The Catholic University of America

SilecchiaProfessor Silecchia  received her B.A. degree summa cum laude from Queens College (C.U.N.Y.) and her J.D. from Yale Law School where she was a Francis Coker Teaching Fellow, senior editor of The Yale Law Journal, and current topics editor of The Yale Law & Policy Review. After law school, she was a litigation associate at Rogers & Wells (now Clifford, Chance) in New York City.

Professor Silecchia has taught at Catholic University’s Columbus School of Law since 1991. She has been an ordinary professor since 2004, and served as the law school's Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in 2004 and 2005.  She also directs Catholic University’s Summer Law Program in Rome. In the fall of 2015, she was appointed the University's Vice Provost for Policy.

During her 2000-2001 sabbatical, she spent the fall semester as a Visiting Scholar at Yale Law School and the spring term in Rome conducting research on environmental ethics issues from the perspective of Catholic social thought. Her 2007-2008 sabbatical saw travel to Poland, Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Australia, New Zealand, Austria, Portugal, Spain, and Italy.

In April 2007, Prof. Silecchia was one of nine Americans to participate in a Vatican conference on Climate Change and Development, organized by the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace. She has participated in the Association of Religiously Affiliated Law Schools, and hosted the 2008-2009 Conference on Catholic Legal Thought.

Professor Silecchia has written in the areas of environmental law and ethics, elder law, Catholic social thought, legal education, law and literature, and legal writing. She has presented at national and international conferences for legal educators, law librarians, lawyers, religious groups, students, and environmental professionals. She has also participated in projects of the Pontifical Council on Justice and Peace and the Environmental Justice Project of the U.S. Catholic Conference; assisted the American Bar Association's CEELI Project in critiquing draft business association laws for Estonia; taught in Catholic University's cooperative programs at Jagiellonian University in Cracow, Poland; and lectured in Portugal as part of Catholic University's U.S. - Portuguese Law Initiative at the University of Lisbon.

She was named one of three national "Persons of Distinction" by the Association of Legal Writing Directors and was Catholic University's "Mirror of Justice Scholar" in 1996. She has also been a member of the teaching faculty for international law students in the Washington D.C.-based Institute for United States Law.

Professor Silecchia is admitted to the bars of New York, Connecticut, the District of Columbia, and the Supreme Court of the United States.

In 2015, she received the Distinguished Alumna Award from the Queens College Political Science Department for teaching that "prepares your own students to combine faith with a passion for justice."

Silecchia


Media

 

Commentator on EWTN News Nightly, discussing topics including Vatican Bank reforms; Catholic media; environmental ethics; and Pope Francis’ meeting with United Nations leaders; 2015 Paris climate negotiations TeleSvr. discussing Pope Francis' 2015 visit to the United States; and National Public Radio (NPR), discussing proposed bill to allow assisted suicide in the District of Columbia. (See her faculty experts page here).

Published op-ed pieces in THE WALL ST. J.; NATIONAL REVIEW ON-LINE; and THE ENVIRONMENTAL FORUM.

Quoted by THE NEW YORK TIMES, THE WASHINGTON POST, U.S. CATHOLIC MAGAZINE, CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE, CATHOLIC NEWS AGENCY, PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE REVIEW, NEWSWEEK, THE JOURNAL RECORD, and SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY NEWS, discussing topics such as the Catholic majority on the Supreme Court; moral considerations in estate planning; environmental ethics; Pope Francis’ 2015 encyclical, Laudato Si’, Catholic social teaching; proposed assisted suicide legislation in the District of Columbia; purchase agreements for preconstruction condominiums; and indoor air quality.

 


Research and Writing

PUBLICATIONS:

Lucia A. Silecchia, Laudato Si' and Care for Our Common Home: What Does it Mean for the Legal Professional?, 5 SEATTLE J. ENVTL. L. _____ (2016).

