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Law Professor Nicole Garnett Receives Social Justice Award

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Nicole Stelle Garnett, John P. Murphy Foundation professor of law at Notre Dame Law School, was recently awarded the Reinhold Niebuhr Award by the University of Notre Dame.

“I’m deeply honored to receive the Reinhold Niebuhr award, especially because it recognizes the connection, which I aspire to achieve, between my scholarship and my commitment to making the world a better place, especially for the disadvantaged,” said Garnett.…

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Law Students Honored at Prize Day Ceremony

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Notre Dame Law School honored graduating students today at the Morris Inn Ballroom during the second annual “Prize Day.” Students won awards for academic performance and service to the Notre Dame and greater community.

“We’re extremely proud of our graduates and especially this group of leaders,” said Dean Nell Jessup Newton. “These students have excelled in the classrooms, clinics, courtroom, and community and I know they will continue to excel in their future careers.”…

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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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Professor Amy Coney Barrett to Deliver Notre Dame Law School Commencement Address

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Notre Dame Law Students have selected Amy Coney Barrett, Diane and M.O. Miller, II Research Chair in Law, for the 2016 Law School Distinguished Teaching Award. Barrett will address the graduates at Notre Dame Law School’s 2016 Commencement ceremony Saturday.

“I’m incredibly honored to be recognized,” said Barrett, who also won the award in 2006. “I’ve had the privilege of teaching the majority of the graduating class. While I’m sad to see them go, I’m excited to see the great things they will accomplish as Notre Dame Lawyers.”…

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Professor Randy Kozel Earns Tenure


Randy Kozel has been granted tenure as a professor of law at Notre Dame Law School. Kozel joined the law school faculty in 2011 and teaches and researches in the fields of constitutional law, federal courts, and contract law, with a particular focus on the role of precedent in legal decision-making.…

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Law Students Thrive in Business Plan Competition

A group of Notre Dame law students put their lawyering skills to practice last week in the Gigot Center for Entrepreneurship’s 16th Annual McCloskey Business Plan Competition. Master of Science in Patent Law student Brittany Butler partnered with Rebecca Shute, ’16 ESTEEM, Kevin Schneider, ’16 M.S.A., Michael Schneider ’16 M.S.A. and Charissa Quinlan, ’18 Ph.D., formed the winning team — Cetrus Therapeutics — and together took home the grand prize of $25,000.…

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Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing Challenges Focus of Symposium

Notre Dame Law School in conjunction with the University of Leeds School of Law, University of Sussex School of Law and U.K. Arts & Humanities Research Council will host a one-day symposium, Emerging Challenges in Combating Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing. The event, which is the fourth in a series of talks on the subject, will be from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Friday, April 29, in Notre Dame’s Main Building.…

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Public Interest Students Awarded Summer Scholarships

Notre Dame’s Women’s Legal Forum and Public Interest Law Forum recently awarded 10 rising 2L and 3L students with summer scholarships to support their work in public interest law.

“We’re proud to be able to offer summer scholarships to well-deserving candidates,” said Kaitlin Abrams, 2015-16 president of WLF

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Notre Dame LL.M. Grads Lead in South Africa

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Twenty years since the birth of South Africa’s democracy, graduates of Notre Dame’s LL.M program in International Human Rights Law with the Center for Civil and Human Rights returned to Notre Dame to discuss their efforts to maintain and improve the country’s developing constitutionalism.…

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Saint Mary’s College President Mooney to Receive McCafferty Award

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The Notre Dame Law Association will present Saint Mary’s College President Carol Ann Mooney, ’77 J.D., with the Fr. Michael McCafferty Award at 6 p.m. Friday, April 22, at a reception and dinner in the Eck Commons.

Mooney will be recognized for her devotion and outstanding service to the University of Notre Dame. Throughout her 36 years of service in Catholic higher education, the NDLA

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Carlos Cisneros Vilchis Awarded Peter Lardy Fellowship


Dean Nell Jessup Newton announced that 2L Carlos Cisneros Vilchis will receive the Peter Lardy Memorial Fellowship for the 2016-2017 academic year.

