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Do drone attacks comply with international law?

Mary Ellen Oconnell news PolitiFact (Quotes: Mary Ellen O’Connell), July 1st, 2010
Mary Ellen O’Connell, a University of Notre Dame law professor, argues that “without a right to use military force on Pakistan’s territory, we not only violate that state’s rights under international law, we are violating the human rights of all victims, regardless of whether they are Taliban militants on a CIA hit list or bystanders. Some of the publicly acknowledged strikes in Pakistan have not been part of Pakistan’s own armed conflict hostilities with Taliban. I know of no justification in international law for those.” > Read Article

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Supreme Court extends rights of gun owners

Rick Garnett fall08 news Los Angeles Times (Quotes: Richard Garnett)
“This case is only the beginning of the debate. Gun ownership rights — like free-speech rights — are not absolute, and state and local governments retain the authority to enact reasonable gun-control laws,” said Rick Garnett, a law professor at the University of Notre Dame. > Read Article

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Supreme Court Strengthens 2nd Amendment

Rick Garnett fall08 news The Lipman Times (Quotes: Richard Garnett)
“This case is only the beginning of the debate. Gun ownership rights — like free-speech rights — are not absolute, and state and local governments retain the authority to enact reasonable gun-control laws,” said Rick Garnett, a law professor at the University of Notre Dame. > Read Article

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Prof. Bradley quoted in What Kind of Justice Would Kagan Be?

bradley news What Kind of Justice Would Kagan Be?
National Catholic Register
Less than a week before the Senate hearings begin on June 28, Judge Robert Bork, the former Yale constitutional scholar whose 1987 nomination to the Supreme Court was blocked by an alliance of liberal groups, Gerard Bradley, the Notre Dame law professor, and William Saunders of Americans United for Life, argued that Kagan’s activist judicial philosophy would have negative consequences for the nation.…

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States Must Honor Gun Rights, U.S. High Court Says

Rick Garnett fall08 news San Francisco Chronicle (Quotes: Richard Garnett)
“Given that other fundamental rights – the freedom of speech, the freedom of religion, and so on – limit both state and national governments, it would have been strange for the court to rule otherwise here,” said Rick Garnett, associate dean and constitutional law professor at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana. > Read Article

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Supreme Court Arizona ruling could shape immigration reform

Rick Garnett fall08 news Christian Science Monitor (Quotes: Richard Garnett)
“This does not necessarily mean, though, that the states and the national government cannot ever legislate on the same subject. They do all the time," says Richard Garnett, Professor of Law and Associate Dean at Notre Dame Law School. "The question will be, in this case (as with the more recent Arizona law) whether the Arizona law interferes in some way with the federal policy.” > Read Article

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Scholars of violence and religion to gather at Notre Dame

brinig news Scholars from around the globe will gather at the University of Notre Dame June 30 to July 4 (Wednesday to Sunday) for the meeting of the Colloquium on Violence and Religion (COV&R). The theme of the conference is “Transforming Violence: Cult, Culture, and Acculturation.” More than 150 scholars from 14 countries are expected to attend.

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Prof. Brinig presents at Colloquium on Violence and Religion

brinig news Margaret Brinig, Fritz Duda Family Chair in Law and associate dean for faculty research, will present a paper at Notre Dame’s Colloquium on Violence and Religion during a special keynote session. The presentation runs from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. in McKenna Hall Auditorium on Notre Dame’s campus.

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Law School alumni to lead program on living the Gospel

tender strong true logo news The Notre Dame Alumni Association will present an online program titled “Restoring Balance and Reducing Stress: Living Gospel Priorities” at 8:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 20. The program, led by Rev. David T. Link ’58, ’61 J.D., and Ann M. Firth ’81, ’84 J.D., will discuss achieving life balance and reducing stress by focusing on Christian priorities, practices and beliefs that lead to a sustainable inner peace.

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Prof. Carozza organizes amicus effort in European crucifix case

carozza Notre Dame Professor of Law Paolo Carozza is leading a group of more than 50 law professors from 15 countries who have submitted written comments asking the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights to overturn a seven-judge panel’s ruling that crucifixes may not be displayed in Italian classrooms.