Lucia A. Silecchia, “Social Love” as a Vision for Environmental Law: Laudato Si’ and the Rule of Law, 3 LIBERTY U. L. REV. ___ (upcoming 2015).

Lucia A. Silecchia, Pope Francis and the Vocation of the Lawyer: Reflections on Responsibility and
Service
, 54 J. CATHOLIC LEGAL STUDIES 23 (2015) (available at http://ssrn.com/author=625430).

Lucia A. Silecchia, The Convention on the Rights of Persons With Disabilities: Reflection on Four Flaws
that Tarnish its Promise
, 30 J. CONTEMP. HEALTH L. & POL’Y 96 (2014) (available at
http://ssrn.com/author=625430).

Lucia A. Silecchia, On “Unease” and “Idealism:” Reflections on Pope Benedict XVI’s “Educating Young People in Justice and Peace” and Its Message for Law Teachers, 27 NOTRE DAME J. L. ETHICS, & PUB. POL'Y 101 (2013) (available at http://ssrn.com/author=625430).

Lucia A. Silecchia, Pope John Paul II’s Evangelium Vitae and the “Horizon of the Good,” 1 J.
CHRISTIAN L. THOUGHT 17 (2011) (available at http://ssrn.com/author=625430).

Lucia A. Silecchia, Reflections on the Right to Environmental Health as a Condition for Development,
2 COMPARATIVE LAW PORTUGESE-AMERICAN PERSPECTIVES 301-344 (2010) (available at
http://ssrn.com/author=625430).

Lucia A. Silecchia, Integrating Catholic Social Thought in Elder Law and Estate Planning Courses:
Reflections on Law, Age, and Ethics
, 7 VILLANOVA J. OF CATHOLIC SOCIAL THOUGHT 353-405
(2010) (available at http://ssrn.com/author=625430).

Lucia A. Silecchia, “The Preferential Option for the Poor:” An Opportunity and a Challenge for
Environmental Decision-Making
, 5 U. ST. THOMAS L. J. 87-142 (2008) (available at
http://ssrn.com/author=625430).

Lucia A. Silecchia, Discerning the Environmental Perspective of Pope Benedict XVI, 4 VILLANOVA J.
OF CATHOLIC SOCIAL THOUGHT 227-269 (2007) (available at http://ssrn.com/author=625430).

Lucia A. Silecchia, Faith in the Public Square: Some Reflections on Its Role and Limitations From the
Perspective of Catholic Social Teaching
, 6 U. MD. L. J. RACE, RELIGION, GENDER & CLASS 69-80 (2006) (available at http://ssrn.com/author=625430).

Lucia Ann Silecchia, Faith in the Public Square: Some Reflections on Its Role and Limitations from the
Perspective of Catholic Social Teaching
, 6 U. MD. J. OF RACE, RELIGION, GENDER & CLASS 69 - 80 (2006). (available at http://ssrn.com/author=625430).

Lucia Ann Silecchia, Catholic Social Teaching and Its Impact on American Law: Observations on the
Past and Reflections on the Future
, 1VILLANOVA J. OF CATHOLIC SOCIAL THOUGHT 277-312
(2004) (available at http://ssrn.com/author=625430).

Lucia Ann Silecchia, Environmental Ethics from the Perspective of NEPA and Catholic Social
Teaching: Ecological Guidance for the 21st Century
, 28 WILLIAM & MARY ENVTL. L. &
POL’Y REV. 659-798 (2004) (available at http://ssrn.com/author=625430).

Lucia Ann Silecchia, The Catalyst Calamity: Post-Buckhannon Fee-Shifting in Environmental
Litigation and a Proposal for Congressional Action
, 29 COLUMBIA J. ENVTL. L. 1-87 (2003)
(lead article) (available at http://ssrn.com/author=625430).

Lucia Ann Silecchia, Things Are Seldom What They Seem: Lawyers and Judges in the Tales of Mark
Twain
, 35 CONN. L. REV. 559-646 (2002) (available at http://ssrn.com/author=625430).

