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Faculty News

CUA Law’s Faculty News updates include information regarding latest professional activities, publications, and recent media submitted by faculty members. At the end of each fiscal year (May 1 – April 30) Faculty News updates will be published in the CUA Lawyer magazine.

 

Professor Stacy L. Brustin

Professional Activities
She was appointed to the D.C. Access to Justice Commission by the D.C. Court of Appeals during June 2017.

 

Lecturer Phillip Brady

Professional Activities
CUA Law Adjunct Professor Phillip Brady, was appointed by Kerrigan Advisors to serve as senior advisor.

 

Professor Roger Colinvaux

Professional Activities
CUA Law Professor Roger Colinvaux presented his paper "Social Welfare and Political Organizations: Ending the Plague of Inconsistency" at the National Center on Philanthropy and the Law conference held on Oct. 26-27, 2017

Publications
Published a June 1, 2017 op-ed in The Conversation entitled "Hillary Clinton is starting a social welfare group. What does that mean?” Colinvaux wrote a letter on tax reform with Boston College Law Professor Ray Madoff to Senator Hatch, Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee. The letter was in response to Senator Hatch's call for comments from stakeholders on tax reform. This letter was published in Tax Notes Magazine (2017 TNT 145-9) and mentioned in the Chronicle of Philanthropy on Aug. 8, 2017.

Recent Media
CUA Law Professor Roger Colinvaux was quoted in an Oct. 11 Washington Post article entitled "The GOP plan to simplify taxes could put charitable giving at risk."

 

Professor A.G. Harmon

Professional Activities
CUA Law Clinical Associate Professor A.G. Harmon is currently on a reading tour for his short story collection, Some Bore Gifts. He will be at CUA on November 15, 2017 at 5:30pm.

 

Lecturer Rosemary Harold

Professional Activities
CUA Law Adjunct Professor Rosemary Harold, was appointed by Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai to serve as the agency’s Enforcement Bureau Chief.

 

Professor Roger C. Hartley

Professional Activities
CUA Law Professor Roger Hartley was the featured CUA Law Reunion Speaker on Oct. 28, 2017. Hartley provided an examination of the political significance of the constitutional amendment process. In his recent book, How Failed Attempts to Amend the Constitution Mobilize Political Change, Hartley demonstrated that proposed amendments often mobilize support and influence laws even when they do not succeed in being added to constitutional law.

Publications
His book, How Failed Attempts to Amend the Constitution Mobilize Political Change, was published by Vanderbilt University Press in July 2017.

 

Professor Catherine F. Klein

Professional Activities
Professor Catherine F. Klein and Professor Emerita Leah Wortham organized a concurrent session at American Association of Law Schools Conference on Clinical Legal Education entitled: Giving Voice to Values: Helping Students Identify and Clarify Their Values and Fulfill Current and Future Responsibilities to Clients, Society, and Themselves held in May 2017.

 

 Professor Megan M. La Belle

Professional Activities
CUA Law Professor Megan M. La Belle was a speaker at a conference entitled "The Power of PTAB: The New Authority in Patent Law" on Oct. 20, 2017. The one-day conference examined the rise of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, which is on pace in 2017 to set a record of deciding over 2,000 inter partes reviews (IPRs) initiated by parties challenging the validity of existing patents.

 

Professor Mary G. Leary

Professional Activities
CUA Law Professor Mary Leary testified before the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Oct. 3 regarding online sex trafficking and the need to amend the Communications Decency Act. CUA Law students Alex Mansfield (3L) and Robbie Cain (2L) accompanied her. Leary also spoke on an Oct. 2 Capitol Hill panel regarding the same topic.

CUA Law Professor Mary Leary spoke at a panel regarding the source of human rights on October 20, 2017. The panel is part of "A Journal of Law and Religion: Violence, Social Justice, and Human Rights at the Intersection of Law and Religion" at the United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities.

Recent Media
She was quoted in an Aug. 11, 2017 Law 360 article entitled "Chamber Joins In Opposition of Sex trafficking Bill."

She was quoted in an Oct. 3 St. Louis Post-Dispatch article entitled "Wagner's crusade against online sex trafficking gets push - and pushback - from powerful quarters," on the same issue.

Recent Publications
She co-authored a Sept. 19, 2017 Huffington Post op-ed entitled "Who Will Win in Congress – Trafficking Victims or Special Interests?"

 

Professor David A. Lipton

Professional Activities
He received the “Amicus Poloniae” (“Friend of Poland”) award from Ambassador Piotr Wilczek, the Polish Ambassador to the United States at the Polish Ambassador’s Annual Constitution Day Ceremony on May 3, 2017. Lipton was one of three panelists who spoke at the North American Securities Administrators Association Public Policy Conference on Investor Protection and Market Confidence held in Washington, D.C. on May 9, 2017.

Recent Media
Professor David A. Lipton was quoted in the Jim Hamilton’s World of Securities Regulation blog post entitled “Experts express skepticism over proposals for deregulation,” May 15, 2017. 

 

Professor Veryl Victoria Miles

Professional Activities
She was reappointed to serve a third two-year term on the Standards Review Committee of ABA Section on Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar. In the summer of 2017 she traveled to Chicago to participate in an Invitational Roundtable Discussion on Accreditation Standards that was co-sponsored by the Section and the Committee.

