From 2001 until July 2011, Amy Uelmen served as the Director of the Institute on Religion, Law & Lawyer’s Work at Fordham University School of Law. Her scholarship focuses on how Catholic social thought 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. She has taught the lecture in Professional Responsibility as well as seminars in Religious Lawyering, Catholic Social Thought and the Law, and Catholic Social Thought and Economic Justice.
From 1996 through 2000, she worked as associate in Arnold & Porter's New York office, primarily in the areas of products liability and commercial litigation. Through 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.
Amy J. Uelmen holds a bachelor’s degree in American Studies and a J.D. from Georgetown University, and an M.A. in Theology from Fordham University. She currently serves as the director of the Institute on Religion, Law & Lawyer’s Work at Fordham Law School where she teaches and writes in the area of Catholic social thought and the law. She has lectured and published widely on how religious values might inform the practice of law and how principles of dialogue might inform debates about religion in the public square. She is a frequent contributor to the Focolare Movement’s monthly magazine, Living City.