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Daniel F. Attridge

Dean Daniel F. Attridge

Professional Activities

Guest lecturer  - in a capstone course taught by the Chief Legal Officer of Nationwide Insurance at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law (April 2, 2015).  In the course, Lost in Translation: Can Your Client Hear You?, students focus on handling multiple complex legal problems simultaneously. The course is based on a real-life series of Hurricane Katrina insurance coverage cases that Dean Attridge handled while in private practice. 

Teaching Trial Practice, fall semester, (2014).

Selected by his peers for inclusion in the 20th Edition of The Best Lawyers in America for his work in the practice areas of commercial, antitrust, intellectual property and patent litigation, (2013).

Graduation ceremony speaker: The American Law Certificate Program, Cracow, Poland, (2013).


Selected for inclusion - in The Best Lawyers in America (under Commercial Litigation, Antitrust Litigation, and Intellectual Property Litigation); SuperLawyers (under Business Litigation and Intellectual Property Litigation); Chambers USA, America's Leading Lawyers for Business (under Intellectual Property); Who's Who in American Law, Who's Who in America, and Who's Who in the World; andrated "AV" by Martindale-Hubbell ("the highest level of professional excellence").    
Profiled - In the “Dean’s Limelight” from, a well-known web site that chronicles the legal profession at large. The Dean’s Limelight profiles academic leaders for prospective law students who are researching law schools. (Oct. 2014).
Quoted in PreLaw magazine, "The One Year Legal Education Option," (fall 2014).

April – Quoted in Washington Lawyer about the CUA Law/Ehrlich Clemency Project, along with Professors Cara Drinan and Sandy Ogilvy, (2013).

March - Profiled: in The Catholic Review for its story “New CUA Law dean draws on 30 years of litigation experience, heart for service.” (2013)
January – Spotlighted: The Chronicle of Higher Education for its article “Deans Come from Less-Traditional Backgrounds.” (2013).


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Professor Marshall Breger

Professional Activities

Delivered a public lecture on The Legal and Political Situation of the Holy Places Today at the Centro Pro Unione (Rome, Italy)

Is one of eight academics, who has been invited to participate in a book review blog from the Yale Journal on Regulation and the ABA Section of Administrative Law & Regulatory Practice, "Notice and Comment"

Sat on a panel addressing the Muslim efforts in defense of Christians in Muslim-Majority Countries during the annual National Prayer Breakfast in Washington D.C.

Panel moderator -  “Are there tensions between law and ethics in Judaism and Islam?” as part of a day-long discussion titled “Between Past and Future: Law and Ethics in Judaism and Islam…Conversation,” (March 24, 2015). The event was held at  The Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City. 

Lecture -  “The Vatican and Israel: Legal and Political Issues,” on Feb. 24 at the University of Arizona’s Hillel Center in Tucson. Breger’s talk outlined the relationship between the Catholic Church and Judaism, with particular focus on the Fundamental Agreement signed in 1993 by Holy See and Israel in which the Holy See formally recognized Israel, creating the basis for their exchange of ambassadors. (2015).

Workshop panelist: "Working Across Faith Boundaries in the US for Holy Land Peace," Telos Conference 2013,  Washington, D.C., (2013).

Organizer - "Religious Liberty in Iraqi Kurdistan, a Feb. 2 offering from the law school’s Middle East Religious Dialogue Program.The joint lecture was given by His Excellency Rabban Al-Qas (left), the Chaldean Bishop of Amadiyah and Zakho in the Kurdistan region of Iraq, and Minister Falah Mustafa Bakir, (2012).


Introductory speaker - “Muslim and Jewish Perspectives on the Interpretation of Foundational Religious Texts,” an Oct. 30 panel discussion in New York City that was co-sponsored by the Center for Interreligious Understanding, Catholic University’s Interdisciplinary Program in Law and Education, and the Muslim Chaplains’ Association, (2011).

Panelist - the Faith and Freedom Conference and Strategy Briefing, held on June 3 and 4 in Washington, D.C.  Breger discussed “Defeating Terrorism and Jihad” with Frank Gaffney, Center for Security Policy, David French, American Center for Law & Justice, and Erick Stakelbeck, correspondent, CBN News, (2011).

Organizer: “The 10th Conference on European Union, Portuguese, and American Law: Developments in Energy Law,” a two-day conference at the  Columbus School of Law on April 7 and 8, (2011).

Panelist - “Religion in American Politics and Society: A Model for Other Countries?” March 1st. The discussion was sponsored by the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs and addressed whether the American approach to religion, society, and the state is worthy of emulation in other countries, (2011).

Speaker - at the Conservative Political Action Conference of the American Conservative Union on “The Importance of Faith and Religious Liberty in the US and Abroad,” on Feb. 11. The panel was sponsored by Muslims for America, (2011).


Co-authored an article in the Winter 2016 issue of the Public Lawyer
Author - “Ordre Public and the First Amendment in The Review of Faith & International Affairs, a leading international journal on religion and public policy. He is also co-author of “Independent Agencies in the United States: Law, Structure, and Politics,” (Oxford University Press, 2015). 
Book chapters: “What Is a Religious Law School? Some Observations” in The Role of a Religious University (Yaacov Iram et al. eds., 2013) ; and “Jerusalem’s Holy Sites in Israeli Law” in Between Cultural Diversity and Common Heritage. (2014)

A Republican’s Case for Peace,” published online in the May-June issue of Moment Magazine. Breger’s opinion essay was also referenced by MJ Rosenberg in Foreign Policy Matters. (2013).


Editor - Borderline Views: The myth of heritage sites," a book about the role of holy places in Israel and Palestinian territories. The volume was referenced in a March 1 article in the online edition of the Jerusalem Post. (2012).

Recent Media 

Op-Ed Agreeing to Disagree was published in the November/December 2015 issue of Moment Magazine.

Quoted - Moment Magazine, (Jan.-Feb. 2015) for its article, "Do the Religious Beliefs of Supreme Court Justices Influence Their Decisions?"

Quoted – by the Scripps Howard Foundation Wire for its story, “Experts Ask if Supreme Court Rulings Are Influenced by Religion.” The article referenced Professor Breger’s participation in an Oct. 20 panel at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. that asked if the justice’s religious identities affect the court’s rulings. Breger was also quoted by Catholic News Service on the same subject, (2014).

Quoted - by the Catholic News Service for a report that examined the impact of the visit by Pope Francis to Israel, Jordan, and the West Bank in late May. (Aug. 2014).
Blog post, "A Muslim Leader Reflects On The Holocaust After Visiting Auschwitz," Huffpost Jan 27, 2014.

Co-author - “Muslims reflect on the Holocaust,” the Washington Post, June 4, 2013.

Co-author: Three op-eds that warned of rising intolerance against American Muslims. The essays were titled “All American Muslim' Celebrates All American Values,” “From Many, One Nation: The Case of 'All American Muslim,” and “What ‘All American Muslim’ has to be thankful for.” The media commentaries were published by a variety of outlets, including the,, and, and (2013).

Op-ed - “Why the U.N. Vote Doesn’t Matter,” in Moment magazine.  Breger discusses the Palestinian Authority’s recent decision to seek United Nations recognition, (2011).

Contributor - “The True Costs of the Fiscal Crunch” as an opinion essay in the May/June issue of Moment magazine. The publication offers independent journalism from a Jewish perspective, (2011).

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Roger Colinvaux

Professor Roger Colinvaux

Professional Activities/Presentations

Was part of a debate sponsored by U.S. News and World Report about whether to heed Donald Trump’s call to “destroy” the Johnson Amendment
Presented his book chapter "Nonprofits and Advocacy" at the Change-Makers of Democracy: Foundations and Nonprofits in Public Policy
Conference - Attended a conference at Stanford University and presented his paper "Donor Advised Funds: Charitable Spending Vehicles for 21st Century Philanthropy"
Amicus Brief - Assisted with preparation of brief supporting respondent in B.V. Belk, Jr.: Harrier C. Belk, v. Commissioner of Internal Revenue, a case from North Carolina involving land easements. The case was decided on Dec. 16, 2014 in the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, (2014). 

Presentation - to the U.S. Senate Finance Committee, Tax Reform Working Group, on the charitable deduction (March 2015). He also spoke in March at a plenary session of the 51st Washington Non-Profit and Legal Conference on current federal legislation affecting non-profit organizations.

Presenter - at The Convention on Promoting Meaningful Reform in Philanthropy, held on Sept. 18-19 at Boston College Law School. The event gathered together leaders in philanthropy for what organizers termed a “historic” meeting to assess whether the current rules governing philanthropy adequately support the public good.

Contributing Editor - the Nonprofit Law Professor's Blog, (Summer 2014).

Appointed director - Catholic University's Law and Public Policy Program, (August 2014).

Panelist - “Tax Reform and the Legislative Process,”Association of American Law Schools annual meeting (Jan. 5, 2014, New York).

Speaker - “Politics Aside Please: Implications of IRS Scrutiny for 501(c)(3) and (c)(4) Entities,” American Health Lawyers Association, (Oct. 20, 2013).
Speaker - “Can We Set Bright Lines on Political Activity: c(4)s and Beyond?
Urban Institute and Tax Policy Center, (Oct. 3, 2013).

Speaker - The White House, Office of Social Innovation and Civic Participation, Roundtable on Accelerating Access to Capital for the Nonprofit Sector (June 14, 2013).
Congressional testimony - before the House Ways and Means Committee as lawmakers considered substantial changes to the nearly 100 year-old system of deductions for charitable contributions. (Feb. 14, 2013).
Expert Witness – Dec. 11, D.C. Superior Court, in a court case involving a landlord-tenant dispute pitting The Shakespeare Theatre Company against its landlord over a proposed 700 percent rent hike, (2012).

Presenter: “Charitable Contributions of Property: A Broken System Reimagined” on Oct. 26 at a conference sponsored by the National Center on Philanthropy and the Law at the NYU School of Law, (2012).

Panelist - Feb. 18, "Perspectives on Tax Reform: Charitable Contributions and the Nonprofit Sector," sponsored by the Tax Section of the American Bar Association in San Diego, (2012).

Appointed - To Board of Advisors, Tax Policy and Charities, which is a project of the Urban Institute and the Tax Policy Center with funding from the Gates Foundation, (2011).

Cited - "Citizens United and the Political Speech of Charities", was listed in early 2011 on SSRN's Top Ten download list for topics including political institutions, constitutions, political communication and political behavior. As of mid-January, it had been downloaded 73 times. The paper made two additional top ten lists: Political Institutions: Constitutions eJournal Top Ten and Political Behavior eJournals Top Ten and currently has 125 downloads, (2011).


Published a Chronicle of Philanthropy op-ed entitled "Politics and Charity: Do Not Mix."

Published a chapter ("Nonprofits and Advocacy") in the book entitled Nonprofits and Government: Collaboration and Conflict.

Blog - The Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act signed into law by the President on Dec. 18 in the Nonprofit Law Prof Blog

Political Activity Limits and Tax Exemption: A Gordian's Knot - SSRN (2014). 

"Charitable Contributions of Property: A Broken System Reimagined," 50 HARV. J. ON LEGIS. 263 (2013).
"Conservation Easements: Design Flaws, Enforcement Challenges, and Reform," 2013 UTAH L. REV. 755 (2013).
"Rationale and Changing the Charitable Deduction," 138 TAX NOTES 1453 (2013).


Co-author: “Evaluating the Charitable Deduction and Proposed Reforms,” published online by the Urban Institute. (June 13, 2012.)

“Charity in the 21st Century: Trending Toward Decay,” Florida Tax Review, Vol. 11, No. 1, (2011).

Recent Media

Quoted in an article entitled "Trump Wants to Make Churches the New Super PACs," in The Atlantic

Quoted  - in Tax Notes in “As Super Bowl Approaches, Exemption Debate Persists” (Jan. 2015). 

Quoted  - by Bloomberg News for “How the NFL Makes Money from Tax Exemption,” (Sept. 2014).
Quoted - “IRS Cracks Down on Conservation Breaks Tied to Land Owned by Richest American,” Bloomberg BNA, Daily Tax Report, (Nov. 5, 2013).


