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Prof. Kaveny says judges need empathy

kaveny news Notre Dame Professor of Law Cathleen Kaveny, a columnist for “Commonweal” magazine, wrote of her support for Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor in the June 19 issue of the publication.

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Prof. Garnett on the Legal Case for School Choice

Rick Garnett fall08 news Notre Dame Professor of Law Richard Garnett spoke at The Lumen Christi Institute Law and Culture Forum’s panel discussion titled “The Moral and Legal Case for School Choice.” Joining Garnett on the panel in Chicago were the Rev. Timothy Scully, C.S.C., a political science professor at Notre Dame, and Marquette University education specialist Dr. Howard Fuller.

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Prof. Mayer Elected to National Board of Advisors

mayer newsNotre Dame Associate Professor of Law Lloyd Hitoshi Mayer was elected to sit on the National Center on Philanthropy and the Law’s (NCPL) Board of Advisors. The NCPL, established 20 years ago, is one of the most prestigious research centers on philanthropy in the nation. The Board of Advisors includes both leading academics and non-academic leaders in the field.

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Prof. Kaveny in NY Times re: Sotomayor’s Catholicity

kaveny newsUniversity of Notre Dame Professor of Law and of Theology Cathleen Kaveny told the Times, “I don’t think there is any one Catholic stance on the law. Catholicism is a big tent, so different people are drawn to different aspects of it. A Dorothy Day Catholic is going to be different than an Opus Dei Catholic.”

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Prof. Garnett on Obama’s Supreme Court Pick

Rick Garnett fall08 newsUniversity of Notre Dame Professor of Law Richard Garnett spoke with Tom Ashbrook of National Public Radio’s “On Point” about Sonia Sotomayor, President Obama’s pick to replace Justice on the United States Supreme Court.

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What distinguishes Germany's Basic Law from the United States Constitution?

kommers news Donald Kommers, Professor of Law at the University of Notre Dame Law School in Indiana, USA, and the author of the leading English textbook on the constitutional law of the Federal Republic delivered a talk on the history of the past sixty years of the Basic Law before the American Academy in Berlin; in his lecture, he compared it with the American experience in a consistent and clear manner. According to Kommers

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Notre Dame Law School to award 214 degrees

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The Notre Dame Law School will award 199 J.D. degrees and 15 LL.M. degrees during its diploma ceremony at 4:30 p.m. Sunday (May 17) in the Joyce Center fieldhouse.

One J.D. degree will be awarded posthumously to Timothy Aher, who died in February 2008 while a second-year law student in Notre Dame’s London program.

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Prof. Snead Explains Impact of Neuroscience on Courts

carter snead news Notre Dame Associate Professor of Law Carter Snead recently spoke to an assembly of judges about the use of neuroimaging evidence in the courtroom in civil and criminal contexts. His talk was part of the Judicial Seminar on Emerging Issues in Neuroscience, held at the National Judicial College in Reno, Nevada.

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Prof. O’Connell on Harsh Interrogation Techniques

Mary Ellen Oconnell news Mary Ellen O’Connell, the Robert and Marion Short Professor of Law and Research Professor of International Dispute Resolution at Notre Dame, spoke with the “National Catholic Register” for an article about the use of harsh interrogation techniques by the United States military. The full article appears in the May 17 edition of the publication.

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Prof. Kommers Concludes German Fellowship with Major Lecture

kommers news Notre Dame Professor of Law Donald P. Kommers will deliver the George H. W. Bush and Axel Springer Lecture at the American Academy in Berlin on “Change and Continuity in German Constitutionalism: 1949-2008” on Wednesday, May 6. Kommers holds the George H.W. Bush and Axel Springer residential fellowship in the Academy.

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NDLS Alum Produces Series for BET

Max Siegel-news Max Siegel, B.A. ’86, J.D. ’92, chair of Baker & Daniels’ sports and entertainment practice, has partnered with NASCAR Media’s Jay Abraham to produce a series called “Changing Lanes.”

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NDLA Board Holds Spring Meeting

scales new chapel news The Notre Dame Law Association (NDLA) Board of Directors holds its spring 2009 meeting on Friday, April 24. The board consists of 22 members from all over the United States.

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ND Law Alum Fights Corruption as Juarez Mayor

Reyes Ferriz news Jose Reyes Ferriz graduated from Notre Dame Law School in 1988, and is currently mayor of Juarez, Mexico, a city embroiled in violence perpetrated largely by Mexican drug cartels. A recent ABC News “Nightline” report described Ferriz as “an honest man. He’s also a man with a price on his head, who drug traffickers would love to see dead.”

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Newton named dean of Notre Dame Law School

Nell Newton news Nell Jessup Newton, most recently chancellor and dean of the Hastings College of the Law at the University of California, has been appointed as the new Joseph A. Matson Dean of the University of Notre Dame Law School by Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., the University’s president.

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Prof. Fox in New York Times re: Foreclosure Crisis

fox news The “New York Times” worked with Notre Dame Associate Clinical Professor of Law Judy Fox to document a growing phenomenon in the foreclosure crisis: banks walking away from foreclosed homes and leaving the former owners liable for ongoing maintenance and other costs.

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Oxford Law Dean Delivers Natural Law Lecture

Timothy Endicott news Timothy Endicott, dean of the law faculty and professor of legal philosophy at the University of Oxford, will deliver the keynote lecture for the 2009 Natural Law Institute at Notre Dame Law School (NDLS). Endicott’s talk is titled, “Habeas Corpus and Guantanamo Bay: A View from Abroad.” The lecture is sponsored by the American Journal of Jurisprudence at NDLS, and takes place Thursday, April 2 at 4 p.m. in room 3130 of the Eck Hall of Law.

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CCHR Presents Obama Admin’s Record on Human Rights and Terrorism

CCHR Obama HR news As part of its Advisory Committee Meeting, the CCHR will present a panel discussion entitled “The Obama Administration’s Record on Human Rights and Terrorism: The First Sixty Days”. Panelists include Steven M. Watt, senior staff attorney with the ACLU Human Rights Program and graduate of the Center for Civil and Human Rights LL.M. program and Doug Cassel, Director of the Center for Civil and Human Rights. The presentation will begin at 3:00 p.m. and will be held in the Faculty Meeting Room (Room 2130) in the Eck Hall of Law.

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Hispanic Law Students Honor Local Lawyer

Rudy Monterrosa news The Hispanic Law Students Association at Notre Dame Law School celebrated excellence in the Hispanic legal community with the 14th annual Graciela Olivarez Award ceremony. The May 21 event took place in Notre Dame’s Eck Hall of Law.

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NDLS Faculty in Guatemala on Human Rights Mission

staff sean o'brien news Douglass Cassel, Notre Dame Professor of Law and director of the Law School’s Center for Civil and Human Rights (CCHR), and Sean O’Brien, Assistant Director of the CCHR and concurrent assistant professor of law, are in Guatemala this week to learn more about alleged human rights abuses by a mining company in that country.

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