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Teaching ‘awoke a passion’ in John Schoenig, ’98, ’00 M.Ed., ’10 J.D.

Author: Denise Wager

John Schoenig had always felt called to work in education.

After earning his bachelor’s degree from Notre Dame in 1998, he taught English for two years at Holy Rosary School in Shreveport, La., as part of Notre Dame’s Alliance for Catholic Education program. Following his time in the classroom, he spent several years working on ACE’s administrative team and then helped launch a national education policy organization.

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Alumnus and adjunct professor opens new South Bend firm

Author: Amanda Gray

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Rodolfo “Rudy” Monterrosa, ’01 J.D. and adjunct professor at Notre Dame Law School, celebrated the grand opening of Monterrosa Law Group, LLC, on March 9, in conjunction with the initiation of the Latin American Chamber of Commerce. Both entities will be serving the South Bend community from a shared location. South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg joined in the ribbon-cutting ceremony and welcomed both the Monterrosa Law Group and the Latin American Chamber of Commerce.…

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Notre Dame Lawyers Gather in Chicago

Author: Lauren Love

More than 200 Notre Dame Lawyers welcomed Jack Swarbrick, Jr., ’76, vice president and James E. Rohr Director of Athletics at Notre Dame, to Chicago Aug. 11. The group included alumni as well as current and admitted students. Swarbrick offered an inside look on collegiate athletics.

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Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard Achieves $1 Billion in Verdicts and Settlements

Author: Tammye Raster

The Chicago firm of Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard PC recently achieved more than $1 billion in verdicts and settlements on behalf of injured clients they have represented. The law firm is one of a select group of plaintiff law firms in the country to have accomplished this milestone. Managing partner, Patrick A. Salvi, ’78 JD, is joined in the firm by his sons, Patrick A. Salvi, II, ’07 JD and Brian Salvi, ’09 BA, ’13 JD.

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Two NDLA Board Members, Brian Bates, ’79 BA, ’86 J.D. and Maureen Reidy Witt, ’80 J.D. Receive Awards Presented by the Catholic Lawyers Guild of Colorado

Author: Tammye Raster

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On February, 25th, 2016, the Catholic Lawyers Guild of Colorado presented Brian Bates, ’79 BA, ’86 JD with the St. Thomas More Award and Maureen Reidy Witt, ’80 JD with the Lifetime Achievement Award. This marks the first year that both the Guild’s honorees were graduates of Notre Dame.

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Notre Dame Alumni Reconnect at San Diego Sports and Business Panel

Author: Lauren Love

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The Notre Dame Lawyers Club of San Diego hosted a sports and business panel discussion at PETCO Park earlier this month that proved to be a great success.

“It was fitting that the sports and business panel was at Petco Park because the event was a homerun,” said Juan Castañeda, founder of Castañeda Trial Attorneys. Castañeda serves on the leadership team of the Notre Dame Lawyers Club of San Diego.…

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Thomas Olohan, ’01 J.D. Receives Highest Honor from FBI

Author: Tammye Raster

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FBI Supervisory Special Agent, Thomas Olohan, received the FBI’s highest honor of the Director’s Award for Excellence in 2015 due to his work in a sensitive human source operation run jointly with the Department of Defense. Additionally, Olohan was honored with an Anti-Defamation League 2015 SHIELD Award for his role in an investigation that resulted in the incarceration of a US-based individual. The SHIELD Award recognizes major success in the fight against hate crimes, terrorism, and the protection of civil rights.

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Donald W. Ward, ’54 J.D. Receives the 2015 Legendary Lawyer Award

Author: Tammye Raster

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Donald Ward, partner at Ward & Ward in Indianapolis was named the 2015 Legendary Lawyer by the Indiana Bar Foundation. The annual Legendary Lawyer Award recognizes an attorney who demonstrates adherence to the highest principles and traditions of the legal profession throughout a career of 50 years or more. Ward has practiced for 60 years and currently practices with his son at Ward & Ward. Attorney Richard Eynon commented that, “Perhaps no other individual attorney has had a greater impact over the past 50 years in maintaining the integrity of the Appellate and Supreme courts, while putting aside self-interest for the best interests of Hoosiers’ justice, than Don.” Ward was humbled and honored by the award stating, “It is hard for me to believe that I can receive an award for doing the thing I have enjoyed doing for the past 60 years – going to the office and practicing law.” Read more.

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Thomas Ahearne, ’81 Finds Meaning in a Fight for Education Funding in the State of Washington

Author: Tammye Raster

Thomas Ahearne, a graduate of Notre Dame and University of Chicago Law School, had risen at a powerful Seattle firm by working for business clients who took on insurance companies, often winning millions of dollars. Ahearne, upon the suggestion of a colleague, decided to put his litigation skills to work in fighting the state of Washington over education funding. Read more in the Boston Globe.

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The Honorable Michael Gotsch, Sr., '79, '87 JD Receives ISBA Outstanding Judge Award

Author: Tammye Raster

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Judge Michael G. Gotsch Sr., who has served on the bench in the St. Joseph Circuit Court since 2004, was recently honored as the recipient of the Outstanding Judge Award from the Indiana State Bar Association’s (ISBA) Young Lawyers Section at the ISBA’s annual meeting. Over the years, Gotsch has been appointed to serve on numerous national and state committees and task forces. Additionally, Gotsch is an adjunct faculty member at Notre Dame Law School. Read the full news release.

