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Notre Dame Alum Talks about Defending the Unpopular

Last year, a headline in The Wall Street Journal called Thomas Durkin, ’68 A.B., “a terror suspect’s best hope in court.”

Durkin, a Chicago-based criminal defense attorney, spoke Monday at Notre Dame Law School about his career representing white supremacists, terrorists, and other persona non-grata.

Durkin said people often ask him how he became the go-to lawyer for terrorism cases.…

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Paolo Carozza awarded honorary doctorate

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Pázmány Péter Catholic University awarded an honorary doctorate to Paolo Carozza, director of the Helen Kellogg Institute for International Studies and law professor at Notre Dame Law School, on March 27 in Budapest, Hungary.

According to the University’s official citation, the doctorate was conferred in recognition of Carozza’s “excellent and tireless service to the community and the Church, especially in the area of human rights, by cultivating jurisprudence and … through many [other] works and efforts.”…

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Students to Share Tips on Landing Work in Target Markets

For the first time, the Notre Dame Law School Career Development Office will partner with the SBA CDO Committee to host a series of panels focusing on specific markets led by current students who’ve landed summer or post-graduation positions, to help 1L and 2L students to learn from their peers.

“Sometimes it’s most effective and relatable to hear from a person that’s just experienced this in the last year,” said Vincent Versagli, CDO

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Notre Dame Law Student to Present at the Sorbonne

Martha Astor

Martha Astor’s passion for education guided her to law school.

Astor, 1L, spent the first phase of her career teaching pedagogy at Northern Arizona University, where she earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees. She also worked as an educational consultant on Indian reservations in Arizona, New Mexico, and several other states.…

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Disciplining For-Profit Prisons with Human Trafficking Laws

An innovative use of human trafficking laws may help discipline the for-profit prison model, Notre Dame Law School Adjunct Professor Alexandra Levy told students Tuesday. Levy discussed using civil human-trafficking laws, specifically the 2000 Trafficking Victims Protection Act and its reauthorizations in 2003 and 2008, to punish facilities and people abusing their power for profit.

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40 Years of Civil Rights Advocacy: Russell Lovell, ’66 B.B.A, to speak with NDLS Students

Russell Lovell, ’66 B.B.A., professor emeritus of law at Drake University, will speak to Notre Dame Law students about how they can make a meaningful impact on society over the course of their legal careers. Notre Dame’s Center for Civil and Human Rights will host the event at 4:00 p.m. Jan. 19, in 1130 Eck Hall of Law. Lovell’s talk will also focus on his work on civil rights legal issues.

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State and Local Government Jobs Provide Rewarding Legal Careers

Jobs in state and local government can be fulfilling legal careers that provide both a competitive salary and a great work-life balance, speakers told students at a recent talk at Notre Dame Law School as part of Public Interest Month. They encouraged students to not overlook these opportunities even if they have not thought of them as options, or know much about them.

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Notre Dame Law School Receives Grant from IRS to Run Low Income Taxpayer Clinic

The Taxpayer Advocate Service of the IRS recently approved a three-year grant for the Notre Dame Tax Clinic. The IRS awards matching grants through its Low Income Tax Clinic Program to qualifying organizations to develop, expand, or maintain low-income taxpayer clinics. The mission of the LITC program is to represent low-income taxpayers who have controversies with the IRS; educate clients about their rights and responsibilities as taxpayers; and identify and advocate for issues that systemically impact low-income taxpayers.

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NDLS Moot Court Hosts Religious Freedom Tournament

The Notre Dame Law School Moot Court Board recently hosted its inaugural National Appellate Advocacy Tournament for Religious Freedom.

“This event started as an idea last April and truly came to fruition this weekend,” said Matthew Ciulla, 3L, tournament director of the Notre Dame Moot Court Board. “Our tournament brought academics, law students, and attorneys from around the country together to discuss the Establishment Clause, while allowing students to hone their oral advocacy and brief-writing skills.”…

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Chicago Was Our Back Up: Why We Practice in Grand Rapids

Bigger is not always better. That is what two Notre Dame Law School alumni told students about why they chose to work at a midsize firm in Grand Rapids, Mich., and the benefits that choice provided.

Large firms in metropolitan areas, such as Chicago, and small boutique firms, have their pros and cons, said Matthew O’Rourke, ’06 B.A., ’14 J.D., and Grant Schertzing, ’15 J.D., both associates at Miller Johnson in Grand Rapids. Midsize or regional law firms and midsize cities can provide lawyers with the best of both worlds, they said.…

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