Lucia Ann Silecchia, Reflections on the Future of Social Justice, 23 SEATTLE U. L. REV. 1121-1154
(2000) 
(available at http://ssrn.com/author=625430).

Lucia Ann Silecchia, Integrating Spiritual Perspectives With the Law School Experience: An Essay and
an Invitation
, 37 SAN DIEGO L. REV. 167-209 (2000) (available at http://ssrn.com/author=625430).

Lucia Ann Silecchia, Pinning the Blame & Piercing the Veil in the Mists of Metaphor: The Supreme
Court’s New Standards for the CERCLA Liability of Parent Companies and A Proposal for Legislative Reform
, 67 FORDHAM L. REV. 115-202 (1998) (available at http://ssrn.com/author=625430).

Lucia Ann Silecchia, Of Painters, Sculptors, Quill Pens and Microchips: Teaching Legal Writers in the
Electronic Age
, 75 NEBRASKA L. REV. 801-846 (1997) (available at http://ssrn.com/author=625430).

Lucia Ann Silecchia, On Doing Justice and Walking Humbly With God: Catholic Social Thought on
Law as a Tool For Achieving Justice
, 46 CATHOLIC U. L. REV. 1163-1187 (1997) (Text of the
“Mirror of Justice” Lecture delivered at Catholic University on November 18, 1996) (available at http://ssrn.com/author=625430).

Lucia Ann Silecchia, Ounces of Prevention & Pounds of Cure: Developing Sound Policies for
Environmental Compliance Programs
, 7 FORDHAM ENVTL. L. REV. 583-634 (1996 Symposium
Issue) 
(available at http://ssrn.com/author=625430).

Lucia Ann Silecchia, Judicial Review of CERCLA Cleanup Procedures: Striking a Balance to Prevent Irreparable Harm, 20 HARVARD ENVTL. L. REV. 339-395 (1996) (lead article) (available at http://ssrn.com/author=625430).

Lucia Ann Silecchia, Legal Skills Training in the First Year of Law School: Research? Writing?
Analysis? or More?
, 100 DICKINSON L. REV. 245-301 (1996) (available at http://ssrn.com/author=625430).

Lucia Ann Silecchia, New York Attorney Malpractice Liability to Third Parties: Toward a Rule of
Reason and Predictability
, 15 PACE L. REV. 391-457 (1995) (available at http://ssrn.com/author=625430).

Lucia Ann Silecchia, Designing and Teaching Advanced Legal Research and Writing Courses, 33
DUQUENSE L. REV. 203-248 (1995) 
(available at http://ssrn.com/author=625430).

 

Additional Writings:

Lucia Ann Silecchia, Tapping Our Better Nature to Solve Global Woes, 33 ENVTL. FORUM 55 (March/April 2016).

Lucia A. Silecchia (with Leslie Carothers, Bob Perceasepe and Caroline Farrell), Dialogue: The Morality of Market Mechanisms 46 ELR 10005 (Jan. 2016).

Lucia Ann Silecchia, A Witness First Lives the Life He Proposes, (May 21, 2015) (available at
http://ssrn.com/author=625430).

Lucia A. Silecchia, Peter Stuyvesant vs. the Quakers: How A Revolt in Dutch New York Planted the Seeds for the Right to Religious Free Expression, THE WALL ST. J., Jan. 10, 2014, A11.

Lucia A. Silecchia, Opening Doors to Life, NATL. REV. ON-LINE, Dec. 4, 2014 (available at http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/365394/opening-doors-life-lucia-silecchia#!).

Lucia A. Silecchia, Law and Life: The Dignity of Life and the Teaching of Law, 1 PRO VITA, VD 3, 7-9
(January 2013).

Lucia A. Silecchia, Reflections on the Link Between Faith and Intellect, January 18, 2011 (available at
http://ssrn.com/author=625430).

