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The American Congress: Legal Implications of Gridlock

Thomas AllenFormer U.S. Congressman, Thomas Allen, will serve as the keynote speaker at this symposium hosted by the Notre Dame Law Review. The Symposium will focus broadly on congressional gridlock, exploring various aspects of the issue from partisanship and civility to the utilization of the appropriations process to legislate.

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Fighting for Global Justice

What would you fight for? With her country at a crossroads, Reyam El-Molla is using the legal training she received through Notre Dame Law School’s Center for Civil and Human Rights and its LL.M. program in international human rights law to make a real difference at home.

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California Supreme Court Associate Justice Carol A. Corrigan to Visit NDLS

ITADuring the week of October 8, 2012, California Supreme Court Associate Justice Carol A. Corrigan will serve as the Judge James J. Clynes, Jr. Visiting Chair in the Ethics of Litigation Within the Judicial Process. Justice Corrigan will teach Appellate Advocacy Training, will serve as a guest lecturer for a Criminal Law course, and will make a presentation to the Women’s Legal Forum.

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NDLS Hosts Mobile Summit

photo of iPad and iPhonesOn Friday, September 28, Notre Dame Law School was host to a summit to discuss the future of academic mobile technology. The “R U Thinking Mobile First” summit is an annual event bringing together the University’s top academic, technology, and communication talent.

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Dean Announces New Interdisciplinary Program on Law and Market Behavior

Under the direction of Professor Avishalom Tor, ND LAMB will promote research across the various fields that study how the law and legal institutions shape and are shaped by the market behaviors of individuals and firms. The research agenda examines issues across a number of legal fields—from corporate governance, antitrust, and intellectual property, through property and contract, to market regulation more generally—and draws extensively on relevant extra-legal research in psychology, economics, business, and beyond.

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ND Expert: Supreme Court decision won’t assuage religious liberty concerns

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Whatever else its consequences, today’s Supreme Court’s decision upholding the Affordable Care Act won’t affect the issues raised in the lawsuit recently filed by several religious institutions against the federal government, according to O. Carter Snead, professor of law and William P. and Hazel B. White Director of the University of Notre Dame’s Center for Ethics and Culture.

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ND Expert: SCOTUS upholds healthcare, ignores partisan intimidation

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The U.S. Supreme Court today largely upheld the Affordable Care Act, President Obama’s signature health care law, as predicted by University of Notre Dame Associate Dean and Law Professor Richard W. Garnett, a past clerk to former Chief Justice William Rehnquist and an expert on constitutional-law and religious-freedom matters.

The court decided that the “individual mandate,” which requires Americans to either purchase health insurance or pay a fine, effectively functions as a tax and is therefore constitutionally permissible.

“While the individual mandate survived its constitutional challenges, the sweeping assertions of regulatory power made by many of the act’s supporters did not,” Garnett says. “As the chief justice wrote, ‘the framers created a federal government of limited powers and assigned to this court the duty of enforcing those limits. The court does so today.’

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Professor Carozza Named Director of the Kellogg Institute for International Studies

carozza Vice President and Associate Provost J. Nicholas Entrikin has appointed Professor Paolo Carozza to be the Director of the Kellogg Institute for International Studies at the University of Notre Dame.

A specialist in comparative law, international law, and human rights, and with expertise in both Latin America and Europe, Carozza has wide experience with the complex interdisciplinary issues that Kellogg Institute scholars engage in their work. As a member and then President of the Inter-American Commission of Human Rights from 2006 to 2010, Carozza has also been extensively involved in the practical work of addressing the abuses of past political regimes and fostering the conditions for democratic governance throughout the hemisphere. At Notre Dame Law School, he is the founding director of the innovative, interdisciplinary Program on Law and Human Development and directs the Doctorate of Juridical Science (J.S.D.) program. Recently he was appointed Director of the Center for Civil and Human Rights (CCHR), which was founded by Fr. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C. in 1973.

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NDLS Professors Discuss Religious Liberty Lawsuit

Rick Garnett fall08 news Major television news outlets have interviewed Professor Richard W. Garnett and Professor Carter Snead about the University of Notre Dame’s lawsuit challenging an HHS mandate on religious liberty grounds.

Professor Snead appeared on CNN. Professor Garnett appeared on MSNBC, where he was interviewed by Thomas Roberts, on the Fox News Channel’s “On the Record with Greta Van Sustern,” and on the Geraldo Rivera Show on Talk Radio 790 KABC.

