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Corey Hemmerich, 2L: mother, law student, and extreme commuter

Author: Kevin Allen

When Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg spoke at the University of Notre Dame in September 2016, one of the many points she touched upon was how she balanced being a mother at the same time she was in law school.

Ginsburg told the audience in Purcell Pavilion that caring for her young daughter, Jane, gave her “a sense of proportion” as a law student.

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Associate Dean Randy Kozel develops a theory of precedent in new book

Author: Kevin Allen

In the American legal system, it’s a generally accepted view that judges should not disrupt the decisions of their predecessors unless they have a compelling reason to do so. The principle is known by the Latin phrase stare decisis – “to stand by things decided.” The goal is to preserve the law’s core without permanently entrenching every judicial mistake.

The key question is: When should judges break from precedent? After all, even Supreme Court justices disagree about the role of precedent in particular cases.

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David Pruitt joins ND Law School as Clinical Law Center director

Author: Amanda Gray

David Pruitt is the new program director for the Notre Dame Clinical Law Center.

Pruitt brings almost two decades of experience as a practicing attorney to the position. Most recently, he was a partner in the litigation department at Barnes & Thornburg in South Bend. He concentrated on commercial and intellectual property litigation and represented clients in state and federal courts throughout the country.

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