The Gewirz Student Center has both Resident Fellows and Chaplains in Residence, offering a mix of guidance and support to students.
Resident Fellows create a welcoming and safe community for the students living on campus. Using their experience and connections, they help residents make the most of Washington, DC and Georgetown Law. The individual relationships they form with residents help meet students where they are. The group events they organize bring the best parts of Georgetown Law into the residential community. Keep reading to learn more about this year’s team of Resident Fellows or visit the Become a Resident Fellow page to learn more about joining the team next year.
2021-2022 Resident Fellows
Information about the 2021-22 Resident Fellows is coming soon.
Chaplains in Residence
Chaplains in Residence help residential students thrive in (and make meaning of) their Georgetown Law experience. In addition to the pastoral care they provide, the Chaplains in Residence organize events and collaborate with the Resident Fellows to challenge students’ perspectives, develop individual purpose, and encourage reflection on events inside and outside the classroom. Chaplains in Residence serve all residential students, regardless of their religious affiliation.
2021-2022 Chaplain(s) in Residence
Mary J. Novak, J.D., M.A.P.S. – Floor 11
When Mary is not serving as a Chaplain-in-Residence at Georgetown Law, she serves as Executive Director of NETWORK Lobby for Catholic Social Justice. Mary previously served Georgetown University Law Center as Associate Director of Mission Integration, spiritual director, and Adjunct Professor of Law, with a particular focus at the intersection of psychology, spirituality, and the work of justice. Mary studied and trained in theology, spirituality, and spiritual direction at Santa Clara University and the Washington Theological Union from which she earned a Masters of Arts in Pastoral Studies. She has extensive experience in pastoral ministry, including the ministry of spiritual direction, having served in hospitals and universities for over 15 years. Prior to Georgetown Law, Mary served for two years as a spiritual director at the St. Luke Institute in Silver Spring, Maryland.
A graduate of Santa Clara University Law School, Mary practiced for over a decade in the areas of California water, energy, environmental, and natural resources law, first at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe and then at Ellison & Schneider. While at Orrick, she served on a team pursuing a capital appeal for a man on the largest death row in the United States. She was a member of the Clinical Law Faculty at Santa Clara University Law School and later, she served as the Director for Faculty Development in what is now the Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education at Santa Clara University.
Another area of Mary’s study and practice is peacebuilding, having studied and trained at Eastern Mennonite University’s Center for Justice and Peacebuilding. She completed her final project at the Washington Theological Union on Catholic Peacebuilding, focusing on circle processes in the context of Kenya’s post-conflict reconciliation. Mary returned to the U.S. to serve the Leadership Conference of Women Religious during the Doctrinal Assessment and Mandate of the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith. She continues to serve as a restorative justice practitioner.
Mary was the founding Chair of the Board of the Catholic Mobilizing Network and continues to serve as the Board Secretary. She is the author of “Forming Restorative Justice Practitioners: Learning to Make Meaning of our Trauma Exposure Response,” University of St. Thomas Law Journal, Volume 17-1, 2020.