B.A., Georgetown; J.D., Georgetown; M.A., Fordham; S.J.D., Georgetown
Amelia “Amy” Uelmen is a Lecturer in Religion & Professional Life and a Special Advisor to the Dean at Georgetown Law School, and a Senior Research Fellow at the Berkley Center on Religion, Peace and World Affairs. Her seminars aim to help students from diverse religious and political backgrounds develop the communication skills they need to foster understanding across deep differences. Her scholarship focuses on how religious values might shed light on tort law, legal ethics and legal education, and how principles of dialogue might inform debates about religion in the public square. In 2016 she completed an S.J.D. with a dissertation on the moral and legal obligations of bystanders to a victim in need of emergency assistance, with a particular focus on how the law should respond when people take exploitative cell phone pictures of the victim. From 2001-2011 she served as the founding director of Fordham University’s Institute on Religion, Law & Lawyer’s Work, and from 1996 to 2000 worked as an associate with the law firm Arnold & Porter, primarily in the areas of products liability and commercial litigation. Recent publications include include 5 Steps to Healing Polarization in the Classroom (2018, with Michael Kessler) and Five Steps to Positive Political Dialogue (2014),. Throughout her career, she has been active as an organizer for the Focolare Movement’s efforts to build bridges between people of different faiths, and has also served as a consultant for the Focolare’s Economy of Communion project in which businesses operate according to principles of responsibility to the larger community and share profits with the poor.