Catholic Law has a unique mission of service that, combined with the Catholic Law Advantage, provides students with a legal education that will allow them to grow both professionally and as an individual. This mission is exemplified by our dedication to pro bono work; a commitment shared by students, faculty and alumni alike. Clinical skills lie at the heart of how the law functions as a tool to help and protect others, especially society’s most vulnerable. 

Students who are drawn to service have many opportunities for engaging in long-term and short-term social justice projects, as well as student organizations that give back to the local community. Catholic Law also assists students who wish to pursue post-graduate fellowships and other employment opportunities in public interest and public service settings.

Below are some stories that highlight the commitment to service Catholic Law students and alumni have:

  • Emily Totoro, Catherine Klein, and Carmita Hedman Sequeira

    Catholic Law Students Carmita Hedman Sequeira (3L) and Emily Totoro (2L) Conduct Virtual Hearing in D.C. Superior Court

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  • Law Students Protect The Vote

    Catholic Law Students Partner with Howard Law Students to Protect the Vote

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  • Samantha Rogers and Monica Sameni

    Catholic Law Students Monica Sameni (3L) and Samantha Rogers (3L) Receive Favorable Ruling on Case in Prince George’s County Court

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  • Catholic Law Student Lauren Sormani (3L)

    Catholic Law Student Lauren Sormani (3L) Marks First Anniversary of Ataxia Awareness Day With Exciting News

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  • Elizabeth M. Timothy receives award

    An Interview with the Honorable Elizabeth M. Timothy '89, a 2019 Distinguished Public Service Award Winner

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  • Photos of students going into public service

    Celebrating Catholic Law's Class of 2020 Graduates Entering Public Service

    Service is at the core of the Columbus School of Law’s mission. The law school believes that each student has the ethical responsibility to advance the public interest and increase access to justice. This year, Catholic Law is especially proud of our 2020 graduates who will begin their legal career in furtherance of the public good.

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  • Esperanza Sanchez '18

    Catholic Law Alumna Esperanza Sanchez ’18 Recognized as Frontline Hero by wtopnews

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  • law student student doing research

    Catholic Law Pro Bono Program Boasts Increased Student Participation

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  • Tax Clinic

    The Catholic Law VITA Program Nationally Recognized Amidst Pandemic

    The Columbus Community Legal Services Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program was one of 12 programs selected to be nationally recognized and the only program selected from the DMV area.

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  • Andrea Laprade

    Catholic Law Students Respond to Pandemic by Supporting Their Communities with Pro Bono Efforts

    As Catholic Law students navigate a new reality and their own challenges, they still prioritize helping others in need.

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  • James McDonald '69

    Catholic Law Alumnus and Board of Visitors Member James McDonald ’69 Strives to Distribute Critical Supplies Amidst Mounting Health Crisis

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  • Ariel Gonzalez

    Catholic Law Alumnus Ariel Gonzalez ’07 Advocates for Women and Children Amid Global Crisis

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  • Yoliara Ramos

    Catholic Law Alumna Yoliara Ramos ’16 Advocates for Survivors Despite Challenges Brought About by Health Crisis

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  • Suzy and Matthew Keller

    Catholic Law Alumnus Matthew Keller ’10 Goes Beyond the Business Day to Support His Community

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  • Catholic Legal Services Miami

    Catholic Law Alumnus Joseph Kano ’13 Fights to Protect Immigrant Rights Despite Ongoing Pandemic

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  • Sanchelle Charles

    Catholic Law Alumna Sanchelle Charles ’14 Meets Global Uncertainty with the Importance of Making an Impact

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  • Brown and Stolarz

    The Work of Catholic Law Alumnus Brian Stolarz ’98 to be Featured in Netflix Docuseries

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  • law student talking to kids

    Students from San Miguel School Learn What It Takes to be a Lawyer at Catholic Law

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  • Members of SPIL with Weissman Family

    Members of Catholic Law’s Students for Public Interest Law Come Together with The Weissman Family

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  • MLK Day of Service volunteers

    Catholic Law Students Honor Martin Luther King Jr. in Annual Day of Service

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  • Family and Friends of Students at Catholic Law Come Together to Experience a Day in the Life of a Law Student and Learn the Importance of Giving Back Through Pro Bono Work

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  • Probono training

    First Year Students Prepare For Pro Bono

    More than 50 Catholic Law 1Ls joined Pro Bono Coordinator Kiva Zytnick and Columbus Community Legal Services (CCLS) faculty for an engaging and informative “Mini-Training” to prepare them to participate in pro bono as law students.

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  • students assembling lunches

    Catholic Law Students Assemble Lunches for Homeless as Part of #Lunchbag

    Catholic Law students assemble lunches for the homeless during #lunchbag.

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  • students packing back to school kits

    Incoming Students Conclude Orientation with Community Service Day

    Cleaning, gardening, fixing up classrooms, or spending time with the elderly won't show up on a law school class syllabus, but those activities are nonetheless an integral part of Catholic Law's long tradition of dedication to service.

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