Quoted -"Taxpayers funding huge federal land grabs that may harm environment," The Washington Examiner (May 15, 2013).

Quoted  - for “Secret Sauce,” an article about Manoj Bhargava, the creator of the highly lucrative 5-Hour Energy drink. (Feb.27, 2012).

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Professor Robert Destro

Professional Activities


Counsel of Record - in Amicus Brief: Diocese of Baton Rouge v. Mayeux, Supreme Court of the United States No 14-220, cert. denied; and also as Counsel of Record, Amicus Brief: King v. Burwell, Supreme Court of the United States No. 14-114 (pending).

Pro-bono expert  - on legal ethics questions in a Maryland Attorney Grievance Commission proceeding.
Co-director - Iraqi Kurdistan Christianity Project, which will map the migration of refugees and internally displaced persons in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, document war crimes, and gather oral histories of refugees and IDPs.

Petitioner – In the case of Roman Catholic Church of the Diocese of Baton Rouge v. Mayeux. As counsel to Belmont Abbey College, et al., Professor Destro, along with CUA Law alumnus Stuart Nolan (1998) has asked the Supreme Court to grant certiorari in a case that presents the question of “Whether a court can pivot liability for a priest's failure to report certain communications to public authorities on the court's own determination of whether those communications constitute “confession per se,” or whether it must respect the church's own view that such communications are confessional and absolutely protected from disclosure by the priest on penalty of automatic excommunication.” The Supreme Court has not yet agreed to hear the case. (2014)


Pro Bono Advocate – for Anthony List v. Driehaus, a free speech case from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit that was heard by the United States Supreme Court, (April, 2014).

Panelist: The Future of Religious Minorities in the Middle East, The Wilson Center, (June, 2013).

Organizer and moderator: “Kurdish Genocide: Remembering Halabja for the Sake of the Future Panel Discussion,” (March, 2013).

Panelist: “Catholic Perspectives on Religious Liberty,” Sept.13. Professor Destro joined fellow leading Catholic scholars at Georgetown University's Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs to discuss “The Clash of Fundamentalisms.” (2012). 

Facilitator: Of an address to the law school community on "Religious Liberty in Iraqi Kurdistan," as part of the law school’s Middle East Religious Dialogue Program.The joint lecture was given by His Excellency Rabban Al-Qas (left), the Chaldean Bishop of Amadiyah and Zakho in the Kurdistan region of Iraq, and Minister Falah Mustafa Bakir, who has led the Kurdistan Regional Government’s foreign relations effort since 2006. (Bef. 2012).

Panelist -  “New Conscience Regulations from the Department of Health & Human Services: Do they Strike the Right Balance between Conscience and the Medical Profession?” a symposium on April 14, 2011, that was sponsored by the Federalist Society’s Religious Liberties Practice Group at Georgetown University Law Center. (2011).

With the assistance of several Catholic University law students, Professor Destro filed an amicus brief in the case Arizona Christian Schools Tuition Organization v. Winn, which was decided on April 4, 2011, by the U.S. Supreme Court. The 5-4 ruling tossed out a lawsuit challenging Arizona's tax breaks for voluntary donations to private school scholarship programs that benefit children enrolled in religiously-affiliated schools. (2011).


Published an article entitled "The Court after Scalia: 'An establishment of religion'" on SCOTUSblog
Book chapter - “The Ethics of Lawyers & Judges Perspectives from Catholic Social Teaching," included in a new book, "American Law from a Catholic Perspective: Through a Clearer Lens," edited by Professor Ronald J. Rychlak (Rowman and Littlefield, March 16, 2015).  
Review essay -  “Global Perspectives on Subsidiarity: On the Relationship of Faith to Citizenship, Culture, and the Structure of the Public Sphere” was published in 39 Australian J. Legal Philosophy 139-160 (peer reviewed, March 2015). Destro is also the author of “Engines of the Ruling Party: Political Correctness, 9/11, and the Politics of Culture” in Steven M. Krason (ed.), THE CRISIS OF RELIGIOUS LIBERTY (Rowman & Littlefield, 2015).

“You Have the Right to Remain Silent”: Does the U.S. Constitution Require Public Affirmation of Same-Sex Marriage, 27 BYU J. PUB. L. 397 (2013).

"Learning Neurology the Hard Way: The Terri Schiavo Case and the Ethics of Effective Representation," published in Mississippi Law Journal of the University of Mississippi. (2009).  



Quoted in a Catholic News Agency article entitled "The role of Catholics in fighting police aggression"

Involvement in the attempt to free Robert Levinson, a C.I.A. consultant who vanished in Iran, was noted in The New York Times

Quoted in a January 3 article published by The Washington Times entitled "Stopping the Christian Holocaust"

Quoted - in a Dec. 8, 2015 article published by the Catholic News Agency discussing the issue of how Christians are becoming genocide victims at the hands of ISIS

Quoted - by the National Catholic Register on Jan. 21 for its article “Same-Sex ‘Marriage’ Issue Part of Push for State Religious Liberty Bills.” (2015). 

Interviewed - by Iran’s Tableau Magazine for his views on the relationship between Christianity and Islam (Sept. 2014).

Quoted - the news service Aleteia for its article, “In Northern Iraq, ISIS Ransacks Christian Culture, Speakers Say.” Destro discussed the persecution of Christians as an indicator for other religious minorities in the region. (Dec. 3, 2014)
Quoted - Catholic News Service for its story In Defense of Christians, (Sept. 10, 2014).

Quoted - Associated Press about Obama's strategy to combat ISIL. (Sept. 9, 2014).

Quoted - National Catholic Register for Regulating Abortion Facilities, (Sept. 4, 2014)
Quoted - National Catholic Register for Hospital-Admitting Requirements for Abortion Facilities, (Aug. 11, 2014).
Quoted - by Religion News Service for Satanists Challenge Hobby Lobby Ruling, (July 31, 2014).
Op-ed: Victory for Religious Liberty, America Magazine, July 1, 2014. Commentary on the Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores Supreme Court case.
Quoted in the National Catholic Reporter on July 14 for its story “Hobby Lobby supporters: Case was about owners' individual rights” (2014).

Interviewed on NPR's Diane Rehm Show, April 28, regarding the fight for legal rights for animals. (2014).

Guest - Dec. 4 edition of National Public Radio’s Diane Rehm Show,
discussing the legal action brought by the ACLU against the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. (2013).

Quoted: “Arizona Small Businesses Fret After Immigration Ruling,” Wall St. Journal, June 26. (2012).

Quoted: Our Sunday Visitor, the national Catholic weekly newspaper, for its story about arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court over the constitutionality of the Patient Affordable Care Act, March 29. (2012).

Quoted - Catholic Online on Feb. 11 for “The Obama HHS 'Compromise' Switches the Tiger for the Lion,” an article that examined reaction to the administration’s HHS insurance mandates. (2012).


Professor Cara Drinan

Professional Activities

Lecture: "Juvenile Justice post-Miller" at William & Mary Law School on Feb. 16. She discussed the Supreme Court's recent juvenile sentencing decisions, culminating in Miller v. Alabama, and the way in which those decisions have enabled significant juvenile justice reform efforts. (2015).

Roundtable participant - at the AALS/ABA Criminal Justice Legal Educators Colloquium (Oct. 2014). She also participated in a workshop held by the Southeastern Association of Law Schools Annual Conference (Aug., 2014).

Organizer and moderator: National Press Club announcement of “The CUA Law/Ehrlich Partnership on Clemency," (Feb.20, 2013)

Presenter: "Gideon at 50: Reassessing the Right to Counsel," sponsored by Washington and Lee University School of Law. Professor Drinan presented her paper, “Getting Real about Gideon: The Next Fifty Years of Enforcing the Right to Counsel.” (Nov. 2012).

Presenter - "Clemency in a Time of Crisis," as a participant in the 2012 Georgia State Law Review Symposium on "The Criminal Justice System in a Time of Economic Meltdown: Crisis or Opportunity for Reform?"  (Jan. 2012).


Published a blog post, A Congressional Fix to the Indigent Defense Crisis

Published a blog post, White House and Supreme Court Agree: Children Deserve a Shot at Redemption

“The Miller Revolution,” 101 Iowa L. Rev. (forthcoming 2015).

“Juvenile Sentencing Post-Miller: Preventive and Corrective Measures,” 2015 Wis. L. Rev. (forthcoming 2015).

“Gideon’s Army and the Central Theme of Poverty,” 41 N.E. J. on Crim. and Civil Confinement, (forthcoming 2015).

"Getting Real About Gideon: The Next Fifty Years of Enforcing the Right to Counsel," 70 WASH. & LEE L. REV. 1309 (2013).
"Where Pardons Are Concerned, Second Best May Not Be So Bad After All: A Response to Chad Flanders," 65 FLA. L. REV. FORUM 29 (2013).

Essay - "Advice for New Law Teachers: Be Your Authentic Self" for the newsletter from Women in Legal Education. (2010).



Quoted - the Catholic News Agency entitled "How being poor wrecks your chances of good legal representation."

Quoted - New Orleans Advocate, "30-year-old New Orleans teen killing case heads to U.S. Supreme Court," Jan. 5, 2015.

Quoted  - New York Times on Jan. 19 in “Juveniles Facing Lifelong Terms Despite Rulings” (Jan. 19, 2015).

Guest - C-SPAN’s Washington Journal (Jan. 25, 2015), discussing young offenders and life sentences.

Guest - National Public Radio’s All Things Considered (April 17) for its segment “States Are Spotty in Following High Court Lead on Juvenile Sentencing.”

Quoted: Mandatory Life Sentences for Juveniles, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, June 10, 2014.

Quoted: View of Death Penalty, National Catholic Register, May 6, 2014. 

Guest: Young Offenders, C-SPAN, Jan. 30, 2014, talking about whether young criminal offenders convicted of murder and other serious crimes should be spared mandatory life sentences.


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Professor Sarah Duggin

Professional Activities

Spoke at the 2016 ABA Conference on Professional Responsibility in Philadelphia 

Professors Sarah Duggin and Mark Rienzi joined Yale Law Dean Robert Post as panelists in an American Heritage Foundation program titled “Constitution, Inc.: What Rights Do Corporations Have?” (Oct. 2014).

Guide - Professor Duggin led a 15-guest First Amendment Tour of the Newseum on Oct. 18 as part of the organized activities for alumni during Reunion 2014. The Newseum is among the most popular tour experiences in Washington, D.C.


Recognized – by inclusion in the 2013 Capital Pro Bono Honor Roll. The annual list honors area attorneys who contribute 50 hours per year or more to serving the legal needs of people living in poverty.

Panelist - at the Henry Kaufman Forum on Religious Traditions and Business Behavior, Robert. H. Smith School of Business, University of Maryland, College Park, MD, (Oct. 31, 2013). 

Convocation Speaker - Class of 2016 Convocation, an annual Catholic University event that formally receives first-year students into the academic community and invites them to join in the shared pursuit of truth, (Sept., 2012).


Quoted in MACLEAN'S discussing Ted Cruz and the Natural Born Citizenship issue
Interviewed  - NPR's “All Things Considered” (March 23) discussing the eligibility of Texas Sen. Ted Cruz to run for president. Duggin’s expertise on Article II of the Constitution also appeared in other media, including the Wall Street Journal, KABC Radio, the Huffington Post and an op-ed piece in the Los Angeles Times on February 24th
Quoted: Eligibility of Ted Cruz to Run for U.S. President, Tampa Bay (Fla.) Times, (Sept. 23, 2013).
Quoted by on Sen. Ted Cruz's citizenship eligibility to run for president, (2013). 


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Professor Susanna Fischer

Professional Activities

Presenter - at the Sixth Annual John Marshall Review of Intellectual Property Law Symposium, Art Meets Law, in Chicago, IL (Oct. 2014).

Profiled – In the Merton College, University of Oxford, Postmaster (2014), for its article “Mertonians in Law” (page 31).