Lucia A. Silecchia, After Copenhagen, Some Lessons from Rome, (published online with the Catholic
Conservation Center and (available at http://ssrn.com/author=625430).

Lucia Ann Silecchia, When Do Claims Challenging a Statute’s Effect on Pre-Existing Contracts
Accrue?
, PREVIEW OF UNITED STATES SUPREME COURT CASES, April 2002.

Lucia Ann Silecchia, Raising the Bar in Law School, LEGAL TIMES, Sept. 6, 1999 at S29. (reprinted as
Lucia A. Silecchia, Law School Survival and Success, TEXAS LAWYER, Nov. 15, 1999 at 38).

Joseph DiMento & Lucia Ann Silecchia, A Time to Put Things Together and ... A Time to Question Strategies of Environmental Law in the Mid ‘90's in RAPPORTO MONDIALE SUL DIRITTO DELL’AMBIENTE 659 (Stefano Nespor, ed., 1996) (American contribution to “A World Survey of Environmental Law” published by the Italian environmental law journal, RIVISTA GIURDICA DELL’ AMBIENTE).

Lucia Ann Silecchia, Challenges for Environmental Professionals in a Climate of Increased Criminal Enforcement of Environmental Violations in PRACTICAL ENVIRONMENTAL DIRECTIONS: A CHANGING AGENDA 55 (1996 Conference Proceedings of the National Association of Environmental Professionals).

Lucia Ann Silecchia & Michael J. Malinowski, Square Pegs and Round Holes: Does the Sentencing of Corporate Citizens for Environmental Crimes Fit Within Guidelines?, 8 FED. SENT. RPTR. 230 (1996).

Lucia Ann Silecchia, Regulation and Certification of Environmental Professionals, J. ENVTL. L. & PRAC. 38 (Nov./Dec. 1994).

Lucia Ann Silecchia, The Environmental Professionals Training and Certification Act: A Critique, NAEP NEWS 5 (May/June 1994) (reprinted as Lucia Ann Silecchia, Congress Seeks to Certify Environmental Professionals, ENVIRONMENTAL UPDATE 3 (Oct. 1994).

 

Book Chapters:

Lucia Ann Silecchia, The Call to Stewardship: A Catholic Perspective on Environmental Responsibility, in AMERICAN LAW FROM A CATHOLIC PERSPECTIVE (Ronald J. Rychlak, ed., Rowman & Littlefield) (2015) (https://rowman.com/ISBN/9780810889170).

Lucia Ann Silecchia, Skill Development, in J.P. OGILVY ET AL., LEARNING FROM PRACTICE:
A PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT TEXT FOR LEGAL EXTERNS (2nd ed., Thompson West, 2007).

Lucia Ann Silecchia, Management Skills, in J.P. OGILVY ET AL., LEARNING FROM PRACTICE:
A PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT TEXT FOR LEGAL EXTERNS (2nd ed., Thompson West, 2007).

Lucia Ann Silecchia, Skill Development, in J.P. OGILVY ET AL., LEARNING FROM PRACTICE:
A PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT TEXT FOR LEGAL EXTERNS (West 1998).

Lucia Ann Silecchia, Management Skills, in J.P. OGILVY ET AL., LEARNING FROM PRACTICE:
A PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT TEXT FOR LEGAL EXTERNS (West 1998).

 

Encyclopedia Entries:

Lucia A. Silecchia, completed entries on Catholic Higher Education, Parochial Schools, John Foster Dulles, Fulton Sheen, John Carroll, Charles Carroll, the Baltimore Catechism, and Clever v. N.J. Township for THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF CHRISTIANITY IN THE UNITED STATES (upcoming 2015).

