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The Columbus School of Law at The Catholic University of America is committed to excellence in legal education within the profound intellectual tradition of the Church. Giving priority to the sacred dignity and uniqueness of each human person, the law school program is a standing invitation for men and women to pursue a professional calling fully informed by faith, moral inquiry and respect for the rule of law. The rigorous course of study embodies, in the words of the university's first rector, "the harmony between reason and revelation...and the genius of America."


Founded by Pope Leo XIII in the late 19th Century, The Catholic University of America maintains a singular charter and standing both within the Church in America and around the world. Welcoming students and faculty of all faiths ever since its inception in 1897, the School of Law understands legal training as a form of servant‑leadership enabling lawyers to take up the burdens of others and make possible a civil and peaceful life in accord with God's creative design. Often referenced as the Columbus School of Law because of its alliance with an early program of legal education supported by the Knights of Columbus, the 1.6 million "strong right arm" of the lay Church, the CUA Law School has been accredited by the Association of American Law Schools since 1921 and the American Bar Association since 1925.


The CUA law faculty are well‑recognized for their teaching and scholarly distinction throughout a comprehensive and well‑structured curriculum. The law school takes full advantage of its strategic location just minutes from the Congress and the Supreme Court by enlivening required study with presentations by national and international decision makers‑ either as adjunct faculty or distinguished lecturers. The highly regarded Institutes in Law and Religion as well as Law and Public Policy introduce students to the jurisprudential sources and legislative, administrative and empirical methods necessary to make law both just and effective. Another Institute dealing with Comparative and International Law prepares law students for global legal work and is attractively augmented by a sought‑after summer program. Conducted at The 14th Century Jagiellonian University, one of Europe's most prestigious universities, CUA students study, not as insulated sightseers, but collaboratively with their international peers. And long before other law schools incorporated a few classes discussing the Internet and advanced technology, CUA's Communications Law Institute has been inviting talented students to address the multi‑faceted legal problems of new and established forms of media in courses and integrated fieldwork with the FCC, Congress and the telecommunications industry, itself.


Guided by the Church's preferential option for the poor and believing that the measure of any society is how it treats its most vulnerable citizens, CUA law school is the acknowledged pioneer in clinical legal instruction in Washington, D.C. The school's Columbus Community Legal Services translates faith into action by meeting the needs of the elderly, the oppressed, and the least advantaged with compassion and dedication.


The CUA School of Law occupies a state‑of‑the‑art facility completed in 1994 and situated amidst the university's venerable stone structures and spacious tree‑lined quadrangles. The 170,000 square foot law building with ample library, classroom, student activity, and office space is built around a magnificent atrium. Our alumni are privileged to serve in both high elective and appointed office and as principals in law firms and businesses across the nation.


The law school's enrollment of more than 900 students in day and evening divisions is an ideal size for a broad educational experience in a small school setting. The first‑year day class of approximately 240 and the evening class of approximately 80 students are sectioned so that individual courses have 32 to 65 students. Upperclass course size ranges from 10 to 80 students. The law school typically receives more than 10 applications for each space in the entering class. The student body is diverse with 28 percent minority students, 50 percent women, and about 225 undergraduate schools, 50 states and about eight foreign countries represented. Fewer than 50 percent of the students enter directly from college.


Co‑curricular activities include three student‑edited scholarly journals ‑‑ Catholic University Law Review, COMMLAW Conspectus: Journal of Communications Law and Policy, and the Journal of Contemporary Health Law and Policy; the Thurgood Marshall American Inn of Court; and the Moot Court Association, which sponsors interschool and intraschool competitions throughout the academic year.



Veryl V. Miles

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs:

Stacy J. Brustin

Associate Dean for External and Student Affairs:

Mara R. Duffy

Associate Dean for Administration:

Michael A. Kanne

Executive Director of Development and Alumni Relations:

Bradley Bodager

Director of Public Affairs:

Thomas Haederle

Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs:

Georgia Niedzielko


Kevin Paquette

Director of Admissions:

Sarah Rewerts

Director of Legal Career Services:

Jessica L. Heywood



VERYL V. MILES, (Dean and Professor), born 1955; admitted to bar, 1980, District of Columbia; 1986, Virginia. Education: Wells College (B.A., 1977); Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law (J.D., 1980). COURSES: Bankruptcy, Commercial Transaction, Creditors' and Debtors Rights, Sales.

