The Catholic University of America

CUA Law Professor Lucia Silecchia was a speaker at the Cardinal O'Connor Conference on Life held at Georgetown University on January 19, 2019. The Conference, keynoted this year by Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York, is celebrating its 20th Anniversary as the  largest collegiate pro-life conference in the nation. Silecchia's talk will be on "Death, Dignity, Despair and Deceit: Fighting the Danger of Assisted Suicide."

Cardinal O'Connor Conference

"Traditionally held on the day before or after the annual March for Life in Washington, D.C., the Conference was first held in 2000 and later named in honor of His Eminence John Cardinal O’Connor, the late Archbishop of New York and a Georgetown University alumnus. Cardinal O’Connor was renowned for his courage as a champion of the unborn, and the Cardinal O’Connor Conference on Life seeks to continue his mission of defending the sacredness of all human life. Each year, you will get to listen to leading voices in the pro-life movement, participate in small group discussions, meet other collegiate pro-life leaders, and enjoy the aura of being in our nation’s capital during the March for Life.

Originally created for college and high school students, the Conference now attracts students, academics, clergy, and activists from around the country to reflect on the plethora of pro-life positions that Cardinal O'Connor staunchly defended. The Conference has grown to host many prominent pro-life speakers, including Helen Alvaré, Dr. Robert George, Margaret Colin, Dr. Michael Pakaluk, Deirde McQuade, Archbishop Burke, Cardinal O'Malley, Dr. Charles Camosy, Ross Douthat, Jennifer O'Neill, Mother Agnes of the Sisters for Life, the Little Sisters of the Poor, Serrin Foster, Rep. Chris Smith, Dr. Wanda Franz, Dr. Mildred Jefferson, Dr. Alveda C. King, Rep. Henry Hyde,  Richard Doerflinger, and Lila Rose."

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Lucia Silecchia  

Professor Lucia Ann Silecchia's
Areas of Expertise

Environmental Law and Ethics

Catholic Social Thought and the Law

Elder Law and Estate Planning

Legal Writing

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