I joined the faculty at The Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law in 1992. My areas of expertise are pension law, employee benefits, and tax law. In 2000 and 2001, I served as the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the Law School.

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Alumni in the news

Roger Colinvaux
Professor Roger Colinvaux was quoted in a Washington Post article regarding dark money, had an op-ed on the IRS dark money decision published in the Chronicle of Philanthropy, was quoted in The New York Times discussing charitable deduction loopholes, published a blog post covering the history of political activity and nonprofits and dark money, and had an article published in the Buffalo Law Review regarding state tax benefits and charitable deductions

Cara Drinan
Professor Cara Drinan's book, The War on Kids, was featured in the Juvenile Justice Information Exchange, was quoted in a Bloomberg News article discussing the methodology in Trump's pardon process, was quoted in an article from The New York Times regarding Pope Francis' declaration that the death penalty is wrong in all cases, guest blogged for Doug Berman’s Sentencing Law & Policy blog, gave two talks on her book The War on Kids, and was interviewed by Linda Harllee Harper and Rahim Jenkins of WPFW Radio.

Sarah Duggin
Professor Sarah Duggin was quoted in a WFMY News 2 article regarding First Amendment-protected speech

Megan La Belle
Professor Megan M. La Belle was quoted in a S&P Global article entitled "The week in fintech: Patent suit targets Wells Fargo app's mobile check deposits"

Mary Leary
Professor Mary Leary was quoted in a National Catholic Register article discussing law changes to better protect victims of child sexual-abuse

Lucia Silecchia
Professor Lucia Silecchia will be speaking at a conference at Fordham Law School entitled "Religious Lawyering at Twenty" on September 14, 2018

George Smith
Professor Emeritus George P. Smith's memorial lecture at the Maurer School of Law, Indiana University, published as an article entitled, Dignity in Living and Dying, in the Indiana Journal of Global Studies

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Alexandra Dunn
Alexandra Dapolito Dunn '94 to be nominated to head the EPA's Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention Office

J. Michael Hannon
J. Michael Hannon’s '80 law firm, Hannon Law Group, LLP, is comprised of CUA Law graduates. The firm recently obtained a record-breaking verdict with the help of associates Talon Hurst '14 and Gabriele Ulbig '14.

Dangerfield Island
William T. Newman Jr. '77 and John A. Wasowicz '84 are collaborating on an audio version of Daingerfield Island, a legal thriller written by Wasowicz and published by BrickHouse Books

Stanley Woodward

Stanley Woodward ’08 honored as DC Bar’s Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year

Alex Catiggay

Alex Catiggay (2L) participated in an externship at JGBS Biernat & Partners as part of CUA's International Business and Trade Summer Law Program in Poland

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CUA Law Welcomes the Classes of 2021 and 2022

On August 14, 2018, the CUA Law community welcomed new full-time and part-time students to the Law School. The students arrived for the start of a three-day orientation that was designed to make the transition to the life of a law student as smooth as possible.

The administration, faculty, and staff embraced the incoming first-year class, working hard to make sure that every student felt welcomed, comfortable, and oriented to their new surroundings.

Upon their arrival, the students checked in and were greeted with remarks from Assistant Dean for Student Affairs and Dean of Students Katie Crowley ’10. “The world has never needed CUA Law trained lawyers and professionals, mediators, and peacemakers more…We have great hopes for you and as you settle in to your new community, rest assured that there is a dedicated team at the Columbus School of Law to help support and guide you along the way.” Crowley introduced CUA Law Dean Regina Jefferson who welcomed students to the Law School.

“At CUA Law, we have an exceptionally accomplished and dedicated faculty, from whom you will learn legal doctrine as well as how to practice law, a very thoughtful, caring, administrative staff who will support your study of the law, and a tremendously committed and loyal body of alumni, who stand ready to help you in any way that they can to guide your transition from law student to lawyer. “ Dean Jefferson said. “I wish you the very best of luck, and look forward to being a part of your journey to becoming a lawyer.”

