ND Law prepared Jennifer Klute Hall, ’99 J.D., for Capitol Hill

Author: Kevin Allen

Jennifer Klute Hall, ’99 J.D., has navigated the politics of Washington, D.C., drafted major legislation that won congressional approval, and now serves as general counsel at a national trade association for the trucking industry.

And when she looks back at her accomplishments, she sees a few of the lessons she learned at Notre Dame Law School as keys to her success.

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Brendan McCarthy, ’00, ’04 J.D., tapped for civil rights job in Montana

Author: Kevin Allen

Notre Dame’s impact extends far and wide, including the Big Sky state.

In January of this year, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Montana announced that it created a new position focusing solely on civil rights cases, both civil and criminal. Brendan McCarthy, ’00, ’04 J.D., was selected for that position.

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London Director Michael Addo explains why law students should study abroad

Author: Kevin Allen

Eight students who spent all or part of the 2016-17 academic year in London helped Addo make his point. Several called their time in London their “best semester of law school” while talking about interning with members of Parliament, soaking up London’s culture, and traveling to The Hague and other European landmarks.

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Norm Matteoni, ’63 J.D., describes Lakota Sioux’s legal struggle in Black Hills

Author: Kevin Allen

Normmatteoniweb Norm Matteoni, ’63 J.D., presents “The Black Hills Are Not for Sale” on Sept. 7 in Biolchini Hall of Law. // Photo by Alicia Sachau, Notre Dame Law School.

For hundreds of years, the Black Hills – an isolated mountain range that rises amid the prairies of South Dakota – have been the spiritual home of the Lakota Sioux. And since the 1860s, the tribe’s members have been fighting the U.S. government over control of the land.…

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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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Two ND Law Students Selected as Bank of America Fellows

Author: Kevin Allen

Rasheed Gilmer and Carlos Cisneros Vilchis, two members of Notre Dame Law School’s Class of 2017, are this year’s Bank of America Foundation Fellows.

The fellowship covers the cost of salary and benefits for two Notre Dame Law graduates to work for two years at a municipal agency or private nonprofit organization. The fellows’ work must advance social justice by providing legal services to low-income or other underrepresented populations. The opportunity allows fellows to create dream jobs by selecting the organizations where they want to work and designing projects to complete while at those organizations.

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Two ND Law Students Named 2017 Shaffer Public Interest Fellows

Author: Kevin Allen

Lauren Rafter and Kathleen Wood – two members of Notre Dame Law School’s Class of 2017 – have been named this year’s Thomas L. Shaffer Public Interest Fellows.

The Shaffer Fellowship is a highly competitive program funded entirely by donors. It pays the fellows’ salaries and benefits to work for two years in a public-interest legal position at any organization of their choosing.

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Jay Tidmarsh Named Clynes Professor of Law

Author: Kevin Allen

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Jay Tidmarsh, a professor of law at Notre Dame Law School, has been named the Judge James J. Clynes, Jr., Professor of Law.

“It’s humbling, and I’m deeply grateful to the University and for Judge Clynes’ generous gift,” said Tidmarsh, who joined the Law School faculty in 1989. “To hold a chair named in his honor means a great deal to me.”…

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