The Catholic University of America

Silecchia

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 Catholic University's Vice Provost for Policy.  In the fall of 2016, she was invited to be a Faculty Fellow and Academic Advisory Group Member of the Institute for Human Ecology at Catholic University.

In December, 2016, she began service as an Expert to the Permanent Observer Mission of the Holy Sec to the United Nations.  Since the fall of 2016, she has also been a Faculty Fellow in Catholic University's newly established Institute for Human Ecology.

Professor 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.

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.

Since December 2016, she has volunteered as an Expert to the Permanent Observer Mission of the Holy See to the United Nations assisting on matters related to ecology, the elderly, and people with disabilities.

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 provides commentary to television, radio and print media outlets on matters related to religion, environmental ethics, elder law, and Catholic social thought.

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, TeleSur Television, EWTN Pro Life Weekly, and National Public Radio (NPR).
 

Published op-ed pieces in The Wall St. J., National Review On-line, Crux, The Washington Examiner, and The Environmental Forum.

Quoted by The New York Times, The Washington Post, U.S. Catholic Magazine, Crux, Catholic News Service, Catholic News Agency, Pittsburgh Tribune Review, Newsweek, The Journal Record, Deseret News, and Science & Technology News, discussing topics such as the Catholic majority on the Supreme Court; moral considerations in estate planning; environmental ethics; the dignity of human life, 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?, 6 Seattle J. Envt'l. L. 1 (2016). (available at http://ssrn.com/author=625430).

Lucia A. Silecchia, "Social Love" as a Vision for Environmental Law: Laudato Si' and the Rule of Law, 10 Liberty U. L. Rev. 371 (2016).(available at http://ssrn.com/author=625430).

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) (available athttp://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) (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 (2010) (available at http://ssrn.com/author=625430) (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 (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 (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 (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 (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 (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 (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 (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 (2002) (available at http://ssrn.com/author=625430). 

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

Lucia Ann Silecchia, Integrating Spiritual Perspectives With the Law School Experience:  An Essay andan Invitation, 37 San Diego L. Rev. 167 (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 (1998) (available at http://ssrn.com/author=625430). 

Lucia Ann Silecchia, Of Painters, Sculptors, Quill Pens and Microchips:  Teaching Legal Writers in theElectronic Age, 75 Nebraska L. Rev. 801 (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 (1997) (Text of the “Mirror of Justice” Lecture delivered at Catholic University on November 18, 1996) available at ttp://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 (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 (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 (1996) (available at http://ssrn.com/author=625430).

Lucia Ann Silecchia, New York Attorney Malpractice Liability to Third Parties:  Toward a Rule ofReason and Predictability, 15 Pace L. Rev. 391 (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 (1995) (available at http://ssrn.com/author=625430).

 

Additional Writings

Lucia A. Silecchia, Rejecting the View That Any Life is Dispensable, in the Environmental Forum, March/April, 2017 available at ttp://ssrn.com/author=625430).

Lucia A. Silecchia, "The Legacy of Roe v. Wade Extends Beyond Abortion," Crux Now, Jan 22, 2017 (available at https://cruxnow.com/church-in-the-usa/2017/01/22/legacy-roe-v-wade-extends-beyond-abortion/).

Lucia A. Silecchia, "On Abortion, the Supreme Court Can No Longer Remain on the Periphery", The Washington Examiner, Jan 26, 2017 (available at http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/on-abortion-the-supreme-court-can-no-longer-remain-on-the-periphery/article/2613103).

Lucia A. Silecchia,  D.C.'s Dangerous "Death With Dignity Act",  The Washington Examiner,  October 7, 2016 (available at http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/dcs-dangerous-death-with-dignity-act/article/2603843).

Lucia Ann Silecchia, Give Thanks for Your Brothers and Sisters, U.S. Catholic (on-line), July 28, 2016     (available at http://www.uscatholic.org/articles/201607/give-thanks-your-brothers-and-sisters-30717).

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

Lucia Ann Silecchia, (with Leslie Carothers, Bob Perciasepe and Caroline Farrell, Dialogue:  The    Morality of Market Mechanisms, 46 ELR 10005 (Jan. 2016) (available at http://ssrn.com/author=625430). 

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, Laudato Si’ and the Tragedy of the “Throwaway Culture,” in Laudato Si’: Reflections on The Legal, Political and Moral Authority Of Catholic Social Thought In An Era Of Climate Crisis (Frank A. Pasqule & Michael J. Perry, eds.) (upcoming 2017). 

Lucia Ann Silecchia, The When and the Where of Love:  Susbidiarity as a Framework for Care of the Elderly, in Agape, Justice and Law (Robert Cochran and Zachary R. Calo, eds.) (upcoming 2017, Cambridge University Press).

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) and (1st ed., West 1998). 

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) and (1st ed., 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 2016).

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

Laudati Si' and the "Throwaway Culture": Toward a Moral and Legal Response, Marquette University, March 28, 2016 (Milwaukee, WI.).

Conflicts and Laudato Si' Keynote Speaker
Fordham University School of Law
Dispute Resolution Society Symposium
November 2, 2016 (New York City NY)

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)

Co-Organizer and Moderator, Conference on Laudato Si' and the Protection of “Our Common”:
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)

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)

"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)

Panelist, The Morality of Market Mechanisms
Environmental Law Institute Public Seminar
October 1, 2015 (Washington, D.C.)

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, NY)

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 at 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

Faculty Fellow and Academic Advisory Board Member, The Institute for Human Ecology (Fall 2016-present).

Participant, The Parma Seminar, The University of Parma, Italy (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, Catholic Lawyers Guild of Queens (Fall 2016-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 over 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
  • For additional information about our professors' areas of speciality, see the Catholic University Experts page.
     

Experience

  • Vice Provost for Policy, The Catholic University of America
  • Director, Catholic University International Human Rights Summer Law Program in Rome
  • Expert, Holy See Permanent Observer Mission to the United Nations Faculty Fellow, Institute for Human Ecology
  • 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)