Many of our faculty members are nationally recognized experts in their field. They are honored by peers and sought by the media to provide analysis of new legal developments. Many of our full-time professors had extensive private- or public- sector legal practice before turning to full-time teaching. They bring invaluable real-world experience into their classrooms.

Below are some interviews with our faculty. Each interview also contains a link to that faculty member's profile page.

  • Professor Joel Alicea

    Catholic Law Welcomes Joel Alicea to the Faculty

    Catholic Law is excited to welcome Joel Alicea as the newest member of the faculty. “Being Catholic myself, I was drawn to the mission of the University and the great tradition of Catholic legal thought."

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  • Cara Drinan

    Faculty Feature Series: Meet Professor Cara H. Drinan

    At Catholic Law, the faculty are passionate about their work. For Professor Cara H. Drinan, the experience she gained while working in private practice led to her commitment to criminal justice reform. “My scholarship explores the various ways in which our criminal justice system is broken, including the over-policing of poor, minority communities and schools, disparate access to counsel, and the uniquely American practice of extreme prison sentences.  I’m especially interested in reforms that keep children out of the criminal system and respond instead to rehabilitative needs.”

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  • Susanna Fischer

    Faculty Feature Series: Meet Associate Professor Susanna Fischer

    At Catholic Law, the faculty are experts in their fields and bring with them an array of diverse perspectives through which they study and approach the law. For Professor Susanna Fischer, her “view of American Law is infused with a comparative perspective because [her] first legal studies, qualification as a lawyer and legal practice all took place in the United Kingdom. Only after practicing for six years in London as a barrister did [she] come to the United States and encounter the study and practice of American law.”

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  • A.G. Harmon

    Faculty Feature Series: Meet Clinical Professor A.G. Harmon

    At Catholic Law, the faculty incorporate lessons from multiple disciplines to their teaching . For Professor A.G. Harmon, that means connecting his passion for writing with the law. “I began teaching when I was pursuing my doctorate in English literature. I started out teaching writing, as I have always published fiction and essays, and that translated well when I made my way into teaching legal courses. All of these disciplines have a lot in common.”

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  • Jeremy Kidd

    Faculty Feature Series: Meet Visiting Associate Professor Jeremy Kidd

    At Catholic Law, the faculty is committed to making an impact on their communities and the world. For Visiting Associate Professor Jeremy Kidd, the ability to understand how rules and regulations affect those they are created to serve is an important part of being a lawyer. “I’ve seen how important the rules we choose to regulate business have a much larger impact on people’s lives than we realize[…] I realized I could have a greater impact on the world if I learned and taught those principles to the next generation of world leaders.”

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  • Megan La Belle

    Faculty Feature Series: Meet Professor Megan La Belle

    At Catholic Law, the faculty know the importance of preparing for pressure. For Professor Megan La Belle, “Law school is stressful, law school is difficult, and everyone is under a lot of pressure. But, part of law school and part of becoming a good lawyer is learning how to handle that pressure and that stress because you are going to experience that as a lawyer and in your life.”

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  • Dean Stephen Payne

    Faculty Feature Series: Meet Dean and Knights of Columbus Professor of Law Stephen C. Payne

    At Catholic Law, the faculty brings the full breadth of their experiences as practitioners into their classrooms. Dean Stephen C. Payne, who will be teaching criminal law to first-years this fall, credits his early career in the Army JAG Corps for his strong foundation as a practitioner. “I started off as a JAG Corps prosecutor. I really appreciate having that foundation. In the Army working general crimes, you are much more like a local prosecutor in that role. That gave me great skills and taught me how to be a lawyer, so when I went into private practice and worked on complex, sophisticated corporate crimes and corporate criminal investigations, I was good. That experience was a good foundation.”

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  • Antonio Perez

    Faculty Feature Series: Meet Professor Antonio Perez

    At Catholic Law, the faculty examines all sides of an argument. For Professor Antonio Perez, the ability to see an argument from different perspectives is a crucial skill for a good lawyer and advocate. “The capacity to understand the other side’s argument or position better than they understand it themselves is the key to superior legal practice, whether it’s in advocacy, counseling, or dealmaking. It requires a lot of empathy and open-mindedness and the ability to keep on thinking about problems from every possible perspective. That means learning how to listen and ask questions that enable you to see why people, especially the ones with whom you disagree, think what they think and want what they want.”

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  • Professor Lucia Silecchia

    Faculty Feature Series: Meet Professor Lucia Silecchia

    At Catholic Law, the faculty is dedicated to providing a top rate legal education that is committed to the dignity of each human person; care for the poor, the neglected, and the vulnerable; and the obligation of love for one another. For Professor Lucia Silecchia, though her areas of focus appear varied, “the common thread through them all is that they ask questions related to our responsibility for the people and things that are entrusted to our care.”

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  • Professor Smith with a group of students

    Faculty Feature Series: Meet Professor Emeritus George P. Smith II

    At Catholic Law, the faculty is dedicated to providing a connected, focused, and practical legal education. For Professor Emeritus George P. Smith, that means bridging his scholarly interests with his teachings to provide students with opportunities to see law in action. “Reading cases and then testing the rules deriving from them in ‘the marketplace of ideas’ (i.e., life), is the  best way to teach and to understand what law is, and at the same time, learn ways to make law more adaptive to efforts to work toward the achievement of a level of social justice in contemporary society.”

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