Counsel of Record - in Amicus Brief: Diocese of Baton Rouge v. Mayeux, Supreme Court of the United States No 14-220, cert. denied; and also as Counsel of Record, Amicus Brief: King v. Burwell, Supreme Court of the United States No. 14-114 (pending).
Pro-bono expert - on legal ethics questions in a Maryland Attorney Grievance Commission proceeding.
Co-director - Iraqi Kurdistan Christianity Project, which will map the migration of refugees and internally displaced persons in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, document war crimes, and gather oral histories of refugees and IDPs.
Petitioner – In the case of Roman Catholic Church of the Diocese of Baton Rouge v. Mayeux. As counsel to Belmont Abbey College, et al., Professor Destro, along with CUA Law alumnus Stuart Nolan (1998) has asked the Supreme Court to grant certiorari in a case that presents the question of “Whether a court can pivot liability for a priest's failure to report certain communications to public authorities on the court's own determination of whether those communications constitute “confession per se,” or whether it must respect the church's own view that such communications are confessional and absolutely protected from disclosure by the priest on penalty of automatic excommunication.” The Supreme Court has not yet agreed to hear the case. (2014)
Pro Bono Advocate – for Anthony List v. Driehaus, a free speech case from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit that was heard by the United States Supreme Court, (April, 2014).
Panelist: The Future of Religious Minorities in the Middle East, The Wilson Center, (June, 2013).
Organizer and moderator: “Kurdish Genocide: Remembering Halabja for the Sake of the Future Panel Discussion,” (March, 2013).
Panelist: “Catholic Perspectives on Religious Liberty,” Sept.13. Professor Destro joined fellow leading Catholic scholars at Georgetown University's Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs to discuss “The Clash of Fundamentalisms.” (2012).
Facilitator: Of an address to the law school community on "Religious Liberty in Iraqi Kurdistan," as part of the law school’s Middle East Religious Dialogue Program.The joint lecture was given by His Excellency Rabban Al-Qas (left), the Chaldean Bishop of Amadiyah and Zakho in the Kurdistan region of Iraq, and Minister Falah Mustafa Bakir, who has led the Kurdistan Regional Government’s foreign relations effort since 2006. (Bef. 2012).
Panelist - “New Conscience Regulations from the Department of Health & Human Services: Do they Strike the Right Balance between Conscience and the Medical Profession?” a symposium on April 14, 2011, that was sponsored by the Federalist Society’s Religious Liberties Practice Group at Georgetown University Law Center. (2011).
With the assistance of several Catholic University law students, Professor Destro filed an amicus brief in the case Arizona Christian Schools Tuition Organization v. Winn, which was decided on April 4, 2011, by the U.S. Supreme Court. The 5-4 ruling tossed out a lawsuit challenging Arizona's tax breaks for voluntary donations to private school scholarship programs that benefit children enrolled in religiously-affiliated schools. (2011).
Book chapter - “The Ethics of Lawyers & Judges Perspectives from Catholic Social Teaching," included in a new book, "American Law from a Catholic Perspective: Through a Clearer Lens," edited by Professor Ronald J. Rychlak (Rowman and Littlefield, March 16, 2015).
Review essay - “Global Perspectives on Subsidiarity: On the Relationship of Faith to Citizenship, Culture, and the Structure of the Public Sphere” was published in 39 Australian J. Legal Philosophy 139-160 (peer reviewed, March 2015). Destro is also the author of “Engines of the Ruling Party: Political Correctness, 9/11, and the Politics of Culture” in Steven M. Krason (ed.), THE CRISIS OF RELIGIOUS LIBERTY (Rowman & Littlefield, 2015).
“You Have the Right to Remain Silent”: Does the U.S. Constitution Require Public Affirmation of Same-Sex Marriage, 27 BYU J. PUB. L. 397 (2013).
"Learning Neurology the Hard Way: The Terri Schiavo Case and the Ethics of Effective Representation," published in Mississippi Law Journal of the University of Mississippi. (2009).
Quoted - by the National Catholic Register on Jan. 21 for its article “Same-Sex ‘Marriage’ Issue Part of Push for State Religious Liberty Bills.” (2015).
Interviewed - by Iran’s Tableau Magazine for his views on the relationship between Christianity and Islam (Sept. 2014).
Quoted - the news service Aleteia for its article, “In Northern Iraq, ISIS Ransacks Christian Culture, Speakers Say.” Destro discussed the persecution of Christians as an indicator for other religious minorities in the region. (Dec. 3, 2014)
Quoted - Catholic News Service for its story In Defense of Christians, (Sept. 10, 2014).
Quoted in the National Catholic Reporter on July 14 for its story “Hobby Lobby supporters: Case was about owners' individual rights” (2014).