 

Unpublished Reports:

Lucia Ann Silecchia, COMMENTS SUBMITTED TO THE PONTIFICAL COUNCIL ON JUSTICE AND PEACE:
RESPONSE TO THE CHAIRMAN’S PAPER FOR THE SECOND PREPATORY COMMITTEE FOR THE WORLD SUMMIT ON SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT (March 14, 2002).

Lucia Ann Silecchia, THE ENVIRONMENTAL AGENDA OF THE 104TH CONGRESS: A LEGISLATIVE ANALYSIS SUBMITTED TO THE UNITED STATES CATHOLIC CONFERENCE (February 20, 1996).

Lucia Ann Silecchia, COMMENTS: DRAFT FORMS OF BUSINESS ENTERPRISES LAW FOR ESTONIA
(March 25, 1995).


SPEECHES & PROFESSIONAL PRESENTATIONS

  • Human Rights and Human Dignity: Protecting the Human Person in a Fragile World
    International Congress on the Environment and Law: Responsibility and Participation
    November 15, 2015 (Castelgandolfo, Italy) (upcoming).
     
  • Co-organizer and Moderator, conference on Laudato Si' and the Protection of "Our Common Home": Faith and Science in Conversation
    The Catholic University of America
    October 26, 2015 (Washington, D.C.).
  • Panelist, Pope Francis and Laudato Si’
    Loyola Law School
    October 11, 2015 (Chicago, IL) (forthcoming).
     
  • Laudato Si’ and Care for Our Common Home: What Does it Mean for the Legal Professional?
    Dinner Speech, Diocese of Austin Red Mass
    October 8, 2015 (Austin, TX) (upcoming).
     
  • “Social Love” as a Vision for Environmental Law: Laudato Si’ and the Rule of Law
    Liberty University Law Review Symposium
    October 2, 2015 (Lynchburg, VA) (upcoming).
     
  • Panelist, The Morality of Market Mechanisms
    Environmental Law Institute Public Seminar
    October 1, 2015 (Washington, D.C.) (upcoming).
     
  • Panelist, Pope Francis and the Ecology of Life
    Discussion Sponsored by Catholic University Students for Life
    September 15, 2015 (Washington, D.C.).
     
  • Evangelization and the Catholic Legal Professional
    4th Annual Lecture for Catholic Legal Professionals Hosted by the Archbishop of Baltimore
    May 21, 2015 (Baltimore, MD).
     
  • Pope Francis and the Challenge of Sustainability
    1st Annual Sustainability Conference of American Legal Education
    Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, Arizona State University
    May 8, 2015 (Tempe, AZ).
     
  • Pope Francis and the Vocation of the Lawyer
    Fordham Law School
    April 29, 2015 (New York, NY).
     
  • Promises to Keep: Intergenerational Solidarity as a
    Touchstone for Law-Making
    Cummins Institute Annual Lecture, St. Mary’s College
    April 14, 2015 (Moraga, CA).
     
  • Panelist Religious Beliefs and Political Agenda: What Role Should Faith Play in the Public Square?
    AALS Annual Meeting
    January 4, 2015 (Washington, D.C.).
     
  • Moderator, Pope Francis: The First Year
    Fordham Law School
    October 14, 2014 (New York, NY).
     
  • The Future of Catholic Higher Education: Changes and Challenges
    Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church
    September, 9, 2014 (Bethesda, MD).
     
  • The When and the Where of Love: The Complexity of Subsidiarity as a Framework for Law
    Pepperdine University, Annual Nootbar Conference
    February 8, 2014 (Malibu, CA).
     
  • Panelist, Toward a Comprehensive Internationalization at CUA
    The Catholic University of America
    November 18, 2013 (Washington, D.C.).
     
  • Environmental Protection of Oceans in the Twenty-First Century
    University of Lisbon Conference on the 30th Anniversary of UNCLOS
    December 10, 2012 (Lisbon, Portugal).
     
  • Discussant, Climate Change and the Church in the Southeast: Exploring Moral and Theological Resources and Principles
    Duke University
    November 28-29, 2012 (Durham, NC).
     
