Stephen C. Payne, Dean and Knights of Columbus Professor of Law, Interim Director, Law and Public Policy Program
Steve Payne began his tenure as Dean of the Columbus School of Law and Knights of Columbus Professor of Law on July 1, 2019. He had been a partner and the Chair of the FDA and Health Care practice group at the global law firm, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, where his practice focused on regulatory compliance, investigations, and enforcement litigation, and an adjunct professor at the Antonin Scalia Law School at George Mason University, where he taught FDA Regulation and Health Law & Policy. Prior to that, Dean Payne had practiced at Sidley Austin LLP as a partner and associate in the Washington, D.C. office, and had previously served as a Captain in the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps at the U.S.Army Infantry Center at Fort Benning, Georgia. As a JAG officer, Dean Payne served as a legal assistance attorney for a year and then as a prosecutor for three years, both as the installation’s Senior Trial Counsel for courts-martial and as a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney for felony-level crimes in the Middle District of Georgia, during which time he successfully tried, as lead counsel, both civilian and military bench and jury trials.
Admitted to the bar in both the District of Columbia and State of New York, Dean Payne has received the highest rating of “Leading” from the Practical Law Company in the category of Life Sciences: Government Enforcement and Investigations; has been named a “Life Sciences Star” by the legal guide LMG Life Sciences; and was ranked in 2019 as a “Litigation Star” in Washington, D.C., by Benchmark Litigation.
Dean Payne holds a J.D. from Yale Law School, where he was a John M. Olin Fellow in Law and Economics and a Prize Finalist in the Thomas Swann Barristers’ Union Mock Trial Competition. He also graduated from Cornell University with a B.S. from the School of Industrial and Labor Relations, where he finished first in his class. Dean Payne was named the Distinguished Graduate of his U.S. Army JAG School class, and, later, the Best Advocate of his Criminal Law Advocacy Course at the JAG School.
Dean Payne is married and has two children. He serves on the board of Oakcrest School, an independent school for girls in grades 6-12, and participated in Oakcrest’s recent project to build and open a new campus for the 43-year-old school in Vienna, Va. He has also been active with youth baseball, having served on the boards of, and coached for, both his local travel baseball organization and Little League, for which he has been a two-time coach of the year. Dean Payne has done pro bono legal work for veterans, the elderly, and the disabled, and is currently teaching Conflict of Laws.
Natalie Moffett is Of Counsel at the firm Peer, Gan & Gisler LLP. Natalie has spent the last decade representing private and public sector labor unions in all matters of labor law including administrative proceedings before the NLRB, federal wage and hour litigation, arbitrations and collective bargaining. In addition she has trained union clients on NLRB rules and regulations in representation and unfair labor practice proceedings, and on the intricacies of state and federal campaign finance laws. Prior to law school Natalie worked on Capitol Hill for U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy on his personal staff as appropriations coordinator and on the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee tracking legislation, staffing hearings and overseeing communication with constituents.
Natalie graduated cum laude from the Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law, where she also earned a Law & Public Policy Certificate and was the Managing Editor of the Journal of Contemporary Health Law & Policy.
Jorge Castro is a Member in the Tax Department of Miller & Chevalier Chartered. Mr. Castro has more than 15 years of experience practicing tax law, including a decade of high-level government experience working on domestic and international tax issues at the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the U.S. Congress. He is well-respected across the political spectrum both domestically and internationally, earning high praise for his intellect, collegiality, effectiveness, and collaborative approach. His practice focuses on tax policy, regulatory, and compliance matters. He also has extensive experience working closely with foreign governments from all regions on a variety of global tax and economic issues, particularly at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).
Mr. Castro served as Counselor to the IRS Commissioner from 2010 to 2013. In that role, he served as a senior advisor to the Commissioner and collaborated with the U.S. Department of the Treasury (Treasury) on a variety of priority guidance projects, including the implementation of the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA). He advised the Commissioner on tax reform initiatives and legislative proposals and worked closely with senior IRS and Treasury officials to advance the agency's domestic and international objectives.
From 2007 to 2010, Mr. Castro served as Senior Counsel and Lead Economic Policy Advisor to Senator John D. Rockefeller IV (D-WV), Chairman of the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee and a senior member of the Senate Finance Committee. He was lead counsel and provided policy and technical analysis to Senator Rockefeller during the consideration and negotiation of significant economic legislation in the 110th and 111th Congress, including the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act (TARP legislation), the Housing and Economic Recovery Act, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, and the Hiring Incentives to Restore Employment Act. Mr. Castro advised Senator Rockefeller during the Finance Committee mark-up and floor consideration of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act, and played a key role negotiating the revenue provisions in those pieces of legislation.
From 2004 to 2007, Mr. Castro served as Tax and Trade Counsel to the late Congresswoman Stephanie Tubbs Jones (D-OH), a senior member of the House Ways and Means Committee. He advised Congresswoman Tubbs Jones on tax, international trade, pensions, and retirement security issues.
In 2010, Tax Notes magazine profiled Mr. Castro as one of the top "Congressional Staffers Shaping Tax Policy."
Chris Netram is vice president of tax and domestic economic policy at the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM). In this capacity, he leads the policy and advocacy work on tax, corporate governance, shareholder activism, executive compensation, pensions and employee benefits. In addition, he works to ensure the manufacturing voice is brought to these legislative and regulatory issues before Congress and the administration.
Prior to his work at the NAM, Mr. Netram served as the deputy chief of staff and tax counsel to a senior member of the House Ways and Means Committee. In that role, Mr. Netram drove the legislative strategy for tax, financial services, budget and small business issues. He drafted legislation regarding the taxation of pass-through entities, principles of which were incorporated into the House Republican tax reform blueprint. Prior to his service in the House, Mr. Netram served as tax counsel and budget adviser to a senior member of the U.S. Senate, during which he authored bipartisan bills on tax and retirement issues.
Mr. Netram was previously a manager in the national tax department of a Big Four accounting firm, where his practice focused primarily on tax planning for mergers and acquisitions. He has also covered international tax and corporate governance issues for Tax Analysts, publishers of Tax Notes, a leading source of news and commentary on tax policy.
A native of New York, Mr. Netram received his B.A. in liberal studies from the University of Central Florida, his J.D. from The Catholic University of America and his LL.M. in taxation from Georgetown University. In addition, Mr. Netram serves as a lecturer at Catholic University’s law school.
Director of Experiential Curriculum
The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law.
Constantia A. Dedoulis
Director, Institutes and Special Programs and Academic Development
Constantia Dedoulis has served the law school in various administrative positions since 1992. As Director of Institutes and Special Programs, Ms. Dedoulis oversees the operational facets of LPP and several other institutes and programs. From 1992 to 2005, Ms. Dedoulis was adviser to the Cardinal Yearbook, and in 2005 she was recognized by the University community with the Rev. William Quinn Award for her contributions to the yearbook organization. Prior to joining Catholic University, Ms. Dedoulis taught fine arts, art history, and visual communications on the high school level and was an art instructor at the Chevy Chase Community Center, District of Columbia Department of Recreation and Parks. In 1982, Ms. Dedoulis earned a Master of Fine Arts degree from The Catholic University of America, and in 1979, she received a Bachelor of Arts with distinction from George Washington University.