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Catholic University Experts Available to Discuss March for Life and Roe v. Wade

Experts at The Catholic University of America are available to discuss the March for Life on Friday, Jan. 25, and the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade. Each source has extensive media experience.

  • PASTORAL ISSUES — Jamila Evans, associate campus minister for women's and pro-life ministry, is an expert in pastoral issues affecting women and expectant mothers. Evans is also the adviser for Students for Life, an education and advocacy organization on campus. She organizes CUA's annual March for Life events, which include the overnight hosting of more than 1,200 pilgrims and a rally for hundreds of CUA students prior to the march. Evans has a decade of experience working with young people in Catholic educational and pastoral settings, and she is the recipient of the Cardinal Bernardin New Leadership Award from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops for her work in social justice. To watch her Jan. 22 interview with CatholicTV about the University’s preparations for the march, visit

    Contact Evans at 202-319-5575 or
  • ABORTION AND THE FIRST AMENDMENT — Mark L. Rienzi, assistant professor, is a widely sought-after speaker on constitutional issues, particularly concerning abortion and the First Amendment. Rienzi teaches constitutional law, religious liberty, torts, and evidence. His litigation and research interests focus on the 14th Amendment, free speech, and the free exercise of religion. He is currently serving as counsel in several constitutional cases across the country, including the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty’s contraception mandate challenge. He has been quoted on constitutional law issues on ABC, Fox, CBS, Fox News, NPR, and in the Washington Times, The New York Daily News, the Chicago Sun-Times, and Roll Call.

    To contact Rienzi, call the CUA Office of Public Affairs at 202-319-5600 or the law school director of public relations at 202-319-5438.
  • CATHOLIC SOCIAL THOUGHT — Lucia Ann Silecchia, professor and director of Catholic University’s new International Human Rights Summer Law Program in Rome, is an expert in Catholic social thought, environmental law and ethics, elder law, property, and legal education. She is a member of University Faculty for Life and has spoken at its annual conference. She has also been involved in the activities of the Conference on Catholic Legal Thought and the Religiously-Affiliated Law Schools Association. Silecchia has been interviewed by The New York Times, Catholic News Service,, and The Washington Post.

    Contact Silecchia 202-319-5560 (office) or 202-903-5560 (mobile) or

For assistance in reaching sources, contact Katie Lee or Mary McCarthy Hines in the Office of Public Affairs at 202-319-5600. To search for other CUA faculty experts, visit the Faculty Experts Guide at