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Institute for Communications Law Studies: Creating a Network

Institutes and Special Programs | Institute for Communications Law Studies


Students are encouraged to expand their network with members of the communications bar through participation in the Federal Communications Bar Association's (FCBA) law student division. For a nominal fee, Institute students may join the Young Lawyer's Committee, participate in the committee's social and educational activities, receive the FCBA's newsletter, be listed in its annual directory, and attend many of the association's professional and social activities. Institute alumni played a significant role in establishing student membership within the FCBA.

The Institute affords opportunities to meet and network with alumni and prominent members of the communications bar at various law school events throughout the year.

Interaction with institute alumni provides students with an invaluable network, leading to externship and future employment opportunities. Institute alumni can be found working in a broad array of prestigious firms and organizations, including:

Cahill Gordon
Consumer Electronics Association
CTIA, The Wireless Association
Davis Wright Tremaine
Federal Communications Commission
Fletcher, Heald & Hildreth
Frontier Communications
Harris Corporation
Keller and Heckman
Lampert, O’Connor & Johnston
Latham & Watkins
Lerman Senter
National Telecommunications and Information Administration
Patton Boggs
Personal Communications Industry Association
Pillsbury Winston Shaw & Pittman
Reed Smith
Squire Sanders
Sullivan & Worcester
T- Mobile
Telecommunications Industry Association
Wiley Rein
Wilkinson Barker Knauer


 Practitioner Perspectives

 "Both at the FCC and during my years as partner at Wiley Rein & Fielding, I have been privileged to associate with many outstanding graduates of the Institute for Communications Law Studies. Whether as staff attorneys or student externs, they arrive well-trained, motivated and ready to work hard on behalf of public interest. I hope that the telecommunications industry will always be a magnet for Catholic University's law graduates. They contribute greatly to this vital field, and I am pleased to call them colleagues and friends."

Richard E. Wiley
Partner, Wiley Rein & Fielding

Former Chairman, FCC


"The almost 400 graduates from CUA Law practicing communications and media law are dedicated to ensuring the continued success of the Communications Law Institute. We believe there would not be such strong CLIAA leadership in the federal communications bar without the unique legal training and networking opportunities that are only available in this program." 

Greg Haledjian 
Former president, Communications Law Institute Alumni Association
Shulman Rogers Gandal Pordy & Ecker, P.A., Potomac, MD



The CLIAA is a not-for-profit organization of alumni of the Institute for Communications Law Studies ("Institute") and the Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law ("CUA"), which was established in 2003 to:

(1) serve as a dynamic resource for the Institute;

(2) facilitate networking opportunities among its members;

(3) mentor current and prospective Institute students; and

(4) serve as a resource for information about telecommunications and media law.

Qualifications for Membership

Any person who is either: (1) a law school alumnus of the Institute or (2) a law school alumnus of CUA who is involved in the development, interpretation, implementation and practice of communications law and policy may become a CLIAA member.

Contact Information

If you would like more information about the CLIAA or if you would like to join, please send an e-mail to:


Institutes and Programs 
Contact Information

Phone: 202-319-6081

Fax: 202-319-4004


Mailing Address:

Office of Institues and Special Programs
The Catholic University of America
Columbus School of Law

Washington, DC 20064

Constantia Dedoulis
Director of Institutes and Special Programs