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

Dear CUA Law Alumni, Family, and Friends,

It is hard to believe that Thanksgiving is almost here. Our students, faculty, and staff are preparing for finals, working towards closing out the fall semester, and making plans for the spring semester. We have had a very busy fall semester. Below are some of the highlights from the past month and a look forward:

1. CUA Law Reunion Weekend.  Arriving from all across the country, hundreds of CUA Law School graduates, friends, and family attended Reunion 2018, held October 19-20 at the Law School and other locations around Washington, D.C.

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Alumni in the news

Stacy Brustin
Professor Stacy Brustin was quoted in a Catholic News Agency article regarding birth right citizenship

Mary Leary
Professor Mary Leary was quoted in a Washington Times article on clergy abuse

Veryl Miles
Professor Veryl Miles has been appointed to a three-year term to serve as the Chair of the Association of American Law School's (AALS) Standing Committee on Recruitment and Retention of Minority Law Teachers and Students

Antonio Perez
Professor Antonio Perez recently presented at the Conference on Private International Law at the Catholic University of Colombia

Mark Rienzi
Professor Mark Rienzi was quoted in an article regarding State of California v. Little Sisters of the Poor, was mentioned in a Bloomberg Law article regarding California v. Little Sisters of the Poor, and was quoted in an article regarding the HHS contraception mandate

Ralph Rohner
Professor Emeritus Ralph J. Rohner '63 was presented with the William Callyhan Robinson Alumni Award

Heidi Mandanis Schooner
Professor Heidi Mandanis Schooner spoke at the Permits, Licenses and the Administrative State Public Policy Conference

Lucia Silecchia
Professor Lucia Silecchia was quoted in an article regarding the involvement of religious communities in environmental affairs

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Kathleen Abernathy
Kathleen Q. Abernathy '83 received the Distinguished Alumni Service Award

Nell Hennessy
Ellen "Nell" Hennessy '78 was presented (posthumously) with the Distinguished Alumni Award

Mark Holden
Mark V. Holden '88 received the Distinguished Alumni Service Award

Rafal Kos

Rafal Kos, PhD, LL.M. '10 was appointed by Andrzej Duda, President of the Republic of Poland, to serve as an advisor to the President. Dr. Kos’ field of activity will focus around issues connected with improving regulations in the scope of commercial law. On October 19, 2018, Dr. Kos received the Distinguished Recent Alumni Award from the Columbus School of Law

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2018 CUA Law Reunion Weekend is a Success

Arriving from all across the country, hundreds of CUA Law School graduates, friends, and family attended Reunion Weekend 2018, held October 19-20 at the Law School and other locations around Washington, D.C.

The busy weekend of events helped old friends and classmates reconnect, keep up with law school developments, and engage with new opportunities to support their law alma mater in the future. Eleven class years were invited to participate in Reunion Weekend 2018: 1963, 1968, 1973, 1978, 1983, 1988, 1993, 1998, 2003, 2008 & 2013.

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15th anniversary of CUA’s LL.M. in American Law conducted in cooperation with Jagiellonian University, and 27 years of the International Business and Trade Summer Law Program

On October 20, 2018, the CUA Law Reunion Weekend Speaker Series presented “Cross-Border Lawyering in the Digital Age” in recognition the 15th anniversary of CUA’s LL.M. in American Law conducted in cooperation with Jagiellonian University, and 27 years of the International Business and Trade Summer Law Program (IBTSLP) in Krakow. More than 500 American and 500 Polish and LLM students from third countries have studied in these programs. In addition, the American Law Program, in which CUA professors teach American Law courses at Jagiellonian University, is now in its 19th year and has had almost 1000 students.

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Annual CUA Securities Law Program Luncheon Continues to Celebrate a Strong Community

For the thirty-fifth consecutive year, the Securities Law Program (SLP), under the guidance of Program Director and CUA Law Professor David Lipton, held its Annual Securities Law Program Alumni Luncheon on Thursday, November 8, at the Army Navy Club in downtown Washington. During the event two SLP students were awarded the Annual Securities Scholarship, Nina Shallal (3L) and Aliza Khan (3L). The speaker for the luncheon was former SEC Chair Mary Jo White. She gave a talk on “Enforcement and Market Regulation in a de-Regulatory Era”.

