Religious Liberty and the Free Society: Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Dignitatis Humanae

The Notre Dame Law Review will host its annual Symposium on Nov. 5-6, 2015 in the Patrick F. McCartan Courtroom at Notre Dame Law School. This year’s Symposium is titled Religious Liberty and the Free Society: Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Dignitatis Humanae. The event will celebrate and examine the 50th Anniversary of the Second Vatican Council’s Declaration on Religious Freedom and is part of the 2015-16 Notre Dame Forum.

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Professor William Kelley Appointed to Standing Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure

Bill Kelley

Chief Justice John G. Roberts has appointed William Kelley, associate professor of law, to the Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure (the “Standing Committee”). The Standing Committee coordinates the work of the Advisory Committees on the Federal Rules of Appellate, Bankruptcy, Civil, Criminal Procedure, and the Rules of Evidence. Kelley was appointed to a three-year term in September.

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Supreme Court Could Improve on its Selection of Cases, Law Scholars Argue

U.S. Supreme Court

In the early 1980s, the Supreme Court decided some 150 cases a year, nearly twice the number it annually decides these days. Legal scholars and practitioners of law have criticized, lamented and even denounced this “docket shrinkage,” but while much attention has been paid to how the Supreme Court decides its cases, far less attention has been paid to the question of which cases the Court chooses to decide — and which cases it chooses not to.

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Notre Dame Law School Hosts Meeting of the Advisory Committee on the Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure


This week, Notre Dame Law will host the Advisory Committee on the Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure at its Chicago facilities. Professor Amy Coney Barrett, Diane and M.O. Miller, II Research Chair in Law, is a member of the committee. The committee will meet Thursday and Friday Oct. 29-30 at the Notre Dame Law Suite on Michigan Ave.

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Professor Snead and Notre Dame’s Center for Ethics and Culture Hosted Discussions for the Synod on the Family

David Bender, chairman of the CEC advisory board, left, with Cardinal Timothy Dolan and Carter Snead at the Synod on the Family

The three-week-long Synod on the Family, which formally closed with a Mass Sunday (Oct. 25) in Rome, brought 270 cardinals, archbishops and priests from around the world for what may have been the most significant and consequential such church gathering since the Second Vatican Council half a century ago.

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Edging Out a Patent with Notre Dame Law Students

When Jeff Ballard, president of Design Align Landscape Edging in South Bend, knew he had developed a product for the commercial landscaping industry, he wanted to see what legal recourses he had to protect his intellectual property and ultimately bring it to market.

He turned to the South Bend Chamber of Commerce Small Business Advisory Group who recommended that he seek a patent for the product, which he calls a “Gap Lock” connector. However, he was not prepared to spend the thousands of dollars or the significant investment it would take to obtain a patent.…

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Marijuana Policy: Who Should Decide?

When most people frame the debate about regulating marijuana for recreational or medical use, they only consider two options: legalize the drug or ban it. But Robert Mikos, professor of law at Vanderbilt Law School, argued this week that there are actually a variety of options between the two extremes. At a Notre Dame Law School forum, he questioned evaluating the stigma and punishment doled out to low-level marijuana users and expanding the types of conditions permitted for medical use.…

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American justice: A U.S. lawyer in Colombia’s peace process


The article American justice: A U.S. lawyer in Colombia’s peace process in the Miami Herald, Oct. 2, 2015 on the Doug Cassel’s involvement in the Colombia’s peace process.
“Doug Cassel helped nail down a justice system for Colombia’s peace process
The legal innovation removes one of the last obstacles to ending 50-year civil conflict
A system that prizes truth over prison has its skeptics”

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What’s Wrong with Copying? NDLS LAMB Hosts a Conversation with Abraham Drassinower on Copyright Law

What's Wrong with Copying?

Some of the world’s leading copyright experts will meet on Friday, Oct. 2, 2015 to discuss Abraham Drassinower’s provocative new book, What’s Wrong with Copying? Drassinower is the Legal, Ethical, and Cultural Implications of Technological Innovation Chair at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law. The discussion is being hosted by Notre Dame Law School’s Law and Market Behavior research program (LAMB).

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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.

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