Quoted - Associated Press about Obama's strategy to combat ISIL. (Sept. 9, 2014).
Interviewed on NPR's Diane Rehm Show, April 28, regarding the fight for legal rights for animals. (2014).
Guest - Dec. 4 edition of National Public Radio’s Diane Rehm Show,
discussing the legal action brought by the ACLU against the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. (2013).
Quoted: “Arizona Small Businesses Fret After Immigration Ruling,” Wall St. Journal, June 26. (2012).
Quoted: Our Sunday Visitor, the national Catholic weekly newspaper, for its story about arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court over the constitutionality of the Patient Affordable Care Act, March 29. (2012).
Quoted - Catholic Online on Feb. 11 for “The Obama HHS 'Compromise' Switches the Tiger for the Lion,” an article that examined reaction to the administration’s HHS insurance mandates. (2012).
Lecture: "Juvenile Justice post-Miller" at William & Mary Law School on Feb. 16. She discussed the Supreme Court's recent juvenile sentencing decisions, culminating in Miller v. Alabama, and the way in which those decisions have enabled significant juvenile justice reform efforts. (2015).
Roundtable participant - at the AALS/ABA Criminal Justice Legal Educators Colloquium (Oct. 2014). She also participated in a workshop held by the Southeastern Association of Law Schools Annual Conference (Aug., 2014).
Organizer and moderator: National Press Club announcement of “The CUA Law/Ehrlich Partnership on Clemency," (Feb.20, 2013)
Presenter: "Gideon at 50: Reassessing the Right to Counsel," sponsored by Washington and Lee University School of Law. Professor Drinan presented her paper, “Getting Real about Gideon: The Next Fifty Years of Enforcing the Right to Counsel.” (Nov. 2012).
Presenter - "Clemency in a Time of Crisis," as a participant in the 2012 Georgia State Law Review
Symposium on "The Criminal Justice System in a Time of Economic Meltdown: Crisis or Opportunity for Reform?" (Jan. 2012).
“The Miller Revolution,” 101 Iowa L. Rev. (forthcoming 2015).
“Juvenile Sentencing Post-Miller: Preventive and Corrective Measures,” 2015 Wis. L. Rev. (forthcoming 2015).
“Gideon’s Army and the Central Theme of Poverty,” 41 N.E. J. on Crim. and Civil Confinement, (forthcoming 2015).
"Getting Real About Gideon: The Next Fifty Years of Enforcing the Right to Counsel," 70 WASH. & LEE L. REV. 1309 (2013).
"Where Pardons Are Concerned, Second Best May Not Be So Bad After All: A Response to Chad Flanders," 65 FLA. L. REV. FORUM 29 (2013).
Essay - "Advice for New Law Teachers: Be Your Authentic Self" for the newsletter from Women in Legal Education
Quoted - New Orleans Advocate, "30-year-old New Orleans teen killing case heads to U.S. Supreme Court," Jan. 5, 2015.
Quoted - New York Times on Jan. 19 in “Juveniles Facing Lifelong Terms Despite Rulings” (Jan. 19, 2015).
Guest - C-SPAN’s Washington Journal (Jan. 25, 2015), discussing young offenders and life sentences.
Guest - National Public Radio’s All Things Considered (April 17) for its segment “States Are Spotty in Following High Court Lead on Juvenile Sentencing.”
Quoted: Mandatory Life Sentences for Juveniles, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, June 10, 2014.
Quoted: View of Death Penalty, National Catholic Register, May 6, 2014.
Guest: Young Offenders
, C-SPAN, Jan. 30, 2014, talking about whether young criminal offenders convicted of murder and other serious crimes should be spared mandatory life sentences.
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Professors Sarah Duggin and Mark Rienzi joined Yale Law Dean Robert Post as panelists in an American Heritage Foundation program titled “Constitution, Inc.: What Rights Do Corporations Have?” (Oct. 2014).
Guide - Professor Duggin led a 15-guest First Amendment Tour of the Newseum on Oct. 18 as part of the organized activities for alumni during Reunion 2014. The Newseum is among the most popular tour experiences in Washington, D.C.
Recognized – by inclusion in the 2013 Capital Pro Bono Honor Roll. The annual list honors area attorneys who contribute 50 hours per year or more to serving the legal needs of people living in poverty.
Panelist - at the Henry Kaufman Forum on Religious Traditions and Business Behavior, Robert. H. Smith School of Business, University of Maryland, College Park, MD, (Oct. 31, 2013).
Convocation Speaker - Class of 2016 Convocation, an annual Catholic University event that formally receives first-year students into the academic community and invites them to join in the shared pursuit of truth, (Sept., 2012).
