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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. 

  

Lecturer Phillip Brady

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

Professor Marshall Breger

Recent Publications
Professor CUA Law Professor Marshall Breger was quoted in a Dec. 5, 2017 Jewish Press article entitled "Trump Missed Deadline for Jerusalem Embassy Waiver But No Moving Vans Hired" The article referenced Breger's 1995 National Review article, "Jerusalem Gambit: How We Should Treat Jerusalem Is a Matter of U.S. Constitutional Law as Well as Middle Eastern Politics." 
 

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. 
 

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

Recent Publications
CUA Law Professor Roger Colinvaux wrote The Chronicle of Philanthropy op-ed entitled "The House Tax Bill Could Be the End of Charities as We Know Them" on Nov. 16, 2017.

He also 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 a Feb. 9, 2018, Politico article entitled "Charities brace for giving plunge in wake of new tax law."

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 Robert A. Destro

Recent 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
CUA Law Professor Robert Destro was quoted in a Jan. 18, 2018 National Catholic Register article entitled "Children’s Health Insurance Program Becomes Political Football"

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

Professional Activities
CUA Law professor Cara Drinan spoke at the 2018 Association of American Law Schools (AALS) Annual Meeting's opening panel, which addressed the AALS 2018 theme, "Access to Justice" on January 4, 2018.

Recent 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 A.G. Harmon

Professional Activities
CUA Law Clinical Associate Professor A.G. Harmon held a reading for his short story collection, Some Bore Gifts on Nov. 15, 2017 at CUA Law. The event was hosted by the CUA Contemporary Catholic Writers.

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.

Recent 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 spoke on the panel "How To Stop Human
Trafficking" at Harvard Law School on March 23, 2018.

CUA Law Professor Mary Leary spoke on the panel "Issues with Enforcement:
Human Trafficking, Pornography and Prostitution" at The 2018 Randolph W.
Thrower Symposium held at Emory Law on Feb. 8, 2018.

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.

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.

Recent Media
CUA Law Professor Mary Leary was profiled by The Arlington Catholic Herald for her work to stop online sex trafficking in a January 31, 2018 article entitled "CUA professor works to stop online sex trafficking"

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
CUA Law Professor Mary Leary published a March 19, 2018 op-ed entitled
"Misinformation campaign is at the center of opposition to common sense sex
trafficking legislation" in The Hill regarding pending SESTA legislation. Leary also
published an article entitled "Religious Organizations as Partners in the Global and
Local Fight Against Human Trafficking" (2018) in The Review of Faith &
International Affairs.

CUA Law Professor Mary Leary co-authored a Sept. 19, 2017 Huffington Post op-ed entitled "Who Will Win in Congress – Trafficking Victims or Special Interests?"CUA Law Professor Mary Leary was profiled by The Arlington Catholic Herald for her work to stop online sex trafficking in a January 31, 2018 article entitled "CUA professor works to stop online sex trafficking"

CUA Law Professor Mary Leary's Dec. 13, 2017 op-ed entitled "A Chance for Congress to Side with Women and Not with the Powerful" was published in The Huffington Post.

 

Professor Emerita Lisa G. Lerman

Recent Media
CUA Law Professor Emerita Lisa G. Lerman was quoted in a February 14, 2018, New York Times article entitled "Trump Lawyer’s Payment to Porn Star Raises New Questions."
 

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 Suzette Malveaux

Professional Activities
CUA Law Professor Suzette M. Malveaux was elected to The American Law Institute on December 14, 2017. The American Law Institute is the leading independent organization in the United States producing scholarly work to clarify, modernize, and improve the law ALI membership is highly selective, comprising 4,400 lawyers, law professors and judges, out of over a million lawyers nationwide.

Recent Publications
CUA Law Professor Suzette M. Malveaux's Harvard Law Review Forum essay on nationwide injunctions is featured on SCOTUSblog. Professor Malveaux joins an important and timely conversation on the appropriateness of federal district court judges’ issuing nationwide injunctions that halt executive orders on important policies such as immigration, environmental regulation and workers’ rights. Her essay "Class Actions, Civil Rights and the National Injunction" (31 Harv. L. Rev. F. 56) can be found here.

CUA Law Professor Suzette M. Malveaux published a Dec. 11, 2017 JOTWELL article entitled "A Prescription for Overcoming Gender Inequity in Complex Litigation: An Idea Whose Time Has Come in Courts Law."

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.


Rev.
Raymond C. O'Brien

Recent Media
Rev. Raymond C. O'Brien's article Obergefell’s Impact on Functional Families, 66 Cath. U. L. Rev. 363 (2017) was quoted in the recent Vermont Supreme Court
opinion in Sinnott v. Peck, 2017.


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 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 the Federalist Society's National Convention on Nov. 16, 2017. The panel was regarding religious liberty and the administrative state. It was moderated by Judge O'Scannlain.

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 a Nov. 24 Catholic News Agency article entitled "Little Sisters face new lawsuit over their HHS mandate exemption." He was also quoted in an op-ed from The Washington Examiner regarding the same topic.

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 viewon this decision by various other media outlets.

 Recent Publications
CUA Law professor Mark Rienzi published a March 22, 2018 article in National
Review looking at a glaring problem in California's argument in NIFLA v. Becerra.

CUA Law Professor Mark Rienzi published a Dec. 14, 2017 article entitled" Symposium: NIFLA v. Becerra — A Supreme housecleaning continues?" on SCOTUSblog.
 

Professor Heidi Mandanis Schooner

Recent 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

Recent Publications
CUA Law Professor Lucia Silecchia published a paper entitled "Conflicts and Laudato Si': Ten Principles for Environmental Dispute Resolution" in the Journal of Land Use & Environmental Law (Vol. 33, No. 1).

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. 

Recent Publications
CUA Law Professor Lucia Silecchia published a short essay entitled "Duty to Protect" on the website for The Catholic University of America Institute for Human Ecology.
 

Professor Emeritus George P. Smith II 

Professional Activities
CUA Law Professor Emeritus George P. Smith received The Albert Nelson Marquis
Lifetime Achievement Award. Smith also participated in a value-based care event
entitled" Will Value-based Care Save the Health Care System?" on March 3, 2018. The event was held at Harvard Law School.

Recent 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.  
 

Professor Geoffrey R.Watson

Professional Activities
CUA Law professor Geoffrey Watson 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).

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 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.

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

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.  

Recent Publications
CUA Law Professor Emerita Leah Wortham's book, Learning from Practice: A Text for Experiential Legal Education, was reviewed in the Journal of Legal Education Vol.
67, No. 1 (2017).

 

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