Presenter - "A Fair Use Massacre? Automated Filtering Systems, Copyright Infringement, and the Future of YouTube," at a symposium that explored explore the changing world of copyright law in the digital age. Organized by the University of Virginia School of Law, the symposium was titled "Copyright at a Crossroads: How the Digital Age is Changing the Game," (2009).



“Playing Poohsticks with the British Constitution? The Blair Government's Proposal to Abolish the Lord Chancellor,” 24 Penn State Int'l L. Rev. 257 (2005). The article was reprinted in part in a new edition of a major comparative law casebook: Comparative Legal Traditions, Text, Materials and Cases on Western Law, (Mary Ann Glendon, Paolo Carozza and Colin B. Picker, Western Law 434-443, 4th ed. 2014).

“Threatening the Founding Ideal of a Republic of Letters: An Assessment of the Supreme Court’s Copyright Decisions Over the First Decade of the Twenty-First Century,” 5 Akron Intellectual Property Law Journal 205 (2011).


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Professor Clifford S. Fishman

Professional Activities

Presenter – At the National District Attorneys' Association seminar, “Evidence for Prosecutors,” in San Antonio on Oct. 29, on two subjects. The first was "Syndrome" Evidence: expert testimony relating to Battered Woman Syndrome, Rape Trauma Syndrome, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, and related issues; the second dealt with the admissibility, in a sexual assault prosecution, of evidence relating to the complainant's prior sexual conduct. (2014).
Presenter - Fishman also made a 90-minute presentation in the D.C. U.S. Attorney's Office and the Department of Justice regarding various issues relating to electronic surveillance, including searching cell phones after Riley v California, the D.C. Circuit's "mosaic" approach to electronic evidence gathering, and cell phone encryption. (2014)
Panelist - The third meeting of the Judicial Proceedings Panel on Sexual Assault in the Military, (JPP) held on Oct. 10 in Arlington, Va. The JPP will continue its work through September 2017 and will provide reports and assessments to the Secretary of Defense and Congress. Fishman spoke on aspects of victim privacy in sexual assault cases. He has published on the topic in the past. (2014)

Moderator -  “Assessing Accuracy: The Reliability of Eyewitness Identifications in Criminal Cases,” the 2012 symposium sponsored by the Catholic University Law Review on Feb. 10 and hosted by K&L Gates, LLP, (2012).

Delivered the James Otis Lecture at the National Center for Justice and the Rule of Law at the University of Mississippi. The prestigious lecture series offers a forum to leading scholars to comment on search and seizure and other criminal procedure topics, (2010).



Article: “Searching Cell Phones After Arrest: Exceptions to the Warrant and Probable Cause Requirements” in the Rutgers Law Review (2014).


Interviewed  - By Christian Science Monitor Radio on Jan. 27 about police video cameras and related phenomena, (2015).

Interviewed – by “Knowledge@Wharton,” on Jan. 20, about Attorney General Eric Holder’s decision to curtail the use of federal laws to justify civil forfeitures of property and cash by police. The daily radio call-in program is produced by the Wharton School of Business and airs on SiriusXM satellite radio, (2015).

Interviewed - By GVH Live, a youth oriented online news channel in early December about the controversial decision by a grand jury not to indict a New York City police officer for the chokehold death of Eric Garner. (2014)

Quoted – in on Sept. 27 for its article, “Sharing economy means putting your trust in complete strangers.” (2014).

Quoted: by the Washington Post for a three-part exposé on police use/abuse of the Equitable Sharing Program, (Sept. 6, 2014).

Quoted: Police Searches of Cell Phones, ABA Journal, March 25, 2014, about two Supreme Court cases involving whether the police may search the contents of a cellphone seized incident to the lawful arrest of a criminal suspect.

Interviewed: the Drew Mariani Show radio program about the Justice Department initiative to release some drug offenders whose sentences are widely viewed as excessive (2014).

Interviewed: the Medill News Service on Jan. 25 about the Supreme Court's decision that a search warrant is required in order to use GPS technology to track suspects (2012).


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Professor George E. Garvey

Professional Activities


Paper presentation - “In what ways does the legal environment facilitate or hinder solidarity and subsidiarity in business?” at “Liberty and Solidarity: Living the Vocation to Business,” a conference sponsored by the CUA School of Business and Economics and the NAPA Institute (Sept. 2014).  

Contributor - To a Vatican-sponsored conference on “The debt crisis, financial reform and the common good” held in Rome Sept. 27-28. Garvey’s paper, “International Consultation on the Debt Crisis, Financial Reform and the Common Good” discussed some of the factors that have worked in concert since 2007 to widen the world-wide economic gap between rich and poor. (Sept. 2013).

A.G. Harmon

Professor A.G. Harmon

Professional Activities

Founder and Moderator - The Columbus School of Law Student Scholars Series (2008-2009 – ongoing). The series recognizes notable legal scholarship produced by members of the student body during the academic year and fosters the skills associated with presenting and defending that scholarship in a professional conference-style setting.

Grantee - From the BioLogos Foundation for a short essay on art, faith, and science, called "Beauty's Victory." (2014).

Author - "'Should' or 'Must'?: Distinguishing Mandates from Guidelines in Tort Claims Contexts," in the West Virginia Law Review

Author - “Interested, but not Injured: The Compromised Status of Qui Tam Plaintiffs Under the Amended False Claims Act and the Return of the Citizen Suit,” Public Contract Bar Journal.(2014)


Regina Jefferson

Professor Regina Jefferson

Professional Activities

Participant - In a Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) Forum held at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce on Jan. 12. discussing planning factors for retirement. She is chair-elect of the AALS Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation Section for 2017. She also spoke at the annual meeting of the section in Washington, D.C. on Jan. 6. (2015). 

Chair-elect  - AALS Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation Section for 2017.

Contributor - Bloomberg/BNA Pension and Benefits Blog (ongoing).


Author - “Increasing Coverage in Today’s Private Retirement System,” 6 Drexel L. R. 463 (2014).
Book Chapter - “Balancing Greater Protection with Individual Choice in 401(k) Plans,” published in Beyond Economic Efficiency in United States Tax Law, Brennen, Brown, and Jones (Wolters Kluwer 2013).
Quoted – In Jan. 13th  BNA article “Defined Benefit Plans Labor Secretary, Practitioners Reflect on PBGC's Past, Lessons for the Future.” Jefferson discussed the importance of planning for retirement, noting that the specifics can depend on several factors, including health and pre-retirement income, (2015).


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Professor Katherine Kelly

Professional Activities

Concentration Coordinator: Civil Litigation Concentration (2014) 


Contributor - “Annual Supplement to Comparative Negligence” (5th ed. 2010-Present) (with Victor E. Schwartz); and “Annual Supplement to Guide to Multistate Litigation (1986-Present) (with Victor E. Schwartz & Patrick W. Lee).

Co-author - “Cases and Materials on Torts,” (12th University Casebook Series) has been the #1 bestseller in torts law on Amazon.


Professor Catherine Klein

Professional Activities  


Presenter - “Future of the New Normal: Incorporating the Roots of Critical Pedagogy into Multi-Disciplinary Approaches to Clinics--From Roots to New Blooms,” (AALS Annual Clinical Conference, May 3-8, 2015); and “Keeping the Focus on Social Justice in our Clinics in an Environment of Competing Priorities” (Global Alliance for Justice Education 8th Worldwide Conference, Eski?ehir, Turkey, July 22-28, 2015.)
Attendee - Third Annual Southeast Asia/Asia Pro Bono Conference, Singapore (Oct. 2014). Her workshops included “Supporting Law Student Initiatives,” and “How to Build and Strengthen Effective Clinical Legal Education (CLE) Externship Programs” with law professors from Southeast Asia at the National University of Singapore.


Participant - The 2nd Doha Forum on Combatting Human Trafficking co-sponsored by the Qatar Foundation and the Arab League, in Doha, Qatar, on Jan. 16-17, (2012). 

Speaker - The 6th Global Alliance (GAJE) Worldwide Conference and the 9th International Journal of Clinical Legal Education Conference (IJCLE) jointly sponsored by the University of Valencia on July 11-15, 2011. 43 countries were represented among the almost 300 conference attendees, (2011).



Book chapter co-author - “Implementing Effective Education in Specific Contexts: Cross-Border Teaching and Collaboration,” published in Building on Best Practices: Transforming Legal Education in a Changing World (Lexis, forthcoming 2015). She also co-authored a chapter on domestic violence in the District of Columbia Practice Manual, (2015).

Co-author: “Autonomy-Mastery-Purpose: Structuring Clinical Courses to Enhance These Educational Goals” in the International Journal of Clinical Legal Education; and “Teaching Social Justice Lawyering: Systematically Including Community Legal Education in Clinical Legal Education” in the Clinical Law Review. (2014).

“Teaching Social Justice Lawyering: Systematically Including Community Legal Education in Clinical Legal Education,” 18 Clinical L. Rev. 401 (2012). Her co-authors include CUA faculty member Lisa Martin.



Professor Megan La Belle

Professional Activities

Presented her paper Fee Shifting for PTAB Proceedings at the Texas Intellectual Property Law Journal Symposium
Paper presentation - Public Enforcement of Patent Law, was selected for presentation at the "Call for Papers Luncheon" on August 4, 2016
Panelist -  “Patent Invalidity after the America Invents Act,” a two-day discussion hosted by the University of San Diego School of Law on Jan. 16-17 (2015).

Paper presentations - "Public Enforcement of Patent Law" at the Administrative Law and Intellectual Property Workshop at the University of Houston Law Center, Houston, TX; and "The Local Rules of Patent Procedure" at Boston University School of Law, (April 2015 ). 

Roundtable participant -  at the University of Maryland School of Law on "Increasing Author Diversity in Legal Scholarship" (April, 2015). She presented "Public Enforcement of Patent Law" at the 2015 Works In Progress Intellectual Property Colloquium at the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office (Feb. 2015) and served as a panelist at the 52nd Annual Conference on Intellectual Property Law in Plano, TX. Her remarks were titled “Discovery in Patent Litigation: Local Patent Rules and Potential Changes to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure” (Nov. 2014).
Discussant - Roundtable discussion at the Brookings Institution on Oct. 16. The event brought together leading policy makers, business officials, and thought leaders from the public, non-profit, and private sectors to discuss standard essential patents, which are crucial to interoperability. (2014)

Panelist - 52nd Annual Conference on Intellectual Property Law, held Nov. 10- 11, in Plano, TX. Her remarks were titled “Discovery in Patent Litigation: Local Patent Rules and Potential Changes to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure.” (2014)

Participant - In a roundtable discussion at the Brookings Institution on Oct. 16.  The event brought together leading policy makers, business officials, and thought leaders from the public, non-profit, and private sectors to discuss standard essential patents, which are crucial to interoperability. The group discussed the impact of standard essential patents on future technological innovation (2014).



guest blogger at PrawfsBlawg May 2016. Her second post is titled "Forum Shopping in Patent Cases."

Was a guest blogger at PrawfsBlawg in May 2016. Her post is titled "Consent to General Personal Jurisdiction."

Her paper, "The Local Rules of Patent Procedure" was selected for presentation at the Seventh Annual Junior Faculty Federal Courts Workshop, University of Georgia, Athens, GA (Oct. 2014).

“Against Settlement of (Some) Patent Cases” in the Vanderbilt Law Review. (2014)

“Big Banks and Business Method Patents” in the University of Pennsylvania Journal of Business Law, (with Professor Heidi M. Schooner, 2014).

"Reverse "Patent Declaratory Judgment Actions: A Proposed Solution to Medtronic; University of Pennsylvania Law Review Online (2013).


Quoted - The fall 2014 edition of the Washington Post’s Guide to Graduate Education, for “Master of Legal Studies offers options for non-lawyer legal professionals.”  La Belle is co-director of the Master of Legal Studies program at the Columbus School of Law.

Commentary -  “Standing to Sue in the Myriad Genetics Case,” for PATENTLY-O, the nation’s leading blog on patent law, on Dec. 12. (2011).

Interviewed - NPR's Marketplace about a major patent case lost by Microsoft before the Supreme Court. (June, 2011).

