The Catholic University of America

April 28, 2008

CUA Awarded Merentibus Medal by Jagiellonian University in Poland

Leah Wortham

The Jagiellonian University in Cracow, Poland, has awarded The Catholic University of America its Merentibus Medal in recognition of the important professional contributions made to the Jagiellonian University by many CUA faculty and staff from the Columbus School of Law over the past 18 years. The Jagiellonian and CUA have enjoyed a cooperative academic agreement throughout these years.

In particular, the Jagiellonian recognizes the contributions of Professor Rett Ludwikowski for directing the Summer Law School Program in Cracow; Professor George Garvey for establishing the American Law and LL.M. programs there; Professor Catherine Klein for her help in establishing the Jagiellonian's clinics; and Professor Leah Wortham for her ongoing assistance to numerous Jagiellonian faculty and students. Professor Wortham will be honored with the conferral of the Jagiellonian's With Merit to Jagiellonian University Medal.

"I had the pleasure of visiting and speaking at the Jagiellonian University in July 2006," remarked the Very Reverend David M. O'Connell, C.M., president of CUA. "It is one of Europe's most prestigious universities and its faculty of law is considered one of the finest in the world. To be recognized and honored by the Jagiellonian is a marvelous thing and I am most grateful to the Rector and Senate for their generous tribute to CUA and Professor Wortham."

On the occasion of their visit to the Jagiellonian University in July 2006, Father O'Connell and other CUA leaders took the time to meet with Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz, archbishop of Cracow.

The Merentibus Medal is awarded for special contributions made to the Jagiellonian University. The With Merit to Jagiellonian University Medal is awarded to an individual who has made an outstanding personal contribution to the institution. The medals will be conferred on June 28, 2008, in Cracow.

With a current student body of more than 22,000, the Jagiellonian University was founded in the 14th century. It counts among its distinguished alumni the renaissance scientist Nicholas Copernicus and Pope John Paul II. In addition to its excellent academic programs, it hosts numerous international conferences every year.