Interviewed - NPR's “All Things Considered” (March 23) discussing the eligibility of Texas Sen. Ted Cruz to run for president. Duggin’s expertise on Article II of the Constitution also appeared in other media, including the Wall Street Journal, KABC Radio, the Huffington Post and an op-ed piece in the Los Angeles Times on February 24th.
Quoted by Politifact.com
on Sen. Ted Cruz's citizenship eligibility to run for president, (2013).
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Presenter - at the Sixth Annual John Marshall Review of Intellectual Property Law Symposium, Art Meets Law, in Chicago, IL (Oct. 2014).
Profiled – In the Merton College, University of Oxford, Postmaster
(2014), for its article “Mertonians in Law”
Presenter - "A Fair Use Massacre? Automated Filtering Systems, Copyright Infringement, and the Future of YouTube," at a symposium that explored explore the changing world of copyright law in the digital age. Organized by the University of Virginia School of Law, the symposium was titled "Copyright at a Crossroads: How the Digital Age is Changing the Game," (2009).
“Playing Poohsticks with the British Constitution? The Blair Government's Proposal to Abolish the Lord Chancellor,” 24 Penn State Int'l L. Rev. 257 (2005). The article was reprinted in part in a new edition of a major comparative law casebook: Comparative Legal Traditions, Text, Materials and Cases on Western Law, (Mary Ann Glendon, Paolo Carozza and Colin B. Picker, Western Law 434-443, 4th ed. 2014).
“Threatening the Founding Ideal of a Republic of Letters: An Assessment of the Supreme Court’s Copyright Decisions Over the First Decade of the Twenty-First Century,” 5 Akron Intellectual Property Law Journal 205 (2011).
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Presenter – At the National District Attorneys' Association seminar, “Evidence for Prosecutors,” in San Antonio on Oct. 29, on two subjects. The first was "Syndrome" Evidence: expert testimony relating to Battered Woman Syndrome, Rape Trauma Syndrome, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, and related issues; the second dealt with the admissibility, in a sexual assault prosecution, of evidence relating to the complainant's prior sexual conduct. (2014).
Presenter - Fishman also made a 90-minute presentation in the D.C. U.S. Attorney's Office and the Department of Justice regarding various issues relating to electronic surveillance, including searching cell phones after Riley v California, the D.C. Circuit's "mosaic" approach to electronic evidence gathering, and cell phone encryption. (2014)
Panelist - The third meeting of the Judicial Proceedings Panel on Sexual Assault in the Military,
(JPP) held on Oct. 10 in Arlington, Va. The JPP will continue its work through September 2017 and will provide reports and assessments to the Secretary of Defense and Congress. Fishman spoke on aspects of victim privacy in sexual assault cases. He has published on the topic in the past. (2014)
Moderator - “Assessing Accuracy: The Reliability of Eyewitness Identifications in Criminal Cases,” the 2012 symposium sponsored by the Catholic University Law Review on Feb. 10 and hosted by K&L Gates, LLP, (2012).
Delivered the James Otis Lecture at the National Center for Justice and the Rule of Law at the University of Mississippi. The prestigious lecture series offers a forum to leading scholars to comment on search and seizure and other criminal procedure topics, (2010).
Article: “Searching Cell Phones After Arrest: Exceptions to the Warrant and Probable Cause Requirements” in the Rutgers Law Review (2014).
Interviewed - By Christian Science Monitor Radio on Jan. 27 about police video cameras and related phenomena, (2015).
Interviewed – by “Knowledge@Wharton,” on Jan. 20, about Attorney General Eric Holder’s decision to curtail the use of federal laws to justify civil forfeitures of property and cash by police. The daily radio call-in program is produced by the Wharton School of Business and airs on SiriusXM satellite radio, (2015).
Interviewed - By GVH Live, a youth oriented online news channel in early December about the controversial decision by a grand jury not to indict a New York City police officer for the chokehold death of Eric Garner. (2014)
Quoted – in SFGate.com on Sept. 27 for its article, “Sharing economy means putting your trust in complete strangers.” (2014).
Quoted: by the Washington Post for a three-part exposé on police use/abuse of the Equitable Sharing Program, (Sept. 6, 2014).
Interviewed: the Drew Mariani Show radio program about the Justice Department initiative to release some drug offenders whose sentences are widely viewed as excessive (2014).
Quoted: Police Searches of Cell Phones, ABA Journal, March 25, 2014, about two Supreme Court cases involving whether the police may search the contents of a cellphone seized incident to the lawful arrest of a criminal suspect.
Interviewed: the Medill News Service on Jan. 25 about the Supreme Court's decision that a search warrant is required in order to use GPS technology to track suspects (2012).
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