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L-R: Dr. Matthew Green, Department of Politics, CUA; Lawrence Halloran, 1976, Professional Services Council, John A. Durkowski, 2008, Butsavage & Associates, and Professor Sarah Duggin, director, Law and Public Policy Program.

What Did it Mean? Experts Interpret the Election at LPP Forum 

In an extension of the talk that consumed much of America in the days following the Nov. 6 election, two Columbus School of Law alumni joined a campus expert in offering their own analysis at a forum held two days later by Catholic University’s Law and Public Policy Program. 

“Post-Election Analysis: Where do we go from here?” invited Lawrence J. Halloran, Class of 1976 and director, International Development Initiative, Professional Services Council; and John A. Durkalski, Class of 2008 and attorney, Butsavage & Associates, P.C. to discuss the results of the election from their varying political and policy perspectives.
The two alumni were joined on the panel by moderator Dr. Matthew Green, assistant professor, Department of Politics, The Catholic University of America and associate fellow, Institute for Policy Research and Catholic Studies.
The panelists discussed the outcome and meaning of the presidential election, as well as elections at the state and local levels.
Dr. Green is the author of an acclaimed book, “The Speaker of the House: A Study in Leadership” (Yale University Press, 2010), as well as many journal articles. 
John Durkalski is a labor and employment attorney, providing legislative and regulatory counsel to unions, elected officials, and nonprofit organizations. He advises unions and nonprofits on the legal and practical aspects of public campaigns, particularly the use of traditional and social media. 
Lawrence Halloran has served as chief of staff for the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Oversight, and as legal counsel to the office of the Governor of Connecticut. He has also served as deputy executive director of the National Republican Congressional Committee.