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Professor Stacy Brustin's article, "Non-Profit Multidisciplinary Practice - Encouraging Holistic Practice While Protecting Ethical Interests," will be published by the University of Colorado Law Review in Spring 2002.

Professors Catherine Klein and Margaret Barry are working on a chapter of a book on child advocacy that is intended for an international audience. They discuss their efforts to address domestic violence as experienced by teens through community education projects as well as direct representation.

Professor Robert Destro's second edition of Religious Liberty in a Pluralistic Society will be published in Spring 2002.

Professor Susanna Fischer's article entitled "Saving Rosencrantz and Guildenstern in a Virtual World? A Comparative Look at Recent Global Electronic Signature Legislation" was published in Vol. 7 Issue 2 of the Boston University Journal of Science & Technology Law (Summer 2001).

Professor Regina Jefferson recently wrote an article that critiques and explains the critical elements of some of the most popular proposals to restructure the Social Security program. This article will appear in the Washington and Lee Law Review and evolved from her participation at conference at Washington and Lee.

Over the summer, Professor William Kaplin's course book, Cases, Problems and Materials: An Instructional Supplement for the Law of Higher Education, was published by the National Association of College and University Attorneys.

Professor Lisa Lerman is currently working on a textbook on professional responsibility. Her article, "Misattribution in Legal Scholarship: Plagiarism, Ghostwriting, and Authorship" was published by The South Texas Law Review.

Professor Rett Ludwikowski finished proofs of the article "Constitutional Culture of the New East-Central European Democracies," that will be published in Volume 29 Issue 1 of the Georgia Journal of International and Comparative Law.

Early in 2001, the Oxford Companion to American Military History published Professor Noone's six entries on various aspects of U.S. military law. He has also accepted an offer from the Duke Journal of Gender Law and Policy to submit an essay on Women and War for a special issue being planned for the Spring.

Professor Ralph Rohner published the essay, "Retrospective: The 50th Anniversary of the Catholic University Law Review" published in June: 50 Cath. U. L. Rev. 267.
Professor Heidi Schooner's article, "Popular Images of Bankers reflected in Regulation" will be published in The Green Bag. The article examines images of bankers in film and shows how such popular images influence regulation.

Professor Lucia Silecchia is wrapping up research conducted in Rome during the Spring of 2001. Her work examines environmental ethics from the perspective of Catholic social thought. It also explores the ways in which our laws are both consistent and inconsistent with that body of thought.

Professor Geoffrey Watson is preparing an overview of "social ethical" perspectives on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. His materials will be included in the annual publication "Proceedings of the American Society of International Law."

Recent Media

Professor Helen Alvaré has been interviewed several times in connection with embryonic stem cells by the National Review online and by the National Catholic Reporter.

On August 15, Professor Robert Destro traveled to the studios of EWTN in Birmingham, Alabama to tape two segments of the program "Church & Culture." The segments aired in the Fall of 2001.

Professor Clifford Fishman appeared on CNN's Burden of Proof in August regarding the topic of surveillance cameras and face identification technology. He has also been quoted in American Lawyer Media publications regarding the government's proposal to expand wiretap and electronic surveillance authority due to the recent terrorist attacks. He discussed recent anti-terrorism legislation on NewsHour.

Professor Michael Noone participated in two press conferences on military justice issues and had an extended telephone interview with a Tokyo based reporter on the U.S. submarine's collision with a Japanese fishing vessel. He also did several media interviews on the U.S. response to the terrorist attack.

Dean Kmiec has appeared on such national news programs as NBC Nightly News and NewsHour with Jim Lehrer discussing the constitutional issues behind the war against terrorism.

Commmunity Service

Professor Stacy Brustin has been asked to participate in the D.C. Task Force on the Prevention of Statutory Rape. She is also the coordinator of the Advisory Board of Hermanas Unidas, a support program for Latina victims of domestic violence.

Professor Leroy Clark is a volunteer member of the Public Employees Relations Board of the District of Columbia (PERB). Nominated by the Mayor of the City and approved by the City Council, PERB members hear appeals involving union-management conflicts for D.C. employees.

Professor Sarah Duggin and her family visited Honduras this summer with a mission group from St. Columbia's Episcopal Church in Northwest D.C. They have been working with this group for nearly two years as part of an ongoing effort to support the people of communities in Villanueva, a town near San Pedro Sula, and Chasnigua, a small mountain village. Professor Duggin has been particularly involved with providing business and legal advice. She also has participated in various fund-raising efforts, gathered supplies and educational materials, and helped develop curricula. During their stay in Honduras they worked on two construction projects for a school and day care center and taught English classes.

Professor Clifford Fishman raised $1,800 in contributions for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society in connection with its annual 150 km (100 mile) bike tour in May.

In October, Professors Margaret Barry and Catherine Klein organized and trained community members to lead workshops on teen dating violence at local high schools.

