Lucia Silecchia, J.D. Headshot


  • Columbus School of Law
  • Expertise

  • Elder Law
  • Human Rights
  • Environmental Ethics
  • Catholic Social Teaching
  • Assisted Suicide
  • Life Issues
  • Property
  • Trusts and Estates
  • Policies relating to the Treatment of Persons with Disabilities
  • Research focus and experience

    Silecchia has an extensive list of publications in the areas of in the areas of environmental law and ethics, Catholic social thought, legal education, law and literature, and legal writing. Please visit her faculty page (link above)

    Attended a 2007 Vatican conference on the environment

    She also directs Catholic University's International Human Rights Summer Law Program in Rome.

    She serves as an expert to the Permanent Observer Mission of the Holy See to the United Nations on matters related to the elderly and to the environment.

    In the Media


    • Unease and Idealism: Reflections on Pope Benedict's "Educating Young People in Justice and Peace"

      Article appears in the Notre Dame Journal of Law, Ethics and Public Policy

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    • Reflections on the Link between Faith and Intellect

      This CUA Columbus School of Law Legal Studies Research Paper offers personal reflections on the interplay between faith and the intellectual life. The essay is the source of remarks that were delivered by the author in a panel entitled �What Faith Has to Do With the Intellectual Life� hosted by The Catholic University of America.

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    • Integrating Catholic Social Thought in Elder Law and Estate Planning Courses: Reflections on Law, Age and Ethics

      An article published in the Villanova Journal of Catholic Social Thought exploring how attorneys can find guidance from Catholic social thought on issues that may arise as they advise individual clients on estate matters.

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    • The 'Preferential Option for the Poor': An Opportunity and a Challenge for Environmental Decision-Making

      An article published in the University of St. Thomas Law Journal exploring the intersection of the preferential option for the poor and environmental ethics.

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