HELEN M. ALVARE, (Associate Professor), born Lansdowne, Pennsylvania, October 8, 1960; admitted to bar, 1984, Pennsylvania; 1987, District of Columbia. Education: Villanova University (B.S., 1981); Catholic University of America (M.A., 1989); Cornell University (J.D., 1984). COURSES: Property. Email:


HON. SYLVIA BACON, (Judge‑in‑Residence)


LOUIS J. BARRACATO, (Associate Professor), born 1941; admitted to bar, 1966, District of Columbia. Education: Fairfield University (B.S.S., 1962); Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law (J.D., 1965). COURSES: Evidence, Trial Advocacy, Professional Responsibility.


MARGARET M. BARRY, (Associate Professor), born 1953; admitted to bar, 1981, Virgin Islands; 1985, Maryland and District of Columbia. Education: Luther College (B.A., 1975); University of Minnesota (J.D., 1980). COURSES: Families and the Law Clinic.


MARSHALL J. BREGER, (Professor), born 1946; admitted to bar, 1974, New York; 1989, District of Columbia. Education: University of Pennsylvania (B.A., M.A., 1967); Oriel College, Oxford University (B.Phil., 1970); University of Pennsylvania Law School (J.D., 1973). COURSES: Administrative Law, Advanced Administrative Law, Introduction to International Arbitration and Mediation, Alternative Dispute Resolution, Separation of Power.


STACY L. BRUSTIN, (Assistant Professor and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs), born 1963; admitted to bar, 1989, Illinois; 1990, District of Columbia. Education: Tufts University (B.A., 1975); Harvard Law School (J.D., 1989). COURSES: The General Practice Clinic.


LEROY D. CLARK, (Professor, retired), born 1934; admitted to bar, 1961, New York. Education: City College of New York (B.A., 1956); Columbia University (LL.B., 1961). COURSES: Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Fair Employment Law, Labor Law.


ROBERT A. DESTRO, (Professor and Director, Interdisciplinary Program on Law and Religion), born 1950; admitted to bar, 1975, California; 1976, Ohio. Education: Miami University (B.A., 1972); University of California at Berkeley (J.D., 1975). COURSES: Constitutional Law, Professional Responsibility, Conflict of Laws, First Amendment Seminar, Religious Liberty, The Law of Church/State Relations.


SARAH HELENE DUGGIN, (Associate Professor and Director, Law and Public Policy Program), born Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, June 22, 1954; admitted to bar, 1980, Pennsylvania. Education: Smith College (A.B., 1976); University of Pennsylvania (J.D., 1979). COURSES: Constitutional Law, Corporations.


HEATHER ELLIOTT, (Assistant Professor), Education: Duke University (B.A., 1990); Yale University (M.A., M.Phil, 1994); University of California School of Law Boalt Hall (J.D.). COURSES: Civil Procedure, Water Law and Federal Jurisdiction.


LISA A. EVERHART, (Clinical Assistant Professor), Education: Georgetown University, (B.A., 1978); Catholic University of America (J.D., 1983). COURSES: Legal Research and Writing, Lawyering Skills.


SUSANNA FREDERICK FISHER, (Associate Professor), Education: Princeton University (A.B., 1987); University of Oxford, Merion College (B.A., Jurisprudence, 1987); University of Virginia (LL.M., 1995). COURSES: Civil Procedure, Copyright, Cyberlaw.


CLIFFORD S. FISHMAN, (Professor), born 1945; admitted to bar, 1969, New York; 1979, District of Columbia; 1980, Maryland. Education: University of Rochester (B.A., 1966); Columbia University School of Law (J.D., 1969). COURSES: Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Administration of Criminal Justice, Advanced Criminal Procedure, Evidence.


GEORGE E. GARVEY, (Professor, Vice‑Provost and Dean of Graduate Studies, CUA), born 1942; admitted to bar, 1972, Wisconsin. Education: University of Illinois (B.A., 1969); University of Wisconsin (J.D., 1972). COURSES: Constitutional Law, Corporations, Antitrust, Advanced Antitrust, International Economic Regulations, Property, Regulated Industries, Unfair Trade Practices.


