CUA Law alumni are leaders, innovators, and pioneers for whom a glass ceiling was meant to be broken. They are game-changers making their mark in a variety of fields including the judiciary, senior federal service, academia, the Armed Forces, and many more. Our graduates below represent a small sampling of alumni that have distinguished themselves. To view an updated list of CUA Law alumni in the news, please click here.
John E. Murray Jr., J.D. 1958
Chancellor and Professor of Law at Duquesne University. Murray is a former dean of the University of Pittsburgh School Of Law and the Villanova University School of Law, as well as a former president of Duquesne University.
Dean of The Catholic University of America’s Columbus School of Law (1987-1995) and professor of law (retired). He holds the James Whiteford Chair of Common Law at Catholic University. Professor Rohner is a founding member and past president of the American College of Consumer Financial Services Lawyers.
Jonathan Lash, M.A. 1972, J.D. 1974
President of Hampshire College (MA).
Dean of The Catholic University of America’s Columbus School of Law (2005-2012) and professor of law. Deputy director of the Association of American Law Schools (2001–2003); member of the special committee on the Uniform Bar Examination for the National Conference of Bar Examiners (2008-2012); member of the American Bar Association’s Accreditation Committee (2008-2012).
Brigadier General (Ret.) Coral Wong Pietsch, J.D. 1974
The first Asian American woman to reach the rank of Brigadier General in the United States Army. Since 2012, General Pietsch has served on the United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims.
Colonel Mary Lou Keener, USAF (Ret.), J.D. 1982
Former General Counsel of the Department of Veterans Affairs. In 2000, Colonel Keener served with Department of Defense as Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Air Force (Force Management and Personnel). She is now retired and serves as an Outside Board Member to the Military Order of the Purple Heart Service Foundation.
Former FCC Commissioner. Executive Vice President, External Affairs, Frontier Communications.
Senior Vice President and Deputy Chief Counsel for Consumer Protection and Payments, American Bankers Association's Center for Regulatory Compliance.
Former Executive Vice President, XLHealth Corporation (now a UnitedHealthcare company). XLHealth provided chronic care solutions for Medicare beneficiaries and providers that encouraged management of chronic diseases such as diabetes and heart failure.
Former Senior Vice President, Fannie Mae. He is currently a Senior Advisor at The Collingwood Group, LLC.
Paul M. Bisaro, J.D. 1989
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Actavis since 2007. Actavis is a global, specialty pharmaceutical company focused on developing, manufacturing and distributing generic, brand and bio-similar products.
Assistant Secretary, U.S. Department of Energy, 2004-2006; named one of the top lobbyists in Washington D.C., and currently serving as Executive Director and CEO, Natural Products Association.
Thomas R. Harkin, J.D. 1972
United States Senator from Iowa since 1985 and a member of the Democratic Party. He previously served in the United States House of Representatives (1975–1985). Harkin is ranks as the 7th most senior U.S. Senator overall.
Kathy Courtney-Hochul, J.D. 1983
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from New York’s 26th district from June 2011-January 2013. She currently serves as a government relations specialist with Buffalo based M&T Bank.
Republican Member of the Rhode Island House of Representatives since 1992, representing the 30th District. Former House Minority Leader.
Robert Patrick "Bob" Casey, Jr., J.D. 1988
Senior United States Senator from Pennsylvania, and a member of the Democratic Party. He previously served as Pennsylvania Treasurer and Pennsylvania Auditor General.
Judge Richard P. Conaboy, J.D. 1950
Chief Judge, U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania from 1989-1992. Senior judge, 1992-present. Judge Conaboy also serves as Chairman of the U.S. Sentencing Commission.
Judge William J. Nealon, L.L.B. 1951
Senior Judge of the United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania; served as Chief Judge from 1976 - 1989. President John F. Kennedy appointed him to the post in 1962, and he is the longest-serving district judge in the history of the 3rd Circuit. The William J. Nealon Federal Building and United States Courthouse, located in Scranton, is named in his honor.
Judge for the United States District Court for the District of Columbia and former presiding judge of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court.
Senior District Judge on the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri.
Justice for the Florida Supreme Court.
Judge Edward J. Damich, J.D. 1976
Judge on the United States Court of Federal Claims. Served as Chief Judge from 2002-2009.
Chief Administrative Law Judge, United States Postal Service.
Judge Susan Longley, J.D. 1988
Maine State Senator from the 11th District from 1994-2002. Currently Judge of Probate for Waldo County, ME.
Richard J. Favretto, J.D. 1966
Former Deputy Assistant Attorney General and Acting Assistant Attorney General, Antitrust Division of the US Department of Justice; current partner, Mayer Brown.
Charlene Barshefsky, J.D. 1975
United States Trade Representative, the country's top trade negotiator, 1997 to 2001. Currently a partner at the law firm of Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr.
Reporter of Decisions, Supreme Court of the United States. She is the first woman to hold the position.
Partner, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman; former Assistant Attorney General, Tax Division, United States Department of Justice. Former member, President's Corporate Fraud Task Force.
Jeffrey S. Chiesa, J.D. 1990
Former U.S. Senator from New Jersey and former New Jersey Attorney General. He is currently a Member of the firm at Wolff Samson PC.
Partner and global Chair of the Corporate Department., Latham & Watkins LLP. Mr. Lennon represents clients in domestic and international mergers, acquisitions, dispositions, joint ventures and financing transactions and has particular expertise in representing private equity firms and their portfolio companies.
Alice S. Fisher, J.D. 1992
Managing Partner, Washington, D.C. office of Latham & Watkins; former Assistant Attorney General, Criminal Division, U.S. Department of Justice; named one of DC’s “Most Powerful Women” in Washingtonian magazine, 2013.
J. Paul Molloy, J.D. 1965
Co-founder and CEO, Oxford House, Inc., the non-profit umbrella organization for the network of more than 1,700 individual Oxford Houses, self-run, self-supported recovery homes for individuals recovering from alcoholism and drug addiction.
Arthur N. Fuccillo, J.D. 1978
Executive Vice President, Lerner Enterprises, and partner, Washington Nationals MLB team.
Francis X. "Frank" Coonelly, J.D. 1986
President, Pittsburgh Pirates MLB team.
President, NFL's Arizona Cardinals.
Assistant Secretary for Employee Benefits Security of the United States Department of Labor, the official in charge of the Employee Benefits Security Administration.
General Counsel and Executive Vice President, United States Postal Service, 1999-2013. She is now retired.
Member, U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Served as Chair of the Commission from 2006-2009.
Commissioner, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.