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In Memoriam: Robert F. Biolchini

Author: Dean Nell Jessup Newton

I am very sorry to report that Robert F. Biolchini, a trustee and generous benefactor of the Law School, passed away November 8 in Jackson Hole, Wyo. 

Bob was a 1962 Notre Dame graduate and earned his law degree from George Washington University. He was a partner with the Tulsa, Okla., law firm of Stuart, Biolchini & Turner and served as a temporary appeals judge for the Oklahoma Supreme Court. Until his retirement in 2015 he was the president and chief executive officer of PennWell Corp., a privately owned Tulsa-based media company founded in 1910 that publishes 75 international weekly and monthly business-to-business magazines and conducts more than 60 business-to-business conferences and exhibitions on six continents. He was also a director of American Business Media, the chief executive officer of Valley National Bank, Lake Bancshares, and Ameritrust. He was a captain in the U.S. Army.

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A Message from the Dean to the NDLS Community

Author: Dean Nell Jessup Newton

I am very sorry to report that Robert F. Biolchini, trustee and generous benefactor of the Law School, passed away yesterday, November 8.  

Bob served as president and chief executive officer of PennWell Corp., a privately owned Tulsa-based media company founded in 1910 that publishes 75 international weekly and monthly business-to-business magazines and conducts more than 60 business-to-business conferences and exhibitions on six continents. He was also the chief executive officer of Bancshares of Jackson Hole (Wyo.), Valley National Bank, Lake Bancshares, Ameritrust, and a director of American Business Media.

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ND Law prepared Jennifer Klute Hall, ’99 J.D., for Capitol Hill

Author: Kevin Allen

Jennifer Klute Hall, ’99 J.D., has navigated the politics of Washington, D.C., drafted major legislation that won congressional approval, and now serves as general counsel at a national trade association for the trucking industry.

And when she looks back at her accomplishments, she sees a few of the lessons she learned at Notre Dame Law School as keys to her success.

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14th Amendment scholar talks birthright citizenship at Dean’s Lecture

Author: Amanda Gray

Martha Jones, scholar on American legal history, tied more than two centuries of debate over the 14th Amendment and citizen rights for former slaves to today’s political debate surrounding undocumented immigrants and asylum seekers at her talk Monday at Notre Dame Law School.

Jones, who was recently appointed the Society of Black Alumni Presidential Professor and Professor of History at Johns Hopkins University, spoke as part of the Dean’s Lecture on Race, Law, & Society series. Her presentation, “Birthright Citizens: Winners and Losers in the Long History of the 14th Amendment,” focused on the topic of her forthcoming book.

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In Memoriam: Professor Regis William Campfield

Author: Dean Nell Jessup Newton

By Nell Jessup Newton, Joseph A. Matson Dean and Professor of Law

Campfield Regis

I am very sorry to announce that Professor Regis Campfield, founder of the Notre Dame Tax and Estate Planning Institute, passed away on Oct. 27, 2017, in Dallas, Texas. He was 75 years old.

Regis served on our faculty from 1970 – 1977 before moving to SMU

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Expert on 14th Amendment to deliver Dean’s Lecture on Race, Law, & Society

Author: Amanda Gray

Martha Jones, an expert on the history of the 14th Amendment and how black Americans constructed their rights through legal proceedings, will deliver the second Dean’s Lecture on Race, Law, & Society at Notre Dame Law School.

Jones, the Society of Black Alumni Presidential Professor and Professor of History at Johns Hopkins University, will present on the topic of her forthcoming book, “Birthright Citizens: Winners and Losers in the Long History of the 14th Amendment,” at 12:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 6, in 1130 Eck Hall of Law.

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ND Law’s Erika Gustin named finalist for national pro bono award

Author: Denise Wager

Erika Gustin, 2L, was nominated to receive the 2017 PSJD Pro Bono Publico Award for her work on Notre Dame Law School’s Exoneration Project. The award recognizes the significant contributions that law students make to underserved populations, the public interest community, and legal education by performing pro bono work. 

PSJD is the public service jobs directory initiative of the National Association for Law Placement. There are over 180 member schools and each could nominate two students. Gustin was one of eight finalists.

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Conference to consider Professor A.J. Bellia’s path-breaking book on international law and the Constitution

Author: Denise Wager

A.J. Bellia, the O’Toole Professor of Constitutional Law at Notre Dame, has co-authored a path-breaking book on customary international law and the United States Constitution with Bradford R. Clark, the William Cranch Research Professor of Law at George Washington University Law School. The Law of Nations and the United States Constitution&, published by Oxford University Press (2017), is the latest work in their years-long research collaboration.

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Street Law brings Notre Dame students to local high schools

Author: Amanda Gray

As the bell rings for the end of the passing period at John Adams High School, students in Michael Szucs’ second-period government class pass forward their homework assignments — a one-paragraph observation of The Sentencing Project.

Rachael Beattie, 3L, asked the class to visit the website last night and to jot down whatever struck them as interesting.

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Teaching ‘awoke a passion’ in John Schoenig, ’98, ’00 M.Ed., ’10 J.D.

Author: Denise Wager

John Schoenig had always felt called to work in education.

After earning his bachelor’s degree from Notre Dame in 1998, he taught English for two years at Holy Rosary School in Shreveport, La., as part of Notre Dame’s Alliance for Catholic Education program. Following his time in the classroom, he spent several years working on ACE’s administrative team and then helped launch a national education policy organization.

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