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Catholic University’s Columbus School of Law Announces
Law and Technology Institute

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The Columbus School of Law at The Catholic University of America is pleased to announce that the Institute for Communications Law Studies will now be known as the Law and Technology Institute (LTI). One of the first programs of its kind in the nation, the Institute for Communications Law Studies has a long history of preparing select law students for successful legal careers in the highly dynamic and important field of communications. Under the new name, the Law School’s goal is to build upon and expand the outstanding work and successes that the Institute has accomplished over the past three decades.

LTI will offer an enhanced curriculum to students interested in exploring the many important legal questions and policy debates surrounding evolving technologies. The curriculum will equip students with a well-rounded foundation while also allowing them to pursue a particular area of interest, including communications law, information privacy law, and intellectual property law. LTI students will gain valuable practical experience through externships in government, industry, public interest organizations, and law firms. Students will also have the opportunity to hone their research, writing, advocacy, and leadership skills through participation in various co-curricular activities, such as the Catholic University Journal of Law and Technology, formerly known as the CommLaw Conspectus: Journal of Communications Law and Technology Policy. Finally, LTI students will plan and participate in programming on various law and technology topics, and will have regular opportunities to network with our accomplished and dedicated alumni and friends.

Professors Megan La Belle and Elizabeth Winston will serve as the co-directors of LTI.

Professor La Belle is an associate professor of law at The Catholic University of America where she teaches and researches in the areas of intellectual property and procedure. Professor La Belle earned her B.A. from the University of California, Los Angeles, and her J.D. from the University of California, Davis, School of Law. After law school, Professor La Belle served as a law clerk to the Honorable Stephen S. Trott on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and to the Honorable Margaret M. Morrow on the United States District Court for the Central District of California. Before joining the faculty, Professor La Belle spent several years as a commercial litigator with the Los Angeles law firm of Munger, Tolles & Olson.

Professor Winston is an associate professor of law at The Catholic University of America where she teaches and researches in the areas of intellectual property and contracts. Professor Winston earned her J.D. at University of Virginia School of Law, and an S.B. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. After law school, Professor Winston served as a law clerk to the Honorable James T. Turner of the United States Court of Federal Claims, and to the Honorable Paul R. Michel of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

“We are delighted that Professors La Belle and Winston stand ready to lead LTI into the future,” said Daniel F. Attridge, Dean and Knights of Columbus Professor of Law. “We are very excited that LTI will offer expanded opportunities for our students to pursue careers in technology-related areas, with the support of our faculty, staff, alumni, and friends.”

For more information contact:

Constantia Dedoulis
Director Institutes and Special Programs
The Catholic University of America
Columbus School of Law
202-319-6081 dedoulis@law.edu