Other Funds and Programs
When you were at CUA Law were you involved with moot court, trial team, or one of the scholarly journals? Perhaps Law and Public Policy or one of the other institutes or clinics are important to you. To help such programs continue to thrive for the benefit of future students, you may choose to direct your gift to a number of funds listed below.
LAW SCHOOL CLINICS
Columbus Community Legal Services Fund:
A pioneer in clinical education with programs dating back over 30 years, CUA's well-established clinical programs draw on a rich history, while preparing students for law practice in the 21st Century. The clinical curriculum offers eight programs that provide a variety of clinical experiences suited to most students' personal learning objectives. Your gift will provide needed funds to support these top-ranked clinical programs.
Haiti Initiatives is a project of the Office of Law & Social Justice Initiatives to support social justice projects in Haiti by the Columbus School of Law. Current projects include assistance to the Catholic Law School of Jeremie to establish a Criminal Justice Clinic, a Street Law Program, and a mentorship program for public interest law students. Your gift to CUA-Haiti Initiatives will provide needed funds to make a significant contribution to establishing the rule of law in Haiti and assisting the Haitian people in creating their own durable institutions for sustainable development and social justice in the region.
Innocence Project Clinic and Clemency Project:
The Innocence Project Clinic re-investigates cases of inmates serving long prison sentences for crimes of which they may be factually innocent. It is among a handful of such clinics throughout the country which have collectively contributed to more than 320 exonerations to date. Your gift provides the clinic with vital resources to cover costs of investigations and DNA testing of biological evidence when needed.
With the backing of former Maryland Gov. Robert Ehrlich Jr., the Clemency Project serves as a training and informational resource for the nation’s state chief executives and their staffs, encouraging them to use the gubernatorial power of pardon wisely, mercifully, and more frequently. Your gift will assist the Project its effort to educate political leaders about this often overlooked area of justice.
INSTITUTES AND SPECIAL PROGRAMS
Law and Technology Institute:
The Columbus School of Law at The Catholic University of America is pleased to announce that the Institute for Communications Law Studies will now be known as the Law and Technology Institute (LTI). Under the new name, the Law School’s goal is to build upon and expand the outstanding work and successes that the Communications Law Institute has accomplished over the past three decades. Your gift will support the activities of the Institute and will help prepare students for practice in the field of evolving technologies, including communications law, intellectual property law, and information privacy law.
Comparative and International Law Institute:
The Comparative and International Law Institute (CILI) is a certificate program designed to give students the opportunity to pursue a concentration of courses in the public and private areas of international law. Your gift will support the activities of the Institute and will help prepare students for practice in the field of international law.
Law and Public Policy Program:
The Law and Public Policy program (LPP), established in 1984, is an academic enrichment program for students interested in careers in public law, public interest law, or public policy development. Your gift will support the activities of the Program and help provide students interested in public service with advice and educational opportunities that assist them in developing careers in which they can participate in making or implementation of law and policy.
Securities Law Program Fund:
One of the most successful certificate-granting law programs in the nation's capital, the Securities and Corporate Law Program is a multi-layered discipline of courses and externships designed to prepare students to be professional and well-rounded practitioners. Your gift will support the activities of the Program and will help prepare students for practice in the fields of corporate or securities law.
Interdisciplinary Program in Law and Religion:
The Interdisciplinary Program in Law and Religion was created to provide a forum for study, research and public discussion of issues arising at the nexus of law and religion. These include questions of the separation of Church and state, public and private morality, and the relationship of concerns of the institutional Church to establish legal norms. Your gift will support the activities of this program and provide opportunities for students interested in studying topics at the intersection of law and religion.
The Catholic Law Review Fund:
The Catholic University Law Review is a scholarly journal that examines problems of current legal concern. Published quarterly, it provides its members with intensive training in legal research and writing and publishes significant student work. A student staff edits and manages the publication. Your gift will provide needed funds to support the production and distribution of this scholarly journal.
Journal of Law and Technology Fund:
The Catholic University Journal of Law and Technology (JLT), formerly known as the CommLaw Conspectus: Journal of Communications Law and Technology Policy publishes thoughtful, timely, and useful articles that discuss recent developments in communications law, information privacy law, and intellectual property law. These fields are constantly undergoing rapid changes, and JLT is dedicated to addressing cutting-edge issues, policies, and technologies. Your gift will provide needed funds to support the production and distribution of this scholarly journal.
MOOT COURT PROGRAMS
Law School Moot Court Fund:
One of the largest participatory student groups, the Moot Court Association is composed of students who share strong interests in oral and written advocacy training. Our moot court program offers participants many opportunities to prepare and conduct full-length trials including several national and international interschool competitions. Your gift will support our moot court activities and competitions.
Vis Arbitration Moot Court Program:
The Vis Arbitration Moot is primarily an educational program, packaged as an annual competition and intended to stimulate the study of international commercial law. It encourages participants to understand international commercial law in the light of different legal systems and to develop an expertise in advocating a position before an arbitral panel composed of arbitrators from different legal systems. Your gift will provide funds to support our team of students participating in world's most prestigious arbitration moot court competitions, the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot, which takes place annually in Vienna, Austria.
CUA Law Trial Team:
Members of the National Trial Team are selected either by an intra-school trial competition or an audition where they demonstrate their advocacy skills. Teams are then selected to compete in national events from California to Puerto Rico. Team members and their alumni coaches devote an enormous amount of time preparing, practicing and ultimately competing in full trials against other law schools. Your gift will support the continuation of this vital experience for students as well as help CUA Law maintain a presence among the elite Trial Advocacy schools.