The Catholic University of America
Law Faculty

Ellen Scully – Clinical Assistant Professor of Law (Retired)

Scully

Ellen Scully served as  the director of Columbus Community Legal Services, the law school's legal clinic, for more than twenty-five years. Scully earned her bachelor's degree in 1964 from Salve Regina College and her J.D. from the Columbus Law School, The Catholic University of America, in 1967. She has served on numerous committees of the courts of the District of Columbia and the Bar of the District of Columbia. Professor Scully is considered an expert in landlord and tenant cases. She has also served as a member of the Task Force on Racial and Ethnic Bias and the Task Force on Gender Bias in the Courts. In addition, Professor Scully supervises General Practice clinic students on a number of issues facing low-income residents of the District of Columbia. The students have represented hundreds of clients in matters before federal and district agencies and the courts of the District of Columbia. They have also lobbied on behalf of clients and client groups and have worked with community organizations. Professor Scully has been active in clinical legal education for over 25 years.

Professor Scully has received recognition for her commitment to the community she serves. She was the 1999 recipient of The Jerrold Scoutt Prize from the The District of Columbia Bar Foundation, and was also honored by the Columbus School of Law with its Mary, Mirror of Justice Award.             

 

 

Research and Writing

Professor Scully's research and writing is generally case specific; primarily on the trial level and including a few appeals. She was appointed by D.C. Court of Appeals to serve as Amicus to the court when it was sitting en banc.

In Her Words ...

“I have the best job. At Columbus Community Legal Services, it has been my privilege to work with students as they zealously represent their clients. Through this process they develop as lawyers, lawyers who are aware of the power and privilege of the legal profession, and of the responsibility demanded of its members.” 

– Ellen Scully

 

Contact

Office: 152 Law School
The Catholic University of America
3600 John McCormack Rd., NE
Washington, D.C. 20064

Phone: 202-319-6789

E-mail: scully@law.edu
 

Courses

  • General Practice Clinic (collaborative)
     

Education

J.D.
Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law, 1967   

B.A.
Salve Regina College, 1964 

 

Areas of Expertise

  • Clinical Legal Education
  • Low-Income Housing
     

Experience

  • Service on numerous committees of the courts of the District of Columbia and the Bar of the District of Columbia
  • Former member of the Task Force on Racial and Ethnic Bias and the Task Force on Gender Bias in the Courts