JOHN L. GARVEY, (Professor Emeritus), born 1927; admitted to bar, 1948, District of Columbia and Kentucky. Education: Xavier University, Cincinnati (A.B., 1945; LL.D., 1978); The Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law (J.D., 1948); University of Michigan (S.J.D., 1967). COURSES: Trusts and Estates, Federal Taxation of Wealth Transfers, Remedies.


A.G. HARMON, (Clinical Assistant Professor), Education: University of Mississippi (B.A., 1984); University of New Hampshire (M.A., 1993); University of Tennessee (J.D., 1987); Catholic University of America (Ph.D., 2000). COURSES: Legal Writing, Jurisprudence, Advanced Legal Research and Writing, Law Journal Writing and Law Journal Editing.


ROGER C. HARTLEY, (Professor), born 1943; admitted to bar, 1970, Pennsylvania; 1973, District of Columbia. Education: Cornell University (B.S., 1965); University of Pittsburgh (J.D., 1970); George Washington University National Law Center (LL.M., 1972). COURSES: Constitutional Law, Federal Courts, Labor Law, Law Review Advisor, Seminars: Collective Bargaining and Labor Arbitration and Rights of Individuals with Disabilities, Appellate Advocacy.


REGINA T. JEFFERSON, (Professor), born 1958; admitted to bar, 1987, Maryland; 1988, District of Columbia. Education: Howard University (B.S., 1981); George Washington University National Law Center (J.D., 1987); Georgetown University Law Center (LL.M., 1991). COURSES: Federal Income Taxation, Partnership Taxation, ERISA: Pensions (Tax Policy).


BEVERLY P. JENNISON, Education: Catholic University of America (B.A., 1974; M.A., 1978; J.D., 1984). COURSES: Lawyering Skills, Legal Drafting.


WILLIAM A. KAPLIN, (Professor), born 1942; admitted to bar, 1968, District of Columbia. Education: University of Rochester (A.B., 1964); Cornell University (J.D., 1967). COURSES: Comparative Constitutional Law, Advanced Constitutional Law: First Amendment, Civil Rights Law, Education Law, Education Law Practice: A Simulated Lawyering Experience, Health Law Journal I and II.


KATHRYN KELLY, (Professor), born 1953; admitted to bar, 1978, District of Columbia; 1984, Maryland. Education: Butler University (B.A., 1975); University of Notre Dame Law School (J.D., 1978). COURSES: Torts, Evidence, Civil Procedure, Complex Litigation, Seminar, Interviewing, Counseling and Negotiation Skills.


CATHERINE F. KLEIN, (Professor and Director, Columbus Community Legal Services), born 1952; admitted to bar, 1978, Ohio; 1979, District of Columbia. Education: Northwestern University (B.A., 1974); University of Cincinnati (J.D., 1978). COURSES: Families and the Law Clinic.


LISA G. LERMAN, (Professor and Coordinator of Clinical Programs), born 1955; admitted to bar, 1979, District of Columbia. Education: Barnard College, Columbia University (B.A., 1976); New York University School of Law (J.D., 1979); Georgetown University Law Center (LL.M., 1984). COURSES: Contracts, Professional Responsibility, Legal Externship: Becoming a Lawyer, Public Policy Practicum.


LAURIE ANNE LEWIS, (Clinical Assistant Professor), Education: University of New Hampshire (B.S.); Catholic University of America (J.D., 1984). COURSES: Lawyering Skills.


DAVID A. LIPTON, (Professor and Director of the Securities Law Program), born 1945; admitted to bar, 1973, New York; 1982, District of Columbia. Education: Cornell University (B.A., 1966); Columbia University (M.A., 1968); University of Michigan Law School (J.D., 1972). COURSES: Corporate Finance Seminar, Corporations, Securities Markets Regulation Seminar, Securities Regulation: Issuance, Securities Regulations: Trading, SEC Student Training Program.


