Notre Dame Law Association
The Notre Dame Law Association enjoys membership of more than 8, 000 alumni and friends worldwide. Members are bound by their experiences at Notre Dame and network with students and other NDLA members. Membership is free and open to individuals who are graduates of Notre Dame Law School; graduates of the University of Notre Dame who have graduated from or are faculty members of a Law School other than Notre Dame Law School upon notification to the Law School Alumni Relations Office; faculty of the Notre Dame Law School; members of the Law School Advisory council; or persons with a demonstrated interest in the Notre Dame Law School at the discretion of the Dean or majority vote of the NDLA board of directors.
Members receive regular mailings from the Law School including Notre Dame Lawyer magazine and invitations to NDLA events. To inquire about membership, please contact the Law School Alumni Relations Office at (574) 631-6891 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Notre Dame Law Association Board
The Notre Dame Law Association Board is a volunteer group of alumni and friends that support the needs of Notre Dame Law School and its efforts to build strong, lasting relationships with its alumni. Board members promote a spirit of solidarity and friendship designed to engage alumni in the Law School community; support mentoring and recruitment efforts of prospective students; counsel current students; sponsor and participate in activities that advance the interest of the University of Notre Dame, recognize talents and contributions of members through an awards program, and encourage annual giving. The board includes:
- Past president
- Sixteen regional directors
- Two at-large member, graduated within 10 years
- Three University constituency members
- SBA president
- An international representative and additional student representative may be appointed
Several past presidents and former directors continue to support efforts of the Notre Dame Law Association Board.
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.
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., 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.View All News
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