CUA Law E-newsletter - January, 2019
Dean Regina T. Jefferson
A letter from Dean Regina T. Jefferson:

Dear CUA Law Alumni, Family, and Friends,

The spring 2019 semester began on January 7. We already have experienced some interesting events, some opportunities to serve our community, and our first snow day of the year!

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


1.  2018 Year in Review.  At CUA Law, we take great pride in the accomplishments of our students, alumni, faculty, and staff.  Together we can and do make a real difference in our communities, through our dedicated service to others.  To take a quick look back at what we accomplished together in 2018, with hyperlinks to our news stories from the past year, please click here.

Read more here


Alumni in the news

Roger Colinvaux
Professor Roger Colinvaux published a book chapter entitled "Ways the Charitable Deduction has Shaped the US Charitable Sector" in Research Handbook on Not-for-Profit Law

Sarah Duggin
Professor Sarah Duggin was quoted in a Politifact article on Kamala Harris' eligibility to run for President

Mary Leary
Professor Mary Leary was recently appointed Chair of the Victim Advisory Group of the United States Sentencing Commission

Heidi Mandanis Schooner
Professor Heidi Mandanis Schooner spoke on the panel The Next Financial Crisis sponsored by the AALS Section on Financial Institutions and Consumer Financial Services

Lucia Silecchia
Professor Lucia Silecchia was a speaker at the Cardinal O'Connor Conference on Life held at Georgetown University

George Smith
Professor Emeritus George P. Smith has published his seventeenth book entitled, Dignity as a Human Right?

To read more Law School news please click here.

Chris Concannon
Chris Concannon '94 Named President and Chief Operating Officer of MarketAxess

Patrick M. Regan
Patrick M. Regan '80 featured in Washingtonian Magazine

Stanley Woodward

Stanley Woodward ’08, was featured in Washington Lawyer Magazine

To read more Class Notes please click here.

To submit a Class Note or news piece about a fellow alum, please email

CUA Law Hosts A Mock Trial Academy for Kids

The Office of Career and Professional Development partnered with WBA DC, WBA Future Leaders Committee, and WBA Working Parents/Lawyers at Home Committee to host an all day Mock Trial Academy for children ages 8-13 years. Assistant Dean of Career and Professional Development, Tonya Gaskins, developed the curriculum for the event, taught the opening workshop, and facilitated throughout the day.

Read more here.


A great pro bono opportunity for alumni

The DC Court of Appeals Appellate Mediation Program is seeking attorney volunteers for its new pro bono appellate mediation counsel panel. This is a new initiative, which allows pro se parties the opportunity to participate in mediation. Under this program, the Appellate Mediation Program will maintain a roster of attorneys that have expressed interest in providing pro bono representation to litigants that are interested in participating in mediation. When a prospective matter arises, it will be referred to interested members of the panel. If the litigant and counsel agree to work together they will enter into an agreement for limited representation to cover the mediation. If the matter does not settle in mediation and counsel and litigant wish to continue to work together they have the option to enter into an agreement for representation for the full appeal.

Attorney applicants for the panel must be a member in good standing of the D.C. Bar, have at least 2 years experience as a practicing attorney in civil cases and complete the required training provided by the Court of Appeals. There is a training opportunity current scheduled for February 8. Attorneys who have not represented parties in mediation or an appeal must ensure that they will have appropriate supervision or support from an experienced attorney before accepting a client referral.

This is a great way for alumni to participate in a new pro bono initiative and to invite interested CUA law students to assist!

To apply to serve on the panel or to obtain information more information on the program and training, please contact Jennifer M. Gartlan, Mediation Program Coordinator, District of Columbia Court of Appeals,


CUA Law Offers Free Tax Return Preparation

The Columbus Community Legal Services Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program in partnership with Catholic Charities is currently offering free tax return preparation at the Catholic University of America during the 2019 tax season. The VITA program will run from February 2 to April 13 on Saturdays.

The service will be available to persons with disabilities, individuals with limited English, and individuals or families with moderate to low income. All greeters, tax preparers, and reviewers are volunteers. They go through training by CCLS professors who are highly qualified in this field and must pass an IRS certification test. The majority of preparers have a background in accounting, business, or are current students at the Columbus School of Law.


2019 Deans Dinner - April 11, 2019

The Dean’s Dinner has become an annual spring tradition at CUA Law as a means of raising scholarship support for students. On Thursday, April 11, 2019, the Seventh Annual Dean's Dinner will take place at the St. Regis Washington, D.C.

This year the dinner will feature a conversation with four prominent alumni (listed below) who have achieved recognition for the work they do in each of their perspective fields. They will discuss a current topic in their field and how the Law School impacted their career.

Registration opens in February.

Kathleen Q. Abernathy '83
Former FCC Chair, VP Frontier Communications, Special Counsel
at Wilkinson, Barker, Knauer, LLP.

Arthur N. Fuccillo
Executive Vice President, Lerner Enterprises, Executive Vice President,
Lerner Corporation

The Honorable William T. Newman '77
Judge of the Commonwealth of Virginia, Accomplished Actor

Julie M. Kearney
Head of regulatory Affairs, Loon, LLC


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

Miami Area Alumni Reception
Wednesday, February 20, 2019
Hogan Lovells US LLP, Miami, FL

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

Los Angeles Area
Alumni Reception

Tuesday, March 12, 2019
Akin Gump, Los Angeles, CA

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
The CUA Law Alumni Association
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:


CUA Law Annual Fund

THANK YOU to the alumni and friends who made gifts or pledges to the Annual Fund by the end of the calendar year. Your gifts show your support for the quality legal education provided here at CUA Law. Your participation in the 2018-19 Annual Fund has helped greatly in advancing the Law School and will leave an indelible mark on the academic life of our current student body.

To those that have yet to make a gift, there is still time. The end of the fiscal year is approaching on April 30th and we still have a way to go to reach our goal. Your gift will help us to continue to provide quality academic programs for our students. If you choose to make a gift today please click here.

Every gift counts and will have a profound effect on our students.


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