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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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.”
Notre Dame Professor of Law Richard Garnett will spend the next two weekends at Princeton University and The Catholic University of America participating in programs about religion and the law and religion and legal education.
The Law School invites Notre Dame Law School alums to stop by the Law School’s tent to catch up with fellow alums, meet current students, enjoy light refreshments, and tour the new Eck Hall of Law.
The Notre Dame Black Law Students Association hosted its 36th Annual BLSA Reunion Weekend on April 3-5, 2009.
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.
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.
Here is a brief excerpt from an op-ed written by Notre Dame Professor of Law Richard Garnett and published by USA Today on Monday, March 30, 2009:
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.
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.
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.
Notre Dame Law School’s Journal of Law, Ethics & Public Policy is hosting a symposium that will explore the relationship of religion and environmental policy.
Prof. O’Connell Tells NPR: Airstrikes in Pakistan Must Comply with International Law
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.
One unprecedented result of President Obama’s decision to abolish restrictions on funding for human embryonic stem cell research is that the U.S. government now compels taxpayers to promote research involving the creation, use and destruction of human embryos, according to O. Carter Snead, associate professor of law at the University of Notre Dame.
Robert and Marion Short Professor of Law Mary Ellen O’Connell was recently named Research Professor of International Dispute Resolution at Notre Dame’s Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies. O’Connell will retain her position at the Law School, which she has held since 2005.
Notre Dame Professor of Law Vincent Rougeau was invited to participate in one of London’s best-known forums—The Cheapside Debates—on Tuesday, March 10 at the St. Mary le Bow Church. The Cheapside Debates form a regular program of nine debates each year on matters of public and faith interest, usually chaired by the Reverend Jeremy Caddick, dean of Emmanuel College, Cambridge.
Douglass Cassel, Notre Dame Professor of Law and director of the Law School’s Center for Civil and Human Rights, says the International Criminal Court’s (ICC) issuance of an arrest warrant today for Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir “may have serious diplomatic consequences, as several African governments have publicly suggested that they may reassess their support for the ICC if the warrant issues.” This is the first-ever arrest warrant for a sitting head of state issued by the ICC. Bashir was charged with war crimes and crimes against humanity in Darfur.
Notre Dame Law School alumnus Max Siegel and leader of Baker & Daniels LLP’s sports and entertainment industry team has been named to the Board of Directors for USA Track & Field.
Mary Ellen O’Connell, Robert and Marion Short Professor of Law, applauded yesterday’s announcement that the Justice Department would move the case of the only enemy combatant to be held on American soil, Ali Saleh Kahlah al-Marri, into a civilian criminal court.
The Supreme Court’s 9-0 decision today (Feb. 25, 2009) in Pleasant Grove City v. Summum states that the government, when speaking on behalf of itself, is allowed to control its own message, and is not necessarily required to invite private speakers to join the conversation. “The Free Speech Clause, in other words, prevents the government from regulating or discriminating against private expression; it does not regulate the content of the government’s own speech,” explains Notre Dame Professor of Law Richard Garnett.
The Supreme Court decided today that Pleasant Grove, Utah, is not legally required to permit a religious group to erect a display in a city park which already features a monument to the Ten Commandments.
Notre Dame Professor of Law Richard Garnett participates in Villanova University School of Law’s third annual John F. Scarpa Conference on Law, Politics, and Culture today, Feb. 19. The conference title is “Liberty of Conscience and Religious Equality.”
Prof. Paolo Carozza, president of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR), was in Strasbourg on Jan. 30 at the invitation of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) to deliver remarks on the occasion of the Court’s 50th anniversary.
The Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies will present the prestigious Paul M. Bator Award to Notre Dame Professor of Law Nicole Garnett. The award recognizes a young academic—under the age of 40— who has demonstrated excellence in legal scholarship, a commitment to teaching, a concern for students, and who has made a significant public impact.
According to Notre Dame Professor of Law Richard Garnett, President Obama’s decision to continue allowing faith-based agencies to receive public funds for their social-welfare services is welcome and correct. Garnett praised the President for rejecting the argument of some of his supporters that this policy violates the Constitution’s religious-freedom guarantees. Writes Garnett:
Wolfgang Kaleck, a German human rights lawyer, will discuss the cases he has filed in German and French courts against former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld and other Bush administration officials for their roles in the torture of prisoners at Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo Bay. His presentation, “The Case for War Crimes Prosecution of Donald Rumsfeld et al.,” is Tuesday, Feb. 10 at noon in room 1130.…
Six 2L and 3L students will engage in pro bono work in Appalachia over spring break, March 8-14. The Law School’s Pro Bono at Notre Dame Program organized the trip in conjunction with the Appalachia Seminar of the Notre Dame Center for Social Concerns.
Law students will work with the Appalachian Research and Defense Fund of Kentucky (AppalReD)—the umbrella legal services organization for Eastern Kentucky—to implement a pilot program of legal assistance to pro se litigants in various Eastern Kentucky counties. Students will travel to several counties where they will meet with AppalReD clients—under the direction of AppalReD attorneys—to provide legal information and to help clients prepare pleadings to file in Kentucky courts, primarily in family law cases.…
University of Notre Dame Professor of Law Richard Garnett was recently in Rome as a guest of the Embassy of the United States of America to the Holy See. He joined other leading scholars as a presenter at a conference celebrating the 25th anniversary of formal diplomatic relations between the U.S. and the central government of the Catholic Church.
Prof. Douglass Cassel’s commentaries on human rights are broadcast weekly on Chicago Public Radio. Listen to his latest: