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2003-2004 Catholic Lawyer's Program: Work-Life Balance; Counseling, Litigation and the Church

Counseling, Litigation and the Church: Room for Gospel Values? (February 2004)

In the wake of the clergy abuse scandals, this panel aimed to be a sensitive and respectful "examiniation of conscience" to consider the roles of the lawyers in these cases, the limitations of current professional models, and the extent to which the legal system would leave room for an alternative approach.

Conversation with:

  • Mark E. Chopko, Esq., General Counsel, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
  • Roderick MacLeish, Jr., Esq., Greenberg Traurig, LLP, Boston
  • Professor Patrick J. Schiltz, Professor of Law, University of St. Thomas School of Law


  • Mark E. Chopko, Stating Claims Against Religious Institutions, 44 Boston College L. Rev. 1089 (2003)
  • Patrick J. Schiltz, The Impact of the Clergy Sexual Misconduct Litigation on Religious LIberty, 44 Boston College L. Rev. 949 (2003)
  • Patrick J. Schiltz, The Future of Sexual Abuse LItigation, America Magazine Vol. 189 No. 1 (2003)
  • Patrick J. Schiltz, Defending the Church, Litigation, Vol. 23 No. 3 Spring 2003

Too Much of a Good Thing? The Role of Work in the LIfe of a Catholic Lawyer (November 2003)

Conversation with:
  • Professor Eduardo Penalver, Fordham Law School.


  • M. Cathleen Kaveny, Billable Hours in Ordinary Time: A Theological Critique of the Instrumentalization of Time in Professional Life, 33 Loyola U. Chic. L.J. 173 (2001)
  • John Paul II, Laborem Exercens (On Human Labor)(1981)
  • John Paul II, Dies Domini (The Lord's Day) (1998).