2021 Annual Conference

Catholic Lawyers: Navigating Turbulent Waters

OCTOBER 21-23, 2021


Ave Maria School of Law Naples, Florida - Book a Hotel

Registration Fees

Member  $300 (early bird price $275 until 8/15/2021)
Non-member  $375

Registration includes lunch (Friday and Saturday), Cocktail  Reception, and CBA Annual Banquet

Single day rate: Friday $200; Saturday $225
Daily pricing includes respective evening event

Student $50  (excludes evening events)
(scholarships available)
CLE’s as allowed

Remote Participation
Pending... more information to come.


Friday Cocktail Reception

Oct. 22, 2021 5:00-7:00 PM
Tickets for non-conference attendees: $30

Annual Red Mass

St. Agnes Parish

7775 Vanderbilt Beach Rd, Naples, FL 34120

Bishop Frank Joseph DeWane
Diocese of Venice, Florida

Oct. 23, 2021: time TBD

CBA Annual Banquet

Oct. 23, 2021
Time: TBD
Individual tickets for non-conference attendees: $100

Not a Member? Register Online


Speaker: Professor Adrian Vermeule

The Constitution and the Common Good

Prof. Adrian Vermeule is the Ralph S. Tyler, Jr. Professor of Constitutional Law at Harvard Law School and Council member of the Administrative Conference of the United States (ACUS).

Before joining the faculty at Harvard, he was the Bernard D. Meltzer Professor of Law at the University of Chicago. Prof. Vermeule is the author or co-author of ten books, most recently Law and Leviathan: Redeeming the Administrative State (2020) (with Cass R. Sunstein), Law's Abnegation: From Law's Empire to the Administrative State (2017), The Constitution of Risk (2014) and The System of the Constitution (2012).

In 2012, Prof. Vermeule was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. His research focuses on administrative law, the administrative state, the design of institutions, constitutional law and constitutional theory, legislation, and national security law.

His degrees are from Harvard College (AB, 1990) and Harvard Law School (JD, 1993). After law school, he clerked for Judge David Sentelle of the D.C. Circuit of the U.S. Court of Appeals and then, in 1994 and 1995, for Justice Antonin Scalia.

He joined the faculty of the University of Chicago Law School in 1998, where he was twice awarded the Graduating Students' Award for Teaching Excellence (2002, 2004). In 2015, he co-founded the book review magazine, The New Rambler.

In 2016, he converted to Catholicism, which he credits substantially to following the logic of St. John Henry Newman. He has been quoted as saying that he sees no middle way between atheism and Catholicism.

Speaker: Steven W. Mosher

In China, the Law is a Penal Tool of the CCP--and is being used to Crush the Church.

Steven W. Mosher is the President of the Population Research Institute (1995 to present) and a well-known authority on China.  His books include: 

  • Bully of Asia: Why China’s Dream is the New Threat to World Order,
  • Population Control: Real Costs and Illusory Benefits
  • Hegemon: China's Plan to Dominate Asia,
  • A Mother's Ordeal: One Woman's Fight Against China's One-Child Policy.  

Mosher served as the Director of the Asian Studies Center at the Claremont Institute from 1986-95, and as a Commissioner of the U.S. Commission on Broadcasting to China.  He has lectured widely in the U.S. and abroad, and is a frequent guest on television and radio talk shows on population questions, including Fox News, NewsMax, Fox Business, and EWTN.

He was educated at the University of Washington (B.S., M.S.) and served in the U.S. Navy (1968-76).  Following his military service, he pursued advanced studies at Stanford University (M.A., M.A.), and taught at Stanford and the University of California at Berkeley.  In 1979 was selected by the U.S. National Academy of Science to became the first American social scientist permitted to do field research in China since the 1949 Communist revolution.

During his time in China, as an eyewitness to the newly instituted one-child policy, he documented the widespread practice of forced abortion and forced sterilization in that country.  Later, he worked with Congress to pass the Mexico City Policy and defund the UNFPA, which was heavily involved in both promoting and funding China’s policy.  

He served on the Catholic Advisory Group to the Trump Campaign in 2016 and again in 2020.  He and his wife, Vera, have nine children and 11 grandchildren (and counting).

Speaker: Dean John M. Czarnetzky

Catholic Social Doctrine in the American Corporation

Topic: Catholic Social Doctrine in the American Corporation


Dean John M. Czarnetzky is a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (B.S., 1982, Chemistry) where he played football, and the University of Virginia (J.D., 1989), where he was an Executive Editor of the Virginia Law Review and an editor of the Virginia Journal of Environmental Law.

Before law school, Dean Czarnetzky served as a U.S. Army intelligence officer specializing in foreign chemical, biological and nuclear capabilities.