 

Professor Geoffrey R.Watson

Professional Activities
He chaired a panel discussion, The Balfour Declaration in International Law, at Princeton University on May 8-9, 2017. The discussion we part of the Balfour Declaration: 100 Years in History and Memory Conference.

He also gave a lecture entitled Balfour Declaration in International Law: A 100th Anniversary Perspective on Nov. 2, 2017 at CUA Law. The event was hosted by CUA Law Comparative and International Law Institute (CILI).

 

Professor Elizabeth Winston

Professional Activities
CUA Law professor Elizabeth Winston spoke at an Internet of Things security roundtable on October 23, 2017.

Professor Elizabeth Winston discussed Sovereignty 'Sham' on Native America Calling, a daily call-in show funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting on Oct. 24. She discussed the benefits and drawbacks of using tribal sovereignty to provide immunity for patentees. 

 

Professor Robert A. Destro

Publications
He co-wrote a July 26, 2017 op-ed in the Washington Times entitled "Kurdistan: A proven sanctuary and ‘safe haven’ for refugees."

Recent Media
Professor Robert A. Destro was quoted in the National Catholic Register article entitled “Health Care Bill Awaits Senate Scrutiny,” on May 19, 2017. 

 

Professor Cara H. Drinan

Publications
Her book The War on Kids was published by Oxford University Press in June 2017.

CUA Law professor Cara Drinan published an Oct. 19 opinion piece entitled "We failed Robert Pruett from childhood on. Then Texas executed him" in USA Today.

Recent Media
CUA Law professor Cara Drinan's book The War on Kids: How American Juvenile Justice Lost Its Way officially launched on Nov. 1, 2017. Drinan has been promoting her book across the country. She appeared at Grounded Coffee Shop in Alexandria, VA on Nov. 4, a book event at the Seattle Town Hall on Nov. 8, and a book event at Busboys & Poets in Shirlington, Va on Nov. 12. The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers's podcast series, "The Criminal Docket," recently featured Drinan reading part of the book.|

Drinan served as an editor for Reforming Criminal Justice. Reforming Criminal Justice is a four-volume report authored and reviewed by leading scholars in criminal law and other disciplines. The contributions to this report describe the need for reform in particular areas of American criminal justice and suggest policy recommendations to achieve such change.

 

Professor Antonio F. Perez

Recent Media
He appeared on EWTN News Nightly on July 5, 2017 to discuss the situation in North Korea and the Just War theory. Perez said a military response to North Korea would not be morally justified according to Just War theory.

 

Professor Mark L. Rienzi

Professional Activities
CUA Law Professor Mark Rienzi spoke at a U.S. Senate press conference regarding the nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals on Oct. 30, 2017.

Recent Media
CUA Law Professor Mark Rienzi was quoted in an Oct. 6 Washington Post article entitled "Trump administration narrows Affordable Care Act’s contraception mandate." He was also quoted in an article from The Blaze regarding the same topic. Rienzi was asked for his view on this decision by various other media outlets.

 

Professor Heidi Mandanis Schooner

Publications
Her article "Big Bank Boards: The Case for Heightened Administrative Enforcement" was published in 68 ALA. L. REV. 1011 (2017).

 

Professor Lucia Ann Silecchia

Publications
Her book chapter "The When and the Where of Love: Subsidiarity as a Framework for Care of the Elderly," was published in the book entitled Agape, Justice and Law: How Might Christian Love Shape Law during May 2017. The chapter explores the practical and moral challenges of providing loving care to the elderly. Silecchia published a June 15, 2017 op-ed on UN World Elder Abuse Awareness Day entitled "Who are the victims of elder abuse? The disabled, cognitively impaired and poor," in the Washington Post. She also published a second op-ed on the same topic entitled "Elderly at special risk in a 'throwaway culture'" in Crux Now.

Recent Media
Professor Lucia Ann Silecchia was interviewed on "Morning Glory" on EWTN radio on June 20, 2017. Silecchia discussed World Elder Abuse Awareness Day and the dignity of life in our culture. Silecchia was a guest on EWTN Pro-Life Weekly on June 30, 2017 where she discussed the care and respect for the elderly.

 

Professor Emeritus Ken Pennington

Professional Activities
CUA Law Professor Ken Pennington gave a lecture entitled "Pope Innocent III and Pietro Collevaccino beneventano in the history of classical canon law" on Oct. 9, 2017 at Università degli Studi Giustino Fortunato in Benevento BN, Italy.

 

Professor Emerita Leah Wortham

Professional Activities
She gave a presentation and briefing on U.S. Legal Education and Admission to the Bar to a group of Ukrainian government officials and legal educators as they commenced a one-week study visit in the United States on August 28, 2017.

She was awarded the Plus ratio quam medal from Jagiellonian University on June 12, 2017. The Plus ratio quam medal was first awarded to Pope John Paul II, an alumnus and honorary doctor of Jagiellonian University.

 

Professor Emeritus George P. Smith II

Publications
His article, "Human Dignity as a Normative Standard or as a Value in Global Health Decisionmaking?", was published in the North Carolina Journal of International Law, Vol. 42, Pp. 275-305 (2016). Smith II is currently undertaking research for a book on International Human Rights with the Solomon Center for Health Law & Policy at Yale Law School. 

 

 

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