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CUA Law Notable Alumni

CUA Law alumni are leaders, innovators, and standard-setters for excellence. They continue to make their mark in a variety of fields including the judiciary, senior federal service, academia, the Armed Forces, and many more. Our graduates listed below are a small sample of alumni who have distinguished themselves professionally and personally. To stay current with what CUA Law alumni are doing, please click here

What do some of our most accomplished graduates have to say about their training at CUA Law? Read on.

Academia
Armed Forces

Business

Elective Office
Judiciary

Law Practice

Public Interest 
Professional Sports

Senior Federal Service


Academia

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. 

Ralph Rohner, J.D. 1963
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). 

Veryl Victoria Miles, J.D. 1980             
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). 

 


Armed Forces

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.
 

Business

Jeffrey R. Moreland, J.D. 1970
Vice Chairman, Amtrak Board of Directors; Chairman, Government Affairs and Legal & Corporate Affairs Committee. Nominated by President Obama as a Director of the Amtrak Board and confirmed by the U.S. Senate in 2010.  Mr. Moreland earlier served as an Executive Vice President for Public Affairs at Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway Company.
 
Vice President, Oppenheimer Multifamily Housing and Healthcare Finance, Inc. Mr. Carberry previously served as President of Charles River Mortgage Company; as Senior Vice President and General Counsel of a private FHA approved mortgage firm; and as a program specialist, United States Department of Housing and Urban Development, (1966-1973) where he was recognized with HUD’s Sustained Superior Performance Award.
 
Kathleen Abernathy, J.D. 1983
Former FCC Commissioner. Executive Vice President, External Affairs, Frontier Communications.
 
Nessa Feddis, J.D. 1983
Senior Vice President and Deputy Chief Counsel for Consumer Protection and Payments,  American Bankers Association's Center for Regulatory Compliance.
 
Paul A. Serini, J.D. 1983
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.
 
Thomas M. Mistele, J.D. 1984
Chief Operating Officer, Senior Counsel, Secretary and Director at Dodge & Cox, an investment management firm providing U.S., global, and international equity; fixed income; and balanced account management.
 
B. Jeffrey Cravath, J.D. 1988
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.
 
John S. Shaw, J.D. 1995
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.
 

Elective Office

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.
 
Robert A. Watson, J.D. 1986
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.  

 

Judiciary

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 Colleen Kollar-Kotelly, J.D. 1968
Judge for the United States District Court for the District of Columbia and former presiding judge of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court.
 
Judge Charles Shaw, Jr., J.D. 1974
Senior District Judge on the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri.
 
Judge Peggy A. Quince, J.D. 1975
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.

Judge James G. Gilbert, J.D. 1988
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.
 

Law Practice

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.
 
Senior Partner at Fine, Kaplan and Black, R.P.C. Ms. Liebenberg has served as one of trial counsel in a number of high-profile cases, including a jury verdict in a class action against The Dow Chemical Company in excess of $400 million. She has been named as one of The National Law Journal's "50 Most Influential Women Lawyers in America." Her many professional contributions include prior service as Chair of the ABA's Standing Committee on the Federal Judiciary, the committee that performs peer review evaluations of all federal court nominees.
 
Christine Luchok Fallon, J.D. 1977
Reporter of Decisions, Supreme Court of the United States.  She is the first woman to hold the position.
 
Eileen O’Connor, J.D.  1978
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. 

Daniel T. Lennon, J.D. 1990
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.
 
Chair of Lerman Senter PLLC’s Intellectual Property and New Media & Technology Practice Group. Former assistant chief counsel for telecommunications for the Office of Advocacy, U. S. Small Business Administration. Recognized in 2013 as one of the inaugural "Top 25 Inspirational and Engaged Leaders" by the Rainbow PUSH Coalition.
 

Public Interest

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. 

 

Professional Sports

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.
 
Michael J. Bidwill, J.D. 1990
President, NFL's Arizona Cardinals.  
 

Senior Federal Service 
 
Phyllis Borzi, J.D. 1978
Assistant Secretary for Employee Benefits Security of the United States Department of Labor, the official in charge of the Employee Benefits Security Administration.
 
Mary Anne Gibbons, J.D. 1980
General Counsel and Executive Vice President, United States Postal Service, 1999-2013.  She is now retired.
 
Naomi C. Earp, J.D. 1982
Member, U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.  Served as Chair of the Commission from 2006-2009.
 
Daniel M. Gallagher, J.D. 1999
Commissioner, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.