The Catholic University of America
Law Faculty

Laurie A. Lewis – Clinical Associate Professor of Law

Laurie Lewis

Laurie A. Lewis joined the full-time faculty at the Columbus School of Law in 2004 and is an alumna. Professor Lewis was Editor-in-Chief of the Catholic University Law Review, and published a Note. She was also an active member of the Moot Court Association. Prior to earning her law degree, Professor Lewis received a B.A. in Psychology from the University of New Hampshire, where she graduated summa cum laude and was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa; and a M.S. in Rehabilitation Counselor Education from Syracuse University. 

Professor Lewis teaches Lawyering Skills. She has also taught Law Journal Editing, and American Legal Analysis in the LL.M. program offered jointly by CUA and Jagiellonian University in Cracow, Poland. Professor Lewis is a member of the Virginia State Bar; Arlington County Bar; Supreme Court of the United States Bar; and American Bar Association, where she has served on the Legal Writing, Reasoning and Research Section Committee.
 
Professor Lewis' legal expertise is in the field of domestic relations law, involving wide-ranging litigation and mediation work. Litigation experience includes civil motions and trial practice in Virginia appellate, circuit, and juvenile and domestic relations courts on issues relating to divorce, custody, spousal support, child support, and equitable distribution. She has also represented clients in personal injury and defamation suits.
 
Mediation experience includes working with couples and families, primarily in negotiation and drafting of property settlement agreements for uncontested divorce cases. She has also mediated child custody proceedings. Professor Lewis is certified by the Supreme Court of Virginia as a Circuit and District Court Family Mediator, and by the Northern Virginia Mediation Service as an Advanced Family Mediator.
 
As a Rehabilitation Psychologist, Professor Lewis worked in hospital and school settings with persons suffering from drug addiction, sometimes associated with chronic pain. She has also worked as a Vocational Rehabilitation Consultant, and served as an expert witness in trials involving persons disabled from working. Professor Lewis is a licensed Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor and Biofeedback Therapist.
 
In the law school community, Professor Lewis serves as Chair of the Admissions and Recruitment Committee.  She also serves as a Judge for the Student Scholar Series and various Moot Court Competitions.
 
In her home community, Professor Lewis provides pro bono legal services to her church, where she serves as a trustee, seminarian committee convener, and lay pastoral counselor. Professor Lewis also offers pro bono mediation services to indigent families. She has three daughters and lives in Arlington, Virginia, with her husband. 

         

Research and Writing

Laurie A. Lewis, Clerkship-Ready: First-Year Law Faculty are Uniquely Poised to Mentor Stellar Students for Elbow Employment with Judges, 12 Appalachian J.L. 1 (2012).                                

Laurie A. Lewis, Winning the Game of Appellate Musical Shoes: When the Appeals Band Plays, Jump from the Client’s to the Judge’s Shoes to Write the Statement of Facts Ballad, 46 Wake Forest L. Rev. 983 (2011).
 
Laurie A. Lewis, The Stellar Parenthetical Illustration: A Tool to Open Doors in a Tight Job Market,19 Persp.: Teaching Legal Res. & Writing 35 (2010).
 
Laurie A. Lewis, Diluting Relief Under Title VII: Ford Motor Co. v. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission - Employment Offer Absent Retroactive Seniority Effective in Tolling Backpay, 32 Cath. U. L. Rev. 665 (1983).

 

In Her Words ...

"To succeed in a tight job market, our students must learn to write sharp legal analysis. I mentor students individually to help them achieve clarity and conciseness in both objective and persuasive writing. Doing so is very intrinsically satisfying."

– Laurie A. Lewis

 

Contact

Office: 453 Law School
The Catholic University of America
3600 John McCormack Rd., NE
Washington, D.C. 20064

Phone: 202-319-5441

E-mail: lewisla@law.edu
 

Courses

  • Lawyering Skills I
  • Lawyering Skills II

     

Education

J.D.
Columbus School of Law, The Catholic University of America 

M.S.
Rehabilitation Counselor Education, Syracuse University

B.A.
Psychology, University of New Hampshire 

 

Areas of Expertise

  • Legal Research and Writing
  • Family Law
  • Mediation
     

Experience

  • Taught Law Journal Editing, and American Legal Analysis in the LL.M. program offered jointly by CUA and Jagiellonian University in Cracow, Poland
  • Certified by the Supreme Court of Virginia as a Circuit and District Court Family Mediator, and by the Northern Virginia Mediation Service as an Advanced Family Mediator