Professor Michael Noone participated in a meeting of the Society of Catholic Social Scientists on Intercommunal Relations between the Muslim and Christian Confessions in the Holy Land and in a follow-up meeting with a representative of the Knights of the Holy Sepulcher.


Professor Lou Barracato will coach The Catholic University of America Trial Advocacy team, which took first place in the Second Annual Northeast Regional Criminal Justice Trial Advocacy Competition held October 27-28 in New Haven, Connecticut. The team secured an automatic bid to the Final Round of the National Competition to be held in Chicago in the Spring.

Professor Stacy Brustin has undertaken a new community legal project for the General Practice Clinic. CUA law students, in addition to representing individual clients, will plan and teach classes for parents on a variety of legal issues including education advocacy, consumer rights, public benefits, custody and child support. They will collaborate with Street Law, Inc., a national organization that promotes community-based legal education. In an ongoing effort to enhance the school's impact in the surrounding Brookland/Edgewood neighborhood, half of the General Practice Clinic students will be conducting workshops for residents of Mary House, a transitional housing program located in Brookland. The rest of the students will be conducting workshops for teens either at Next Step Charter School (housed in the Latin American Youth Center in Columbia Heights) or at the Center for Child Protection and Family Support in Anacostia.

Australian Professor Patrick Quirk and Professor Susanna Fischer launched a revised version of their international collaborative web-based project, "Joint Privacy Project 2.0," in their cyberlaw and e-commerce classes this Fall. Australian and American students will use various digital communications technologies, including videoconferencing, e-mail and threaded discussions for collaborating on law and policy problems relating to privacy in online personal data from the U.S., Australian and European Union perspectives.

This past summer, Professor Antonio Perez taught in Innsbruck at the St. Mary's summer institute.

Professor Ralph Rohner taught "Comparative Conflict of Laws" at the summer program in Cracow, Poland.


Professor Robert Destro presented a paper and PowerPoint presentation on the constitutionality of "Charitable Choice" (more recently known as the "Faith-Based and Community Initiative"). The meeting was sponsored by the Nonprofit Strategy Group of the Aspen Institute, and was held in Aspen, Colorado on July 13.

Over the summer, Professor William Kaplin served as Mentor/Leader for the bi-annual Houston Higher Education Law Scholarship Roundtable.

Professor Lisa Lerman gave a talk at the Hofstra legal ethics conference called "The Slippery Slope from Ambition to Greed to Dishonesty: Lawyers, Money and Professional Integrity." Her paper will be published in the Hofstra Law Review.

Professor David Lipton prepared a presentation for the SEC's forum on Regulating Internet Portals as Broker-Dealers. He was the only law professor on either of the two panels at the program and one of only two academics invited to participate.

In November, Professor Michael Noone participated in a meeting of the Advisory Board of the Geneva Center for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces.

At the AALS Workshop on Clinical Legal Education in Montreal, Canada, May 8, Professor Sandy Ogilvy debuted a 50 minute videotape, "Oral History of Clinical Legal Education: Part I - Seeds of Change," which he produced. The film traces the early development of clinical legal education in this country. "Seeds of Change" is the first installment in a planned series and is the product of more than two years of research, including over 30 videotaped interviews of pioneers in clinical legal education.

Professor Heidi Schooner presented a paper entitled "Functional Regulation: The Securitization of Banking Law" at a conference on the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act of 1999 at the Cleveland Marshall School of Law.

Professional Activities

In August, Professor Margaret Barry was appointed by the chair of the ABA Section of Legal Education/Admissions to the Bar to its Clinical and Skills Education Committee.

Over the summer, Professor Regina Jefferson continued to serve on the Advisory Team for "Tax Talk Today" which is a new interactive TV show that allows tax practitioners nationwide to consult with tax experts about current tax and business issues.

Professors Leah Wortham and Catherine Klein helped to organize an international legal education conference in Riga, Latvia in October. The conference is sponsored by the Soros organization in Budapest (COLPI) and the Public Interest Law Initiative at Columbia University.
Professor David Lipton was appointed to the NASD's National Market Regulation Committee, the pre-eminent advisory committees of the NASD.

Professor Noone participated in drafting the Cox Commission Report (recommending changes in the U.S. military justice system) and in commenting on proposed changes to the Manual for Courts martial.

Professor Rohner attended annual meeting of the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws for the second reading and final promulgation of "Uniform Consumer Leases Act." He has been the reporter/draftsman on this project since its inception in 1996.

Dean Kmiec testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee regarding the constitutionality of various provisions of the proposed Anti-Terrorism Act of 2001.

Frederick Woods, CUA Lawyering Skills Instructor, received an award from the John Carroll Society at the brunch following the Red Mass in Washington, D.C. on October 28. Woods has served as a pro bono attorney for many clients referred to him by the Legal Network. The Archdiocesan Legal Network recommended that the John Carroll Society recognize Professor Wood for his significant contribution to the Network.