  • The Place of Religion in the Law School and in the Pratice of Law: Focus on Ethics
    2012 Biennial Meeting, Religiously Affiliated Law Schools Association
    Touro Law School
    May 4, 2012 (Islip, New York).
     
  • International Human Rights and Environmental Law: Connecting Contemporary Legal Principles and Catholic Social Teaching
    Faculty Workshop, Marquette University
    February 18, 2011 (Marquette, WI).
     
  • More Will be Expected: Catholic Social Thought and International Environmental Stewardship
    The 2011 Marquette University Simons Lecture
    Marquette University
    February 17, 2011 (Marquette, WI).
     
  • What Faith Has to do with the Intellectual Life
    The Catholic University of America
    Presidential Inaugural Event
    January 18, 2011 (Washington, D.C.).
     
  • Catholic Coalition on Climate Change: Climate Ambassador Training
    Presented the basic theological perspective on Catholic environmental ethics to a group of twelve
    Catholic leaders from across the country
    December 2 – 5, 2010 (Bethesda, MD).
     
  • The Changing World of Trusts and Estates: Scholarship
    Southeastern Association of Law Schools
    August 2, 2010 (Palm Beach, FL).
     
  • Toward a Pro-Life Environmental Movement
    University Faculty for Life Annual Meeting
    June 5, 2010 (Washington, D.C.).
     
  • Panelist, Discussion of Francis Cardinal George’s THE DIFFERENCE GOD MAKES: A CATHOLIC VISION OF FAITH, COMMUNION, AND CULTURE
    Conference on Catholic Legal Thought
    Loyola Law School
    May 25, 2010 (Chicago, IL).
     
  • Integrating Catholic Social Thought in Elder Law and Estate Planning Courses: Reflections on Law, Age and Ethics
    Joseph T. McMullen Jr. Symposium on Catholic Social Thought and the Law
    Villanova Law School
    September 25, 2009 (Villanova, PA).
     
  • The Environment, Poverty and Sustainable Development: Reflections on Our Common Responsibilities
    The Rosalie Rendu Roundtable on Religion and Science Lecture
    St. John’s University
    February 19, 2009 (Queens, NY).
     
  • Moderator and Discussant, Scholarly Career Planning as a Christian
    Conference on Catholic Legal Thought
    Seattle University
    May 29, 2008 (Seattle, WA).
     
  • Panelist, The Challenge of Inclusion: Avoiding the “Us” and “Them”
    Conference of Religiously Affiliated Law Schools
    Boston College Law School
    April 8, 2008 (Boston, MA).
     
  • Reflections on the Right to Environmental Health as a Condition for Development
    University of Lisbon
    March 10, 2008 (Lisbon, Portugal).
     
  • Ecological Guidance for the 21st Century
    Fordham Law School
    Catholic Lawyer’s Program on Globalizing Justice
    November 1, 2007 (New York, NY).
     
  • The Preferential Option for the Poor: An Opportunity and a Challenge for Environmental Decision-making
    University of St. Thomas
    September 21, 2007 (Minneapolis, MN).
     
  • Participant, International Conference on Climate Change and Development
    Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace
    April 26-27, 2007 (Vatican City).
     
  • Religion in the Public Square: Some Reflections on its Role and Limitations from the Perspective of Catholic Social Teaching
    University of Maryland
    Symposium on Religion and the Law
    April 11, 2006 (Baltimore, MD).
     
  • Respondent to Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s Presentation, Climate Change: An Alaskan Perspective
    Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law
    February 13, 2006 (Washington, D.C.).
     
  • Discerning the Environmental Perspective of Pope Benedict XVI
    Villanova University
    Conference on Catholic Social Thought and Ecology
    November 11, 2005 (Villanova, PA).
     
