News » Archives » November 2016

NDLS Moot Court Hosts Religious Freedom Tournament

Author: Denise Wager

The Notre Dame Law School Moot Court Board recently hosted its inaugural National Appellate Advocacy Tournament for Religious Freedom.

“This event started as an idea last April and truly came to fruition this weekend,” said Matthew Ciulla, 3L, tournament director of the Notre Dame Moot Court Board. “Our tournament brought academics, law students, and attorneys from around the country together to discuss the Establishment Clause, while allowing students to hone their oral advocacy and brief-writing skills.”…

Read More

Chicago Was Our Back Up: Why We Practice in Grand Rapids

Author: Denise Wager

Bigger is not always better. That is what two Notre Dame Law School alumni told students about why they chose to work at a midsize firm in Grand Rapids, Mich., and the benefits that choice provided.

Large firms in metropolitan areas, such as Chicago, and small boutique firms, have their pros and cons, said Matthew O’Rourke, ’06 B.A., ’14 J.D., and Grant Schertzing, ’15 J.D., both associates at Miller Johnson in Grand Rapids. Midsize or regional law firms and midsize cities can provide lawyers with the best of both worlds, they said.…

Read More

Changes to the Voting Rights Act Could Mean Fewer People Vote

Author: Lauren Love

The 2016 election will be the first presidential contest in 50 years without the full protection of the 1965 Voting Rights Act. It is unclear what that will mean for the country’s electorate.

“We’re at the face of a precipice and we don’t know what’s next,” Luis Fuentes-Rohwer, professor of law at Indiana University Maurer School of Law, told Notre Dame Law students recently. “The Court essentially neutered the Voting Rights Act.”…

Read More

Gun Policy is Difficult

Author: Lauren Love

Improving America’s gun problem is difficult and will take compromise from gun-rights and gun-control advocates, said Trevor Burrus, research fellow at the Cato Institute’s Center for Constitutional Studies. Burrus spoke to students in a discussion hosted by The Federalist Society.

“Like most questions in public policy, gun policy is hard,” Burrus said. “Getting it right — or even starting to get it right — requires calling out the bad arguments from both sides.”…

Read More

Law School Faculty Host Academic Advising Sessions

Author: Lauren Love

Notre Dame Law School faculty will host advising sessions for students as they select courses for next semester and beyond, organized by fields of law. The Law School’s Programs of Study give students the opportunity to build expertise in a specific area of the law.

The advising sessions are designed to provide students with a range of long-term options for courses that will best prepare them for the careers they seek.…

Read More