Interviewed -  by Intellirights a web site that focuses on intellectual property, about the Supreme Court’s recent decision in Bilski v. Kappos regarding patentable subject matter. (July, 2011).

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Professor Mary G. Leary

Professional Activities

Presented the paper entitled "Dear John, You are a Human Trafficker" at the South Carolina Law Review Symposium

Presented her latest work in progress, Policing the Third Dimension at the ABA Criminal Justice Section's Academic Roundtable

Testified before the U.S. Sentencing Commission regarding proposed sentencing guidelines that address child pornography offenses

Presenter - at the AALS Symposium: Violence Against Women

Panelist - Conference at the University of Notre Dame about the serious social problems posed by the widespread availability of pornography on the internet, especially as it affects the young (Jan. 31,2015). 

Keynote Address - “Human Trafficking as Modern Day Slavery - Implication of a Label” at "Perspectives on Fighting Human Trafficking," a symposium presented by the Center for International and Comparative Law and the Saint Louis University Law Journal (Jan. 30, 2015).

Speaker - Emory Law School’s Cyber Crimes Colloquium, discussing some of the unique harms of child sexual exploitation and trafficking, as well as some of the obstacles in combatting it (Feb. 2015).

Panelist - the Seventh Annual Fall Institute Agenda, sponsored by the ABA’s Criminal Justice Section. Her panel addressed the hypothetical question of how to respond to a breach of security within a prosecutor’s office, and the proper way to handle ensuing inquiries from the defense counsel, counsel for victims, witnesses, and the courts. (Oct. 2014).  

Lectures on Child Sex Trafficking and Youth Uses of Media and Their Implications for Law Enforcement at National Cybercrime Conference. (2014).

Advisory member – For the Child Sex Trafficking Toolkit for Law Enforcement Initiative sponsored by the International Association of Chiefs of Police. (2013).

Panelist: "The Role of Technology in Human Trafficking" at Microsoft's Research Faculty Summit on July 17. Leary is the recipient of an grant from the Microsoft Digital Crimes Unit that will help to fund a new study by the same title. (2013).

Panelist – Oct. 24, 2012, at the 25th International Conference of the International Society for the Reform of Criminal Law. The theme was Crime and Criminal Justice:  Exploring the International, Transnational and Local Perspectives. Professor Leary’s panel specifically addressed “Emerging Crimes and Ongoing Challenges.”

Speaker: “Cyber-Crime—The Expanding Use of Digital Evidence in Criminal Cases,” at the Southeastern Association of Law Schools 2012 Annual Conference, Amelia Island, FL,  July 29 – August 4. The panel discussed the increasing use of digital evidence in all criminal cases. (2012).

Professor Leary was named a blogger for Mirror of Justice Blog, (2012).

Presenter, "Brown v. California and the Court's Two Children," Lumen Christi Conference. (2012).

Panel speaker -  “Cyber Crime - the Expanding Use of Digital Evidence in all Criminal Cases,” presented at the Southeastern Association of Law Schools program in Florida, (2012).


Op-ed "A second byte at Apple," was published in the Union Leader

Article "The Third Dimension of Victimization" was published in the newest volume of the Ohio State Journal of Criminal Law

“Fighting Fire with Fire: Technology and Child Sex Trafficking” in the Duke Journal of Gender Law and Policy, (2014).

"Katz on a Hot Tin Roof: Saving the Fourth Amendment from Commercial Conditioning by Reviving Voluntariness in Disclosures to Third Parties," 50 AM. CRIM. L. REV. 341 (2013).

“Reasonable Expectation of Privacy for Youth in a Digital Age- What if Savana Redding Had a Cell Phone?” Mississippi Law Journal, Vol. 80, No. 3 (2011).

"New Frontier in Debate Over Child Pornography Sentencing? Judicial Challenges to Mandatory Minimum Sentences," Sex Offender Law Report, Vol. 13, No. 1 (2011).


Quoted in a Boston Globe article entitled "Dozens of convicted rapists in Mass. have avoided prison."
Quoted in a May 27 article published by the National Catholic Register.

Op-ed "Don’t be fooled by corporations’ self-proclaimed title of privacy protector," was published by the NewBostonPost

Interviewed- On WTOP in reference to the Virginia detective who was facing child sex-related charges and killed himself
Quoted – On Jan. 23 by USA for “Will California and N.Y. pave the way for state action on campus sexual assault?"  Said Leary, “If it was anything else where it was the same percentage of people being affected, people would be funding to find a cure. But with this, it involves taking a critical look at ourselves,”

Quoted - by the web site Vox for “Leaked Photos, Child Pornography?” on whether those that view leaked photos of underage celebrities are guilty of looking at child pornography. (Sept. 5, 2014)
Quoted - Legislation Targeting Sex Crimes, New York Times, about Congressional legislated targeting a variety of sex crimes. (April 22, 2014).
Microsoft Corporate Citizenship Blog: "Harnessing the Power of Technology to Fight Human Trafficking," (2014).

Op-ed in National Law Journal, "Sex Trafficking Court Holds Hope for the Oft-Blamed," (2013).

Interviewed on National Public Radio's Diane Rehm Show about the child abuse charges leveled against the former Penn State football coach, Jerry Sandusky. (2011).

Profiled in CUA Magazine, “Legal Scholar Confronts Child Pornography.”        

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Professor Lisa Lerman

Professional Activities

Participant – In a trip designed to explore the role of lawyers and judges during the Third Reich. As a faculty member for Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics, Lerman joined fourteen law students from around the US and Europe to explore the lessons for contemporary lawyers and jurists from the history of the Nazi death camps. (Summer 2013). 

Presenter: “Small Group Discussion in Professional Responsibility Classes: A Protocol for Inclusion of Marginalized Students” at the “International Legal Ethics Conference V: Merging Worlds, Emerging Discourses,” held July 12-14 in Banff, Alberta, Canada. More than 200 legal academics, practitioners, regulators, and judges from 19 countries attended the conference, which was organized by the University of Calgary. (2012)

Panelist: “View from the Outside,” the South Carolina Department of Justice’s Professional Responsibility Officer Conference held in Columbia. (Feb. 25, 2011).

Attendee: as a new member of the AALS Committee on Bar Admission and Lawyer Performance at the annual meeting of the Association of American Law Schools in San Francisco. (Jan. 5 to 8, 2011).

Speaker: “Externships 5: Externships in Changing Times,” a conference run by the University of Miami School of Law.  Lerman discussed grading issues in remarks titled “Grading versus Pass/fail in Externships: Pedagogical Implications.” (March 4-6, 2010).

Web cast discussant: “Ethical Quandaries for Public Lawyers: Conflicts, Trial Publicity, Organization as a Client and More,” sponsored by the ABA Center for Continuing Legal Education. The 90-minute webcast focused on the unique ethical issues confronted by public lawyers including such issues as special conflicts of interest for former and current government officers and employees, trial publicity, confidentiality of information, fairness to opposing party and counsel, and more. (Feb. 25, 2010).


Co-author: “Disclosure, Scholarly Ethics, and the Future of Law Reviews: A Few Preliminary Thoughts” in the Washington Law Review. Lerman also co-authored the concise edition of her book, Ethical Problems in the Practice of Law. (2014).



Quoted  -  New York Times, “Link Shows How Lobby Firm Cultivates Influence,” which questioned the relationship between a major D.C. law/lobbying firm and the office of the Florida Attorney General (Nov. 9, 2015).

Quoted - by the New York Times on Nov. 9 for its article “Link Shows How Lobby Firm Cultivates Influence,” which explores lobbying by a D.C. firm of the Florida Attorney General.

Quoted - in New York Law Journal about DLA Piper client billing practices, (April 2013). 



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Professor David Lipton

Professional Activities

Organizer and moderator: multiple professional lectures through the Securities Law Program and the Securities Law Students Association. Among them was a Jan. 30 discussion by Peter J. Melley, assistant director of FINRA’s Criminal Prosecution Assistance Group, who described what role his office plays in identifying and prosecuting securities fraud. (2012).

Moderator: Video cast for the SEC Historical Society titled "The Silver Screen and the SEC." He is a member of the Board of Advisors to the organization. (Nov. 1, 2011).

Moderator: “Creating Liquidity for Shareholders of Private Companies: The New Definition of Publicly Traded Securities,” in the New York City offices of the law firm Dewey & LeBoeuf, which supported and hosted the program. (Oct. 18, 2011).

Organizer and moderator: “A Symposium to Enhance Diversity of Legal Employment within the Securities and Financial Services Industry,” offered to all D.C. - area law students as an opportunity to learn from experts about what it takes to plan a successful career in securities law.  (March 10, 2010).


Interviewed: PBS Nightly Business Report, May 30, about the potential liability for Facebook and its underwriters as a result of the recent public offering of its stock, a move widely viewed as a bungled debacle on Wall Street. (May 30, 2012).

Professor Lipton was quoted in Bloomberg News online on Aug. 3, 2011 for its story “Wall Street Bankers Face Bond Disclosure Rules to Protect States, Cities.” (Aug. 3, 2011).

Professor David Lipton was quoted in “Finra's Disciplinary Cases Rose 13% in '10, Study Says,” a news article on the Wall St. Journal’s site. (Feb. 28, 2011).

Professor Lipton was quoted in a Bloomberg News story on Aug. 19 which discussed the Securities and Exchange Commission’s fraud case against New Jersey. Lipton said the state may be buffered from private lawsuits in the SEC’s wake, because investors would have trouble showing they lost money because of the state’s actions. “I think it would be a very hard case to prove,” he said. (Aug. 19, 2010).


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Professor Rett Ludwikowski

Professional Activities 


Organizer - of three professional presentations during the fall of 2014. In September, A conversation with Supreme Tribunal Judge Fernando Vegas Torrealba, First Vice President of Venezuela’s Supreme Court of Justice; in October, “Are the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund Catalysts to Wealth of Nations' Creation?”; and in November, “Differences in Economic Culture of the United States and the European Union and their Legal Consequences.”


Professor Ludwikowski’s Comparative and International Law Institute marked its 25th anniversary with a discussion on recent developments in international trade held at the Embassy of the Republic of Poland on March 24, 2011. The occasion was also in celebration of two related dates:  the 20th anniversary of the International Business and Trade Summer Law Program in Cracow; and the 10th annual trade panel discussion, which began in 2001. (2011).


Author - “Rebuttable Presumptions - New Developments in the U.S. “War” with Chinese Subsidies” (Customs and International Trade Bar Association, Quarterly Newsletter, Winter 2014).  

Co-author: "Presidential Elections in the United States from a Comparative Perspective" in Krakow's International Studies, 2008, pp. 19-54. The second edition of his book, "International Trade" was published by C.H. Beck Publishing House (Warsaw) in March 2009.


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Professor Suzette Malveaux

Professional Activities

Featured essay - The Impact of Wal-Mart v. Dukes on Employment Discrimination Class Actions Five Years Out: A Forecast That Suggests More a Wave Than a Tsunami was featured on PrawfsBlawg and Civil Procedure & Federal Court Blog

Panelist - Tenth Annual Wiley A. Branton/Howard Law Journal Symposium at Howard University School of Law, Cosponsored by the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, (Oct. 24, 2013).

Panel presenter – “Supreme Court Roundup: What the Court’s Latest Opinions Mean for the World of Class Actions,” CLE International’s 9th Annual Class Action Conference, Washington, DC, (Oct. 2013).

Panelist: “Miller’s Courts: Media, Rules, Policy, and the Future of Access to Justice,” sponsored by the Oregon Law Review. The symposium was held to honor the lifelong work of Professor Arthur Miller, whose 50 year career as a legal educator has made him one of the best known experts on civil procedure and copyright law in the nation. (April 13, 2012).

Keynote speaker: at the 22nd DePaul Law Review Symposium, Chicago. Her remarks were titled "The Power and Promise of Procedure: Examining the Class Action Landscape after Wal-Mart v. Dukes. 

Panelist:  “How Legal Rules Shape Access to Justice,” held as part of the 19th Annual Ira C. Rothgerber Conference in Denver, CO. The theme of the conference was Toward the Constitutional Right of Access to Justice: Implications and Implementation. (Nov. 4, 2011).

