The Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law Announces New Endowed Faculty Chair

August 31, 2022

The Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law is pleased to announce the donation of $4 million to establish a new endowed faculty chair: the Knights of Columbus Professor of Law and the Catholic Tradition. The new chair will be filled by Prof. Kevin C. Walsh, who has also joined the law school as the co-director of the Project on Constitutional Originalism and the Catholic Intellectual Tradition (CIT). Prof. Walsh will be formally installed in the new chair during a ceremony on November 8, 2022.

Catholic Law’s Project on Constitutional Originalism and the Catholic Intellectual Tradition (CIT) announced on August 19, 2022, its lineup of speakers for the fall 2022 semester. This will be the first semester of CIT’s speakers program, a core component of CIT. As CIT has previously announced, its inaugural lecture will be delivered by Supreme Court Justice Samuel A. Alito, Jr., in September 2022. 

Catholic Law’s Project on Constitutional Originalism and the Catholic Intellectual Tradition (CIT) announced on July 27, 2022, the inaugural class of its new Aquinas Fellowship. The Aquinas Fellowship is a program for young lawyers in the D.C. area that examines the relationship between the Catholic intellectual tradition and American constitutionalism. The program will consist of eight monthly seminar-like discussions conducted by leading scholars in the fields of theology, philosophy, and constitutional law.

Catholic University of America’s law school, the Columbus School of Law, has launched its newly established Project on Constitutional Originalism and the Catholic Intellectual Tradition (CIT), with programming to begin this fall. The Project is the first-ever academic initiative dedicated to exploring the moral foundations of constitutional originalism in light of the Catholic intellectual tradition and the American experience of constitutional self-government.

About our project

The Project on Constitutional Originalism and the Catholic Intellectual Tradition (CIT) promotes scholarship that explores the relationship between the Catholic intellectual tradition and American constitutionalism. That tradition is deep and rich, including philosophical and theological accounts of law and politics by such figures as St. Augustine and St. Thomas Aquinas.

Although the Project’s primary focus is on theories of constitutional law, such as originalism, CIT’s ambit is broad and covers the relevance of the Catholic intellectual tradition for constitutional history, doctrine, and other fields of study. 

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