“This year’s award reflects that Carlos has earned his classmates’ and teachers’ highest respect and admiration,” Newton said. “Our Lardy Fellows represent the very best of NDLS

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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 Students Compete in Law and Religion Moot Court Competition in Venice, Italy

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Four Notre Dame Law School students recently won an international law and religion moot court competition in Venice, Italy.

Sponsored by the Program on Church, State & Society and the Nanovic Institute for European Studies, eight Notre Dame Law students participated in the 2016 Fondazione Studium Generale Marcianum Moot Court Competition on Law and Religion. Notre Dame’s Moot Court Board team—consisting of second-year law students Matthew Ciulla, Christina Dines, Kyle Maury, and Christina Milanese—took first place. A team consisting of third-year law students John Foerster, Will Hodges, Christina Shakour, and Laura Wolk also competed.…

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South Africa Justice Mbuyiseli Madlanga Joins Notre Dame Law School as a Visiting Scholar


Mbuyiseli Madlanga, LL.M. ’90, Justice of the Constitutional Court of South Africa will teach and participate in several events in April as the Judge James J. Clynes, Jr., Visiting Chair. Madlanga, will teach a course on the ethics of litigation within the judicial process and co-teach a course on comparative constitutional law. He will also participate in a lecture series organized in conjunction with the Center for Civil and Human Rights.…

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Claudia Tran, 2L, Ramps Up Alumni and Student Networking


When the Notre Dame Law School Alumni Relations Office wanted to put a greater focus on connecting alumni with current students, Claudia Tran, 2L, stepped up to make it happen.

“Claudia’s leadership and dedication to this program resulted in networking events occurring in 19 cities over the Christmas break,” said Tammye Raster, law alumni program manager for NDLS

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SBA Focuses Law Students on Their Mental Health


Notre Dame Law School students last week participated in morning yoga, pet therapy, and a seminar focused on the power of positive thinking. According to Notre Dame’s Student Bar Association, the events are part of a larger weeklong initiative that aims to educate students about the mental health challenges particular to law students.…

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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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NDLS Prepares for the Annual Father Mike Variety Show

Notre Dame students, faculty and administrators are gearing up for a night of fun to honor the memory of Rev. Michael Dillon McCafferty at the annual Father Mike Variety Show.

Father McCafferty was the assistant dean of Notre Dame Law School when he died at the age of 40 in 1987 of lymphatic cancer.

The show, organized by the Law School’s Student Bar Association, takes place on Wednesday, March 23, at Legends of Notre Dame Restaurant and Alehouse. As one of the largest Law School fundraisers, in the form of an auction and talent show, proceeds generated by ticket sales and auction items will be allocated toward scholarships. Tickets will be available in the Commons from Monday – Thursday from 12:30pm to 1:30pm for cash only, and in the SBA

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NDLS Hispanic Law Student Association Presents JoAnn Chávez with Graciela Olivarez Award


Notre Dame Law School’s Hispanic Law Student Association recently announced JoAnn Chávez, ’86 B.A., ’90 J.D., as this year’s recipient of the Graciela Olivarez Award. HLSA presented Chávez with the award March 18, at a dinner at the Main Building.

For 20 years the Graciela Olivarez Award has been presented to Hispanic lawyers and judges whose work embodies the spirit of Graciela Olivarez, the first woman and first Hispanic to graduate from Notre Dame Law School. Olivarez was a lawyer who spent her career advocating for civil rights and for the poor. She served as the chair of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund, and was one of the first two women on its board. In 1977, President Jimmy Carter appointed her the director of the Community Services Administration. She thus became the highest-ranking Hispanic woman in the Carter administration.…

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Ena Kaur, 2L, Receives Peggy Browning Fellowship


The Peggy Browning Fund recently awarded second-year law student, Ena Kaur, a 10-week summer fellowship to support Kaur’s summer work with the International Brotherhood of Teamsters in Washington, D.C.

“It is a great honor to win this highly competitive award,” Kaur said. “The Peggy Browning Fellowship will help me stand out in the labor law field and demonstrate my commitment to workers’ rights. It will allow me to join a network of labor lawyers who, like myself, are all dedicated to empowering workers.”…

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