Each year, Notre Dame Law School’s graduating class honors a member of the faculty with the Distinguished Professor of the Year Award. This year, the class chose Associate Dean and Associate Professor of Law Michael Kirsch.
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When Lindsay Updike Van Gorkom sits down at her desk to begin her day as a clerk for State Superior Court Judge Sharon Gleason, she’s on top of the world—literally and figuratively. “I’m looking at Mount McKinley as we speak,” she says with a smile in her voice.
Notre Dame Professor of Law Douglass Cassel is one of ten experts from around the world invited by UNESCO and the Spanish Association for International Human Rights Law to help draft a proposed universal declaration of the human right to peace.
Twenty-seven of Notre Dame Law School’s 172 J.D. alumni received awards during the May 15, 2010, diploma ceremony on the lawn overlooking the Hesburgh Library’s reflecting pool. The honorees were recognized for their skill in trial advocacy and brief writing, for their demonstration of leadership and service, and for exceptional academic achievement.
Notre Dame Professor of Law Richard Garnett told TIME magazine that a law degree from Harvard or Yale should not be a prerequisite for a seat on the Supreme Court of the United States.
Notre Dame Law School’s Center for Civil and Human Rights (CCHR) has awarded internship funding to three J.D. students, thanks to the generosity of the CCHR’s Advisory Committee. The internship program, now in its second year, makes it financially possible for J.D. students to seek unpaid human rights-related summer internships.
On May 15, 172 J.D. students became Notre Dame Law School alumni. As a group, they are employed in 24 states and the District of Columbia. They’ve chosen to work in private practice, government, judicial clerkships, the military JAG Corps, and corporations. Get to know some of them here.
Notre Dame Associate Professor of Law Carter Snead was recently appointed an associate research fellow at The Linacre Centre, a Roman Catholic academic institute that engages with the moral questions arising in clinical practice and biomedical research.
Six years after graduating from NDLS, the Indiana Province of the Congregation of Holy Cross ordained Gerry Olinger at Notre Dame’s Basilica of the Sacred Heart on April 10, 2010. Father Gerry is now a residence hall director at the University of Portland in Oregon, where he ministers to students living there. Next year, Olinger will serve as executive assistant to the president, Rev. E. William Beauchamp, C.S.C.
Notre Dame Professor Emeritus Donald Kommers (law and political science) joined Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States Antonin Scalia and Justice of the Federal Constitutional Court of Germany Bun-Otto Bryde as part of a German-American conference on “Freedom and Security in Constitutional Democracies: A Transatlantic Dialogue.”
Notre Dame Professor of Law Rick Garnett spoke with CNN about the religious constitution of the Supreme Court, and the possibility that Justice John Paul Stevens’ departure could leave the Court with no Protestants for the first time in history.
Mary Ellen O’Connell, the University of Notre Dame’s Robert and Marion Short Professor of Law and Research Professor of International Dispute Resolution at the Kroc Institute, testified at a hearing before the U.S. House Subcommittee on National Security and Foreign Affairs on Wednesday, April 28, 2010.
When Ashon McKenzie graduates from Notre Dame Law School in May, he will have already argued a case before one of the most respected judges and legal scholars in the nation—Richard Allen Posner of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit—thanks to his placement on the Appellate Moot Court Board.
I am pleased to announce that Robert Anthony Sharp will become the 11th Dean of the University of Notre Dame Law School on April 27, 2010 and has agreed to serve in that important and August position until April 28, 2010. During Dean Sharp’s short – but surely memorable – deanship, I will return to the faculty to concentrate on my research.
The Due Process of Law Foundation (DPLF) and the Center for Civil and Human Rights (CCHR) at the University of Notre Dame, with the generous support of the United States Institute for Peace (USIP), joined together to create a publication that compiled and commented on these important judgments from 15 different countries in Latin America.
The Nuffield Council on Bioethics invited Notre Dame Associate Professor of Law Carter Snead to speak at its “Forward Look” seminar.
The University of Notre Dame Alumni Association recently honored the achievements of two Notre Dame Law School graduates with distinguished annual awards.
Only a select few enter the hallowed chambers of the Supreme Court of the United States to clerk for a justice. Notre Dame Law School alumna Tara Stuckey made the cut, and begins work for Justice Samuel Alito in July.
Joshua Kezer re-entered society in February 2009 after serving 16 years—nearly half of his life—of a 60-year prison sentence for murder. Notre Dame Law School alumnus Charles Weiss ’68 made it happen.
Environmental laws don’t always impact the environment in expected ways and, in other cases, laws seemingly unrelated to the environment have a tremendous impact on our habitats. Notre Dame’s John N. Matthews Professor of Law John Nagle explains this phenomenon in his new book, “Law’s Environment: How the Law Shapes the Places We Live (Yale University Press, 2010).
Notre Dame Associate Professor of Law Paolo Carozza will spend the spring 2011 semester in Italy as a Fulbright scholar, working from the University of Florence on a book about the jurisprudence of the Italian Constitutional Court.
For the second year in a row, a Notre Dame Law School alum will clerk for a justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. An impressive number of NDLS alums have achieved the coveted and prestigious SCOTUS clerkship post—six over the past ten years.
Professor Mohammad H. Fadel, a member of the Faculty of Law at the University of Toronto, will teach a class this spring at ND Law School titled Law and Islam.
Prof. Garnett on SCOTUS; Prof. O’Connell on drones
Takeshi Nobuhiro is one of 30 judges chosen by the Supreme Court of Japan to study law and judicial system in a foreign country for a year as part of the Overseas Training and Research Program. “I have attended classes here, and have observed hearings and trials at the courthouse in South Bend,” says Nobuhiro.
Notre Dame Professor of Law Joseph Bauer spent three weeks at the University of Hong Kong (HKU) this spring teaching antitrust law—referred to as competition law in China—and intellectual property law to a group of LL.M. students at the University.
As the world becomes more interdependent, attention turns to the scope and importance of international law and its relationship with national sovereignty.
The Globe and Mail, a Toronto newspaper, quoted Notre Dame Associate Professor of Law Carter Snead extensively in an article about the politics of abortion.
The 37th annual Black Law Students Association (BLSA) Weekend is scheduled for Friday, April 9 – Sunday, April 11, 2010. Alumni, prospective students, and friends of BLSA are welcome to attend.
Notre Dame Professor of Law Mary Ellen O’Connell disagrees with the Obama administration’s rationale for the use of drone strikes to target enemy combatants.