Class Secretaries

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Class secretaries are one of the most important alumni volunteer positions. Secretaries maintain an interest in classmate activities and actively solicit and communicate class member news.

The Class Secretary Toolkit provides information secretaries need to prepare Class Notes columns for Notre Dame Magazine, develop forms of classmate communication, and encourage classmates to update contact information.

Class Secretary Toolkit

Class Notes Guidelines and Deadlines
Notre Dame Magazine is published four times a year and class secretaries are instrumental in obtaining personal and professional updates from classmates. Updates are included in the class notes section of the magazine. Contact Liam Farrell, 574-631-7005, for class notes guidelines, deadlines, and questions about Notre Dame Magazine.

Notre Dame Lawyer Magazine is produced by the Notre Dame Law School and features relevant class notes published in recent editions of Notre Dame Magazine as well as professional class notes announcements listed on the Notre Dame Law School website.

Communicating with Classmates
The University’s secure, online platform, myNotreDame, maintains data integrity, respects the privacy of our alumni, and follows alumni relations best practices while providing an opportunity for classmates to communicate with each other. Class secretaries can search and send e-mails to specific classmates using the online directory. The Alumni Association and Law School Alumni Relations are rolling out a Law Class Groups platform during 2012-13. Stay tuned for more information.

Notre Dame Law School alumni can also network with peers by registering for the Professional and Alumni Notre Dame Lawyers LinkedIn Account.

Updating Classmate Contact Information
Class secretaries play an important role in encouraging classmates to keep their contact information accurate and up-to- update in myNotreDame. Through the secure community, classmates can contact other alumni, join a club, or search for peers by specific fields of law. To use myNotreDame classmates need to register and create a password. For help setting up an account, contact the Alumni Association at 574-631-1579.

Class secretaries sometimes receive unfortunate news regarding the death of a classmate. The Law School appreciates your assistance in making us aware of death notices. Contact lawalum@nd.edu for more information.

News

NDLA Honors Judge Kenneth Ripple with Fr. Michael McCafferty, C.S.C. Award

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On Friday, November 14, 2014, the NDLA presented the Fr. Michael McCafferty Award to the Honorable Kenneth Ripple for his thirty-seven years of distinguished service to the University of Notre Dame as a faculty member of the Law School. The award was presented by Dean Nell Newton and NDLA Board President, Jared des Rosiers, at a dinner following the NDLA fall board meeting. This award is named for Fr. Michael McCafferty, who in his all-too-brief life established a universal reputation within Notre Dame Law School as a charismatic teacher, renowned scholar, beloved friend and spiritual mentor.

In memoriam: James F. Smith, ’89 J.D.

Brigadier General James Smith passed away on September 29, 2014 from cancer complications at the age of 54. Jim was married to Jennifer O’Leary Smith, ’89 J.D. Upon his retirement from the Air Force, as a Brigadier General, Jim was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal by the President of the United States. Jim was a partner in the firm of Butler Pappas in Chicago. Please view the online obituary for more about Jim’s many accomplishments. Also view a beautiful tribute to Jim, as “A true Domer”, in an article in The Observer written by the daughter of one of Jim’s classmates.

Brian Skaret, ’02 J.D., Awarded Attorney General’s Distinguished Service Award

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Brian Skaret, ’02 J.D., has been awarded the Attorney General’s Distinguished Service Award for the successful investigation and prosecution of the Barrio Azteca criminal organization earlier this year. This prestigious award is the second-highest conferred by the U.S. Attorney General.

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