Leonard A. Leo, Esq., to be 2019 Commencement Speaker

Mr. Leo to be awarded the Saint Dominic Medal

The Pontifical Faculty of the Immaculate Conception is pleased to announce that Leonard A. Leo, Esq., Executive Vice President of the Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies, will be the speaker at our Commencement ceremonies on May 17, 2019. We are honored that Mr. Leo will address our faculty and graduates on this occasion.

At commencement, Mr. Leo will be presented with the Saint Dominic Medal. The medal is awarded to those individuals who, through demonstrated competency in their life’s work, have advanced the ideals of the Pontifical Faculty of the Immaculate Conception, thus, bringing honor and recognition to the charism of the Dominican Order. Mr. Leo has long been a global champion of religious liberty, both in his work for the Federalist Society, as well as serving for three terms as chairman of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom. He serves on the boards of The Catholic University of America, the Ethics and Public Policy Center, the Catholic Information Center, and the Napa Legal Institute. He is a member of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta. He has played a key role in the success of many important Catholic initiatives, including the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast and our own Thomistic Institute. It was due to Mr. Leo’s advice and encouragement that the Thomistic Institute began its campus chapters program, its most successful outreach initiative.

Mr. Leo is Executive Vice President of the Federalist Society, joining the organization over 25 years ago. Since that time he has been instrumental in helping the organization top 70,000, focusing on the growth of lawyers membership, operations and activities advancing limited, constitutional government. In addition to his work at the Society, Leonard has advised President Trump on judicial selection, assisted with the Gorsuch and Kavanaugh Supreme Court selection and confirmation process, and served as a member of the transition team. He also organized the outside coalition efforts in support of the Roberts and Alito U.S. Supreme Court confirmations. Mr. Leo was also a U.S. Delegate to the UN Council and UN Commission on Human Rights during the Bush Administration. Leonard was the recipient of the 2009 Bradley Prize, along with the other founders and directors of the Federalist Society, for his work in advancing freedom and the rule of law. He is the coeditor of Presidential Leadership: Rating the Best and the Worst in the White House, as well as the author of opinion editorials in the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and Washington Post. Leonard holds degrees from Cornell University and Cornell Law School. He presently resides in Northern Virginia, where he and his wife Sally have raised their seven children.

Due to limited space, attendance at Commencement is by invitation only.

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