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ND Expert: Religious liberty lawsuit to 'vindicate constitutional commitments'

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Today, the University of Notre Dame, along with a diverse group of universities and schools, health care providers and social welfare agencies, filed federal lawsuits challenging the Obama administration’s rule that requires many religious employers to provide coverage to their employees for sterilization, contraception and some abortion-causing drugs.

The lawsuits are efforts to “vindicate the country’s constitutional and traditional commitments to religious freedom and pluralism,” according to University of Notre Dame Law Professor Richard W. Garnett, whose teaching and scholarly research focus on constitutional law and religious freedom matters.

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Scholars Gather for Intellectual Property Roundtable at NDLS

justifying_intellectual_property Leading IP scholars from across the country gathered at NDLS on April 27 for a roundtable on Professor Robert P. Merges’s 2011 book Justifying Intellectual Property.

The all-day conference was organized by NDLS Professor Mark P. McKenna. In addition to Professor McKenna, speakers included professors Barton Beebe (NYU), Oren Bracha (Texas), Eric Claeys (George Mason), Abraham Drassinower (Toronto), Shubha Ghosh (Wisconsin), Daniel B. Kelly, Brian Lee (Brooklyn); Margaret Radin (Michigan); Carol Rose (Arizona/Yale); Dave Schwartz (Chicago-Kent), Avishalom Tor, and Zahr Said (Washington).

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Justice Marta Cartabia to Deliver Clynes Chair in Judicial Ethics Lecture

marta_cartabia Justice Marta Cartabia, a member of the Constitutional Court of Italy and a former Constitutional Law Professor at Milano Bicocca University, will deliver a lecture on “Toward a New European Model of Constitutional Adjudication?” at 4:30 p.m. April 26 in Eck Hall of Law Room 1140.

Justice Cartabia is the only woman among the members of the Consulta, the third woman to become a member in the history of the Court, and one of the youngest judges ever appointed. She is also serving as the Clynes Chair in Judicial Ethics at Notre Dame Law School.

A reception will follow the lecture in Eck Commons.

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NY Times Columnist Ross Douthat Discusses New Book at NDLS

ross_douthat_news Ross Douthat spoke at NDLS on April 25th to the Federalist Society on his new book, “Bad Religion, How We Became a Nation of Heretics."

Ross Douthat is the youngest opinion columnist in the history of the New York Times, has written for The Wall Street Journal, The Weekly Standard, GQ, Slate, and currently writes movie reviews for The National Journal. He is a regular on The Colbert Report and Charlie Rose, and has written three books, the third of which will be the subject of his talk on Wednesday.

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The Hon. Richard A. Posner and Yale Professor Roberta Romano To Speak at NDLS

law_economics_symposium_web The Notre Dame Law & Economics Program is presenting a symposium on “Markets & Regulation in the 21st Century” with featured guests Professor Roberta Romano (Yale Law School) and Judge Richard A. Posner (U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit; University of Chicago Law School).

The April 20 program will begin at 2:00 p.m. in Eck Hall 1130 when Professor Romano will present her paper, “For Diversity in the International Regulation of Financial Institutions: Rethinking the Basel Architecture.” Then, at 3:30 p.m., Judge Posner will present his paper, “The Nirvana Fallacy Revisited.”

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Prof. Thomas Shaffer receives The Rev. Michael D. McCafferty, C.S.C., Award

shaffer2 The Notre Dame Law Association has named Thomas L. Shaffer, Robert and Marion Short Professor Emeritus of Law, the 2012 recipient of The Rev. Michael D. McCafferty, C.S.C., Award. The McCafferty award is presented by the association to Notre Dame lawyers — or members of the Notre Dame Law School faculty or administration — who have rendered distinguished service to the University.

The award is named for Fr. Michael McCafferty, a popular and highly respected teacher at Notre Dame Law School whose life was shortened by cancer. The award is presented on occasions when the association’s board deems someone worthy of receiving it.

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Professor Barry Cushman to Join the Faculty of Notre Dame Law School

cushman_news The Notre Dame Law School, along with the entire University of Notre Dame community, is delighted that Professor Barry Cushman, the James Monroe Distinguished Professor of Law and Professor of History at the University of Virginia, will be joining the Law School’s faculty this coming fall as the John P. Murphy Foundation Professor of Law, Dean Nell Jessup Newton announced.

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