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Featured Faculty: Michael Kirsch

Kirsch Prof of Year 2010 news Each year, Notre Dame Law School’s graduating class honors a member of the faculty with the Distinguished Professor of the Year Award. This year, the class chose Associate Dean and Associate Professor of Law Michael Kirsch.

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Alumni Spotlight: Lindsay Updike Van Gorkom ’05

Lindsay Updike Van Gorkom news When Lindsay Updike Van Gorkom sits down at her desk to begin her day as a clerk for State Superior Court Judge Sharon Gleason, she’s on top of the world—literally and figuratively. “I’m looking at Mount McKinley as we speak,” she says with a smile in her voice.

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Prof. Cassel to help draft peace declaration

cassel news Notre Dame Professor of Law Douglass Cassel is one of ten experts from around the world invited by UNESCO and the Spanish Association for International Human Rights Law to help draft a proposed universal declaration of the human right to peace.

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2010 Notre Dame Law School Commencement Awards

graduation stole news Twenty-seven of Notre Dame Law School’s 172 J.D. alumni received awards during the May 15, 2010, diploma ceremony on the lawn overlooking the Hesburgh Library’s reflecting pool. The honorees were recognized for their skill in trial advocacy and brief writing, for their demonstration of leadership and service, and for exceptional academic achievement.

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Students Pursue Summer Human Rights Internships

map of earth news Notre Dame Law School’s Center for Civil and Human Rights (CCHR) has awarded internship funding to three J.D. students, thanks to the generosity of the CCHR’s Advisory Committee. The internship program, now in its second year, makes it financially possible for J.D. students to seek unpaid human rights-related summer internships.

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Meet the Class of 2010

graduation stole news On May 15, 172 J.D. students became Notre Dame Law School alumni. As a group, they are employed in 24 states and the District of Columbia. They’ve chosen to work in private practice, government, judicial clerkships, the military JAG Corps, and corporations. Get to know some of them here.

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Featured Faculty: Carter Snead

carter snead news Notre Dame Associate Professor of Law Carter Snead was recently appointed an associate research fellow at The Linacre Centre, a Roman Catholic academic institute that engages with the moral questions arising in clinical practice and biomedical research.

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Alumni Spotlight: Rev. Gerard J. Olinger ’04, C.S.C.

Gerard Olinger news Six years after graduating from NDLS, the Indiana Province of the Congregation of Holy Cross ordained Gerry Olinger at Notre Dame’s Basilica of the Sacred Heart on April 10, 2010. Father Gerry is now a residence hall director at the University of Portland in Oregon, where he ministers to students living there. Next year, Olinger will serve as executive assistant to the president, Rev. E. William Beauchamp, C.S.C.

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NDLS Prof. Emeritus Kommers Sits on Panel with Justice Scalia

Don Kommers 5-10 news Notre Dame Professor Emeritus Donald Kommers (law and political science) joined Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States Antonin Scalia and Justice of the Federal Constitutional Court of Germany Bun-Otto Bryde as part of a German-American conference on “Freedom and Security in Constitutional Democracies: A Transatlantic Dialogue.”

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Prof. Garnett on CNN

Rick Garnett fall08 news Notre Dame Professor of Law Rick Garnett spoke with CNN about the religious constitution of the Supreme Court, and the possibility that Justice John Paul Stevens’ departure could leave the Court with no Protestants for the first time in history.

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Prof. O’Connell testifies at Congressional hearing on drones

Mary Ellen Oconnell news Mary Ellen O’Connell, the University of Notre Dame’s Robert and Marion Short Professor of Law and Research Professor of International Dispute Resolution at the Kroc Institute, testified at a hearing before the U.S. House Subcommittee on National Security and Foreign Affairs on Wednesday, April 28, 2010.

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Student Spotlight: Ashon McKenzie ’10

Ashon McKenzie news When Ashon McKenzie graduates from Notre Dame Law School in May, he will have already argued a case before one of the most respected judges and legal scholars in the nation—Richard Allen Posner of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit—thanks to his placement on the Appellate Moot Court Board.

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