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Changes to the Voting Rights Act Could Mean Fewer People Vote

Author: Lauren Love

The 2016 election will be the first presidential contest in 50 years without the full protection of the 1965 Voting Rights Act. It is unclear what that will mean for the country’s electorate.

“We’re at the face of a precipice and we don’t know what’s next,” Luis Fuentes-Rohwer, professor of law at Indiana University Maurer School of Law, told Notre Dame Law students recently. “The Court essentially neutered the Voting Rights Act.”…

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Law School Faculty Host Academic Advising Sessions

Author: Lauren Love

Notre Dame Law School faculty will host advising sessions for students as they select courses for next semester and beyond, organized by fields of law. The Law School’s Programs of Study give students the opportunity to build expertise in a specific area of the law.

The advising sessions are designed to provide students with a range of long-term options for courses that will best prepare them for the careers they seek.…

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Prosecution Opportunities Provide Fulfilling Careers with Pathway to Repay Student Loans

Author: Denise Wager

Law students interested in getting into the courtroom and trying cases right out of law school should consider becoming a prosecutor, speakers told students recently.

An entry-level prosecutor usually will start out handling misdemeanor cases, then will move on to more serious cases in areas such as traffic, juvenile, or narcotics court, said Andrew Varga, ’87 J.D., assistant state’s attorney and Consumer Fraud Unit supervisor in the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office.…

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Former Minnesota Supreme Court Justice Alan Page, ’67, to Speak to NLDS Students

Author: Lauren Love

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Notre Dame Law students and faculty are anticipating the upcoming visit of Alan Page, B.A. ’67, former justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court. Page is a former Notre Dame All-American football player and NFL Hall of Fame member.

“Justice Page is a titanic figure who has reached the pinnacle of multiple professions in a way that few Americans have,” said Juwan Hubbard, 2L and president of the Black Law Students Association. “He is a complex legal thinker with varied experiences who broadened the intellectual scope of a prominent court in this country. We are delighted to welcome Justice Page to our great university and law school, and eager to hear from a man that so many of us revere.”…

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Lawyers Can Make a Difference For Young Immigrants

Author: Lauren Love

A growing number of accompanied minor children entering the United States need lawyers to help them navigate the immigration court system. Lisa Koop, associate director for legal services for the National Immigrant Justice Center, recently visited Notre Dame Law School and spoke with students to discuss the area of practice. Koop is also an adjunct professor of law at NDLS

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Notre Dame Law School’s Economic Justice Clinic Saves A Home from Foreclosure

Author: Lauren Love

When Scott Miller, a single father of three kids and small business owner, was at risk of losing his home to foreclosure, Notre Dame Law School’s Economic Justice Clinic helped to make sure that didn’t happen.

“Some people can save their homes by themselves, but not very many,” said Judith Fox, clinical professor of law and director of the clinic. “You really need some sort of housing counselor — and they are in short supply — and for the complicated issues, you need a lawyer.”…

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In Memoriam: Judge Thomas William (“Tom”) O’Toole

Author: Dean Nell Jessup Newton

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By Nell Jessup Newton, Joseph A. Matson Dean and Professor of Law

I am very sorry to announce that one of our most cherished alumni, Judge Tom O’Toole, passed away on October 13, 2016.

A member of the NDLS Advisory Council since 2011, Tom and his wife Elaine generously endowed the O’Toole Professorship of Constitutional Law, a chair now held by Professor A.J. Bellia. Tom’s generosity went beyond financial support to include the kind of advice and wise counsel that are so important to the functioning of a great law school.…

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Fellows Talk to Students about their Public Interest Paths

Author: Lauren Love

The choice to start a career in public interest law is personal. The clients of public interest lawyers are usually average people confronted with life’s daily problems, and the issues they deal with reflect broad areas of public concern.

To help expose students to the wide variety of public interest careers — and why they matter —Notre Dame Law School has kicked off Public Interest Month.…

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Essential Networking – You can Do It!

Author: Lauren Love

Eighty percent of jobs are landed through networking, ABC News reports. Notre Dame Law School’s Career Development Office can’t stress enough to first-year law students just how important the skill is — and 2L and 3L students described this week just how to do it.

