The Catholic University of America


Roger V. Abbott is a law student at The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law, where he is Federalist Society chapter president. Roger is a staff member of the Catholic University Law Review, and is writing a Comment on the application of rational basis scrutiny to purely protectionist intra-state licensing schemes. During the summer of 2011, Roger interned with Judge Wolski on the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, and worked as an editor of the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy. Prior to Law School, Roger worked for one year at the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI), where he wrote a number of Op-Ed pieces published in the American Spectator and the D.C. Examiner. Roger received his M-Phil. in Modern European History (2008) and his B.A. in Modern History and Politics (2006), both at Oxford University. Roger can be reached at:

Vice President


Austin Lipari is in his second year at the Columbus School of Law. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Catholic University's School of Philosophy where he studied in depth the political thought of Aristotle and Plato.   Austin grew up in Loveland, Ohio, a suburb of Cincinnati and currently serves as an editor of the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy. Austin and his wife, Allison, recently celebrated the birth of their first child, Joseph Carmelo Lipari.   






Lindsey Melody, a native of NJ, graduated magna cum laude from Monmouth University with a BA in Political Science and minor in English in 2010. Her senior Honors thesis, which focused on the Constitutional rights of students in compulsory education, received the MU Honors School Jane Freed Award for best proposal. While in undergrad, Lindsey interned for The Federalist Society in the national office, where she became a proponent of the organization. At Catholic, she is a staff member of the Journal of Law, Philosophy, and Culture. She is primarily interested in criminal law and litigation, has interned for a prosecutorial non-profit, and will be a judicial intern at D.C. Superior Court in the fall of 2011.  




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