Columbus School of Law graduate J. Paul Molloy, 1965, will be honored at The Catholic University of America’s 2013 Alumni Awards Celebration for his work in the field of alcohol and drug addiction.
Each year, the Alumni Association honors exemplary CUA alumni from a variety of academic backgrounds and professions.
Molloy is founder and CEO of Oxford House, Inc., the umbrella organization for the highly successful and cost-effective network of more than 1,600 Oxford Houses— self-run, self-supported houses for those recovering from alcoholism and drug addiction.
Molloy, who describes himself as a recovering alcoholic and former street drunk, founded the first Oxford House in Silver Spring, Md. To combat zoning discrimination against such houses, Molloy worked with members of Congress to effect legislative changes. He successfully challenged all NIMBY ("Not in My Back Yard") discrimination cases brought against Oxford Houses and his efforts led to the landmark Supreme Court case City of Edmonds, Washington v. Oxford House, Inc.
In addition, Molloy encouraged independent academic researchers to study Oxford House methods to better understand the process of recovery from addiction. Early in his career, Molloy was a Congressional staffer on both Senate and House committees, working mainly on transportation and environment issues. He later became a member of Isham, Lincoln and Beale, a Chicago law firm. Both Molloy and his wife, Jane, are 1965 graduates of CUA's Columbus School of Law.
The Awards will take place on April 13, 2013, in the Great Hall of Father O'Connell Hall on the campus of Catholic University.