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Two NDLS Grads Named First Bank of America Foundation Community Sustainability Fellows

Author: Lauren Love

Notre Dame Law School, in conjunction with the Bank of America Foundation, has named two 2015 NDLS graduates as the inaugural recipients of a newly announced public service fellowship. The Bank of America Foundation Community Sustainability Fellowship, which began this fall, places NDLS graduates in city agencies or private nonprofits for a two-year term.

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Galilee Program Shapes Students’ Views on Being a Different Kind of Lawyer

Author: Lauren Love

As many students make their way home for winter break – to binge-watch Netflix, small-talk with relatives and catch up on sleep – more than 150 of this year’s 200-strong class of first-year Notre Dame Law students will spend a week of their break exploring the inner workings of public-interest and public-service lawyering through the Galilee Program.

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Meet Sami Lyew, 2L

Author: Catherine Behan

Originally from Snellville, Ga., Lyew received her bachelor’s degree in political science from Auburn University. She is the online editor for the Journal of Legislation, secretary of the Federalist Society, a student ambassador for the Office of Admissions, and a member of both the Merchandise and Community Service Committees for the Student Bar Association. During her 1L summer Lyew was a legal intern with the corporate legal team at Chick-fil-A in Atlanta, Ga. For her 2L summer she will complete an internship in the Office of Inspector General at the Securities and Exchange Commission in Washington, D.C. She hopes to practice in Washington, D.C., upon graduation.…

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Welcome to the NDLS community!

Author: Lauren Fleck

My name is Lauren Fleck, and I am an assistant director in the Office of Admissions. First, I want to congratulate you on your admission to Notre Dame Law School. NDLS truly offers the supportive community and vibrant academic environment that will help you pursue your career goals.

Second, I want to introduce you to our blog. Here we will regularly post about what is happening at NDLS

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Notre Dame Law Students Raise Funds for South Bend Families in Need

Author: Lauren Love

Not everyone is fortunate enough to have a warm meal for the holidays, but thanks to the Student Bar Association at Notre Dame Law School, 50 families from the YMCA of North Central Indiana will feast on turkeys, stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy, cranberries, green beans, sweet corn, cornbread and cookies, just in time for Thanksgiving.

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Thomas Olohan, ’01 J.D. Receives Highest Honor from FBI

Author: Tammye Raster

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FBI Supervisory Special Agent, Thomas Olohan, received the FBI’s highest honor of the Director’s Award for Excellence in 2015 due to his work in a sensitive human source operation run jointly with the Department of Defense. Additionally, Olohan was honored with an Anti-Defamation League 2015 SHIELD Award for his role in an investigation that resulted in the incarceration of a US-based individual. The SHIELD Award recognizes major success in the fight against hate crimes, terrorism, and the protection of civil rights.

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Donald W. Ward, ’54 J.D. Receives the 2015 Legendary Lawyer Award

Author: Tammye Raster

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Donald Ward, partner at Ward & Ward in Indianapolis was named the 2015 Legendary Lawyer by the Indiana Bar Foundation. The annual Legendary Lawyer Award recognizes an attorney who demonstrates adherence to the highest principles and traditions of the legal profession throughout a career of 50 years or more. Ward has practiced for 60 years and currently practices with his son at Ward & Ward. Attorney Richard Eynon commented that, “Perhaps no other individual attorney has had a greater impact over the past 50 years in maintaining the integrity of the Appellate and Supreme courts, while putting aside self-interest for the best interests of Hoosiers’ justice, than Don.” Ward was humbled and honored by the award stating, “It is hard for me to believe that I can receive an award for doing the thing I have enjoyed doing for the past 60 years – going to the office and practicing law.” Read more.

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Thomas Ahearne, ’81 Finds Meaning in a Fight for Education Funding in the State of Washington

Author: Tammye Raster

Thomas Ahearne, a graduate of Notre Dame and University of Chicago Law School, had risen at a powerful Seattle firm by working for business clients who took on insurance companies, often winning millions of dollars. Ahearne, upon the suggestion of a colleague, decided to put his litigation skills to work in fighting the state of Washington over education funding. Read more in the Boston Globe.

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

Author: Denise Wager

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

Author: Susan Good

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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The Honorable Michael Gotsch, Sr., '79, '87 JD Receives ISBA Outstanding Judge Award

Author: Tammye Raster

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Judge Michael G. Gotsch Sr., who has served on the bench in the St. Joseph Circuit Court since 2004, was recently honored as the recipient of the Outstanding Judge Award from the Indiana State Bar Association’s (ISBA) Young Lawyers Section at the ISBA’s annual meeting. Over the years, Gotsch has been appointed to serve on numerous national and state committees and task forces. Additionally, Gotsch is an adjunct faculty member at Notre Dame Law School. Read the full news release.

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

Author: Michael O. Garvey

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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

Author: Lauren Love

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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

Author: Michael O. Garvey

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

Author: Denise Wager

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?

Author: Lauren Love

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

Author: Susan Good

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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

Author: Catherine Behan

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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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