Founder’s Lecturer: For the Thirty-Third Annual Ollie May Cooper Award Ceremony and Thirty-First Annual Founders’ Lecture Series, sponsored by the Washington Bar Association. The award recipient was the Hon. Melvin R. Wright, associate judge of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. (Oct. 27, 2011).

Panelist: Malveaux offered her analysis of some of the major cases argued before the United States Supreme Court during its most recently concluded term at the “2010-2011 Supreme Court Review,” sponsored by The American Constitution Society for Law and Policy, (June 30, 2011).

Speaker: “Crisis in the Legal Profession,” held at the Claude W. Pettit College of Law of Ohio Northern University. Her remarks were titled “Procedure in the Pursuit of Justice.” (March 30, 2011).

Panelist: “Equal Justice for All: Are Pro-Corporate Decisions Hurting Everyday Americans?” hosted by Alliance for Justice at the National Press Club.  The event was part of AFJ’s campaign to raise awareness about what it considers the disproportionate influence exerted by corporations on the judicial system. (March 4, 2011).

Delivered keynote address to an audience of 600 high school students, administrators and teachers at the Academy of the Holy Cross to celebrate Black history month and diversity. Holy Cross is an all-girls Catholic high school located in Kensington, Md. (Feb. 2011).


Quoted extensively in Washington Lawyer for its article, "Wal-Mart v Dukes: The Implications." (Sept. 2011).

Profiled for her civil rights work in an articleon the web site of the American Association of University Women. (Aug. 2011).

Quoted in New Orleans City Business for “Don’t sound death knell for class actions just yet.” She discussed the implications of recent Supreme Court decisions regarding class action lawsuits.(July 27, 2011).

Professor Malveaux was quoted in the Washington Post for its “Supreme Court case could affect waitresses’ effort to gain class action status.” She was quoted about a lawsuit filed by Hooters restaurant waitresses that challenges their requirement to take an employment dispute to arbitration instead of the courts. (Nov. 8, 2010).

Quoted in BLT: The Blog of Legal Times for a story,"The Changing World of Civil Procedure Post Twombly, Iqbal," which examined the impact of two landmark Supreme Court rulings that changed the standards civil lawsuits must meet to proceed. (June 18, 2010).


“The Power of Promise of Procedure: Examining the Class Action Landscape After Wal-Mart v. Dukes” in the DePaul Law Review, (2014).

"The Jury (or More Accurately the Judge) Is Still Out for Civil Rights and Employment Cases Post-Iqbal," 57 N.Y.L. SCH. L. REV. 719 (2012-2013).

"Class Actions at the Crossroads: An Answer to Wal-Mart v. Dukes," 5 Harvard L. & Policy Rev. (June 2011).


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Lisa Martin

Clinical Assistant Professor Lisa Martin

Professional Activities

Elected to the Clinical Legal Education Association’s Board of Directors

Presented - Her paper, “The Parenting Time Imperative,” at the Fourth Annual Southern Clinical Conference: Assessment, Outcomes and the Value of Clinical Legal Education. The event was held on Oct. 24-25 at William & Mary Law School. Martin’s paper (co-authored with faculty colleague Professor Stacy Brustin) evaluates the legal and practical implications of federal proposals to mandate the inclusion of parenting time provisions within all child support orders obtained by state child support enforcement agencies. (2014)

Director of the Experiential Curriculum, Columbus School of Law (2014) 

Member - Planning committee for the 2014 Southern Regional Clinical Conference to be held at the College of William and Mary’s law school Oct. 23-25. (2014).

Co-chair and curricular adviser -  the D.C. Bar Pro Bono Program’s Child Custody Training program on two occasions in April (2014). 

Presenter - Association of American Law Schools Conference on Clinical Legal Education, held in Chicago. She discussed “Teaching the ‘I’ in Community.” (2014).

Presenter - “The Role of Law School Clinics in Systemic Advocacy,” the Global Alliance for Justice Education 7th Worldwide Conference, Delhi, India, (2013).


Bridging the Justice Gap in Family Law – Repurposing Federal IV-D Funding to Expand Community-Based Legal and Social Services for Parents (with Stacy Brustin).

The Parenting Time Imperative, 48 Ind. L. Rev.  (forthcoming spring 2015)(with Stacy Brustin). 

Reconsidering Dual Consent, 82 UMKC L. Rev. 705 (2014).
What’s Love Got to Do with It: Securing Access to Justice for Teens, 61 CATH. U. L. REV. 457 (2012) excerpted in Nancy K.D. Lemon, Domestic Violence Law (West, 4th ed. forthcoming 2013).
Teaching Social Justice Lawyering: Systematically Including Community Legal Education in Law School Clinics, 18 CLINICAL L. REV. 401 (2012)(with Margaret Martin Barry, A. Rachel Camp, Margaret E. Johnson, and Catherine F. Klein).


Michael McGonnigal

Professor Michael McGonnigal

Professional Activities

Supervising attorney - The Columbus School of Law’s Advocacy for the Elderly Clinic (ongoing).

Honored- Pro Bono Legal Service Award from the John Carroll Society, a spiritual, intellectual, social and charitable organization for Washington-area Catholic professionals (2013).


Professor Veryl Miles

Professional Activities

Attended - A strategic planning meeting of the ABA Standards Review Committee in Chicago on Nov. 8. She is a member of the standing committee of the Section of Legal Education (2014).

Featured speaker - At the Religiously Affiliated Law Schools 2014 conference: "Religious Identity in a Time of Challenge for Law Schools," held Sept. 18-19, 2014 at the University of St. Thomas School of Law in Minneapolis, MN. 

Panel discussant - for a touring delegation of faculty members from The University of Jordan who came to learn more about America’s style of legal education. The discussion was conducted at the offices of the American Bar Association. (Nov. 2013). 

Participant - Roundtable panel discussion on careers in legal education, sponsored by the Association of American Law Schools Women in Legal Education Section, Washington, D.C. (Oct. 19-20, 2013).

Participant - as a member of the ABA Standards Review Committee,  Atlanta, GA. (Oct. 12-13, 2013).

Appointed: To serve a two-year term as a member of the Standards Review Committee of the American Bar Association’s Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar. The committee is charged with the responsibility of reviewing proposed changes in or additions to the ABA Standards and Rules of Procedure for the Approval of Law Schools. 




Essay - "Marketable and Mobile: UBE Recommended" was recently published in The Bar Examiner, vol. 85, no. 3 


Faith Mullen

Professor Faith Mullen

Professional Activities


Presentation - "Parenting from the Great Beyond: Estate Planning for Minor Children" (Feb. 18, 2015). The presentation was part of the Estates, Trusts and Probate Law Luncheon Series of the D.C. Bar Association.

Presenter - 2014 Annual National Legal Aid and Defender Association Conference with CUA Law student Brandon Edmisten (Nov. 14, 2014). They spoke about their research into community legal needs, undertaken on behalf of the D.C. Consortium of Legal Service Providers.


Trainer -Workshop for the National Institute of Trial Advocacy (NITA) on Sept. 11-13, (2013).  

Presenter - Mid-West Clinical Conference in early November, teaching law students methods of empirical research, (2013).

Board Member - CUA Center on Global Aging (ongoing).

Coordinator - A legal needs assessment for the DC Consortium of Legal Service Providers. The project collects information about unmet legal needs from individuals who live in poverty (2013).


Quoted - June 27 Washington Post about Small Claims Court Options against Airlines (2013).



Research Ordinary Professor Michael Noone

Professional Activities

Panelist  - “Terrorism Victimization of Women and Children: Costs, Lessons, and Future Outlook,” a seminar sponsored by The Potomac Institute for Policy Studies (Jan. 30, 2015).

Speaker - Ninth Public Meeting of the Judicial Proceedings Panel (April 10, 2015) in Washington, D.C. The panel is an independent federal advisory committee tasked with conducting an independent review and assessment of military judicial proceedings for sexual assault offenses, for the purpose of developing recommendations for improvements to such proceedings.

Commentator - Roundtable discussion of an ABA publication, “The Law of Counterterrorism.” The event was cosponsored by the ABA Section of Administrative law and Regulatory Practice and the Defense Education Forum of the Retired Officers Association. (June 4, 2012).

Presenter - "We need to talk about HAL: killer bots and their legal regime," at the 7th Annual Patuxent Defense Forum, St. Mary's College, Md. (April 25, 2012).

Panel chair, "Performance Enhancement Drugs, Ethics, and Military Law," at CUA Law. The event was cosponsored by the U.S. Branch of the International Society for Military Law and the Law of War and by CUA Law's Military and National Security Law Students Association. (April 26, 2012).


Book chapter -  “A Legal Ethics Primer for National Security Lawyers,” in Fundamentals of Counterterrorism Law, (Lynne K. Zusman ed., 2014).

Author of "Criminal Justice Lessons to be Learned in International Military Interventions: a Common Law Perspective," Criminal Law between War and Peace, (Cuenca: Ediciones de la Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha (2009), Ed. Stefano Manacorda and Adam Nieto. Pp. 207-211.

"In The Security Sector Legislation of the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal," Hari Phuyal and Marlene Urscheler, eds. (Brambauer Publishers, Hungary, 2009).

Commentaries on the Armed Police Force Act and Regulation" (pp. 39-44); the Arms and Ammunition Act and Regulation (45-46); the Explosive Substance Act (47-50); the Act of Some Public Offences and Penalties (51-58); the Prison Act and Regulations (59-60).

Book Review. Maha.bharata Book 6, Bishma, Volume 1 Translated by Alex Cherniak, New York City: Clay Sanskrit Library/New York University Press, 2008. 74 Journal of Military History (Oct. 2010) pp. 1256-1258.

Book Review: "The Law of Armed Conflict: International Humanitarian Law in  War." Gary Solis, New York, Cambridge University Press (July 2010) in the Journal of Military History, Vol. 74, No. 3, pp. 996-997.


Interviewed - by for its article, “Hagel Urges Critics to Wait to Judge Bergdahl,” (June 4, 2014). 

Quoted - “Chance Petraeus Could Face Military Charges”, (Nov. 26, 2012).

Interviewed - Associated Press, about the religious makeup of the United States Armed Forces. (March 30, 2011).

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Rev. Raymond C. O'Brien

Professional Activities

Keynote address: Senior Law Day, sponsored by the Alexandria Bar Association on Oct. 18, 2014. Father O’Brien presented the legal issues facing elders today as they prepare for retirement, estate planning, and housing options for the future.

Honored  - by Catholic University as part of its celebration of “The Year for Priests,” designated by Pope Benedict XVI to coincide with the 150th anniversary of the death of St. John Vianney.  Rev.O’Brien “starred” in an online slideshow on the university's Web site about his life, upbringing, and career as a professor and priest. (2010).

Administrator -  of the annually awarded Charles and Louise O'Brien Scholarship, named in honor of his grandparents. The fund provides an annual $10,000 scholarship award to an admitted first year student who successfully describes how he or she seeks to integrate his or her religious perspective with his or her eventual practice of law.  


Published an article entitled "Selective Issues in Effective Medicaid Estate Recovery Statutes" in the Catholic University Law Review

Co-author -  “The Fundamentals of Elder Law, Cases and Materials,” (Foundation Press; 1st edition, Oct. 25, 2014), the first casebook of its kind to be published in the U.S. O’Brien’s co-author was Michael T. Flannery, CUA Law Class of 1991, who now holds a chair at the University of Arkansas Law School, Little Rock.

Co-author - "Cases and Materials on Domestic Relations" (7th ed.);  "Foundations of Elder Law," accepted for publication by Foundation Press, and "The Sexual Exploitation of Children," accepted for publication by the Carolina Press, due out in the fall of 2014.


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Professor Sandy Ogilvy

Professional Activities

Quoted in several stories about Timothy J. Tyler, a nonviolent drug offender who was granted clemency by President Obama.

Recipient - of the AALS Section on Pro Bono and Public Service Father Robert Drinan Award. The Association of American Law Schools (AALS) created the annual award to recognize those who have advanced the ethic of pro bono service through personal service, program design or management. (2013).

