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Faculty News 

CUA Law’s Faculty News updates include information regarding latest professional activities, publications, and recent media submitted by faculty members. At the end of each fiscal year (May 1 – April 30) Faculty News updates will be published in the CUA Lawyer magazine.

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Professor Marshall Breger

Professional Activities
CUA Law Professor Marshall Breger met with the Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on September 20, 2018. This was part of the Dialogue of Abrahamic Religions, a group that works to bring the Iranian and American people closer to each other.

Recent Publications
CUA Law Professor Marshall Breger wrote a January 10, 2019 op-ed for Moment
magazine entitled "Americans Want an Immigration Fix"

CUA Law Professor Marshall Breger had an op-ed on George H.W. Bush published in
the Jewish Telegraphic Agency on December 4, 2018

 

Professor Stacy Brustin

Recent Media
CUA Law Professor Stacy Brustin was quoted in an November 1, 2018 Catholic News Agency article regarding Trump’s plan for birthright citizenship. Brustin currently serves as the Director of the new The Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Clinic [IRAC] which allows students the opportunity to represent, under the supervision of a clinic attorney, low-income immigrant and refugee clients living in D.C., Virginia, and Maryland.


Professor
 Roger Colinvaux

Professional Activities
CUA Law Professor Roger Colinvaux spoke on the Tax Exempt Tax Reform: The
Impact of TCJA on Tax-Exempt Organizations panel sponsored by the D.C. Bar on
January 29, 2019. He was also quoted in a Feb. 1 Tax Notes article entitled
"Nonprofits Look to Resurrected Bill to NixUBIT Rules."

CUA Law Professor Roger Colinvaux spoke at the National Tax Association's annual meeting about State and Local Tax Workarounds on November 16, 2018. He also discussed his paper on the same topic.

CUA Law Professor Roger Colinvaux was on a panel at the ABA May 2018 meeting of the Tax Section entitled "Donor Advised Funds." He spoke about recent guidance by the government. Copanelists included Treasury and IRS officials. The May Meeting is the major tax meeting of the year.

Recent Publications
CUA Law Professor Roger Colinvaux published a book chapter entitled "Ways the
Charitable Deduction has Shaped the US Charitable Sector" in Research Handbook on Not-for-Profit Law edited by Matthew Harding.

CUA Law Professor Roger Colinvaux published a blog post on HistPhil entitled "Policing the Border: A History of IRS Regulation of Political Activity," on August 24, 2018. Colinvaux also published an article in the Buffalo Law Review regarding state tax benefits and charitable deductions on August 22, 2018.

CUA Law Professor Roger Colinvaux's op-ed on the IRS dark money decision was published in the Chronicle of Philanthropy on July 26, 2018.

Recent Media
CUA Law Professor Roger Colinvaux was quoted in an Oct. 3, 2018 Bloomberg article entitled "The Super-Rich Are Stockpiling Wealth in Black-Box Charities"

CUA Law Professor Roger Colinvaux was quoted in The New York Times discussing
charitable deduction loopholes on August 3, 2018.

CUA Law Professor Roger Colinvaux was quoted in a July 17, 2018 Washington Post
article regarding dark money entitled "'Dark money' groups don’t need to disclose donors to IRS, Treasury says."
 

Professor Robert A. Destro

Professional Activities
President Donald J. Trump announced his intent to nominate CUA Law Professor Robert Destro to serve as the Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor.

CUA Law Professor Robert Destro was part of a panel discussion at the Family Research Council's Speaker Series, Religious Liberty and National Security: Opportunities for Secretary Pompeo on May 2, 2018.
 

Professor Cara Drinan

Professional Activities
CUA Law Professor Cara Drinan gave two book talks in the Miami area on August 7, 2018, at the independently-owned bookstore, Books & Books. Drinan was interviewed by Linda Harllee Harper and Rahim Jenkins of WPFW Radio on August 15, 2018. Professor Drinan believes the United States has gone from being a pioneer to an international pariah in its juvenile sentencing.

Recent Publications
CUA Law Professor Cara Drinan guest blogged for Doug Berman’s Sentencing Law & Policy blog during the week of August 1, 2018. She highlighted the central claims of
her book, The War on Kids, as well as other current criminal justice topics.

CUA Law Professor Cara Drinan wrote a June 24, 2018 op-ed entitled "Outraged By Kids In Cages? Look At Our Entire Juvenile Justice System" in the Huffington Post.

Professor Cara Drinan's book, The War on Kids, was featured in the Juvenile Justice Information Exchange.

