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Student Spotlight: Wendy Tran ’12

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Half of Notre Dame Law School’s first-year class—92 students—spent several days last semester exploring public interest lawyering around the country through the GALILEE program. An acronym for Group Alternative Live-In Legal Education, GALILEE introduces Notre Dame law students to the legal problems of the urban poor in ways impossible to learn in the classroom. One participating student, Wendy Tran, recorded her thoughts throughout her experience at various agencies in Los Angeles.

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Featured Faculty: Dan B. Kelly

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Daniel B. Kelly is a promising scholar in property law and law and economics and has taken great strides to assist in developing the University’s law-and-economics curriculum.

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Prof. Brinig presents at Colloquium on Violence and Religion

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Margaret Brinig, Fritz Duda Family Chair in Law and associate dean for faculty research, will present a paper at Notre Dame’s Colloquium on Violence and Religion during a special keynote session. The presentation runs from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. in McKenna Hall Auditorium on Notre Dame’s campus.

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Law School alumni to lead program on living the Gospel

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The Notre Dame Alumni Association will present an online program titled “Restoring Balance and Reducing Stress: Living Gospel Priorities” at 8:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 20. The program, led by Rev. David T. Link ’58, ’61 J.D., and Ann M. Firth ’81, ’84 J.D., will discuss achieving life balance and reducing stress by focusing on Christian priorities, practices and beliefs that lead to a sustainable inner peace.

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Prof. Carozza organizes amicus effort in European crucifix case


Notre Dame Professor of Law Paolo Carozza is leading a group of more than 50 law professors from 15 countries who have submitted written comments asking the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights to overturn a seven-judge panel’s ruling that crucifixes may not be displayed in Italian classrooms.

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Featured Faculty: Michael Kirsch

Kirsch Prof of Year 2010 news

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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Alumni Spotlight: Lindsay Updike Van Gorkom ’05

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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.

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Prof. Cassel to help draft peace declaration

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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.

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2010 Notre Dame Law School Commencement Awards

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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.

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Meet the Class of 2010

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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.

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Students Pursue Summer Human Rights Internships

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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.

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Featured Faculty: Carter Snead

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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.

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Alumni Spotlight: Rev. Gerard J. Olinger ’04, C.S.C.

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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.

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NDLS Prof. Emeritus Kommers Sits on Panel with Justice Scalia

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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.”

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Prof. Garnett on CNN

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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.

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Prof. O’Connell testifies at Congressional hearing on drones

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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.

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Student Spotlight: Ashon McKenzie ’10

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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.

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Welcome to the New Dean! (For the day.)

Robert Sharp news

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.

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CCHR publishes book on Latin American Jurisprudence

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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.

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Alumni Spotlight: Tara Stuckey ’07

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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.

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Prof. Nagle publishes new book

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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).

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