RETT R. LUDWIKOWSKI, (Professor and Director, Comparative and International Law Institute), born 1943; admitted to bar, 1973, Poland. Education: Jagiellonian University (M.A.Law, 1966; Ph.D.Law, 1971; Ph.D., 1976). COURSES: Comparative Law, Comparative and International Trade, Law of the European Union, Public International Law, Post‑Socialist Legal Systems.


SUZETTE M. MALVEAUX, (Associate Professor), Education: Harvard University (A.B., 1988); New York University School of Law (J.D., 1994). COURSES: Complex Litigation, Civil Procedure, Public International Law and Employment Discrimination.


RAYMOND B. MARCIN, (Professor), born 1938; admitted to bar, 1964, Connecticut; 1974, District of Columbia. Education: St. John's Seminary (A.B., 1959); Fairfield University (A.B., 1961); Fordham University School of Law (J.D., 1964); Catholic University of America (M.S.L.S., 1984). COURSES: Civil Procedure, Constitutional Law, Family Law, Legisprudence, Remedies, Catholic Natural Law Tradition.


STEPHEN G. MARGETON, (Director of Law Library and Professor), born 1945. Education: Mt. St. Mary's College (A.B., 1967); George Washington University National Law Center (J.D., 1970); Catholic University of America (M.S.L.S., 1973).


MICHAEL MCGONNIGAL, (Assistant Professor, Advocacy for the Elderly Program), Education: Northeastern University (B.A., 1978); Catholic University of America (J.D., 1985).


BENJAMIN W. MINTZ, (Professor), born 1927; admitted to bar, 1954, New York. Education: Brooklyn College (A.B., 1948); Columbia University (LL.B., 1952); Yeshiva University (Ord., 1954). COURSES: Administrative Law, Advanced Administrative Law, Appellate Advocacy, Contemporary Social Issues Under Jewish Law, Professional Responsibility, Law and Public Policy, Employment Law, Legislation.


MICHAEL F. NOONE, JR., (Research Ordinary Professor), born 1934; admitted to bar, 1957, California and District of Columbia. Education: Georgetown University (B.S., 1955; LL.B., 1957; LL.M., 1962); George Washington National Law Center (S.J.D., 1965). COURSES: Torts, Federal Litigation, Products Liability, Seminar, Remedies, Comparative Law Seminar: Political Violence.


REV. RAYMOND C. O'BRIEN, (Professor), born 1944; admitted to bar, 1969, Virginia; 1978, District of Columbia. Education: La Salle College (A.B., 1966); University of Virginia (J.D., 1969); Catholic University of America (M.Ch.A., 1975; D.Min., 1985). COURSES: Trusts & Estates, Family Law.


J.P. OGILVY, (Professor and Director, Law and Social Justice Initiatives), born 1945; admitted to bar, 1973, Oregon; 1977, Ohio; 1980, New York; 1981, District of Columbia; 1985, Texas. Education: Portland State University (B.A., 1968); Northwestern School of Law of Lewis and Clark College (J.D., 1973); Georgetown University Law Center (LL.M., 1982). COURSES: Civil Procedure, Interviewing, Counseling, Mediation and Negotiation, Legal Internship, Becoming a Law: D.C. Law Students in Courts.


KENNETH JAMES PENNINGTON, (Professor), born Salem, New Jersey, October 06, 1941. Education: University of Wisconsin (B.A., 1965; M.A., 1967); Cornell University (Ph.D., 1972). COURSES: Legal History.


ANTONIO F. PEREZ, (Professor), born 1958; admitted to bar, 1986, New York; 1987, District of Columbia. Education: Harvard University (A.B., 1982); Columbia University School of Law (J.D., 1985). COURSES: Contracts, Public International Law, International Economic Regulation, Anti‑Trust, International Regulation of Telecommunications, Law Review Advisor.


RALPH J. ROHNER, (Professor), born 1938; admitted to bar, 1964, Maryland. Education: The Catholic University of America (A.B., 1960); Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law (J.D., 1963). COURSES: Commercial Transactions, Consumer Transactions, Sales and Leases, Consumer Law Seminar.


PETER BOWMAN RUTLEDGE, (Associate Professor), Education: Harvard University (B.A., 1992); University of Aberdeen, Scotland (M.Lit., 1994); University of Chicago Law School (J.D., 1997). COURSES: Criminal Law, International Civil Litigation, Intro to International Arbitration and Mediation.


