The Catholic University of America

Beverly Petersen Jennison

Beverly Petersen Jennison, former Co-Director of the Lawyering Skills Program, joined the Columbus School of Law in 1992 and taught in the Lawyering Skills Program from 1992-1996.

She returned to CUA in 2002 to teach Lawyering Skills to first-year students and Legal Drafting to upper division students. Professor Jennison practiced law in Washington, D.C. with the firm of Casson, Calligaro & Mutryn (now merged with Proskauer, Rose). While in practice, Professor Jennison specialized in health care administrative litigation and transactional work and general corporate practice.

Professor Jennison earned her J.D. from the Columbus School of Law, where she was a published member of the Catholic University Law Review and an active member of the Moot Court Association. She holds B.A. and M.A. degrees in Politics from the Catholic University of America. She was the recipient of the William Robertson Coe Fellowship for excellence in teaching from the State University of New York at Stoneybrook (1977) and was awarded a Fulbright grant for study in Amsterdam, The Netherlands for outstanding teachers of the social sciences (1981).

Professor Jennison’s research interests include legal education and legal writing, education issues at all levels, and health care and other matters affecting the elderly. She lives in Silver Spring, Maryland, with her husband, Steve.


Research and Writing

Book Chapter:

"Licensing, Accreditation and Certification,"  in Health Care Corporate Law: Formation and Regulation (Mark A. Hall, ed.) Little Brown & Company, 1993.



"Beyond Langdell: Innovating in Legal Education," 62 Cath. U.L. Rev. 643 (2013).  

"Saving the LRW Professor: Using Rubrics in the Teaching of Legal Writing to Assist in Grading Writing Assignments by Section and Provide More Effective Assessment in Less Time," 80 UMKC L. Rev. 353 (Winter 2011)

"Revisiting Eve’s Law: Suggestions for Improving the North Carolina Anti-Gang Statute," 88 N.C. L. Rev. 1995 (September 2010)

"When Learning Styles Are Different: Suggestions for Teaching Law Students With Attention Deficit Disorder," 18 Perspectives: Teaching Legal Res. and Writing 1(Winter/Spring 2010)

"Integrating Doctrinal and Legal Writing Courses," 17 The Second Draft 10-11 (July 2003)

"Trial Court Discretion in Conducting the Voir Dire Subjected to More Stringent Scrutiny: Cordero v. United States," 33 Cath. U. L. Rev. 1121 (1984) 


In Her Words ...

"I teach legal writing because I want students to have the same passion for expressing themselves through the written word as I do. If you can tell your client's story, if you can convince your target audience of that story's validity, you can be successful as an attorney. I'm happy to be a part of that."

– Beverly Petersen Jennison



Office: 475A Law School
The Catholic University of America
3600 John McCormack Rd., NE
Washington, D.C. 20064

Phone: 202-319-4455



  • Lawyering Skills I,
  • Lawyering Skills II


Columbus School of Law, The Catholic University of America, 1984

American Politics, The Catholic University of America, 1978

American Politics, The Catholic University of America, 1974


Areas of Expertise

  • Legal Writing and Research
  • Legal Drafting


  • Attorney, Casson, Calligaro & Mutryn (now merged with Proskauer, Rose).