Dr. Margaret Taylor-Ulizio has had a long-standing interest in Ecclesiology, or the study of the church. Her interest led her to pursue a B.A. and an M.A. in Theology from Duquesne University, and then a Ph.D. in Systematic Theology with an specialization in Ecclesiology from Marquette University. During her graduate studies she focused on the way different emphases in understanding the structure of the Church manifested themselves in seemingly irreconcilable conflicts concerning Catholic identity. Dr. Taylor-Ulizio's dissertation was dedicated to an analysis of theological method underlying much of the conflict.
After teaching part-time for over a decade, Dr. Taylor-Ulizio began studying canon law, an interest that developed during her graduate studies in Ecclesiology. She completed her J.C.L. in canon law in 2015, writing her thesis on alternative dispute resolution in recourse against acts of administrative power.
In 2016 she completed the New Jersey Association of Professional Mediator's 40 hour training course in civil mediation. She completed a 10-week apprenticeship in civil mediation, mediating cases up to $15,000. Dr. Taylor-Ulizio has recently undergone the background clearance and has been approved as a court volunteer for the municipal court system in Mercer County, New Jersey and is now working with other mediators. As a municipal court mediator, Dr. Taylor-Ulizio mediates cases between persons involving simple assault, harassment, criminal mischief, and trespassing among others.
In 2016, Dr. Taylor-Ulizio founded CLAMS Canon Law Advocacy and Mediation Services in order to use her competence in Ecclesiology, canon law and mediation to aid people in resolving their conflicts within the Church.
In addition to her volunteer work in the court system, Dr. Taylor-Ulizio continues to teach as a part-time instructor at Georgian Court University and also acts as a advocate in marriage nullity cases.