October 27, 2016

The Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law's second Faith In Action event of the semester featured David Koelsch '94, CUA Law Adjunct Professor, who gave a talk entitled "Finding God In All Things: Even Law School and the Legal Profession."

During the October 26 event, Koelsch discussed how he was drawn to the Catholic faith during his time at CUA Law as a student. He was then baptized, confirmed, and received his first communion just before he received his law degree.

"At CUA Law I was really exposed to faith for the first time in a formal setting. Law School is really a transformative experience in terms of being exposed to a new language, a new body of knowledge, and a new way of interacting with the world through the law, " Koelsch said. For me, it was also a way of looking at the world through the new lens of faith.

Koelsch also spoke about the relevance of spirituality in the legal field through helping oneself, one's client, and the legal system. He also touched on ways to integrate spirituality in one's professional life.

Throughout his professional and personal life, Koelsch has found peace and guidance in the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyal. After attending the last of three funerals for attorneys who killed themselves, Koelsch decided to see if he could help prevent at one more attorney suicide. He wrote a course for law students entitled "Law and Spirituality," wrote several book chapters and law reviews articles regarding the application of the Spiritual Exercises, and frequently speaks before groups of attorneys.

After the talk concluded, students and faculty had the opportunity to ask questions and speak with Koelsch about his experiences.