  • Catholic Social Teaching and Its Impact on American Law: Observations on the Past and Reflections on the Future.
    Villanova Law School
    Symposium on Catholic Social Thought and the Law
    October 3, 2003 (Villanova, PA).
     
  • Environmental Stewardship
    St. Patrick’s Church
    Lenten Lecture Series on Catholic Social Teaching
    April 16, 2003 (Washington, D.C.).
     
  • Perspectives on Law Teaching
    AALS Faculty Recruitment Conference
    October 18, 2001 (Washington, D.C.).
     
  • Introduction to Environmental Law in the United States
    Institute for United States Law
    August 1, 2001 and August 5, 2002 (Washington, D.C.).
     
  • Introduction to American Property Law
    Institute for United States Law
    July 26, 2001 and July 31, 2002 (Washington, D.C.).
     
  • Introduction to Corporate and Business Law
    Institute for United States Law
    July 24, 2001 and August 1, 2002 (Washington, D.C.).
     
  • Teaching Advanced Legal Research Through the Use of Research Journals: Sources & Strategies
    American Association of Law Librarians
    July 16, 2000 (Philadelphia, PA) (via videotape).
     
  • Spiritual Perspectives on Law Practice and Professionalism
    St. Thomas More Society of Rhode Island
    May 16, 2000 (Providence, RI).
     
  • Catholic Perspectives on the Future of Social Justice
    “Major Address” at the Dedication of Seattle University Law School Building
    October 18, 1999 (Seattle, WA).
     
  • Bridging the Gap Between Teaching and Scholarship
    Association of Legal Writing Directors’ Bienniel Conference
    July 31, 1999 (Boston, MA).
     
  • Litigation, Achieving Justice, and Catholic Social Thought
    St. Thomas More Society of Rockville
    May 20, 1999 (Rockville, MD).
     
  • Reports from the Field: Advice to New Law Teachers
    AALS Workshop for New Law Teachers
    July 26, 1997 (Washington, D.C.).
     
  • Introduction to American Law: Legal Writing
    American Association of Law Librarians (Workshop for the Non-JD)
    July 16, 1997 (Washington, D.C.).
     
  • Ethics and The National Environmental Policy Act
    A.L.I. - A.B.A. Course on N.E.P.A.
    April 17, 1997 (Washington, D.C.).
     
  • Launching an Academic Career
    Yale Law School
    March 4, 1997 (New Haven, CT).
     
  • Ethical Dilemmas for the Environmental Lawyer as Policy Maker
    A.L.I. - A.B.A. 27th Annual “Environmental Law” Course of Study
    February 15, 1997 (Bethesda, MD).
     
  • Professors and Professing: Faith and Students in the Academy
    Law Professors’ Christian Fellowship Conference on “Following Christ in the Legal Academy”
    January 3, 1997 (Washington, D.C.).
     
  • On Doing Justice and Walking Humbly With God: Catholic Social Thought on Law as Tool for Advancing Justice
    The Eighth Annual Mirror of Justice Lecture, Guild of Catholic Lawyers
    November 18, 1996 (Washington, D.C.).
     
  • Law Teaching as a Service Profession: Advice to New Law Teachers
    AALS New Law Teachers’ Conference
    July 27, 1996 (Washington, D.C.).
     
  • Legal Writing in the Electronic Age
    Legal Writing Institute Biannual Conference
    July 19, 1996 (Seattle, WA).
     
  • Law, Legal Discourse and the New Technology (discussant)
    Joint Meeting of the Law & Society Ass’n/Research Committee on the Sociology of Law
    July 13, 1996 (Glasgow, Scotland).
     
  • Challenges for Environmental Professionals in a Climate of Increased Criminal Enforcement of Environmental Violations
    21st Annual Conference, National Association of Environmental Professionals
    June 4, 1996 (Houston, TX).
     
  • Corporate Compliance and the Self Evaluative Privilege
    Symposium on Recent Developments in Environmental Crime (hosted by the FORDHAM JOURNAL OF ENVIRONMENTAL LAW)
    February 29, 1996 (New York City, NY).
     
