Catholic University Law Review

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Catholic University Law Review  
Edited byMatthew H. Dawson
Publication details
Former name(s)
Law Review (United States)
Publication history
Columbus School of Law (United States)
Standard abbreviations
Cath. U. L. Rev.
Cathol. Univ. Law Rev.
OCLC no.35734699

The Catholic University Law Review is a student-run quarterly law review published by the Columbus School of Law (The Catholic University of America).


The journal was established in 1950 and is the Columbus School of Law's oldest legal journal. Recent issues have featured analysis on such topics as the legal status of records and archives in war, the proper role of poverty in determining an indigent defendant's civil right to counsel, the material-support bar and the challenges it poses for modern immigration practitioners, the correct standard of proof for incapacity will contests, a fiftieth anniversary review of the Steelworkers Trilogy, the battle over Passenger Name Records and its role in the attempted Christmas Day bombing, and the application of sound negotiation theory to the written demand.

The Catholic University Law Review publishes articles, book reviews, and essays, in addition to notes and comments written by student staff members.[1] Its 2016 impact factor is 0.309, ranking it 125th among 149 journals listed in the "Law" category of the Journal Citation Reports.[2]

Notable alumni[edit]

Notable alumni include Chief Judge Edward J. Damich of the United States Court of Federal Claims, Judge Stephanie Duncan-Peters of the District of Columbia Superior Court, and Ralph Rohner, a former dean of the law school and an expert in commercial and consumer law.

Staff and selection of membership[edit]

The Law Review selects approximately 50 second- and third-year law students for membership. This selection occurs through the Law School's writing competition and students' academic performance. During the spring semester, first- and second-year students interested in joining the Law Review submit a 20-page note, which is graded by editors. Of the group that submitted notes, the review then selects its members from those who have the highest combined grade point average and writing competition score.[3]


The Catholic University Law Review hosts a yearly symposium on a select area of law. The 2009 Catholic University Law Review symposium, entitled "The Future of Election Law: The Changing Roles of Campaign Finance and Lobbyist Contributions" focused on the role of campaign finance in election law. The Law Review's 2010 symposium was entitled "Immigration and National Security: Material Support and the War on Terror."[4]

Notable articles[edit]

  • Yanovitch M (2007). "Crawford". Catholic University Law Review. 57 (1): 269.
  • Wasserman HM (2004). "Continuity of Congress: A Play in Three Stages". Catholic University Law Review. 53 (4): 949. SSRN 615725.

Abstracting and indexing[edit]

The review is abstracted and indexed in:


  1. ^ "CUA Law Review - Manuscript Submissions". Archived from the original on 30 March 2009. Retrieved 2009-07-29.
  2. ^ "Web of Science". 2017. Retrieved 2018-02-05.
  3. ^ "CUA Law Review - Membership". Archived from the original on 30 March 2009. Retrieved 2009-07-29.
  4. ^ CUA Law Review - Symposium Retrieved 2009-12-02 Archived 30 March 2009 at the Wayback Machine.