Roger Colinvaux

Roger Colinvaux, Director, Law and Public Policy Program and Professor
Professor Colinvaux teaches courses in Federal Income Taxation, Legislation, and Property. From 2001-2008, Professor Colinvaux was counsel to the non-partisan Joint Committee on Taxation in the U.S. Congress and played an important role in developing the major charitable giving and reform legislation enacted during that period, including the Pension Protection Act of 2006.

Professor Colinvaux’s research interests center around the federal tax law of nonprofit organizations and the overall role the tax law plays in regulating the activities of private nonprofit entities. Professor Colinvaux has testified before the Senate Finance Committee and the House Ways and Means Committee on tax reform issues relating to the nonprofit sector. He is often cited for his expertise in nonprofit organizations by major media outlets, and is a frequent speaker at academic and other conferences. He has also testified as an expert witness in litigation on tax-exempt status issues.

Professor Colinvaux is a member of the Board of Advisors of the Tax Policy and Charities project sponsored by the Urban Institute and Tax Policy Center, a Member of the Board of Advisors for the National Center on Philanthropy and the Law at the New York University School of Law, and also serves on the AALS Committee on Nonprofit and Philanthropy Law. He is past Chair of the Exempt Organizations Committee of the D.C. Bar’s Tax Section.

In August 2014, Professor Colinvaux assumed the directorship of the law school's Law and Public Policy Program.

Professor Colinvaux received his J.D. degree magna cum laude from the Indiana University (Maurer) School of Law and an M.Litt from the University of Oxford (Merton College). He also clerked for the Hon. Theodore R. Boehm of the Indiana Supreme Court.

Many of Professor Colinvaux’s publications can be accessed on his SSRN page.

Natalie Moffett

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

Jorge 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

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.

Paul Kurth

Bryan McDermott
Director of Experiential Curriculum

The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law.

Constantia A. Dedoulis

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.