Each year, LPP students in their final year undertake a public policy campaign. Working with their professors, students devise, design, research, and present a policy campaign on an issue of national or regional importance. Students often work with legislators, regulators, and other stakeholders as part of the process. These projects are a unique opportunity for CUA students to engage in policymaking directly and to see firsthand the complexities involved in making change happen.
Student Policy Projects 2017
The LPP Student Public Policy Campaigns for 2016-2017 were:
- Address the looming shortage of commercial pilots by implementing a special user fee on airline tickets and using the proceeds to subsidize the cost of pilot training programs.
- Improve the treatment of animals in commercial settings by modifying proposed legislation in Maryland to more closely resemble best practices gleaned from other States.
- Promulgate new standards for the ethical use by attorneys of cloud computing for confidential attorney work product.
- Improve the law in Washington DC to allow for next of kin to have legal access to a decedent’s digital information such as email and text messages.
- Consider the merits of an expedited federal review process for a pilot program to combat spread of the Zika virus by using genetically modified mosquitoes.
- Advance voting rights through the development of an app by the U.S. election assistance commission to aide voter registration on a nonpartisan basis.
Student Policy Projects 2016
The LPP Student Public Policy Campaigns for 2015-2016 were:
- Improve the market for organ donations with a tax credit for employers who let employees take time off for organ donations and by making changes to the public school curriculum.
- Propose amendments to tenant’s rights legislation in Washington DC to enhance the ability of tenants to stay in their buildings before a landlord can redevelop and sell the property.
- Make clarifying changes to federal appropriations legislation to protect the rights of victims of sex trafficking.
- Strengthen the oversight mechanism for Inspector Generals in the Department of Defense to minimize wasteful spending overseas.
- Advocacy for a year-round school year in Washington DC for some students to alleviate the loss of learning that can occur over the summer vacation.
- Provide for new legislation to allow federal law enforcement to have access to encrypted data to help fight terrorism.
- Advocacy for State specific legislation that strikes a balance between religious liberty and the rights of the LGBT community.