Catholic Law alumni share a commitment to the pursuit of justice, mercy, and service—making an indelible impact on the lives of those within our Law School community and the world at large. They’ve often forged ahead, blazing new paths so that future generations of lawyers can follow. Our current students proudly continue to build on the success of those alumni. Some of our Catholic Law “Trail Blazers” include State Supreme Court Justices, Civil Rights activists, and Supreme Court clerks.
- Otis Smith ’50, Michigan Supreme Court Justice/General Motors General Counsel
- Charles Langford ’52, Civil Rights icon - part of the team that represented Rosa Parks, served in both the State Senate and State House of Representatives for Alabama
- Karen Hastie Williams ’73, first Black Supreme Court Clerk
- Peggy Quince ’75, first Black Florida Supreme Court Justice and Chief Justice
Holding positions of leadership and influence in their communities, our alumni have continued to rise to the top of their respective fields. Here are just a few of our leaders in the law.
- Minnie Baylor-Henry ’90, Board of Directors, Paratek Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
- Stacy Douglas ’98, Partner and Director of Diversity & Inclusion, Everett Dorey LLP
- The Honorable William T. Newman ’77, Chief Judge, Arlington County Circuit Court
- S. Janell Trigg ’97, Member & Chair, Intellectual Property and New Media & Technology Practice Group, Lerman Senter PLLC
- Deborah Watson-Stokes ’90, Assistant District Attorney, Homicide Unit, Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office
- Denise Whisenhunt ’97, President, Grossmont College
In the last 20 years, this tradition of excellence has continued as young alumni have earned positions as public servants, attorneys at private firms, diversity officers, and academics—further highlighting the breadth of opportunity that comes from having your J.D. Some of our recent alumni include:
- Yvette Banker ’16, Employment and Labor Attorney, Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation
- Kwambina I. Coker ’18, Assistant District Attorney, Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office
- Renée-Lauren Ellis ’10, Healthcare Transactional & FDA Regulatory Associate, Manatt, Phelps & Phillips LLP
- Patricia Howard Fitzgerald '00, Vice Chair and Deputy Chief Judge at Employees' Compensation Appeals Board, U.S. Department of Labor
- Carl “CJ” Hobbs ’16, Senior Employment Counsel, Department of Housing and Urban Development, Office of Inspector General
- Antonio Moore ’14, Medical Malpractice Associate, Goodell DeVries
- Marie Sylla-Dixon ’02, Chief Diversity Officer, Raytheon Technologies
- Keeshea Turner Roberts ’02, Adjunct Clinical Law Professor/ Supervising Attorney, Howard Law Fair Housing Clinic