Recent Media
CUA Law Professor Cara Drinan was quoted in a July 31, 2018 Bloomberg News article discussing the methodology in Trump's pardon process. Drinan was also quoted in an article from The New York Times regarding Pope Francis' declaration that the death penalty is wrong in all cases.


Professor
Sarah Duggin

Recent Media
CUA Law Professor Sarah Duggin was quoted in a January 22, 2019 Politifact article
entitled "Yes, Kamala Harris is eligible to run for president."

CUA Law Professor Sarah Duggin was quoted in a July 2, 2018 WFMY News 2 article entitled "Capital Gazette shooting suspect seen as angry loner, obsessed with those who 'wronged' him.” Duggin was also quoted in a POLITIFACT article discussing a president's decision to enforce or not enforce laws in connection with review of one of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's D.C. Circuit opinions

 

Dean Regina T. Jefferson

Recent Publications
CUA Law Dean Regina Jefferson's article "Let Them Eat Cake": Examining United States Retirement Savings Policy Through The Lens of International Human Rights Principles was published in The Harvard Human Rights Journal.

 

Professor Emeritus William Kaplin

Professional Activities
CUA Law Professor Emeritus William A. Kaplin was honored at the recent conference of the National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA).

 

Professor Megan La Belle

Professional Activities
CUA Law Professor Megan M. La Belle presented her paper "An Erie Approach to Privilege Law" at the sixth annual Constitutional Law Conference held at The University of Akron School of Law on Sept. 14, 2018.

CUA Law Professor Megan M. La Belle was quoted in an American Banker article discussing bank-on-bank patent suits on June 11, 2018.

Recent Media
CUA Law Professor Megan M. La Belle was quoted in a Sept. 4 S&P Global article entitled "The week in fintech: Patent suit targets Wells Fargo app's mobile check deposits"

 

Professor Mary Leary

Professional Activities
CUA Law Professor Mary Leary testified before the U.S. Helsinki Commission on Sept. 27, 2018.

CUA Law Professor Mary Leary spoke at a conference sponsored by the Notre Dame Center for Ethics and Culture entitled: The #Me Too Moment: Second Thoughts on the Sexual Revolution on May 31, 2018. Her comments were referenced in articles by the Catholic News Agency and the Arlington Catholic Herald.

Recent Publication
CUA Law Professor Mary Leary was appointed Chair of the Victim Advisory Group of
the United States Sentencing Commission.

Recent Media
CUA Law Professor Mary Leary was quoted in an October 18, 2018, Washington Times article entitled "Justice Department opens investigation into clergy sex abuse in Pa. Catholic Church"

CUA Law Professor Mary Leary was quoted in an August 17, 2018, National Catholic Register article discussing law changes to better protect victims of child sexual-
abuse.

 

Professor David A. Lipton

Recent Media
CUA Law Professor David Lipton was quoted in Bloomberg questioning the right of SEC Commissioners to bring their Second Amendment political views into the regulation of Banks on May 4, 2018.

 

Professor Suzette Malveaux

Professional Activities
CUA Law Professor Suzette M. Malveaux was cited in the Supreme Court travel ban
case Trump v. Hawaii. Being cited in a Supreme Court opinion is an exceptional
accomplishment and illustrative of Professor Malveaux's impactful scholarship.

 

Professor Veryl Miles

Professional Activities
CUA Law Professor Veryl Miles has been appointed to a three-year term to serve as the Chair of the Association of American Law School's (AALS) Standing Committee on Recruitment and Retention of Minority Law Teachers and Students by AALS President-elect Vicki Jackson. The charge of this committee is to make recommendations to the AALS Executive Committee on ways to assist member and fee-paid schools in efforts to improve retention and recruitment of minority faculty and students.

CUA Law Professor Veryl Miles spoke on the Diversity and Inclusion Inside and Outside the Classroom panel at the 2018 AALS Workshop for New Law School Teachers. The panel was held on June 8, 2018 in Washington, D.C. 


Rev.
Raymond C. O'Brien

Recent Publications
Rev. Raymond C. O'Brien continues his scholarship in the field of family law. Family Law in Perspective (4th edition) was co-authored by O'Brien and was May 14, 2018.