HEIDI M. SCHOONER, (Professor), born 1960; admitted to bar, 1985, Virginia; 1987, District of Columbia. Education: Duke University (A.B., 1982); Georgetown University Law Center (J.D., 1985). COURSES: Contracts, Commercial Transactions, Banking Law, Corporations.


MARIN R. SCORDATO, (Associate Professor), Education: Haverford (B.A., 1979); University of Virginia School of Law (J.D., 1983). COURSES: Torts, Advanced Torts, Entertainment Law.


ELLEN M. SCULLY, (Clinical Assistant Professor), born 1942; admitted to bar, 1967, Massachusetts; 1971, District of Columbia. Education: Salve Regina University (A.B., 1964); Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law (J.D., 1967). COURSES: Advocacy for the Elderly, General Practice Clinic, The Families and Law Clinic.


LUCIA ANN SILECCHIA, (Professor), born 1967; admitted to bar, 1990, Connecticut; 1991, District of Columbia and New York. Education: Queens College, City University of New York (B.A., 1987); Yale Law School (J.D., 1990). COURSES: Corporations, Environmental Law, Property, Advanced Legal Writing and Research, Environmental Crimes.


KARLA W. SIMON, (Professor), born 1947; admitted to bar, 1972, North Carolina. Education: Western College (B.A., 1969); Duke University School of Law (J.D., 1972); New York University School of Law (LL.M., 1976). COURSES: Administrative Law, Corporate Taxation, Federal Income Taxation, International and Comparative Taxation, Not‑for‑Profit Organization Law.


GEORGE P. SMITH, II, (Professor), born 1939; admitted to bar, 1964, Indiana; 1969, District of Columbia. Education: Indiana University, Bloomington (B.S., 1961; J.D., 1964); Columbia University (LL.M., 1975); Indiana University (L.L.D., 1998). COURSES: Property; Environmental Law; Health Law; Health Law Journal I and II; Law, Science and Medicine; Public International Law; Land Use.


HON. FRED B. UGAST, (Judge‑in‑Residence)


WILLIAM J. WAGNER, (Professor and Director, The Center for Law, Philosophy and Culture), born 1951; admitted to bar, 1979, New York; 1986, District of Columbia. Education: University of California, Los Angeles (B.A., 1975); Yale Law School (J.D., 1978); Catholic University of America (M.A., 1983). COURSES: Constitutional Law, Contracts, Family Law, Jurisprudence, Law and Literature, Sources of Christian Jurisprudence.


GEOFFREY R. WATSON, (Professor), born 1960; admitted to bar, 1987, Massachusetts. Education: Yale College (B.A., 1982); Harvard Law School (J.D., 1986). COURSES: Contracts, Comparative Law, Conflicts of Law, Criminal Law, Public International Law, History of Early American Law, History of Modern American Law.


VICTOR WILLIAMS, (Clinical Assistant Professor), Education: Ouachita University (B.A., 1980); National‑Louis University (M.A.T., 1982); Harvard University (M.Ed., 1984); University of California Hastings College of Law (J.D., 1990); Columbia University Law School (L.L.M., 1994); George Mason University School of Law (L.L.M. 2005). COURSES: Law and Economics, Lawyering Skills, and Trusts and Estates.


FREDERICK E. WOODS, (Instructor), Education: Indiana State University (B.S., 1977; M.Ed., 1979); Howard University (J.D., 1986). COURSES: Lawyering Skills (First Year Law Students).


LEAH WORTHAM, (Professor), born 1948; admitted to bar, 1973, Georgia; 1981, District of Columbia. Education: Macalester College (B.A., 1970); Harvard Law School (J.D., 1973). COURSES: Professional Responsibility, Becoming a Lawyer, Criminal Law.


HARVEY L. ZUCKMAN, (Professor Emeritus), born 1934; admitted to bar, 1960, California; 1971, District of Columbia. Education: University of Southern California (A.B., 1956); New York University School of Law (LL.B., 1959). COURSES: Torts, Family Law, First Amendment Problems of the Media, CommLaw Conspectus I and II.