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

Dear CUA Law Alumni, Family, and Friends,

As the Holiday Season approaches, I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of you for the good wishes, and the kindness that you have shown me over the past semester. It truly has been a pleasure getting to know and reconnecting with so many of you at alumni receptions and law school events. Your commitment to and support of the Law School are much appreciated, and have reinforced my belief that the CUA Law community is very special.

On behalf of all of us at CUA Law, I would like to wish you a Merry Christmas! If your celebrations are based on other faith traditions, I would like to also wish you a Happy Holiday!

This is a brief report on what’s been happening and what’s coming up:

1.  Academic Calendar.  The fall 2018 semester officially ends on December 20. The new spring semester begins on January 7, 2019. 

Read more here


Alumni in the news

Marshall Breger
Professor Marshall Breger had an op-ed on George H.W. Bush published in the Jewish Telegraphic Agency

Roger Colinvaux
Professor Roger Colinvaux spoke at the National Tax Association's annual meeting in New Orleans

Regina Jefferson
Dean Regina Jefferson's article "Let Them Eat Cake: Examining United States Retirement Savings Policy Through The Lens of International Human Rights Principles" was published in The Harvard Human Rights Journal

Antonio Perez
Professor Antonio Perez spoke on a panel entitled A Practical Comparison of the Common Law and Civil Law Systems at the 2018 International Law Practice Group

Mark Rienzi
Professor Mark Rienzi spoke at the Federalist Society National Convention and was quoted in The New York Times regarding the delivery of contraceptive services without conscripting the Little Sisters of the Poor to help

Marin Scordato
Associate Dean Marin Scordato's article "Understanding the Absence of a Duty to Reasonably Rescue in American Tort Law" has been cited in The Harvard Law Review

Catherine Klein Leah Wortham
Director, Columbus Community Legal Services, and Professor Catherine Klein and Professor Emerita Leah Wortham were keynote speakers at the only plenary of the International Journal of Clinical Legal Education conference, held November 28-30, 2018 at Monash, University in Melbourne, Australia

To read more Law School news please click here.

Courtroom sketch
Senior-Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney for Virginia Nina-Alice Antony '11 currently serves as the prosecutor in the murder trial against James Alex Fields Jr., who is accused of driving a vehicle into a crowd of counterprotesters in Charlottesville, Virginia in August 2017

Maryland flag
Patrick Devine '89 was one of five state Circuit Court Judges appointees by Maryland Governor Larry Hogan

Michael DiLorenzo
Michael C. DiLorenzo ’93, recently received the Attorney General’s Distinguished Service Award

Mark Holden
Mark V. Holden '88 received the Charles Colson Advocate of Hope Award on December 6, 2018

Maureen Kelleher
Maureen Kelleher '84, a Catholic Nun and Immigration Attorney, received the Mother Butler Leadership Award

Brooke Rosen

Brooke Rosen '06 is featured in Virginia Business Magazine

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36th Annual CUA Law ALumni Christmas Party

On December 11, 2018, over 200 alumni and friends gathered at the University Club in Washington, D.C., for the 36th Annual CUA Law Alumni Christmas Party. The event was hosted and sponsored by Douglas A. Bonner III '83.

Click here to view other photos from the event on CUA Law's Facebook page.


25th Annual Pancake Supper

On December 6, 2018, students came to the Law School café for a free Pancake Supper. The Law School’s annual Pancake Supper featured pancakes, bacon, potatoes, eggs, and pastries served by the students' favorite professors, deans, and administrators, who volunteered as short order grill cooks and servers for the evening.

It was the 25th year in a row that CUA Law has offered breakfast-for-dinner as a welcome study break. The tradition began in 1994, the year the Law School building was dedicated. The annual Pancake Supper has become another cherished tradition that marks the end of the fall semester at the Columbus School of Law and is a simple reminder of the supportive community CUA Law provides to its students.


Judges needed for Seigenthaler-Sutherland National First Amendment Moot Court Competition

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!


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Alumni Calendar
& Upcoming Events

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

Boston Area Alumni Reception
Thursday, January 31, 2019
Derchert LLP, Boston, MA

The Catholic University Law Review's Annual Symposium
Friday, February 1, 2019
Columbus School of Law

Externship Fair
Wednesday, February 6, 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

– Save the Date

Dean's Dinner for Scholarships
Thursday, April 11, 2019
The St. Regis

Alumni Reception
Thursday, May 16, 2019
Lowenstein Sandler LLP, Washington, DC

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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CUA Law Alumni Resources
The CUA Law Alumni Resources page features links to the Law Library, Requesting a Transcript, the Office of Career and Professional Development, an online Repository of Faculty and Student Scholarship, the CUA bookstore, HEINOnline, and Insurance Discounts.

Contact the Alumni Council
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is growing, and wants your ideas
and input. Please email, to share
your ideas and to get involved.


28th Annual
SPIL Auction

Every summer approximately 40% of law students at Catholic University, Columbus School of Law work in public service internships for non-profit organizations and government agencies. Students for Public Interest Law (SPIL) strives to help offset the cost of working in these meaningful, yet unpaid positions by rewarding qualified students who choose to pursue jobs in the public service sector with stipends to support their summer expenses.

Funds for such stipends are primarily raised through CUA’s most notable student organized event, the Annual SPIL Auction. This auction consists of both a silent and live auction which is a fun event that gives students, faculty, staff and alumni the opportunity to take a Friday night off! And we hope you will join us on March 1st, 2018!

More information to follow. If interested in donating an item, monetary amount, networking experience or activity please contact:


Year-End Giving

In this season of giving and goodwill, we hope you will consider a gift to the Annual Fund to make a difference in the lives of CUA Law’s deserving students. Your year-end support is critical to providing the quality legal education CUA Law has offered for over 120 years.

As 2018 comes to an end, we begin to look toward a new year with new opportunities. You have several options to join CUA Law as we forge ahead, by making a year-end investment in the Law School in the most tax-wise and effective manner.

Your gift at this time will provide support for scholarships, clinics, and outstanding programs throughout the Law School. To find out how you can make your gift today please click here.

Please note that the CUA Law School offices are closed from December 21 through January 2. During this time we encourage you to make your gift online using our secure credit card system.


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