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NFL Agent Shares the Secret to His Success with SCELF Students

Author: Lauren Love

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The tips for being a successful lawyer and entrepreneur Eugene Lee, ’95 B.S., ’98 J.D., gave Notre Dame Law School’s Sports, Communications & Entertainment Law Forum wasn’t a typical list of business tips you might find in Forbes.

Lee, president of MBK Sport Management Group, said he was raised with Christian values as a child and he found those values to be at the core of his success with his sports management company.…

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Professor David Dalin to Speak at NDLS on 100th Anniversary of the Appointment of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Brandeis

Author: Lauren Love

David Dalin, a Professor Emeritus of History and Politics at Ave Maria University, will speak to Notre Dame Law students and guests in a talk titled: “On the Hundredth Anniversary of the First Jewish Justice: Louis Brandeis and the Jewish Seat on the Supreme Court.” The event will be at 7 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 6, in 1140 Eck Hall of Law.

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Out of the Office: A Supreme Speaker

Author: Lauren Love

Parade magazine reported in its September 9th issue that 10 percent of college grads polled thought Judge Judy was on the U.S. Supreme Court. Notion denied; the TV reality show star and former Manhattan family court judge has not reached that sterling height.

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Experts to Discuss International Terrorism Threat after 9/11 Attacks

Author: Lauren Love

On Thursday, Sept. 22, Notre Dame Law School, in conjunction with the Keough School of Global Affairs, Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, Center for Civil and Human Rights, and Notre Dame International Security Center, is hosting a conference titled: “Fifteen Years After the 9/11 Terrorist Attacks: Reassessing the Nature of the Threat of International Terrorism and the Domestic and Global Response.”

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Former Minnesota Supreme Court Justice Alan Page, ’67, to Speak to NLDS Students

Author: Lauren Love

Alan Page, B.A. ’67, former justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court, Fighting Irish All-American and Pro Football Hall of Fame member, will speak to Notre Dame Law Students at 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct 27, in the McCartan Courtroom. A reception will follow the discussion in the Commons. Page was the first African-American to hold a major state office in Minnesota and focused on examining racial bias in the Minnesota justice system.

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Judge Amul Thapar to Speak at NDLS for Constitution Day

Author: Denise Wager

U.S. District Judge Amul Thapar will speak at Notre Dame Law School on Sept. 16, in celebration of Constitution Day.

Sponsored by the NDLS Program on Constitutional Structure and the Potenziani Program in Constitutional Studies, Judge Thapar’s lecture is entitled, “Can Judges Speak? The First Amendment and the Courts.” During his visit, he will hold the James J. Clynes, Jr. Visiting Chair in the Ethics of Litigation Within the Judicial Process.…

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Three Law School Alumni Admitted to the American College of Trial Lawyers

Author: Lauren Love

Three Notre Dame Law School alumni were recently named fellows of the American College of Trial Lawyers, one of the top legal associations in America. Maureen Reidy Witt, ’80 J.D., Judy D. Snyder, ’73 J.D., and Monty B. Bottom, ’82 J.D., will join the membership — which also includes 30 previously inducted Notre Dame Law School graduates.

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The Dean’s Fall 2016 Welcome Letter to Students

Author: Dean Nell Jessup Newton

Dear students,

Here is a brief overview of the new people, programs, and opportunities you will be encountering in the coming year.

Judicial Visitors

I am pleased that U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg will be visiting Notre Dame September 12-13 and spending some time at the Law School on the 13th. You will be receiving additional updates in the coming days.…

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Notre Dame Lawyers Gather in Chicago

Author: Lauren Love

More than 200 Notre Dame Lawyers welcomed Jack Swarbrick, Jr., ’76, vice president and James E. Rohr Director of Athletics at Notre Dame, to Chicago Aug. 11. The group included alumni as well as current and admitted students. Swarbrick offered an inside look on collegiate athletics.

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Professor McKenna Files Amicus Brief in Star Athletica v. Varsity Brands

Author: Lauren Love

Mark P. McKenna, professor of law and associate dean for faculty development at Notre Dame Law School, recently filed a friend-of-the court brief in the U.S. Supreme Court in Star Athletica v. Varsity Brands, a case concerning the copyrightability of the design of cheerleading uniforms. The Court will hear arguments in the case this fall.

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