Category Commentary

If You Take One Humanities Course in Law School (And You Should), Take Law and Literature

By Tim O’Brien ‘13 Law schools are rebranding themselves as training grounds for “practice-ready” graduates in an effort to make new lawyers more attractive to employers. While that may make good economic sense, there’s also great value in carving out time between your more technical coursework to ask big questions about the law. For me, […]

Facing Death Threats, Beleaguered South African Turns to CUA Law Students, Gains Asylum

By Judith Muñoz ’14 and Tarunpal Dhillon ‘15 Lifted Lamp We met our client, Tanya*, for the first time on December 18, 2013 at the Baltimore Immigration Court. She stood behind a glass door, in a navy blue jumpsuit, handcuffed and shackled. As she told us her story of survival in South Africa, a few points became […]

More Than a Number: Why CUA Law Ranks Above the Rest

By Michelle Lease ‘14 and Meaghan K. Pedati ‘14 Law schools are judged by two factors: (1) the test scores and GPAs of an incoming class and (2) the practical success of its students. The U.S. News & World Report focuses primarily on the first. CUA Law focuses primarily on the second, accepting and mentoring […]

India’s Gay Rights Movement Hangs in the Balance

By Annie Khan ‘14 When India’s Supreme Court struck down a ban on gay sex in 2009, gay rights advocates celebrated the ruling as an important step in the country’s nascent movement. But the feting proved premature. Last December, India’s high court reinstated the ban, and a month later slapped down an initial appeal. Now […]

Time to Change CUA’s Speaker Policy

By Michael Ellement ‘13 CUA President John Garvey and Business School Dean Andrew Abela published an article last week in the Wall Street Journal defending their decision to accept a $1 million donation from a charitable fund run by David and Charles Koch. The decision has been criticized by several Catholic groups, which claim the […]

“Pimps Smoke Blunts” T-Shirts, “Crime Clothes,” and Other Inappropriate Courtroom Attire

By Justin Peters Slate A couple of months ago, after writing a piece about an arsonist who unwisely wore a “Snitches Get Stitches” T-shirt to his sentencing hearing, I encouraged readers to send me their own stories about inappropriate courtroom attire. I published the first round of those stories in October. Now I’m back with another set of reader-submitted […]

Amnesty Would Cure the Snowden Headache

And a handshake between unclean hands would do wonders for rule of law By John Kruzel ’14 Does it hurt anyone else’s head to think about what to do with Edward Snowden? According to F. Scott Fitzgerald, “The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposing ideas in mind at the […]