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.
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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:
By signing last week’s executive order repealing the ban on U.S. funding for foreign family planning aid groups which offer abortion services, President Obama lost a vast stretch of common ground with millions of Americans, according to O. Carter Snead, associate professor of law in the University of Notre…
In an article titled, “The Pitfalls of International Law,” The Washington Independent reports on the Israel-Hamas conflict in Gaza and examines the trouble with enforcing international law in that situation. The article quotes Notre Dame Professor of Law Mary Ellen O’Connell:
Peter W. Thornton, professor emeritus of law in the University of Notre Dame Law School, died Jan. 19 in Santa Barbara, Calif.He was 90 years old. p. Thornton taught law at Notre Dame from 1968 to 1993, interrupting his tenure from 1973 to 1976 to serve as founding dean…
Plenty of heavy lifting took place at the Notre Dame Law School in December and the first week of January.
Much of it involved moving new furniture and equipment into the Eck Hall of Law, an 85,000-square-foot building that is the new home to most of the school’s faculty, students and staff.
On Thursday, Jan. 22 at 7:30 p.m. in the Jordan Auditorium of the Mendoza College of Business, Notre Dame Law Professor Mary Ellen O’Connell will serve as respondent to John Cavadini, chair of the Notre Dame theology department and director of the Institute for Church Life, who will give the inaugural Blessed Basil Moreau Lecture.
Professor of Law Richard Garnett is in Rome this week as a guest of the Embassy of the United States of America to the Holy See. He joins 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.
NDLS Classes Resume Jan. 12, 2009
The University of Notre Dame Law School will be closed Christmas Eve until Jan. 5, 2009, when faculty and staff return. Classes begin Monday, Jan. 12, in the new Eck Hall of Law—a three-story, 85,000-square-foot building that is on the site of the former campus post office. Eck Hall will be composed primarily of a new moot courtroom, classrooms and faculty offices.…
The 32-page document on bioethical issues issued last week by the Vatican reemphasized the Catholic Church’s moral opposition to in-vitro fertilization, human cloning and embryonic stem cell research. p. The document, whose title,“Dignitas Personae,”is Latin for"the dignity of a person,"was issued by the Vatican Congregation for the Doctrine of…
The Law School at the University of Notre Dame and the Family Justice Center of St. Joseph County are partnering to provide help to women seeking protective orders against their abusers. The program is the result of a $200,000 grant awarded by the United States Department of Justice—one of just 15 grants awarded nationwide last year through the Family Justice Center Initiative.…
Notre Dame Professor of Law Paolo Carozza, president of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR), recently led an IACHR delegation to Jamaica at the invitation of the Jamaican government to observe the human rights situation there. This is the first visit by the IACHR to the English-speaking Caribbean in 15 years.
Julie Marie Baworowsky ’09 won the 2008 William Pew Religious Freedom Scholarship Competition. The $2,500 scholarship is awarded each year to a law student who is concerned about issues of religious freedom and the human rights of people exercising all faiths.
The Center for Civil and Human Rights congratulates Pablo Saavedra Alessandri, a 1996 Notre Dame LLM graduate, who this week was reelected to a second five-year term as Executive Secretary of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights. According to the Court’s press release, the judges agreed on Saavedra’s reelection base on his outstanding performance during his first term as Executive Secretary, from 2003-2008.
University of Notre Dame Professor of Law and Director of the Center for Civil and Human Rights Douglass Cassel won the 2008 Elmer Gertz Award from the Human Rights Section of the Illinois State Bar Association. The award is for a civil and human rights lawyer who has exemplified that commitment to civil and human rights shown by famous Chicago lawyer Elmer Gertz.
The Federalist Society’s 2008 National Lawyers Convention will feature two University of Notre Dame Professors of Law, Richard Garnett and William Kelley. They will contribute to discussions about the role of the judiciary in American life, and will join national leaders like Michael Chertoff of Homeland Security, U.S. Attorney General Michael Mukasey, and U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia in the conversation.
Katie Fuehrmeyer, a 2008 Notre Dame Law School alum, won first place in the Tannenwald Writing Competition. The prestigious, national competition is open to all full- or part-time law school students, undergraduate or graduate.
Notre Dame Law School Professor Emeritus Donald Kommers recently completed work on a translation of the Basic Law, Germany’s Constitution. The Basic Law of the Federal Republic of Germany, recognized as one of the world’s great constitutions, entered into force in May 1949. Its 146 articles have been amended over 50 times, most recently in 2006 when numerous provisions governing the financial relationship between the national and regional government were changed.
Notre Dame Professor of Law Joseph Bauer delivered a keynote speech at the Korean Competition Law Association International Symposium in Seoul, South Korea, Nov. 6-7. “Competition law” is analogous to America’s antitrust law, which is enacted to support a free market economy by promoting competition and limiting monopolies. The symposium focused on the regulation of the insurance industry, a subject which has recently made its way into headlines around the world.
We are accustomed to hearing Theodore Roosevelt being quoted in favor of environmental conservation. We forget that T.R. also served as Assistant Secretary of the Navy. Chief Justice Roberts invoked that experience yesterday’s Supreme Court case involving the effects of Navy sonar exercises on whales and other marine mammals.