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In addition to providing its array of communications law courses and externship opportunities in American legal education, the Institute sponsors the communications law journal, CommLaw Conspectus. This scholarly publication was developed primarily for use by practitioners and features articles focusing on the most pressing and cogent issues in communications law. CommLaw also includes an annual review of important developments in the field. Articles are written by leading members of the communications bar and by members of the journal's student staff.



18th Annual National Telecommunications Competition, February 10-11, 2012, hosted by the Federal Communications Bar Association (FCBA) & Catholic University, Columbus School of Law

  Each spring the Institute co-sponsors with the Federal Communications Bar Association the National Telecommunications Moot Court Competition. The competition takes place at The Catholic University of America School of Law.

Judges for both the written and oral argument phases of the competition are local practitioners, some of whom are among the most prominent members of the communications bar. Because blind judging is employed, Institute students are eligible to participate in the competition. Students are also encouraged to compete in other inter-school moot court competitions in allied fields.




In 1981, the Institute's first year of operation, students formed their own organization, the Communications Law Students Association (CLSA), to represent student interests and to help further the Institute's objectives. Open to all students at the Columbus School of Law, the CLSA continues to work in conjunction with the Institute in sponsoring career panels, speakers and social events. The CLSA organizes a mentor program to match new members with upperclassmen who can provide guidance and advice about a range of issues, including life in the Institute and externship and employment opportunities. The group also participates in the Institute-sponsored orientation for incoming students. Profiles of current students and recent alumni.


The Institute invites practitioners and policy makers to speak on various topics in the communications field, offering students a first-hand perspective of practice in the industry.


April 11, 2012: "A Telecommunications Agenda for 2012 and Beyond."

Hosted by the law firm Wiley Rein at its downtown conference center, the day-long symposium brought together nearly two dozen experts from the telecommunications field to discuss issues in wireless, wireline, and media from the perspective of industry, government, and other stakeholders, specifically focused on how these issues may be shaped by the election.

The symposium was sponsored by CommLaw Conspectus: Journal of Communications Law and Policy, the Institute for Communications Law Studies,  in association with the Federal Communications Bar Association.

Feb. 26, 2009: "Interference: Wireless Innovation, Public Interest, Regulatory Response."

How should the government ensure there is enough bandwidth available for the increasing number of wireless communications devices that Americans eagerly purchase?

Nearly two dozen speakers examined the question from different angles at a symposium sponsored by Catholic University's CommLaw Conspectus: Journal of Communications Law and Policy, the Institute for Communications Law Studies and the Federal Communications Bar Association.

Spring 2009-3 Law Students

Spring, 2009: The Federal Communications Bar Association chose three Catholic University law students to receive 2009 summer stipends from the Chairman Robert E. Lee Scholarship Fund for law school interns in unpaid legal communications-related positions.

Jeremy Berkowitz, Kevin Ryan and Rachel Sanford are all rising 3Ls in CUA's Institute for Communications Law Studies. Each received a stipend in the amount of $5,000 to help defray the expenses of a summer internship.

March 10, 2009 FCC Program

March 10, 2009: "The FCC's Regulatory Mulligan: Exploring the Options in the Wake of a Failed D Block Auction."

Fourth year student Alejandro Valencia discussed the FCC's failure to coax the telecommunications industry into paying $1.3 billion dollars for use of a slice of the public airwaves.

Valencia, an intern for Chief Judge Edward Damich of the United States Court of Federal Claims, was the second CUA law student chosen to participate in the law school's new Student Scholar Series.

March 13, 2008:"The 2008 'YouTube' Election? - The Role and Influence of 21st Century Media" brought together nearly two dozen leaders in industry, academia and government to deliberate the many challenges and opportunities presented by today's emerging media. The day's first panel, left-right: Gigi Sohn, president and co-founder, Public Knowledge; Tom Rosentiel, director, Project for Excellence in Journalism; Harold Feld, senior vice president, Media Access Project; Lawrence Norton, partner, Womble, Carlyle, Sandridge & Rice, PLLC; and Sally Buckman, partner, Leventhal, Senter and Lerman, PLLC.


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