Presenter -  “History and Current Trends in Clinical Legal Education” at the Workshop for New Law School Clinical Teachers, held in Washington, D.C. (June, 2012).

Organizer - of a visit by approximately 20 Haitian high school students to the law school as part of a three-week journey to the United States designed to broaden their understanding of U.S. culture, society, and system of justice. Their trip was coordinated by the Columbus School of Law’s CUA-Haiti Initiatives program, which is currently working with a sister law school in Haiti to create and train a new generation of lawyers and citizens willing to stay and work in Haiti. (Aug. 2011).

Speaker - for “How Law Firms Collaborate with Law Schools on International Pro Bono Service,” presented by ABA Section of International Law International Pro Bono Committee, (March 23, 2011).


“Guidelines for the Self Evaluation of Legal Education Clinics and Clinical Programs,” 15 T.M. Cooley J. Prac. & Clinical L. (Special Issue) 1 (2014); “Beyond Curricular Tinkering: Real Reform of Legal Education (Broadly Considered): 7 Elon L. Rev. (in press); and “William Pincus: A Life in Service - Government, Philanthropy, & Legal Education,” 10 UMass L. Rev. 8 (2015).

“Externship Demographics Across Two Decades with Lessons for Future Surveys” in the Clinical Law Review, (2014).


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Professor Antonio Perez

Professional Activities

Participated in a legal colloquium, International Law, Foreign Law, and the U.S. Constitution

Panelist: “Syria Crisis Teach-In,” Sept. 18, at The Catholic University of America. (Sept. 2013).

Panelist: 32d Annual Meeting of the Association of Reporters of Judicial Decisions; on a panel titled “Reading Syllabuses/Headnotes: What Readers Want,” (Aug. 1, 2013).   

Coach -  a coach of seven-member Catholic University Vis Moot Court team, which competed against hundreds of other law school teams from around the world in Vienna, Austria. The annual William C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot has grown into one of the world’s largest, attracting law school teams from 50 nations. (2010).

Presenter - to the U.S. State Department's Advisory Committee on Private International Law on developments in the OAS Specialized Conference on Private International Law. The talk was given in his capacity as the U.S. member of the Inter-American Juridical Committee of the Organization of American States. (Oct. 2010).



“A Whole Text Reading of the War Powers Clauses: Why the Constitution’s Text Obviates Esoteric War Powers Debates and Encourages Policy Flexibility and Democratic Accountability,” 12 Georgetown Journal of Law & Public Policy 861 (2014); and “The Subsidy Question in King v. Burwell – A Federalist Response to Crony Capitalism,” 23 U. Miami Bus. L. Rev. 283 (2015).

Lincoln’s Legacy for American International Law, 28 Emory International Law Review 167 (2014).




Interviewed on radio program, "Trending Today," about the Boston Marathon bombing attack in April. (2013).

Quoted - online Houston Chronicle for an article about a House bill that would impose diplomatic penalties on countries that refuse to repatriate their diplomatic personnel convicted of serious crimes in the U.S. (June 23, 2011).





Professor Kenneth Pennington

Professional Activities

Speaker - is giving two talks in February, 2016, one at the National Library of Portugal and another at the University of Lisbon Law School
Plenary speaker - Third Annual Symposium on Medieval and Renaissance Studies, (June 15-17, 2015), on the campus of Saint Louis University. The goal of the symposium is to promote serious scholarly investigation on all topics and in all disciplines of the medieval and early modern worlds.


Plenary Speaker – "Law as a Source for the Social Historian: Possibilities and Pitfalls," at a conference in Nantes, France, titled "Minorités et cohabitations religieuses au Moyen-Âge," Oct. 20, (2014).

Presenter - "The Jurists' Defense of Indigenous Peoples in the New World," Oct. 4, at the International School of the Ius commune in Erice, Italy (2014).

Plenary Speaker - The Third Annual Symposium on Medieval and Renaissance Studies, to be held from June 15-17, 2015, on the campus of Saint Louis University. The goal of the symposium is to promote serious scholarly investigation on all topics and in all disciplines of the medieval and early modern worlds.

Faculty luncheon speaker – traced history of “Stand Your Ground” legal doctrine that formed the defense of George Zimmerman in his trial for the killing of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin with a handgun. (March, 2014).

Lecture - “Popular Sovereignty in Political Thought, 1100 to 1650,”  before the political science faculty of the University of Toronto. (2014).

Presentation, “Moderamen inculpatae tutelae: The Jurisprudence of a Justifiable Defense,” at Notre Dame University (2014).

Lecture - Nov. 15 lecture at Villanova Law School on “John T. Noonan’s Contributions to Legal History,” (2013).

Participant - In a roundtable at the Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung’s Annual Meeting on June 3, discussing “International Scholarly Cooperation,” in Berlin, Germany, (2013).

Awarded - An Alexander von Humboldt fellowship of $16,000 for three months during the summer of 2013 to do research on Roman law manuscripts in Germany. The grant permits him to continue work on his book"The Beginnings of the Ius commune:  Legal Education and the Role of Jurists in Medieval Society," (2012).

Lecture - “The Law's Violence against Medieval and Early Modern Jews”; Syracuse University, Sept. 28; offered again at the International School for the Iu,  Erice, Sicily, (2012).

Appointed: to a five-year term beginning in Jan., 2012, as a corresponding member of the Pontificio Comitato di Scienze Storiche by Rev. President Bernard Ardura, O.Praem.  The Comitato was established by Pope Pius XII in 1954 for “the purpose of representing the Holy See at various international institutions.”

Speaker: at UCLA Law School on "Medieval and Early Modern Jurists' Definitions of Torture and its Use in the Courts," (2012).

Presenter: three lectures at Harvard University and Harvard Law School on “Reading the Ius Commune: The Secrets of Roman and Canon Law Manuscripts," (2012).



"The Biography of Gratian: The Father of Canon Law," Villanova Law Review 59 (2014) 679-706, (2014).  “Gratian and the Jews,” “Bulletin of Medieval Canon Law 31 (2014) 111-124; “Moderamen inculpatae tutelae: The Jurisprudence of a Justifiable Defense,” Rivista internazionale di diritto commune 24 (2014) 27-55; and “Gratian and Compurgation,” Bulletin of Medieval Canon Law 31 (2014) 253-256.

“Moderamen inculpatae tutelae: The Jurisprudence of a Justifiable Defense,” Rivista internazionale di diritto comune 24 (2013) 27-55. (2014).

“Concilium lateranense III 1179,”  (with Atria A. Larson), Conciliorum oecumenicorum generaliumque decreta, 2: The Oecumenical Councils of the Roman Catholic Church, ed. Alberto Melloni et alii.  Corpus Christianorum.  Turnhout: Brepols Publishers, 2013) 115-147. (2014).
“Concilium lugdunense I 1245,” (with Atria A. Larson),  Conciliorum oecumenicorum generaliumque decreta, 2: The Oecumenical Councils of the Roman Catholic Church, ed.Alberto Melloni et alii.  Corpus Christianorum.  Turnhout: Brepols Publishers, 205-245. (2014).
A Polish translation of Professor Pennington’s book, “The Prince and the Law, 1200-1600: Sovereignty and Rights in the Western Legal Tradition,” was published by the University of Warsaw Press. (2013).
"Roman Law at the Papal Curia in the Early Twelfth Century," Canon Law, Religion, and Politics: Liber Amicorum Robert Somerville, edited by Uta-Renate Blumenthal, Anders Winroth, and Peter Landau (Washington, DC: The Catholic University Press of America, 2012) 233-252. (2013).

“Women on the Rack:  Torture and Gender in the Ius commune,” Recto ordine procedit magister: Liber amicorum E.C. Coppens, edited by Jan Hallebeek . Louis Berkvens, Jan Hallenbeek, Georges Martyn, and Paul Nève (Iuris Scripta Historica 28; Brussels: Royal Flemish Academy of Arts and Sciences, 1212) 243-257. (2013).

"The History of Byzantine and Eastern Canon Law to 1500."  Wilfried Hartmann and Kenneth Pennington, Editors. History of Medieval Canon Law,  Vol. 4  (Washington, DC:  The Catholic University Press of America, 2012). (2012).

"Law as Profession and Practice in Medieval Europe," Essays in honor of James A. Brundage (2011). Edited by Kenneth Pennington, and Melodie Harris Eichbauer. (2012).

Essay: "Rights," Oxford Handbook of the History of Political Philosophy, ed.  George Klosko (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011) 530-543. (2012).

Book: “The History of Canon Law in the Classical Period, 1140-1234: From Gratian to the Decretals of Pope Gregory IX” (History of Medieval Canon Law; Washington, D.C.: The Catholic University of America Press, 2008; an essay, "The Practical Use of Roman Law in the Early Twelfth-Century," Handlung und Wissenschaft: Die Epistemologie der Praktischen Wissenschaften im 12. und 13. Jahrhundert, ed. Matthias Lutz-Bachmann and Alexander Fidora (Wissenskultur und Gesellschaftlicher Wandel 29; Berlin: Akademie Verlag 2008) 11-31; and an article, "Lex naturalis and Ius naturale," The Jurist 68 (2008) 569-591.  (2012). 

Professor Pennington is the author of “Torture and Fear: Enemies of Justice,@ Rivista internazionale di diritto comune 19 (2008) 203-242 (Dec. 2009); and “Roman Law, 12th Century Law and Legislation,” Von der Ordunug zur Norm: Statuten in Mittelalter und Früher Neuzeit. Edited by Gisela Drossbach (Paderborn-München-Wien-Zürich: Ferdinand Schöningh, 2010) 17-38. (2012).


Interviewed - CBS This Morning (March 9, 2015) discussing the ransom demands of thieves who stole letters from the Vatican written by the Renaissance master Michelangelo.

Interviewed - by the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. on the Cardinals’ choice of the next pope. (Feb. 2013).

Quoted – by the New York Times for “When a Pope Reties, Is He Still Infallible?” (Feb. 17, 2013).
Quoted - in Bloomberg Businessweek on precedent set by papal resignation. (Feb. 11, 2013). 


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Mark Rienzi


Professor Mark Rienzi

Professional Activities

Speaker - gave a talk at the Cato Institute as part of their Constitution Day program

Advocate - Supreme Court win streak continued on Jan. 20 with a 9-0 decision in Holt v. Hobbs, in which the Court found unconstitutional an Arkansas policy that forbid beards grown for religious reasons by prisoners incarcerated by the state. Rienzi is a senior counsel for the Virginia-based Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, which successfully represented plaintiff Abdul Muhammad in the case. (2015)

Advocate - Argued McCullen v. Coakley before the United States Supreme Court on January 15th. The case asked the high court to find unconstitutional a seven year-old Massachusetts law that requires anti-abortion counselors to stay at least 35 feet away from the front doors of abortion clinics in the state. The case was decided unanimously in favor of Rienzi's client, Eleanor McCullen. (2014).

Honored - with award from the Pro Life Legal Defense Fund in Boston for pro bono litigation work. (April 11, 2014).

Advocate - on behalf of a Montgomery County, Md., pregnancy center on Dec. 6 before the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Va. Rienzi continued his representation of Centro Tepeyac, which provides pregnancy counseling information to expectant mothers in Montgomery County but does not offer abortion or birth control services. (2012).

Debate: With an ACLU attorney on Nov. 28 at the University of Baltimore School of Law. Professor Rienzi debated the constitutionality of the HHS mandate that forces employers to cover contraception in their health plans, regardless of religious objection. (2012).

Panelist: “Catholic Perspectives on Religious Liberty,” Sept.13. Professor Rienzi joined fellow leading Catholic scholars at Georgetown University's Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs to discuss “Religious Freedom and Chick-Fil-A Conflicts." (2012).

Lecture: "The Constitutional Right not to Kill: Conscience Rights and the HHS Mandate" at Harvard Law School during the second week in March. (2012).

Delivered "Religious Liberty, Free Speech, and the Fight for Life," the Twentieth Annual Mirror of Justice Lecture, (Feb. 29, 2012).