After law school, he practiced bankruptcy and commercial law with Sidley & Austin in Chicago, and McGuire, Woods, Battle & Boothe in Richmond, Virginia.

Czarnetzky joined the University of Mississippi School of Law in 1994, where he taught courses in bankruptcy, corporate reorganizations, secured transactions, civil procedure, business associations, and international trade. He also directed the law school’s Cambridge Summer Session for some years, taught several undergraduate courses at the university’s Honors College, and co-founded the law school’s St. Thomas More Society.

In 2016, then-Professor Czarnetzky received the Elsie M. Hood Award for “outstanding professor at the University of Mississippi,” the highest honor awarded to Ole Miss faculty members. In addition, he was honored five times as the outstanding professor at the law school itself by vote of the law students.

Dean Czarnetzky currently serves as a legal adviser to the Holy See’s Mission to the United Nations. In that capacity, he has represented the Holy See in negotiations pertaining to the establishment of the International Criminal Court and several international treaties, including a treaty on the rights of persons with disabilities.

His scholarly interests are bankruptcy, commercial and international law, the last growing out of his work with the Holy See. In 2020, Dean Czarnetzky became a Fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy. He has published in the Notre Dame Law Review, the Fordham Law Review and the Arizona State Law Journal. His recent scholarship explores the intersection of Catholic social theory and American corporate and commercial law—his topic today.

Dean Czarnetzky is a lay member of the Dominican Order and a third-degree Knight of Columbus.

Speaker: William J. Haun

Where Two or Three are Gathered: Restoring the Constitution’s Protections for Civil Society

Will joined the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty as Counsel in 2019. Since then, he has been a member of the legal team that unanimously prevailed before the U.S. Supreme Court in Fulton v. City of Philadelphia, successfully argued Diocese of Lubbock v. Guerrero before the Supreme Court of Texas, and has briefed and argued cases defending various religious institutions in courts nationwide.

Will is also a Nonresident Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, in its Center for Social, Cultural, and Constitutional Studies. There, he focuses on the intersection of religion and self-government, American constitutionalism, and the Supreme Court. 

Before joining Becket and AEI, Will practiced appellate and antitrust law at two international law firms, Shearman & Sterling and Hunton & Williams (now Hunton Andrews Kurth). 

Will served as a law clerk to Judge Janice Rogers Brown of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and Judge Claude M. Hilton of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia.

Will lives in Maryland with his wife and children. They enjoy sailing on the Eastern Shore, participating in the life of their parish, spending time with close friends and family, and cheering on their favorite baseball teams.

Speaker: Travis Curtright

The Holiness of St. Thomas More

Travis Curtright, PhD, is a scholar, theater director, and author. He currently serves as Chair of the Humanities and Liberal Studies Program at Ave Maria University in Southwest Florida, as well as Professor of Humanities and Literature, and director of Shakespeare in Performance, a troupe of actors and minor of studies.

Professor Curtright completed his education at the University of Dallas, earning his doctorate in Literature. He also has professional training from the American Shakespeare Center and studied improv at Chicago’s prestigious The Second City.

A skilled acting coach and award-winning teacher, Dr. Curtright invites students of any major or career path to encounter Shakespeare’s art through performance. He presents the craft of acting as a sincere gift of self, combining the practice of acting techniques with St. John Paul II’s vision of the human person. Friendship, too, should be part of the experience that theater provides, especially during the college years, so that young or new actors find encouragement. Students and graduates, as reported in the Naples Daily News, call acting under Dr. Curtright’s direction a “life-changing experience.”

Beyond the theater, Professor Curtright is known as editor-in-chief of Moreana: Thomas More and Renaissance Studies, a journal published by Edinburgh University Press. Moreana is an international, multilingual and non-confessional journal, published in double issues, in June and December. The journal was first published in 1963 by Germain Marc’hadour within the Amici Thomae Mori society.

An accomplished scholar and influential voice in both Shakespeare in performance and Thomas More studies, Travis Curtright has written The One Thomas More, Shakespeare’s Dramatic Persons, and co-edited Shakespeare’s Last Plays: Readings in Literature and Politics, as well as publishing numerous articles in academic periodicals on Shakespeare or More.

Travis and his wife, Mary, are also the parents of five children, all of whom are named after Shakespeare characters. To the delight of Shakespeare in Performance troupe members, the Curtrights seamlessly mesh family life and troupe life. Their troupe members are family, and their family is actively involved with SIP.

Book a HOTEL

Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham Naples Hotel Reservation instructions:

Book online at:

2021 CBA Conference hotel reservations

The link will take you directly to the reservations webpage with the group code already entered. Reservations can also be made by calling the hotel direct at 239-593-1300 ad asking for CBA group name (Group Code: 102121CAT)

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To be included in the block you must make your reservations by 9/21/2021.
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