Professor Antonio Perez

Professional Activities
Presentations, ”Spanish Civil Law Analogues to U.S. Tort Law” and “Civil Liability for Internet Service Providers,” at the Conference on Private International Law (“Seminario Internacional de Derecho Privado – Los Matices de de la responsabilidad civil entre Common Law y Civil Law en el Marco de la globalización”), at the Universidad Católica de Colombia, in Bogota, Colombia, October 25–26, 2018 (conference and presentations all conducted in Spanish)

Panelist, International Law Practice Group, Panel on a Practical Comparison of Common Law and Civil Law Systems, Lockheed Martin, Bethesda, Md., Nov. 28, 2018

Moderator. The Practice of Law in the Gray Area of Covert Action, with John A. Rizzo, Robert Eatinger, and Robert Monahan, The Military and National Security Law Students Association and the Institute for Policy Research, The Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law, February 7, 2019

Recent Media
CUA Law professor Antonio Perez was quoted in a January 29, 2019, Law360 article
entitled "New Sanctions Throw Wrench At Venezuela's Creditors."

 

Professor Mark Rienzi

Professional Activities
CUA Law Professor Mark Rienzi spoke on a panel entitled "Say What You Will?: Government Compelled Speech" at the Federalist Society National Convention on November 16, 2018. The Convention was held at The Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C.

Recent Media
CUA Law Professor Mark Rienzi was quoted in The New York Times regarding the delivery of contraceptive services without conscripting the Little Sisters of the Poor to help on November 17, 2018.

CUA Law Professor Mark Rienzi is quoted in an article regarding State of California v. Little Sisters of the Poor from OneNewsNow on October 17, 2018. Rienzi is mentioned in an article regarding the United States Courts for the Ninth Circuit's hearing State of California v. Little Sisters of the Poor from Bloomberg Law on October 19, 2018.

 

Professor Heidi Mandanis Schooner

Professional Activities
CUA Law Professor Heidi Mandanis Schooner spoke at the Permits, Licenses and the Administrative State Public Policy Conference on October 24, 2018. The event is hosted by The C. Boyden Gray Center for the Study of the Administrative State at George Mason University.

CUA Law Professor Heidi Mandanis Schooner spoke at the Permits, Licenses and the Administrative State Public Policy Conference on October 24, 2018. The event is hosted by The C. Boyden Gray Center for the Study of the Administrative State at George Mason University.

CUA Law Professor Heidi Mandanis Schooner was on the Fintech: Implications for Consumers and Advocates panel at the Consumer Federation of America's Consumer Assembly on May 10, 2018. 

 

Associate Dean Marin Scordato

Recent Publications
CUA Law Associate Dean Marin Scordato's article "Understanding the Absence of a Duty to Reasonably Rescue in American Tort Law", 82 Tulane Law Review 1447 (2008), has been cited by Jamal Greene in "The Supreme Court 2017 Term, Foreword: Rights as Trumps?", 132 Harvard Law Review 28 (2018).

 

Professor Lucia Silecchia

Professional Activities
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." Silecchia moderated a discussion at The Role of the Laity in Responding to the Crisis: Theological and Historical Foundations on February 6 at The Catholic University of America.

Recent Media
CUA Law Professor Lucia Silecchia was quoted in a January 25, 2019, Catholic News
Agency
article on New York's new abortion law entitled "What does ‘for the life and
health of the mother’ mean in abortion law?"

CUA Law Professor Lucia Silecchia was quoted in an E&E News article entitled "1,000 sermons: Clergy invokes kids' case from the pulpit" on October 19, 2018.

 

Professor George P. Smith, II

Professional Activities
CUA Law Professor Emeritus George P. Smith delivered a memorial lecture at the Maurer School of Law, Indiana University honoring Professor Henry H. H. Remak on March 22, 2017. The lecture has been published as an article entitled "Dignity in Living and Dying," in 25 Indiana Journal of Global Studies 413-438 (2018).

Recent Publications
CUA Law Professor Emeritus George P. Smith published his seventeenth book
entitled, Dignity as a Human Right? Lexington Books an imprint of Rowman &
Littlefield, is the publisher. Smith and CUA Law Alumus William P. Lane '17
published the article "Re-Evaluating the Demise of the Average, Ordinary,
Reasonable Person: Unintended Consequences in the Law of Nuisance" in the
Catholic University Law Review, Vol. 67, Issue 4.


 

Professor Elizabeth Winston

Recent Publications
CUA Law Professor Elizabeth Winston's article entitled "Patent Boundaries" was cited in the Federal Circuit decision, M-I Drilling Fluids UK Ltd, M-I LLC v. Dynamic Air LTDA, 2018 WL 2187726, issued on May 14, 2018. The article was cited in the text of the concurrence as and in the footnotes.

 

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