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ND Expert: Supreme Court decision won’t assuage religious liberty concerns

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Whatever else its consequences, today’s Supreme Court’s decision upholding the Affordable Care Act won’t affect the issues raised in the lawsuit recently filed by several religious institutions against the federal government, according to O. Carter Snead, professor of law and William P. and Hazel B. White Director of the University of Notre Dame’s Center for Ethics and Culture. Read More

ND Expert: SCOTUS upholds healthcare, ignores partisan intimidation

Richard Garnett

The U.S. Supreme Court today largely upheld the Affordable Care Act, President Obama’s signature health care law, as predicted by University of Notre Dame Associate Dean and Law Professor Richard W. Garnett, a past clerk to former Chief Justice William Rehnquist and an expert on constitutional-law and religious-freedom matters.

The court decided that the “individual mandate,” which requires Americans to either purchase health insurance or pay a fine, effectively functions as a tax and is therefore constitutionally permissible.

“While the individual mandate survived its constitutional challenges, the sweeping assertions of regulatory power made by many of the act’s supporters did not,” Garnett says. “As the chief justice wrote, ‘the framers created a federal government of limited powers and assigned to this court the duty of enforcing those limits. The court does so today.’ Read More

Prof. Richard Garnett quoted in several sources on Supreme Court health-care ruling

Rick Garnett fall08 news Following Supreme Court health-care ruling, House GOP will again try to repeal the law – The Washington Post – June 28, 2012

Roberts delivers for president who had opposed him – AP – June 28, 2012

Legal Scholars React: ‘Many People Were Stunned’NPR – June 28, 2012

Beyond the mandate: Court’s ruling on another ACA provision could have sweeping implicationsMSNBC – June 28, 2012

Conservatives Misguided Criticism of Roberts (Opinion: by Richard Garnett) National Review – June 28, 2012 Read More

Jane Simon listed in Top 50 Law Professors on Twitter

simon news Legal Writing Professor Jane Simon made the list at number 29 of Top 50 Law Professors on Twitter by WorldWideLearn web site. The top law professors dominate the Twitter-verse, either through the wit, volume or audience. Criteria for selection for this list include the quality of the tweets, the number of followers and the most active users.

29. Jane Simon, @LawWriter, Notre Dame University. This legal writing prof and frequent Tweeter posts interesting tidbits on legal topics and much more. Extracurricular interests run to sports and new media. > Read More Read More

New Notre Dame Fellows Work to Aid Immigrants and Low-Income Residents

students_nd_fellows_2012_news Kelly Jentzen Thompson, J.D. ’12, of Arlington, Virginia, and Rachel Odio, J.D. ’12, of Costa Rica will be spending the next two years serving as the Law School’s 2012 Notre Dame Fellows in Washington, D.C., and Los Angeles, California.

Highly competitive, the Notre Dame Fellowship award requires applicants to develop and propose a two-year public interest program to be implemented with a host agency and a willing supervising attorney. Funded entirely by the law school’s benefactors, the Fellowship pays the Fellows’ salaries and employer-provided health and other benefits for two years. Read More

Judge Ann Claire Williams, J.D. '75, Receives 2012 Sorin Award

Anne Williams The 2012 Rev. Edward Frederick Sorin, C.S.C. Award was recently presented to Judge Ann Claire Williams. She is the first judge of color appointed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and the third woman of color to serve on any U.S. court of appeals. Before that appointment, Williams served on the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. At 35, she was the youngest woman of color ever appointed to the federal bench. Read More