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Our extensive alumni volunteer network creates opportunities to provide diverse services and programs for students, alumni, and friends of Notre Dame Law School. There are several ways for alumni to participate and we value your involvement. Consider sharing your time and talents. Below are some of the ways our alumni volunteers give back to Notre Dame Law School.

If you are interested in joining the NDLS Volunteer Network, please complete our online form.

Volunteer Opportunities

Admissions Opportunities
As a graduate or friend of Notre Dame Law School, you are the best ambassador for newly admitted or prospective students. We invite you to attend law school fairs and forums in your area, take an admitted student to lunch, participate in club summer send-offs, or serve as a point of contact for prospective or newly admitted students.

Kevin O’Rear, Assistant Dean, Admissions and Career Development

Alumni Program Opportunities
By hosting or sponsoring events, you strengthen the ties between colleagues and the Notre Dame Law School. Events include social gatherings and networking opportunities. Alumni also further Notre Dame Law School’s goals and programs through participation on the NDLA Board and serving as a reunion committee member.

Patti McLaughlin, Associate Director, Law School Annual Fund

Career Development Opportunities
As an experienced graduate, current students depend on our alumni for career advice and connections with other practitioners in the field. Whether you participate on a panel, post jobs, interview candidates, or host a group of students to discuss your practice, your expertise is an invaluable resource.

Kevin O’Rear, Assistant Dean, Career Development

Law School Annual Fund and Reunion Giving Program
By serving as a class agent, encouraging reunion attendance, and organizing the class gift, you help classmates celebrate the rich traditions of Notre Dame. Alumni also support the greatest priorities of Notre Dame Law School through membership in the Order of St. Thomas More and gifts to the annual fund.

Patti McLaughlin, Associate Director, Law School Annual Fund


Nancy Gargula, '81 JD Receives the 2015 Woman for All Seasons Award from the St. Thomas More Society of Indianapolis

Gargula, U.S. Trustee for Region 10, has been the cantor as well as the planning chair for the the annual Red Mass for 34 years.

Nancy Gargula, ’81 JD
Judge Beth Tavitas, ’85, ’90 JD, Nancy Gargula, ’81 JD, Judge David Dreyer, ’77, ’80 JD

The NDLS Community Remembers Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Patrick Crooks, ’63 J.D.


Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice N. Patrick Crooks, ’63 J.D., passed away on Monday, Sept. 21, 2015. He was 77 years old. Justice Crooks served in the Wisconsin judiciary for 39 years, first on the trial court and then on the Wisconsin Supreme Court, to which he was elected in 1996 and re-elected in 2006. Only a week before his death, he announced that he planned to retire on July 31, 2016.

In Memoriam: John H. Leahy, ’59 BA, ’64 J.D.

Double domer, John Leahy passed away on August 19, 2015 after losing a fast-paced battle with cancer. While at Notre Dame, John was the senior football manager and lived in the football stadium during his law school years, locking it up and taking care of the legendary mascot Clashmore Mike. John served in the United States Navy as a commissioned officer and later as a reserve, retiring as a Captain after 30 years. Later he practiced law in both Chicago and California. John then served as a judge in the Superior State Court of California for thirty years. Please view a beautiful tribute to John’s life here.

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