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The NDLS Community Remembers Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Patrick Crooks, ’63 J.D.

Author: Dean Nell Jessup Newton

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Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice N. Patrick Crooks, ’63 J.D., passed away on Monday, Sept. 21, 2015. He was 77 years old. Justice Crooks served in the Wisconsin judiciary for 39 years, first on the trial court and then on the Wisconsin Supreme Court, to which he was elected in 1996 and re-elected in 2006. Only a week before his death, he announced that he planned to retire on July 31, 2016.

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In Memoriam: John H. Leahy, ’59 BA, ’64 J.D.

Author: Tammye Raster

Double domer, John Leahy passed away on August 19, 2015 after losing a fast-paced battle with cancer. While at Notre Dame, John was the senior football manager and lived in the football stadium during his law school years, locking it up and taking care of the legendary mascot Clashmore Mike. John served in the United States Navy as a commissioned officer and later as a reserve, retiring as a Captain after 30 years. Later he practiced law in both Chicago and California. John then served as a judge in the Superior State Court of California for thirty years. Please view a beautiful tribute to John’s life here.

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Leading Scholar of International Art Law, John H. Merryman, ’44 M.S, ’47 J.D. Passes Away

Author: Tammye Raster

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John Merryman was a world renowned expert in art law, cultural property law, and comparative law. John studied and taught in these areas at Stanford Law School for sixty-two years. John passed away on August 5, 2015 at the age of 95. Stanford Law School posted an article which is a beautiful tribute to this Notre Dame double domer who lived an extraordinary life.

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Patrick A. Salvi II ’07 J.D., Awarded 2015 F. Scott Baldwin Award

Author: Tammye Raster

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Patrick A. Salvi II ’07 J.D., was awarded the 2015 F. Scott Baldwin Award by the American Association for Justice at its annual convention in Montreal, Canada, this month, AAJ announced.

Salvi, partner with Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C. in Chicago, is son of Patrick Salvi Sr. ’78 J.D., and brother of Brian Salvi ’09, ’13 J.D.

The F. Scott Baldwin Award is presented each year to the “most outstanding young trial lawyer” in the country.

The F. Scott Baldwin award was established to honor and recognize F. Scott Baldwin of Marshall, Texas, a world-renowned trial lawyer, whose efforts have produced outstanding damage awards for injured victims and their families. The award is given to a lawyer who has made a significant contribution to the New Lawyers Division of the AAJ and has attained one or more outstanding trial verdicts.

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ND Lawyers in Bay Area Gathered

Author: Tammye Raster

On July 8th, ND lawyers in the Bay Area gathered at “Irish Times” to join Dean Nell Newton for a mid-week happy hour. In addition to the ND alumni, the crowd included both current and incoming NDLS students from San Francisco. A great time was had by all!

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Paul Drey, ’89 BA, ’92 JD Honored with Prestigious John F. Sanford Award

Author: Tammye Raster

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Paul Drey, the managing partner of Brick Gentry, P.C., was recently honored with the John F. Sanford Award during the Dinner Gala at the Iowa Medical Society’s (IMS) 165th Annual Conference. The John F. Sanford Award recognizes a layperson who has made outstanding contributions to health care on behalf of both the Iowa Medical Society and the physicians in the State of Iowa. The presenter of the award stated, “There is a reason Paul is the ‘go to’ attorney for medical groups and physicians in Iowa – he truly cares about Iowa physicians, and understands how complex our world can be.” The receipt of this award is further evidence of how Paul continues to exhibit the attributes of strong intellect, faith, and service that resulted in him being chosen as the inaugural Father Michael McCafferty Law Scholar at NDLS in 1992. Read more

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Lorelie Masters, ’81 J.D., Featured in 2015 Super Lawyers Magazine

Author: Susan Good

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Lorelie Masters was featured on the cover of 2015 Super Lawyers of Washington, D.C., in an article titled “Masters of the Insurance Universe.” Masters, a partner at Perkins Coie, is known as an expert in the field of insurance litigation, an area that she has practiced in since the mid- 1980s. In addition to the hours devoted to her successful practice, Masters spends after hours in her role as a social activist: advocating for pay equity for women, human-trafficking laws, voting rights and other issues. This past year Masters declared her candidacy to become the first elected attorney general in the District simply because “the race … needed to include women’s voices.”

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Tom Ajamie, ’85 J.D., One of 500 Leading Lawyers in America

Author: Tammye Raster

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Tom Ajamie, who founded his own Houston and New York based litigation firm in 1997, was named one of 500 Leading Lawyers in America for 2014 by Lawdragon. Ajamie was featured as one of the “Heavyweights.” Lawdragon describes Ajamie as “one of the most prolific and successful anti-fraud courtroom crusaders, with billions of verdicts, settlements and awards under his belt and a full caseload in the post-financial crisis era.” His cases have been featured in the Wall Street Journal, The New York Times and the American Lawyer.

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