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CUA Faculty Public Interest/ Public Service Involvement

CUA Faculty members are invaluable resources to students seeking guidance as they pursue public interest/public service externships, fellowships, and careers. The listed faculty members welcome your public interest/ public service law questions.


Stacy Brustin

Roger Colinvaux
Mary G. Leary
Lisa V. Martin

Faith Mullen

J.P. Sandy Ogilvy

Mark Rienzi

Ellen Scully

Raymond Wyrsch


Stacy Brustin

·       Columbus Community Legal Services, Poverty Law, Legal Services

·       Ayuda, Board Member, Former Staff Attorney

·       D.C. Child Support Commission, Appointed Member

·       D.C. Superior Court Child Support Rules Committee

·       D.C. Bar Judicial Evaluation Committee

·       D.C. Office of Complaints, Former Complaint Examiner


Roger Colinvaux


·       Urban Institute and Tax Policy Center, Tax Policy and Charities Project, Board of Advisers (current)

·       Testified before both Houses of Congress on 501(c)(3) organizations and Tax Reform

·       National Center on Philanthropy and the Law, Member of the Board of Advisers (2008-2011)

·       D.C. Bar, Tax Section, Exempt Organization Committee, Chair (2008-2011)

·       Joint Committee on Taxation, U.S. Congress, Legislation Counsel (2001-2008)


Mary G. Leary

·       Professor Leary may be particularly helpful to students interested in criminal prosecution.

·       D.C. US Attorney’s Office

·       Middlesex DA’s Office (MA)

·       Philadelphia DA’s Office (PA)

·       National Coalition to Prevent Child Sexual Abuse, Board Member

·       Delaware Attorney General’s Office, DOJ Child-Exploitation Sections, Public Corruption, CCIPS, Ikeepsafe, Maryland Coalition Against Pornography, Anti Human Trafficking Initiative, State Department Office Against Human Trafficking, NCMEC, ICMEC, Vera Institute, National Center for Victims of Crime, Covenant House


Lisa V. Martin

·       Columbus Community Legal Services, Domestic Violence & Immigration Law

·       D.C. Domestic Violence Fatality Review Board, Member

·       D.C. Superior Court Family Court Rules Advisory Committee, Member

·       D.C. Bar Family Law Section Steering Committee, Co-Chair

·       American Association of Law Schools, Poverty Law Section, Executive Committee, Member

·       Women (/Washington) Empowered Against Violence, Co-Manager of the Teen Dating Violence Program, Staff Attorney

·       Georgetown University Law Center International Women’s Human Rights Clinic, Volunteer Supervising Attorney on Fact-Finding Mission to Uganda


Faith Mullen


·       Columbus Community Legal Services General Practice Clinic

·       Supervisor, Small Claims Resource Center at Superior Court of the District of Columbia 

·       Former legal services attorney (the Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia and Legal Counsel for the Elderly)

·       Former Senior Policy Advisor for AARP

·       Bellow Scholar, 2009 - 2011; project focused on access to justice at the DC Office of Administrative Hearings

·       Training and sustaining pro bono lawyers, with an emphasis on training pro bono attorneys to draft wills for low-income homeowners

·       Rules of Professional Conduct Review Committee, District of Columbia Bar, Member

·       Organizer, annual summer training on protective arrangements (guardianship and conservatorship for incapacitated adults)


J.P. “Sandy” Ogilvy


·       Office of Law & Social Justice Initiatives, Director

·       Innocence Project Clinic, Director

·       Legal Services and Clinical Practice with focus on Government Benefits Law

·       Graduate Fellowship in Advocacy at Georgetown University Law Center, Center for Applied Legal Studies


Mark L. Rienzi

·       Litigation of Pro-Life, First Amendment Cases

·       Americans United For Life, Board Member

·       The Beckett Fund for Religious Liberty, Litigator


Ellen Scully

·       Columbus Community Legal Services, Housing (Landlord/Tenant), Poverty Law, General Practice


Raymond Wyrsch

·       Veteran

·       Government Accountability Office, Office of General Counsel, Senior Attorney

·       National Security, International Affairs, the Defense Industry, Government Budgeting, Accounting, Financial Matters, and Local Government Affairs