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Arthur O’Reilly, ’02 J.D., Saving the Cultural Soul of a City

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If you were to ask Arthur O’Reilly what his favorite piece of art is in the Detroit Institute of Arts, he would tell you that Diego Rivera’s murals have the greatest meaning to him because they tell an important story about Detroit and its history. But he would quickly add that right now, he is drawn to Mark Rothko’s “Orange and Brown 1963.”

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Two NDLS Grads Join the Federal Bench

December saw two Notre Dame Law School grads confirmed to the federal bench. Double Domer Jack Blakey, ’88 B.A., ’92 J.D., was confirmed to the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois by the U.S. Senate December 16. Earlier this month Jerry Pappert, ’88 J.D., was confirmed to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

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NDLA Honors Judge Kenneth Ripple with Fr. Michael McCafferty, C.S.C. Award

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On Friday, November 14, 2014, the NDLA presented the Fr. Michael McCafferty Award to the Honorable Kenneth Ripple for his thirty-seven years of distinguished service to the University of Notre Dame as a faculty member of the Law School. The award was presented by Dean Nell Newton and NDLA Board President, Jared des Rosiers, at a dinner following the NDLA fall board meeting. This award is named for Fr. Michael McCafferty, who in his all-too-brief life established a universal reputation within Notre Dame Law School as a charismatic teacher, renowned scholar, beloved friend and spiritual mentor.

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In memoriam: James F. Smith, ’89 J.D.

Brigadier General James Smith passed away on September 29, 2014 from cancer complications at the age of 54. Jim was married to Jennifer O’Leary Smith, ’89 J.D. Upon his retirement from the Air Force, as a Brigadier General, Jim was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal by the President of the United States. Jim was a partner in the firm of Butler Pappas in Chicago. Please view the online obituary for more about Jim’s many accomplishments. Also view a beautiful tribute to Jim, as “A true Domer”, in an article in The Observer written by the daughter of one of Jim’s classmates.

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Nussbaum To Receive Sorin Award

Richard A. Nussbaum II ’74, ’77 J.D.

Richard A. Nussbaum II ’74, ’77 J.D. received the Rev. Edward Frederick Sorin, C.S.C., Award from the Notre Dame Alumni Association at Reunion. The award is presented annually to a Notre Dame graduate who has rendered distinguished service to the University.

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Brian J. Murray (J.D. ’00) and Andrew R. Woltman (J.D. ’06) Honored by National Immigrant Justice Center

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The National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC) awards is a unique event that brings together more than 700 leading attorneys, legislators, civic leaders, and advocates honoring the work of individuals. The National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC) awards is a unique event that brings together more than 700 leading attorneys, legislators, civic leaders, and advocates honoring the work of individuals.

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Four NDLS Graduates Elected to U.S. Congress

United States FlagOn Tuesday, November 6, 2012, four Notre Dame Law School graduates were elected to the U.S. Congress. Joe Donnelly, a 1981 graduate, was elected to the U.S. Senate. Peter Visclosky, a 1973 graduate, Peter King, a 1968 graduate, and Keith Rothfus, a 1990 graduate, were elected to the U.S. House of Representatives.

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Fighting for Global Justice

What would you fight for? With her country at a crossroads, Reyam El-Molla is using the legal training she received through Notre Dame Law School’s Center for Civil and Human Rights and its LL.M. program in international human rights law to make a real difference at home.

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James R. Mall, ’74 BA, ’78 JD, ’78 MBA

James R. Mall, a partner at Meyer, Unkovic & Scott, has earned a LEED Green credential from the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Institute. The credential recognizes professionals who have demonstrated an understanding of sustainable, green building technologies, practices and principles.

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