Published: "The Constitutional Right to Refuse: Roe, Casey, and the Fourteenth Amendment Rights of Healthcare Providers," 87 Notre Dame L Review, Issue 1. (2012).



published an article entitled "Symposium: Gay rights, religious liberty and … tire scraps? The inclusive Fourteenth Amendment path in Trinity Lutheran," on SCOTUSblog

“Neutral No More: Secondary Effects Analysis and the Quiet Demise of the Content-Neutrality Test” in the Fordham Law Review (2014)

“God and the Profits: Is There Religious Liberty for Money-Makers?” in the
George Mason University Law Journal, (2014).

"Unequal Treatment of Religious Exercises Under RFRA: Explaining the Outliers in the HHS Mandate Cases," 99 VA. L. REV. ONLINE 10 (2013).

Recent Media

Professor Mark Rienzi and the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty continue to be in the news discussing the Little Sisters of the Poor v. Burwell

Quoted and interviewed in reference to the upcoming oral arguments before SCOTUS in Little Sisters of the Poor v. Burwell

Quoted in several publications in reference to Justice Scalia's death and what it means for the upcoming Little Sisters of the Poor case before SCOTUS

Quoted in reference to the Little Sisters of the Poor and the brief, which was filed to SCOTUS on their behalf

Quoted in a Boston Globe column on free speech and abortion rights

Quoted - by both Reuters and the Baltimore Sun about the Supreme Court’s March 9 decision to send back a lower court ruling involving contraception coverage under the Obama Administration’s healthcare law.

Interviewed - by both CNN and the Associated Press about Indiana’s recently passed Religious Freedom Restoration Act (March 31, 2015).    

Profiled -in a National Catholic Register story about his recent Supreme Court victories. (July 24, 2014).

Interviewed on Fox News to discuss threat the HHS mandate poses to the Little Sisters of the Poor, (Sept. 27, 2013).

Author: online column in the, "God and the Profits: Religious Liberty for Money-Makers." (March 19, 2013).

Interviewed – Dec. 19 in National Review Online about D.C. Circuit Court Ruling on Religious Freedom. (2012).

Quoted: First Circuit weighs “Citizens United-based challenge to abortion protest restriction,” The National Law Journal, (Nov. 7, 2012).

Quoted: “Lawsuits against HHS mandate rage on nationwide,” Our Sunday Visitor, (Nov. 9, 2012).

Quoted: “Owned Business Files Federal Lawsuit Over Morning-After Mandate,” ABC News, (Sept. 12, 2012).

Op-ed: “ObamaCare Constitution Fight not over yet,” published online by USA Today, (July 6, 2012).

Author, June 4 op-ed in National Review Online, "The Church Pushes Back." (2012).

Quoted: “Federal appeals court hears Maryland abortion center free speech case,” Associated Press, (March 23, 2012).

Interviewed: by a variety of media outlets on the contraception and abortion drug insurance coverage mandates of the Administration’s health care law. Press coverage included Fox 5-TV, Xinhua News Agency, the Diane Rehm Show, WJLA-TV, Politico, the National Review online, Christian Broadcasting Network, the Laura Ingraham Show, the National Catholic Register and the National Journal. Rienzi was also quoted by Reuters about FCC indecency standards, and was the author of an op-ed in the National Catholic Register on the Hosanna Tabor case. (2012).

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Professor Heidi Schooner

Professional Activities

Testified before the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs

Panelist - "Legal Perspectives on Consumer Credit and the American Economy,"' at Journal of Law, Economics & Policy’s Eleventh Annual Symposium, George Mason University Law School (Nov. 14, 2014) 

Commentator - Consumer Credit and the American Economy, Cato Institute and Federalist Society (Sept. 30, 2014)
Moderator - "The Effect of Government Policy on Community Bank Viability" at 2014 Fed/CSBS Community Banking Research and Policy Conference, Federal Reserve Bank of Saint Louis (Sept. 24, 2014)
Moderator - "Critiquing Cost-Benefit Analysis of Financial Regulation," Association of Professors of Political Economy and the Law, Americans for Financial Reform, Better Markets, Center for Progressive Reform, George Washington University Law School (May 20, 2014)
Presented - “The Dogma of Capital Regulation as a Response to the Financial Crisis,” at International Financial Regulation Roundtable, Tulane Law School (March 28, 2014)
Speaker - "Financial Regulatory Structure of the United States," International Visitor Leadership Program, U.S. Department of State (March 4, 2014)
Commentator - Center for Law Economics and Finance at the George Washington University Law School, Fourth Annual Junior Faculty Business and Financial Law Workshop (Feb. 7, 2014)


Coauthor – “Big Banks and Business Method Patents,” 16 U. Pa. J. Bus. L. 431 (2014).  

“U.S. Bank Resolution Reform: Then and Again,” in Cross Border Insolvency, Oxford (Rosa Lastra, ed.) (2011). 


Recent Media

Professor Schooner was quoted in American Banker on Jan. 11, 2011 for an article, “FDIC Battles Failed-Bank Execs Who Take Files.”

Associate Dean and Professor Marin Scordato

Professional Activities/Scholarship Citations

Presentations - on tort law to prelaw students in July and August, 2014, at the University of Pennsylvania School of Law, Duke University School of Law, University of Houston Law Center, University of Miami School of Law, and at the Columbus School of Law.

Attendee - Meetings of the BABRI Legal Advisory Board in Vail, Colorado, in June, and was a member of an American Bar Association Reaccreditation Site Evaluation Team to Loyola University New Orleans College of Law (March, 2015).

Appointed - Among nine legal educators selected to serve on the BARBRI Legal Education Advisory Board. The board is charged with helping the company analyze legal education trends and to identify potential solutions for industry challenges. (2013).

Reviewer -  For the peer-reviewed publication, “The Journal of Philosophy, Science and Law,” sponsored by the University of Miami and Georgia Tech. (2011).

Cited: His 2008 article, "Understanding the Absence of a Duty to Reasonably Rescue in American Tort Law," 82 Tulane Law Review 1447 (2008), was cited by Marshall S. Shapo, the Frederic P. Vose Professor of Law at Northwestern University School of Law, in "An Essay on Torts: States of Argument," 38 Pepperdine Law Review 579 (2011).

Cited: "Evidentiary Surrogacy and Risk Allocation: Understanding Imputed Knowledge and Notice in Modern Agency Law," 10 Fordham Journal of Corporate & Financial Law 129 (2004), was cited by Vincenzo Iuppa in "When Efficiency Arguments Fail: The Counter-Intuitive Effects of Amended Rule 78.07(C)" 76 Missouri Law Review 213 (2011).

Cited: "The Dualist Model of Legal Teaching and Scholarship," 40 American University Law Review 367 (1990) has been cited by Michael P. O’Connor in Perish the Thought of Publication?: Scholarship’s Critical Role in Effective Teaching, 3 Phoenix Law Review 417 (2010).

Cited: “Distinction without a Difference: A Reappraisal of the Doctrine of Prior Restraint,” 68 North Carolina Law Review 1 (1989).

Cited: “Evidentiary Surrogacy and Risk Allocation: Understanding Imputed Knowledge and Notice in Modern Agency Law,” 10 Fordham Journal of Corporate & Financial Law 129 (2004)

Cited:  in Brief for Defendants-Respondents to the Court of Appeals of New York in the case of Kirschner v. Beckenham Trading Company, Inc.

Cited:  “Reflections on the Nature of Legal Scholarship in the Post-Realist Era,” 48 Santa Clara Law Review 353 (2008)

Cited in Michael P. O’Connor, “Perish the Thought of Publication?: Scholarship’s Critical Role in Effective Teaching,” 3 Phoenix Law Review 417 (2010)

Cited: "The Dualist Model of Legal Teaching and Scholarship," 40 American University Law Review 367 (1990), was cited by Brent E. Newton in "Preaching What They Don’t Practice: Why Law Faculties’ Preoccupation with Impractical Scholarship and Devaluation of Practical Competencies Obstruct Reform in the Legal Academy," 62 South Carolina Law Review 105 (2010).


Published an article entitled "A Legal Definition of Leadership: Understanding § 3B.1 of the Federal Sentencing Guidelines," in Volume 19 of the Lewis & Clark Law Review

Published:  a review of Brian Tamanaha's "Beyond the Formalist-Realist Divide: The Role of Politics in Judging" (Princeton Univ. Press 2011) in 46 University of Richmond Law Review 659 (2012).

“A Bold Challenge to the Conventional Narrative on Formalism and Realism,” an essay review of Brian Tamanaha’s Beyond the Formalist-Realist Divide (Princeton Univ. Press), 46 University of Richmond Law Review. (2011).

“Innocent Threats, Concealed Consent and the Necessary Presence of Strict Liability in Traditional Fault-Based Tort Law,” 37 Pepperdine Law Review, (2010).

Top Ten SSRN Downloads

Book review: Brian Tamanaha’s “Beyond the Formalist-Realist Divide: The Role of Politics in Judging,”  46 University of Richmond Law Review 659 (2012)m, 89 times as of March 30, 2012. The book review has thus far made the Top 10 downloads for the following SSRN electronic journals: Political Theory, Political Philosophy, Continental Philosophy, Metaphysics, Critical Theory, Democratic Theory, Realism & Anti-Realism, Structure of Government & Political Theory, Law, Legal Reasoning & Legal Systems, Appellate Review, Law & Society: Civil Procedure, Courts, and Judges.

Paper: "Post-Realist Blues: Formalism, Instrumentalism and the Hybrid Nature of Common Law Jurisprudence," 90 times as of Dec. 30, 2010.

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Professor Lucia Silecchia

Professional Activities

Quoted in a Catholic News Agency article entitled "Assisted suicide approved by Washington DC city council"

Speaker – Gave the keynote address at the Fordham Law School Symposium on November 2, 2016

Quoted by Life Site News in an article entitlted "Pro-life, disability rights advocates urge DC City Council to reject assisted suicide"

Lecture - "Environmental Ethics from a Religious Perspective: Pope Francis and the Challenge of Sustainability" at the first annual Sustainability Conference of American Legal Educators hosted by Arizona State University's Sandra Day O'Conner College of Law. (May, 8, 2015,)

Moderator - Panel discussion, "Pope Francis: The First Year" at Fordham Law School on October 14th. The event was the inaugural program in the series will focus on Pope Francis’s first year as leader of the Catholics in the world. (2014).

Lecture - "The Future of Catholic Higher Education: Changes and Challenges" at the parish of Our Lady of Lourdes in Bethesda Md., on Sept. 9. (2014).

Speaker – “The When and the Where of Love: The Complexity of Subsidiarity as a Framework for Law” Pepperdine University, Annual Nootbar Conference Malibu, California (Feb. 8, 2014).
Panelist – “Toward a Comprehensive Internationalization at CUA”
The Catholic University of America Washington, DC (Nov. 18, 2013).

Speaker – “Environmental Protection of Oceans in the Twenty-First Century” University of Lisbon Conference on the 30th Anniversary of UNCLOSLisbon, Portugal (Dec.10, 2012).

Discussant - “Climate Change and the Church in the Southeast: Exploring Moral and Theological Resources and Principles.”, a Nov. 29 discussion  co-sponsored by Duke Divinity School, The Kenan Institute for Ethics, and the Duke Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions. (2012).

Speaker - “The Place of Religion in the Law School, the University and the Practice of Law,” hosted by Touro Law School. (May 2 -4, 2012).



Published an op-ed entitled "Rejecting a View That Any Human Life Is Dispensable" as part of The Environmental Forum magazine's debate on the link between environment and population.

Published an op-ed in the Washington Examiner entitled "DC's dangerous 'Death with Dignity Act'"

Paper "'Social Love' as a Vision for Environmental Law: Laudato Si' and the Rule of Law," was recently published in Liberty University Law Review

Talk titled ""Laudato Si' and Care for Our Common Home: What Does it Mean for the Legal Professional?" was recently published in the Seattle Journal of Environmental Law

Op-ed "Tapping Our Better Nature To Solve Global Woes," was published by the Environmental Law Institute

Book chapter -  "The Call to Stewardship: A Catholic Perspective on Environmental Responsibility," included in a new book, "American Law from a Catholic Perspective: Through a Clearer Lens," edited by Professor Ronald J. Rychlak (Rowman and Littlefield, March 16, 2015).  

