The Catholic University of America

July 14, 2006

CUA President Leads Delegation to Poland

Very Rev. David M. O'Connell, C.M., president of Catholic University, is leading a university delegation to Cracow, Poland, that today participated in a celebration of a unique collaborative summer law program between CUA's Columbus School of Law and the Jagiellonian University in Cracow.

From left: Father David M. O'Connell, John Convey, Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz, Veryl Miles and George Garvey.

Other members of the Catholic University delegation include Provost John Convey, the university's senior academic leader; Columbus School of Law Dean Veryl V. Miles; Vice Provost and Dean of Graduate Studies George Garvey; and law school Professor Ralph Rohner.

After meeting with Jagiellonian University Rector Karol Musiol and several members of his administrative staff, the CUA delegation attended the celebration of the 15th anniversary of the International Business and Trade Summer Law Program, which is offered jointly by CUA and the Jagiellonian University.

The celebration was held at the Jagiellonian University's Great Aula.

Speaking to an audience of more than 100 administrators, faculty and students of the program, Father O'Connell congratulated CUA law school Professor Rett Ludwikowski for initiating the program with then-Columbus School of Law Dean Ralph Rohner in 1991. He also presented the President's Medal, the university's highest honor, to Michal Chorosnicki, a professor of law at the Jagiellonian University who has been instrumental to the success of the joint law program as CUA's principal point of contact in Cracow and the primary recruiter of Polish students in the program.

"I believe, given the current situation of the world, that it is more important than ever before for our students to have the opportunity to grow in understanding of and respect for people of different cultures and traditions, of different histories and customs - and to be grateful for and celebrate these differences in an intellectual and academic setting," O'Connell said. "It is my prayer for all of you today, law students from CUA and from all the countries represented here, that your deepest sense of what is true and right and good will always be your guide in the noble profession that is yours."

Father O'Connell presents Michal Chorosnicki with the President's Medal, the university's highest honor.
Following a reception with the students and a luncheon, the CUA delegation was received by Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz, archbishop of Cracow and former personal secretary to Pope John Paul II, at his home in Cracow.

The International Business and Trade Summer Law Program offers students intensive training in the global aspects of modern trade law, foreign investments, financial institutions and various substantive areas of law. The program is unique in that American students study side-by-side with their Polish counterparts. The 2006 summer program began June 17 and concludes July 29. The courses offered during the summer program are accredited by the American Bar Association.

The Jagiellonian University was founded in the 14th century and has an enrollment of 42,000 students.

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Media contact(s):
· Chris Harrison, CUA Office of Public Affairs, 202-319-5600,
· Katie Lee, CUA Office of Public Affairs, 202-319-5600,