The Catholic University of America

Professor Faith Mullen Designated a 2009 Bellow Scholar

Columbus School of Law Clinical Assistant Professor Faith Mullen is one of five legal educators to be honored as a 2009 Bellow Scholar by the clinical legal education section of the Association of American Law Schools.

The recipients will be acknowledged at a luncheon in San Diego during the AALS annual meeting to be held Jan. 6 through 10, 2009. The awardees will present and explain their work at a follow-up session in May at the clinical conference in Cleveland.

The Bellow Scholar Program honors the work of the late Gary Bellow (1935-2000), a friend, mentor, teacher and inspiration to generations of activist lawyers and advocates for justice for the poor. The program calls attention to innovative anti-poverty or access to justice projects that encourage collaboration and empirical analysis.

Professor Mullen was selected from among a large pool of nominees for her ongoing project involving the work of CUA general practice students, "Access to Justice and the Community Involvement in the D.C. Office of Administrative Hearings."

The clinical section's Lawyering in the Public Interest Committee made this year's selections. Colleagues from the law faculties of Harvard, Michigan and Southern Methodist join Mullen as 2009 Bellow scholars.

Mullen has spent more than 20 years passionately immersed in the problems facing low-income residents of the District of Columbia. A graduate of the Columbus School of Law, she spent the early part of her career with D.C.'s Legal Aid Society. There, she represented low-income clients in public benefit and family law cases. In 1987, Mullen joined AARP's Legal Counsel for the Elderly, where she represented clients in housing, consumer, public benefit, guardianship, probate and nursing home cases. In 2000, Mullen started working part-time with the Columbus Community Legal Services, returning to full-time in 2004.