NDLS Program on Church, State & Society Awards Summer Fellowships

Church, State, & Society Summer Fellows Clockwise from top left: Margo Borders, Lauren Andrini, Robert Sikorski, and Catherine Gawron are recipients of the 2017 summer fellowship awards from the Notre Dame Law School’s

Lauren Andrini, Margo Borders, Catherine Gawron, and Robert Sikorski, all 1Ls, have each received a $10,000 fellowship award from the Notre Dame Law School’s Program on Church, State & Society

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Alum Sean Seymore Honored with BLSA’s Alumni Award

Sean B. Seymore, ’01 Ph.D., ’06 J.D., was awarded the Alvin McKenna Alumnus of the Year Award by the Notre Dame Law School Black Law Students Association at its annual banquet.

The Alvin McKenna Award is given to an NDLS graduate who has distinguished him or herself within the African-American community and supports BLSA

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NDLS Alum: Obama’s Legacy and Trump’s Challenge of Guantanamo Bay

Former Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama both called for the closure of the Guantanamo Bay detention facility during their administrations, saying the costs of keeping the facility open outweighed the benefits, Paul Lewis, ’80, ’83 J.D., told students and faculty Wednesday at Notre Dame Law School. He said he hoped President Donald Trump would agree.

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NDLS LL.M. Students Win Regional Moot Court Competition and Advance to International Finals

Four Notre Dame Law School students from the LL.M. program in International Human Rights Law recently won the Americas regional round of the Price Media Law Moot Court Competition.

The team of Martins Birgelis (Latvia), Rachana Chhin (United States), Ruth Cormican (Ireland), and Jodi-Ann Quarrie (Jamaica) competed at Cardozo School of Law against several teams from across the Western Hemisphere on Jan. 25-29. They will move on to the final international round in April at Oxford University.…

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NDLS Moot Court Hosts Religious Freedom Tournament

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.”…

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

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.…

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Prosecution Opportunities Provide Fulfilling Careers with Pathway to Repay Student Loans

Law students interested in getting into the courtroom and trying cases right out of law school should consider becoming a prosecutor, speakers told students recently.

An entry-level prosecutor usually will start out handling misdemeanor cases, then will move on to more serious cases in areas such as traffic, juvenile, or narcotics court, said Andrew Varga, ’87 J.D., assistant state’s attorney and Consumer Fraud Unit supervisor in the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office.…

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Judge Amul Thapar to Speak at NDLS for Constitution Day

U.S. District Judge Amul Thapar will speak at Notre Dame Law School on Sept. 16, in celebration of Constitution Day.

Sponsored by the NDLS Program on Constitutional Structure and the Potenziani Program in Constitutional Studies, Judge Thapar’s lecture is entitled, “Can Judges Speak? The First Amendment and the Courts.” During his visit, he will hold the James J. Clynes, Jr. Visiting Chair in the Ethics of Litigation Within the Judicial Process.…

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U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ginsburg to speak with Notre Dame Law Students

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg will hold a conversation with Notre Dame law students Tuesday, September 13, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in the Patrick F. McCartan Courtroom. She will talk with students about a variety of issues in the conversation moderated by Jennifer Mason McAward, associate professor of law and director of the Center for Civil and Human Rights.…

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NDLS LL.M. Graduate Using her Education to Make an International Impact

Johanna Fröhlich, LL.M. ’15, was pursuing her Ph.D. in comparative constitutional law at Pázmány Péter Catholic University in Hungary, where she also obtained her law degree, when she felt a yearning to learn more about the United States legal system. After exploring several LL.M programs in the United States, Fröhlich came to Notre Dame Law School in 2014 as one of the students in the school’s inaugural LL.M. class. Now, she’s a teacher herself.

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Marah Stith McLeod Joins NDLS Faculty

Marah Stith McLeod has joined the Notre Dame Law School faculty as an associate professor. Her research explores legal and ethical problems in criminal law and criminal procedure. Her work seeks to promote better-informed and reasoned decisions as well as the appropriate and effective distribution of power among decision makers in the criminal justice system.

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Commencement for Notre Dame Law School Now in Joyce North

For all updates concerning this weekend’s Notre Dame Law School and University of Notre Dame Commencement ceremonies, please refer to the Notre Dame Law School Commencement web page. The page includes all information on times and locations for all commencement events, parking and security information, and other important details. We will be posting any updates or changes to the page. You can also find Commencement information on Facebook (Notre Dame Law School) and Twitter (@NDLaw) with #NDLS2016.…

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NDLS Hosts Lecture on Religious Freedom

Notre Dame Law School’s Program on Church, State & Society will host a lecture, Religious Freedom at Home and Abroad: Finding a Better Way, at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 14 in the Notre Dame Hesburgh Center Auditorium.

The lecture will be presented by John Witte, Jr., Robert W. Woodruff professor of law, McDonald distinguished professor, and director of the Center for the Study of Law and Religion at Emory University. Witte will speak on religious freedom at home and abroad.…

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NDLS Hosts Roundtable on Patent Law

NDLS will host a Junior Patent Roundtable on Friday, April 1, with senior scholars discussing with junior scholars several of their research pieces in the field of patent law. The roundtable will include four sessions, each devoted to one research paper with commentary and discussion to follow.

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Notre Dame Law School Names Two 2016 Bank of America Foundation Community Sustainability Fellows

Notre Dame Law School and the Bank of America Foundation have named Christina Jones and Nicholas Bedenk this year’s Bank of America Foundation Community Sustainability Fellows. The Bank of America Foundation Community Sustainability Fellowship places NDLS graduates in agencies or private nonprofits for a two-year term.

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ND Law Professors and Constitutional Law Scholars Discuss Constitutional Interpretation at London Roundtable

The Notre Dame Law School Program on Constitutional Structure is hosting a roundtable discussion on Friday, Feb. 5 at the Notre Dame London Law Centre. The roundtable will bring leading American constitutional law scholars with counterparts from Australia, Canada, England, Ireland, Italy, and New Zealand for a thought-provoking discussion on Comparative Perspectives in Constitutional Interpretation.   

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Program on Church, State & Society Announces Summer Fellowship Opportunity

The Notre Dame Law School's Program on Church, State & Society is excited to announce that the Program will award up to two Summer Fellowships, in the amount of $10,000 each, for the summer of 2016 to students working for a religious institution in a legal capacity.

This is an outstanding opportunity for any Notre Dame law student to get exposure in the area of religious law and explore the many legal career options available that combine church, state and society

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

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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Edging Out a Patent with Notre Dame Law Students

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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