Catholic University’s Law and Public Policy Program held a brunch on April 14 in honor of the program’s five 2013 certificate candidates, three of whom were also recognized as Eleanore Dulin and James Clanton Haynes Memorial Fellows.
The Sunday brunch in downtown Washington, D.C. featured remarks by Professor Sarah Duggin, director of the Law and Public Policy Program, Columbus School of Law Dean Daniel F. Attridge, and alumnus Christopher Pilkerton, Class of 1999, chairman of The Pilkerton Group.
The annual event celebrates the hard work of all of the students who are pursuing certificates in Law and Public Policy. This year’s group includes third year students Josh Brekenfeld, Mike Burns, Amy Christel, Mallory Johnson, and Charise Pastor.
Burns, Johnson and Pastor were also tapped as 2013 recipients of the Eleanore Dulin and James Clanton Haynes Memorial Fellowship, established in 1985 in memory of Eleanore Dulin and her husband, the Hon. James Clanton Haynes. Judge Haynes, an alumnus of the Columbus School of Law, served as an administrative law judge in the United States government.
Selected by a distinguished committee of law school faculty, staff and alumni, the Dulin Haynes Memorial Fellowship is awarded each year to one or a few students in the Law and Public Policy Program who are in their last year of law school. The award is based on a demonstrated commitment to a career in public service, academic and professional achievement during law school, and service to the community, the law school, and the Law and Public Policy Program.
The 2013 certificate candidates in the Law and Public Policy Program are:
Josh Brekenfeld - For his LPP project, Josh focused on extending tenant bill of right protections, such as rent control measures to small business owners in Washington, D.C. Josh spent the spring semester in London where he worked at a firm that assists London based clients in understanding and interpreting U.S.
regulations. His long term goals are to work for organizations that bridge the government and private sectors.
Michael Burns (Memorial Fellow) - For his LPP project, Mike focused on instituting a prohibition on campaign contributions by businesses and individuals that hold contracts with the D.C. government. His objective was to reduce corruption and the appearance of corruption. Mike met with a number of stakeholders interested in the issue of campaign finance reform and twice testified before the D.C. City Council Government Operations Committee. After graduation Mike hopes to find employment working on issues of election law and campaign finance.
Amy Christel - For her LPP project, Amy sought to raise mental health awareness at CUA Law. She is working with the law school Honor Council to create a Substance Abuse and Mental Health Awareness Day. After graduation Amy is getting married and moving to Saudi Arabia with her husband. In Saudi Arabia Amy hopes to work for a few years with Bechtel Corporation.
Mallory Johnson (Memorial Fellow) - For her LPP project, Mallory focused on increasing the coordination of civic engagement programs through the creation of the law school Public Service Council. The Public Service Council brings together faculty, staff, current students, and alumni to coordinate civic engagement activities in an effort to make a difference for both the law school and the community at large. Mallory’s long term goal is to become the first female Governor of Virginia.
Charise Pastor (Memorial Fellow) - For her LPP project, Charise focused on expanding Crisis Intervention Training in the Metropolitan Police Department and raising awareness of the availability of this training to other police and safety departments in the District, as well as on CUA's Campus. Charise's future career goals include working for the government to provide policy advice regarding international cyber-security and cyber warfare law in international and domestic contexts.
Guest speaker Christopher Pilkerton is a 1999 graduate of the Columbus School of Law and an alumnus of the Law and Public Policy Program (LPP). He formerly served as the associate director of LPP and taught the Practicum course. Chris is currently Chairman of The Pilkerton Group, which maintains ownership in and manages operations for several companies in the financial services and food/hospitality industries.
Chris is a former candidate for the Maryland State Legislature. He is the author of the new teaching novel “Courses: A Menu for Public Policy with Chef James Beard and Senator J. William Fulbright.”