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Compliance, Investigations & Corporate Responsibility (CICR) Initiative

The University’s Graduate Board approved the academic component of the Compliance, Investigations & Corporate Responsibility (CICR) Initiative at its fall 2018 meeting on October 30th. Dean Jefferson and Professor Sarah Duggin presented the plan for a new CICR certificate program, and the members of the Graduate Board voted unanimously to approve the proposal. The proposal will go before the University’s Academic Senate later this month. We anticipate a favorable Senate vote. While we await Senate action, we have recruited a number of outstanding adjunct faculty members to teach CICR courses. Tara Giunta ‘86, a partner at Paul Hastings LLP, will join Professor Duggin to co-teach a course in Internal Investigations. Kelly Donovan ‘93, a Managing Director in the New York City Office of KPMG U.S. Advisory Services/Risk Management, and Chris Pilkerton ‘99, Attorney with the Small Business Administration, will co-teach a class on Risk Management & Financial Audit. CICR also held an initial meeting for students interested in the proposed certificate program. More than thirty students attended the meeting, and several others have indicated interest. We look forward to getting the new CICR certificate program up and running when our students return to the Law School in the new year.


CUA Law has Impressive Performance at the In Vino Veritas Trial Competition

The CUA National Trial Team begins its academic year with an impressive performance, winning third place overall at the In Vino Veritas Trial Competition in San Francisco as well as an individual award for the tournament’s best cross-examination.

Patrick Elwell (4E), Vania Smith (3E), Jennifer Brooker (3E), and Taylor Dontje (2L) represented the law school this past weekend in a competition that hosted some of the best trial advocacy programs in the country. The competition centered on a complex tax fraud case involving a multimillion dollar vineyard, international shipping, and cutting edge blockchain technology. Trying the case were Ms. Brooker and Mr. Elwell on behalf of the Government, and Ms. Smith and Ms. Dontje on behalf of the defendant. Each side developed theories of the case, witness examinations, and opening and closing arguments. They also prepared for every evidentiary issue that may arise during the course of trial.

Read more here.


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Alumni Calendar
& Upcoming Events

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

The Journal of Technology's Data Privacy Symposium: The Future of Data Regulations
Friday, January 25, 2019
Columbus School of Law

SPIL Auction
Friday, March 1, 2019
Columbus School of Law

Evening Alumni and
Law Student Reception

Wednesday, March 13, 2019
Akin Gump, Washington, DC

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CUA Law Reunion
Weekend 2019

Celebrating the Class Years 1964, 1969, 1974, 1979, 1984, 1989, 1994, 1999, 2004, 2009, and 2014
September 27 & 28, 2019
Columbus School of Law

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Judges Needed
for Seigenthaler-Sutherland Cup

Once again this year, the Newseum will join the Law School in co-hosting the Seigenthaler-Sutherland National First Amendment Moot Court Competition. We have 24 teams from across the country coming to CSL compete on March 22 and 23, 2019. This year's problem focuses on the application of the First Amendment to a university campus free speech policy, an issue that has ignited campuses across the country in recent months. It's a really timely topic that raises fascinating constitutional questions. Several federal judges from United States Courts of Appeals, United States District Courts, and state courts, along with our Dean and CUA President John Garvey, are slated to judge the final round at the Newseum on Saturday. We need judges for the first day of the competition here at the Law School on the afternoon of Friday, March 22nd. It will be an exciting afternoon beginning with lunch and a short briefing for judges and concluding with a reception for judges and competitors. We will provide all judges with a bench memorandum. Lunch will begin about noon, and the two oral argument sessions should run from about 1 pm to 4 pm. We would love to have you as a judge!

Please contact Professor Sarah Duggin at if you can join us. Thank you!

CUA Law Annual Fund

Every year CUA Law alumni and friends join together to show their support of our mission of providing a quality legal education. Annual giving provides critical support for a number of needs, most importantly our scholarship program. A gift to the Annual Fund, no matter the amount, will help support the Law School’s efforts to recruit and retain the best and brightest students. Please consider making a gift to the CUA Law Annual Fund today!

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