“The Convention on the Rights of Persons With Disabilities: Reflection on Four Flaws that Tarnish its Promise,”
30 J. CONTEMP. HEALTH L. & POL’Y 96 (2014) (available at
On “Unease” and “Idealism:” Reflections on Pope Benedict XVI’s “Educating Young People in Justice and Peace”
and Its Message for Law Teachers,” 27 NOTRE DAME J. L. ETHICS, & PUB. POL’Y 101 (2013) (available at
“Pope John Paul II’s Evangelium Vitae and the “Horizon of the Good,” 1 J. CHRISTIAN L. THOUGHT 17 (2011) (available at
“Reflections on the Right to Environmental Health as a Condition for Development,”
“Integrating Catholic Social Thought in Elder Law and Estate Planning Courses: Reflections on Law, Age, and Ethics,” 7 VILLANOVA J. OF CATHOLIC SOCIAL THOUGHT 353-405 (2010) (available at



Provided commentary on EWTN Nightly News in reference to the U.N.’s Climate negotiations (COP-21) underway in Paris 

Interviewed - by EWTN (April 22, 2015) about the Pope's upcoming summit on the environment.

Quoted  - by Catholic News Agency on April 22 for its article, “Why no Catholic is exempt from caring about the environment.” 


Quoted - by TribLive News, a Pennsylvania newspaper, for its article “Political fallout predicted from papal letter on climate change,” on March 8, 2015.  Silecchia’s comment addressed the extensive discussion about Pope Francis' upcoming encyclical on the environment before its actual release.

Op-Ed - “Opening Doors to Life,” in the Dec. 4 edition of National Review Online  (2014).

Quoted: by U.S. Catholic magazine about estate planning, (Aug. 2014). 

Interviewd - By EWTN News Nightly on July 7 for its broadcast report “An immigrant's story.” (2014).

Interviewed by EWTN about new leadership at the Vatican Bank. (At 15:32) 2014.    

Guest: Environmental Ethics, EWTN News Nightly for an Earth Day discussion, (April 23, 2014).

Op-ed: "Peter Stuyvesant vs. the Quakers: How A Revolt in Dutch New York Planted the Seeds for the Right to Religious Free Expression," The Wall Street Journal, (Jan. 10, 2014).
"Opening Doors to Life," National Review Online, (Dec. 4, 2014). (available at!).
"Law and Life: The Dignity of Life and the Teaching of Law," 1 Pro Vita, VD 3, 7-9 (Jan. 2013).


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Professor George Smith

Professional Activities


Article cited by the Maryland Court of Appeals
Paper presentation - in Vienna, Austria at the World Congress of the Academy of Law and Mental Health titled, "Dilemmas at The End-Stage of Life"  (July 12, 2015).  After the Congress, Smith will spend time as a Visiting Fellow at Wolfson College, Cambridge University.
Participant - in a seminar honoring the late Edmund D. Pellegrino (the former president of The Catholic University of America) in April at the Georgetown Clinical Bioethics Center at Georgetown University. He also participated in a program at the Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics on "Law, Religion, and American Health Care," held at Harvard Law School (May 9-11, 2015).


Visiting Scholar: in June-July  at the Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology and Bioethics at Harvard Law School where he researched the issue of dignity as a human right in health-care decision making. He also presented a lecture at The University of Oxford, England, law faculty on March l2, discussing "Dignity in Dying: Ubiquitous, Capacious, or Normative." (2014).

Visiting Scholar: the University of Hawaii Center for Elder Law and Bioethics. He was also appointmented a Visiting Fellow at The Lauterpacht Center on International Law at Cambridge University, as well as a Visiting Scholar at The Hesburgh Center for Civil andHuman Rights at Notre Dame. (2013).




Co-authored an article with David Steenburg '15 entitled "Environmental Hedonism or, Securing the Environment Through the Common Law"

Co-author (with former student Philip Donoho) of "RLUIPA: Re-aligning Burdens of Proof, Clarifying Freedoms, and Re-defining Responsibilities," in 18 NYU Journal of Legislation & Public Policy, currently in press with NYU.
Book: "Palliative Care and End-of-Life Decisions," with Palgrave-Macmillian, (2014).


Articles: “Gently into the Good Night: Toward a Compassionate Response to End-Stage Illness” in the Temple University Journal of Political and Civil Rights (2014).

“Applying Bioethics in the 21st Century: Principlism or Situationism? in the Journal of Contemporary Health Law and Policy, (2014).

Cura Personalis: A Healthcare Delivery Quandary at The End of Life,” 7 St. Louis University Journal of Health Law and Policy 311 (2014).

“Re-negotiating a Theory of Social Contract for Universal Health Care in America or, Securing the Regulatory State?” (with Richard P. Galenna, '13) in 63 Catholic University Law Review 1 (2014).

Book chapter, “Global Health Law: Aspirational, Paradoxical, or Oxymoronic?” published in in Law and Global Health: Current Legal Issues (Vol. 16, Oxford University Press).

"Law and Bioethics: Intersections Along the Mortal Coil," (Routledge, 2012).

“Refractory Pain, Existential Suffering and Palliative Care,” 20 Cornell Journal of Law and Policy (2011).

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Professor William Wagner

Professional Activities

Presenter - A paper titled "Policy and Principle in Anselm of Canterbury's Defense of the Filioque at the Council of Bari (1098)" on Feb. 14 at the annual meeting of the Association of Orthodox Philosophers (SOPHIA) in Kendalia, TX. It was the third year in which he has presented at the association's annual meeting. (2015).

Organizer and moderator: “The Nature of Judicial Authority: A Reflection on Philip Hamburger's Law and Judicial Duty,” held at the law school on April 8 and 9. The symposium gathered leading scholars in the areas of the history of law and politics, constitutional law and jurisprudence to take up the ideas posed by Hamburger’s book, “Law and Judicial Duty.” The discussion was presented by CUA’s Center for Law, Philosophy and Culture. (2010)

Organizer: of a workshop at the Canon Law Society of America's annual meeting in Kansas City on Oct. 11 to 12. The subjects covered were "Due Process and the Right of Defense" and "Statutes of Limitation/Prescription." He also designed and ran a plenary session at the University of Notre Dame's Nanovic Institute for European Studies on "Church-State Relations and Religious Liberty: Comparative Perspectives." (2008).

Paper: "Judicial Independence and Claims of Executive Branch Authority," delivered at the International Conference on International Standards of Judicial Independence: Comparative Analysis and Challenges of Implementation, held at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow. (2008).

Panelist: "Counseling Clients Who Confront Complex and Competing Obligations." Four panelists considered an attorney's ethical responsibilities to clients who are experiencing potential conflicts among their obligations. (2008).

Geoff Watson

Professor Geoffrey Watson

Professional Activities

Faculty Coordinator - Comparative and International Law LL.M. Concentration, (2014)
Presenter - “Secularism Resurrected? The European Court of Human Rights after Lautsi,” at the Columbus School of Law. The lecture was part of a larger volume on secularism. (2013)



Book chapter, “Secularism Resurrected? The European Court of Human Rights After Lautsi,” published in “Secularism, Catholicism, and the Future of Public Life: A Dialogue with Ambassador Douglas W. Kmiec,” (edited by Gary J. Adler Jr., May 2015).  Ambassador Kmiec served as dean of the Columbus School of Law from 2001-2003.  


Author - “Or a Treaty of the United States: The Alien Tort Statute after Kiobel” in the American Journal of International Law Unbound, (2013).

Author - “The Fun of Teaching American Legal History” in the American Journal of Legal History, (2013). 


Quoted - by about the 20th anniversary of the Oslo peace accords. (Aug. 20, 2014)



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Professor Elizabeth Winston

Professional Activities

Panelist - "Not Just For Patents: Claims Involving Trade Secrets, Trademarks, Copyrights and Beyond at the International Trade Commission (ITC)" at the D.C. Bar

Participant - In a roundtable discussion at the Brookings Institution on Oct. 16. The event brought together leading policy makers, business officials, and thought leaders from the public, non-profit, and private sectors to discuss standard essential patents, which are crucial to interoperability. The group discussed the impact of standard essential patents on future technological innovation. (2014)

Speaker - Venable LLP’s 2014 Intellectual Property Symposium (Sept. 10, 2014).

Appointed: to the Advisory Board for Bloomberg BNA’s Patent, Trademark, & Copyright Journal (Sept. 2014).

Appointed: Co-director of the Columbus School of Law's Masters of Legal Study degree program. (2014).

Webinar panelist - "A Whole New World at the ITC: Jurisdiction Over Electronic Transmissions," (July 31, 2014).

Appointed - Advisory Board of the American Antitrust Institute. (April 2014). 

Panelist - Wisconsin Law Review Symposium: “Safety and Sustainability in the Era of Food Systems: Reaching a More Integrated Approach,” (Oct. 31, 2013). The symposium highlighted how both policymakers and scholars have been taking a more systems-oriented approach to food regulation through the reframing of food and agricultural law into a broader food systems law.
Speaker - Before the International Trademark Association's Board of Directors as part of a panel titled “Academics and Intellectual Property Rights: Academics Tackle Intellectual Property's Successes, Challenges and the Future: From Theory to Practice.” (March 4, 2013).


Quoted: The Business Journal of Milwaukee for an article, “Patent lawsuits on rise as court decision increases possible awards.” (April 2, 2010).

Quoted: Inside Counsel for a story, “Marked for Trouble: Ruling Turns False Marking Statute on its Head.” The article addressed a new ruling that may require patent owners to be more vigilant about marking their products as patented. (March 1, 2010).

An article of Winston’s about false marking was also referenced in the blog Patently-O:

…Patent Reform: In her recent article, Professor Winston (Catholic U) has argued that the rules of false-marking should be shifted to place more of a burden onto the patentee to avoid false marking. Winston would ease the proof necessary for to prove "intent to deceive the public."


Sowing the Seeds of Protection,” 2014 Wis. L. Rev. 445.   

Harmonizing Antitrust and Patent Law,” was listed on SSRN's Top Ten download list for Antitrust: Antitrust Law & Policy eJournal and LSN: Patent Law/Intellectual Property. The paper was downloaded 105 times. (2011).

"A Patent Misperception",16 Lewis & Clark Law Review (2012).

 "Clarifying the Doctrine of Inequitable Conduct", was listed on SSRN's Top Ten download list for ERPN: Copyright & Trademark (Sub-Topic). As of Jan. 28, 2011, the paper has been downloaded 11 times.

“Clarifying the Doctrine of Inequitable Conduct,” was published by the John Marshall Review of Intellectual Property Law, 10 J. MARSHALL REV. INTELL. PROP. L. 277 (2011).

"The Flawed Nature of the False Marking Statute,” 77 Tenn. L. Rev. 111 (2009) was selected for inclusion is the 2010 edition of Intellectual Property Law Review for having “been judged one of the best law review articles related to intellectual property law published within the last year.”

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Professor Emerita Leah Wortham

Professional Activities

Work with the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) and LegalED noted in a recent interview Michele Pistone on Scholastica's blogpost

Presenter: Two Continuing Legal Education presentations to the Maui County Bar Association and the Big Island Bar Association, Hawaii, on Nov. 28 (left). Professor Wortham discussed “The Legal Profession in a Brave New World of Globalization, Technological Change, and Market Competition.” (2012).

Presenter: “Pioneering in Teaching Ethics” at the “International Legal Ethics Conference V: Merging Worlds, Emerging Discourses,” held July 12-14 in Banff, Alberta, Canada. More than 200 legal academics, practitioners, regulators, and judges from 19 countries attended the conference, which was organized by the University of Calgary. (2012).

Lecture: at The Allerhand Institute, Cracow, Poland, on Feb. 1. The institute consolidates the intellectual efforts of legal experts in order to address current problems of commercial transactions and business dealings, influence legal policy, and conduct studies on the future of law in a time of rapid progress in information technologies and internationalization of trade. (2012).


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