News & Events


A.J. Bellia Named First O’Toole Professor of Constitutional Law


The University of Notre Dame has appointed NDLS Professor A.J. Bellia to serve as the inaugural O’Toole Professor of Constitutional Law. This Endowed Chair is funded by a significant gift from Judge Thomas W. and Elaine S. O’Toole to support the study and teaching of constitutional law at Notre Dame Law School. Judge O’Toole, who obtained his B.A. from Notre Dame and his L.L.B. from the University of Arizona, long served with distinction on the Maricopa County Superior Court.

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Notre Dame Honors Professor Tidmarsh


The University honored NDLS Professor Jay Tidmarsh as a 2014 Featured Faculty during the third quarter of the North Carolina football game October 11. He was recognized during the second half of the game in an on-field ceremony at Notre Dame Stadium and invited to enjoy the third quarter from the Notre Dame sideline.

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Notre Dame Law in D.C. Set for Spring Launch

Janet Laybold
Assistant Dean for Graduate and Strategic Initiatives

The Law School is launching a Notre Dame Law in D.C. externship program for Spring 2015 and Spring 2016, Dean Nell Jessup Newton has announced.

Janet Laybold, Assistant Dean for Graduate and Strategic Initiatives, will direct the program and teach its externship seminar. Dean Laybold will work closely with Professor Bob Jones, the Associate Dean for Experiential Programs who launched and continues to run the successful Notre Dame Law in Chicago program.

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NDLS and CCHR welcome Eduardo Ferrer Mac-Gregor


Notre Dame Law School and the Center for Civil and Human Rights are pleased to welcome Judge Eduardo Ferrer Mac-Gregor, Judge of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, who will be visiting Notre Dame Law School from Monday, September 22 to Friday, October 3, 2014. As the Clynes Chair in Judicial Ethics, he will offer three seminars and a public lecture open to faculty and students.…

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Law School Welcomes Dean for a Day Timothy L. Dondanville


Dean Nell Jessup Newton is pleased to announce that Timothy L. Dondanville will become Dean of the University of Notre Dame Law School on September 9, 2014, and that he has agreed to serve in that important position until the close of business on September 9, 2014. During Dean Dondanville’s short – but surely memorable – deanship, Dean Newton will return to the faculty to concentrate on her research.

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ND Expert: Illegal ransom payments principal source of ISIS funding

Jimmy Gurulé

Islamic State (ISIS) militants who beheaded American journalist James Foley in Syria this week reportedly had demanded $132.5 million in ransom for his release.

Collecting ransom payments is a principal source of funding for ISIS, according to terrorist financing expert Jimmy Gurulé, professor of law at the University of Notre Dame, who says making such a payment is a federal crime.

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Friday, October 31, 2014

Straight from the Horses Mouth: Military Life from the Perspective of a Retired Lieutenant Colonel


Location: Room 1310

Calling all interested in serving in JAG, the military, or just learning more about it.
Ever wanted to know what it’s like to go through basic training? Ever want to know how assignments come down? Or how the cases get from the unit officers to the JAG officer?
Come hear a retired Lt. Colonel talk about what it takes, what its like, and the rewards of military service. He won’t sugar coat anything and he will answer your questions.

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Monday, November 3, 2014

CDO: Introduction to the Shaffer Fellowship


Location: Room 1130

Exemplifying what it means to be a different kind of lawyer, the Thomas L. Shaffer Fellowship program was created to help launch public service careers for NDLS graduates who have potential to make differences in the lives of low-income or under-represented communities. Join CDO Counselor Rick Herbst as he guides you through the process of applying for this opportunity.

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OCI/Interview Prep


Location: Room 3130

We will discuss how Lexis can help with interview prep as 1 and 2 Ls get ready for that.
Speaker : Laura Dettinger
Sponsor : LexisNexis

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ND Law & Economics Workshop


Location: Room 2130

Jonathan Remy Nash (Emory Law School): “Interparty Judicial Appointments: A Study of New York’s Bipartisan Senatorial Nomination System, 1977-1998"
Workshop open to all NDLS.

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Tuesday, November 4, 2014

ND Club of San Diego Lawyers Committee Networking Group Event


Location: Cooley LLP, 4401 Eastgate Mall, San Diego, CA 92121


You’re Invited!
Please join us for our inaugural lawyer’s networking group event.
Join fellow Notre Dame Alumni for a breakfast meeting geared towards building personal and business relationships. The meeting will consist of general remarks, small group break-out sessions, lawyer profiles, and the scheduling of future lunch dates to provide an opportunity for Notre Dame Alumni to build personal and business relationships. Any lawyer with a Notre Dame degree (undergraduate or law school) is welcome!
Please direct all questions to Juan Castaneda.

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Friday, February 6, 2015

The Common Law in an Age of Regulation

Location: Notre Dame London Law Centre

The Program on Constitutional Structure will host a conference, “The Common Law in an Age of Regulation” on February 6, 2015 at the Notre Dame London Law Centre. The world’s legal systems that claim the common law as their heritage operate today in an age of increasing statutory and administrative regulation. The conference will gather scholars from the Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the United States to consider six papers that address the role of the common law in an age of regulation.

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Friday, April 17, 2015