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CUA Law Students Can Join New Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Clinic

Columbus Community Legal Services (CCLS) has developed a new clinic that offers students the opportunity to represent, under the supervision of a clinic attorney, low-income immigrant and refugee clients living in D.C., Virginia, and Maryland. The Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Clinic [IRAC] assists clients with immigration matters as well as related civil matters that affect or relate to the client’s immigration or refugee status. Clients will include adults as well as unaccompanied minors.

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Compliance, Investigations & Corporate Responsibility (CICR) initiative update

Our Compliance, Investigations & Corporate Responsibility (CICR) initiative is taking shape! In May, the law faculty approved a new CICR certificate program designed with the help of Alumni Advisory Board members Julie Bowen (’87), Ann Donohue (’98), Kelly Donovan (’93), Vin Lacovara (’97), and Nancy Liebermann (’79).

Interested students will gather to talk about the new program on September 19th, and we hope to obtain final approvals from the University Graduate Board and Academic Senate later this fall. Meanwhile, our foundational courses are taking shape. Vin Lacovara (‘97), CUA Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer and Chief Privacy Officer, continues to teach Compliance and Corporate Responsibility; Tara Giunta (‘86), partner, Paul Hastings LLP, has agreed to return to teach the course on Conducting Internal Investigations we developed last semester; and Kelly Donovan (‘93), Managing Director KPMG Advisory Risk Consulting, and Chris Pilkerton (‘99), General Counsel and Regulatory Policy Officer, U.S. Small Business Administration, will teach a new course on Risk Management next spring.

We are working on a kick-off event that we hope many alumni will attend sometime this winter. If you are interested in more information about the program, please contact Professor Sarah Duggin at

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CUA Law softball is back!

CUA Law softball is back! The Student Bar Association is thrilled to announce the inaugural CUA Law Student, Alumni, and Faculty Softball Tournament. This family-friendly event will be held on CUA's athletic fields, Saturday, October 13 from 1-3 p.m. as a continuation of the Law School's Family and Friends Day.

Any alumni interested in playing on the alumni team should contact Assistant Dean Katie Crowley, All are welcome to attend and cheer for their favorite professors and alums. Ticket information to be announced.


2018 CUA Law Reunion Weekend

Register now for Reunion Weekend. Join us to celebrate the anniversaries of class years ending in 3 & 8. (1963, 1968, 1973, 1978, 1983, 1988, 1993, 1998, 2003, 2008, and 2013).

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Alumni Calendar
& Upcoming Events

CU in Boston
Networking Breakfast

Wednesday, September 19, 2018
Solas Irish Pub

Bethesda Alumni Reception
Thursday, September 20, 2018

Nationals vs Mets
Friday, September 21, 2018
Nationals Park

Chicago Alumni Luncheon
Tuesday, September 25, 2018
Gibson's Bar and Streakhouse

Capitol Hill Alumni Reception
Wednesday, October 10, 2018
Associated General
Contractors of America

4th Annual
Family and Friends Day

Friday, October 12, 2018
Columbus School of Law

CUA Law Student, Alumni, and Faculty Softball Tournament
Saturday, October 13, 2018
CUA Athletic Fields

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

15th Anniversary of
In American Law

October 19 & 20, 2018
Columbus School of Law

Securities Law NYC Luncheon
Wednesday, October 24, 2018
Winston & Strawn LLP

Alumni Reception
NYC Pub Party

Wednesday, October 24, 2018
Banc Cafe

35th Annual Securities
Alumni Luncheon

Thursday, November 8, 2018
Army Navy Club

Alumni Christmas Party
Tuesday, December 11, 2018
University Club - DC

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Moot Court National Trial Team Begins the 2018-19 Academic Year

Students of the 2018-19 CUA Law Moot Court National Trial Team are preparing for fall competitions following completion of their annual training camp and intra-team competition. CUA will compete in the In Vino Veritas trial competition hosted by Golden Gate University in San Francisco, California the weekend of October 19, and at the Buffalo-Niagara Mock Trial Competition in Buffalo, New York the weekend of November 9.

Nine new members were selected after last spring’s tryouts, and along with four returning members, participated in training camp at the law school on August 18 and 19.

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