  • Preparing for a Career in the Legal Profession
    Women & the Law Conference (sponsored by the Public Leadership Education Network)
    November 5, 1995 (Washington, D.C.).
     
  • Implementing Curricular Reform in Legal Research & Writing Programs
    Association of Legal Writing Directors’ Conference
    July 29, 1995 (San Diego, CA).
     
  • Scope of Coverage in Legal Research & Writing Programs
    Luncheon Speaker, Mid-Atlantic Regional Legal Writing Conference
    May 22, 1995 (Villanova, PA).
     
  • Invited Participant, 2015 Annual Law and Religion Roundtable
    Georgetown Law School
    June, 2015 (Washington, D.C.).



PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES AND PROFESSIONAL SERVICE

  • Participant, The Parma Seminar, The University of Parma (June 18-28, 2012)
     
  • National Conference on Catholic Legal Thought
    - Chair and Conference Host, 2008 - 2009
     
  • Association of Religiously Affiliated Law Schools (2006 - present)
     
  • Member, District of Columbia Bar Association (1993 - present)
     
  • Member, New York State Bar Association (1991 - present)
     
  • Member, John Carroll Society (1995 - present)
     
  • Advisor to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Global Warming Project (2006)
     
  • Member, Association of Legal Writing Directors (July 1995 - present)
     
  • Chair, Association of Legal Writing Directors Scholarship Committee (July 1999 - June 2000)
     
  • Appointed to New York State Bar Association Committee on Legal Education and Admission to the Bar (1995- 2000)
     
  • Member, Legal Writing Institute (1991 - present)
     
  • Legal Writing Institute Mentor for Legal Writing Teachers (1996 - 2000)
     
  • Member, Federalist Society (1998 - present)
     
  • Mentor, National Italian American Foundation Mentor Program (2000)
     
  • Member, Supreme Court Historical Society (1999 – 2004)
     
  • Graduate “Mentor in Residence,” Yale Law School (March 1997)
     
  • Advisor to the Environmental Justice Project of the United States Catholic Conference (1996)
     
  • New York State Bar Association Law Student Pro Bono Award Selection Committee (1996)
     
  • Assisted American Bar Association’s CEELI in Critiquing Draft Business Association Laws for Estonia (1995)
     
  • Advisor to the Education Committee of the National Association of Environmental Professionals regarding its Proposals for Environmental Professional Certification and Academic Centers (1994)

 

BAR ADMISSIONS

• Supreme Court of the United States (May 1995)

• District of Columbia (November 1991)

• State of New York (May 1991)

• State of Connecticut (December 1990)
 

 

In Her Words ...

“The world today does not lack for real problems to be solved and people to be served.  For twenty-five years, it’s been a great privilege to see CUA’s law students prepare here for lives spent solving and serving. I hope that students will always find here an education that teaches them how to do well, but also an education that challenges them to do good.”

– Lucia Ann Silecchia

 

Contact

Office: 419 Law School
The Catholic University of America
3600 John McCormack Rd., NE
Washington, D.C. 20064

Phone: 202-319-5560

E-mail: Silecchia@law.edu
 

Courses

  • Property
  • Environmental Law
  • Trusts and Estates
  • Elder Law Seminar
  • International Environmental Law
     

Education

J.D.
Yale Law School, 1990  

B.A. 
Queens College (C.U.N.Y.) 1987, Political Science and American Literature

 

Areas of Expertise

  • Environmental Law and Ethics
  • Catholic Social Thought and the Law
  • Elder Law and Estate Planning
  • Legal Writing
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Experience

  • Director, Catholic University International Human Rights Summer Law Program in Rome

  • Yale Law School Visiting Scholar, Fall Semester 2000
  • Participant, International Conference on Climate Change and Development (Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, Vatican City, 2007)