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

Dear CUA Law Alumni, Family, and Friends,

The spring 2019 semester is flying by and we have already celebrated the final 100 days until commencement with our law school community. So far it has been another busy spring semester with many interesting events and moot court competitions.

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


1. Moot Court.  CUA Law continues its proud tradition of hosting moot court competitions, as well as competing in them. This year we have hosted the National Telecommunications and Technology Moot Court Competition and the Ellen A. (Nell) Hennessy Employee Benefits Moot Court Competition. I would like to take this opportunity to personally thank those alumni, faculty, staff, and students who helped make these competitions a success. In March, CUA Law and the Newseum will be hosting the Seigenthaler-Sutherland Cup National First Amendment Moot Court Competition.

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Alumni in the news

Marshall Breger
Professor Marshall Breger wrote an op-ed about Americans wanting an immigration fix in moment

Daniel Bress
Adjunct Professor Daniel Bress nominated to serve as Circuit Judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

Roger Colinvaux
Professor Roger Colinvaux spoke on the Tax Exempt Tax Reform: The Impact of TCJA on Tax-Exempt Organizations Panel sponsored by the D.C. Bar and spoke on a Donor Advised Funds panel at the 2019 Annual Exempt Organizations Update in Baltimore, Maryland

Megan La Belle
Professor Megan M. La Belle was a speaker at the Texas Intellectual Property Law Journal's annual symposium, "The Intersection of Administrative & IP Law" at the University of Texas School of Law, as well as the Journal of Law & Liberty's annual symposium, "The Administrative State Wars Yet to Come" at New York University School of Law

Mary Leary
Professor Mary Leary was quoted in a Boston Pilot article, "Summit, lawyers discuss what's needed to solve church's abuse crisis" 

David Lipton
Professor David Lipton moderated the lecture, The Dodd Frank Act in Our De-Regulatory Environment

Antonio Perez
Professor Antonio Perez moderated the panel discussion, The Practice of Law in the Gray Area of Covert Action, and was quoted in a Law360 article entitled, "New Sanctions Throw Wrench At Venezuela's Creditors"

Christopher Savage
Adjunct Professor Christopher Savage's article Managing the Ambient Trust Commons: The Economics of Online Consumer Information Privacy was published in the Stanford Technology Law Review

Lucia Silecchia
Professor Lucia Silecchia was quoted in a Catholic News Agency article on New York's new abortion law; moderated the afternoon discussion at The Role of the Laity in Responding to the Crisis: Theological and Historical Foundations; spoke at the 12th Annual Dean’s Diversity Forum - Race and the Future of America’s Elderly: What Happens to You After You’ve Built the Present; and debuted the new biweekly column On Ordinary Times in January 2019

George Smith
Professor Emeritus George P. Smith and CUA Law Alumus William P. Lane '17 published the article Re-Evaluating the Demise of the Average, Ordinary, Reasonable Person: Unintended Consequences in the Law of Nuisance in the Catholic University Law Review

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Michael Bidwill
Michael Bidwill '90 was honored by the Fritz Pollard Alliance with the Paul J. Tagliabue Award

Julie Bowen
Board of Visitors Vice Chair Julie A. Bowen'90 was appointed to WidePoint Corporation Board of Directors

Alexandra Dapolito Dunn

Alexandra Dapolito Dunn '94 was sworn in as Assistant Administrator of the Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention on February 19, 2019 in the Green Room at Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Headquarters in Washington, D.C.

Gregory Ugalde
Gregory Ugalde '85 was elected Chairman of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) during the association’s International Builders’ Show in Las Vegas

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CUA Law's Street Law hosted Archbishop Carroll High School

On February 14, 2019, CUA Law's Street Law hosted Archbishop Carroll High School for a classroom visit, tour of the law school, and an introductory lecture on human trafficking. After spending the Fall 2018 semester instructing some of the students in an introductory criminal law and criminal procedure class, the students were able to see inside the law school where their student teachers, Willie Burden (3L), Tiare Faatea (3L), Caroline Lannon (3L), Caitlin McClay (3L), Liz Ulan (3L), Rebecca Schisler (2L), and Aimee Solano (1L), spend their time outside of the classroom. Joined by Professor Mary Leary, the students were given a brief glimpse into pervasive and severe criminal law issues, such as human trafficking, that are greatly impacting young adults across America and the world.

Read more here.


2019 Student Scholars Series

The Student Scholar Series continues it's tradition of recognizing notable legal scholarship produced by students during the academic year and to foster the practical skills associated with presenting and defending that scholarship in a professional conference-style setting.

Ashley Greaf (4E) delivered first Student Scholars Series lecture of the semester on January 30. Greaf's scholarship, “Political Contributions Through Text Message,” discussed the growth of technology in political donations through mechanisms such as text-to-give and text-to-donate. Troy A. McCurry '06 served as the respondent for Greaf's lecture.

Paul St. Clair (3L) delivered the second Student Scholars Series lecture of the semester entitled “Antitrust in an Information Age” on February 13. St. Clair decided on this topic after noticing a rise in both left and right leaning economists calling for antitrust regulation in big tech. Randy Long served as the respondent for St. Clair's lecture.

On March 20, Elizabeth Ulan (3L) will deliver her lecture, "The DreamHost Freedom: The Right to Redact," with respondant Professor Daniel Zachem.


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.

Click here to register today.

Kathleen Q. Abernathy '83
Former FCC Chair, VP Frontier Communications

Arthur N. Fuccillo
'78 (moderator)
Executive Vice President, Lerner Enterprises and
Executive Vice President, Lerner Corporation

Julie M. Kearney '98
Head of Regulatory Affairs, Loon, LLC

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


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Alumni Calendar
& Upcoming Events

California Alumni Luncheon
Monday, March 11, 2019
Olamendi's Mexican Restaurant,
Dana Point, CA

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

Refugees – Whose Responsibility? delivered
by Mark Hetfield

Tuesday, March 19, 2019
Columbus School of Law

25th Annual BLSA
Alumni-Student Reception
honoring Angela Scott '02
Wednesday, April 3, 2108
Columbus School of Law

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

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New York City Dean's Reception
Thursday, May 9, 2019
The Yale Club of New York City,
New York, NY

Lawyers Have Heart 10K Race, 5K Run & Fun Walk
Saturday, June 8, 2019
Washington Harbour, Georgetown

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: LSP Appellate Arguments

Alumni judges are needed for the LSP Appellate Arguments. The arguments are scheduled for Friday evening, April 5, from 6:30-8:30, with a reception to follow. Interested alums may RSVP to Julie Kendrick,


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.

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