An airstrike carried out by the CIA and U.S. Joint Special Operations Command that killed radical Islamist cleric Anwar al-Awlaki today in Yemen was illegal, according to University of Notre Dame international law expert Mary Ellen O’Connell, one of the world’s leading experts on targeted killing.
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As the U.S. Supreme Court opens its October 2011 term, there is intense focus on several high-profile cases and questions the justices are likely to tackle later, including those involving affirmative action, health-care reform and immigration policy. However, according to Notre Dame Law School Professor Rick Garnett, the court is already set to hear, during this first week of the new term, one of the most important church-state cases in decades (Hosanna-Tabor Evangelical Lutheran Church and School v. EEOC).
“The case involves the ‘ministerial exception’ to employment-discrimination laws,” Garnett says. “This exception prevents courts from second-guessing employment decisions made by religious employers regarding ‘ministerial’ employees. Although the Supreme Court has never squarely addressed this exception, it is a crucial doctrine for protecting religious freedom and the separation of church and state.”
Professor Mary Ellen O’Connell’s legal and policy analysis of the recent use of drones to kill Americans Anwar al-Awlaki and Samir Khan in Yemen has been reported by numerous news outlets, including ABC, Reuters, MSNBC, the Inter Press Service, Huffington Post, Reuters, Financial Times, NPR’s Talk of the Nation, and others. Her original CNN article on this topic can be accessed here.
NDLS alum Jessica Brock (B.A. ’05, J.D. ’10, LLM ’11), Professor Paolo Carozza, and His Eminence Cardinal Roger Mahony, Archbishop Emeritus of Los Angeles, will speak on the DREAM Act October 6 at 12:45 p.m. in Eck Hall of Law Room 1140.
The DREAM Act has been brought before Congress numerous times over the past ten years.It was most recently defeated in the Senate in December 2010, and it is presently in committee in the House and Senate for consideration again this year.
Following an introduction by Professor Carozza, Ms. Brock will outline the content of the proposed DREAM Act and comment on its relationship to Catholic social teaching. Cardinal Mahony will provide reflections on the presentation and there will be an open discussion with Cardinal Mahony about the DREAM Act and Catholic social teaching.
Professor Judith Fox presented Indiana judges with an update on mortgage foreclosure law at the Annual Meeting of the Judicial Conference of Indiana in French Lick, Indiana, September 21.
On September 14, she presented “Debt Collection and Mortgage Foreclosure” at the annual Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum law update conference in Indianapolis.
Loyal ND alum Regis Philbin, ‘ 53, singled out the NDLS facilities and the Patrick F. McCartan Courtroom for special praise September 19.
Recounting how it felt to return to South Bend for the September 17 Michigan State game, Regis told the “Live! With Regis and Kelly” show audience that “It is so beautiful these days at Notre Dame. The buildings, everything looks great. And this Law School is absolutely sensational. They have courtrooms inside the school — it is just gorgeous. I don’t want to be melodramatic, but: I feel like I’m going into heaven.”
Regis’s NDLS story begins at about 15:45 in this video clip.
President Obama has nominated Judge David Campos Guaderrama to serve on the United States District Court for the Western District of Texas.
Robert George, the McCormick Chair of Jurisprudence at Princeton University, will speak at 5 p.m. September 8 in 1130 Eck Hall of Law.
Osvaldo Hurtado, former President of Ecuador, will speak at NDLS September 8 on “Independence of the Judiciary, Freedom of the Press and other Constitutional Developments in Ecuador.”
Last spring, Oxford University Press published a five-volume collection of essays by Biolchini Family Professor of Law John M. Finnis and a second edition of Finnis’s masterwork, Natural Law and Natural Rights.
To celebrate this remarkable achievement, Professor Gerard Bradley and Notre Dame Law School hosted an all-day conference at the Law School on September 9, 2011 in Eck Hall of Law – Lecture Hall 1140.
See event schedule.
Robert M. Greene, J.D. ’69, a partner with Phillips Lytle LLP, has received the New York State Bar Association’s 2011 Root-Stimson Award.
In July the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit became the latest federal court to cite an influential law review article on corporate responsibility for human rights published by Professor Douglass Cassel, Director of the Notre Dame Law School Center for Civil and Human Rights.
Quadruple Domer Marty Loesch, J.D. ’91 and LL.M. ’92, has been promoted from General Counsel to Chief of Staff for Washington Governor Chris Gregoire.
The Indiana Conference on Legal Education Opportunities (ICLEO) is designed to assist Indiana minority, low-income or educationally disadvantaged college graduates in pursuing a law degree. ICLEO fellows, who will all be starting law school in the fall at one of Indiana’s four law schools, attended classes for six weeks during the summer to prepare them for the rigors of law school.
A joint project between the Law School’s legal aid clinic and the College of Arts and Letters’ Center for Children and Families will examine the effectiveness of mediation in child custody disputes—specifically the success of educational programs required by the courts and whether the type of mediation makes a difference.
Cordell Carter, J.D. ’07, has joined the Business Roundtable as Director of Public Policy leading the association’s Education, Innovation and Workforce initiative.
Notre Dame Law School’s Center for Civil and Human Rights and the British Human Rights Lawyers Association are co-sponsoring a seminar from 6 p.m. – 7.30 p.m. July 20 at the University of Notre Dame London Center, 1 Suffolk Street, London SW1Y 4HG.
In its July 2011 ruling in Flomo v. Firestone Natural Rubber Company, the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit cites a law review article by Notre Dame Law Professor Doug Cassel, Director of the Center for Civil and Human Rights, arguing that corporations involved in human rights violations overseas can be sued for money damages under the Alien Tort Claims Act (“ATCA”).
The Association of the Federal Bar of New Jersey presented the Justice William J. Brennan, Jr. Award to Thomas R. Curtin at its annual dinner June 21. The award is given to an outstanding lawyer whose contributions to the law are recognized by the Association as deserving of special and unique recognition as befits the name of Justice Brennan, in whose name the award is given.
Professor Richard Garnett was interviewed for NPR’s Morning Edition with Nina Totenberg June 28 regarding the Supreme Court’s decision to strike down a California law restricting the sale of violent video games.
Some of the world’s leading scholars across a variety of relevant disciplines are visiting the University of Notre Dame for a week-long “Workshop on Adult and Non-embryonic Stem Cell Research,” being held on campus through July 2.
Some of the world’s leading experts across a variety of relevant disciplines are coming to the Notre Dame Law School for a weeklong “Workshop on Adult and Non-embryonic Stem Cell Research” June 27 – July 1. In conjunction with the workshop, an afternoon lecture series, “Alternate Visions of Stem Cell Research: Scientific, Ethical, Legal & Theological Dimensions” will be open to the public from 4 – 5 p.m. each day in the Patrick F. McCartan Courtroom in the Law School’s Eck Hall of Law.
Vincent Phillip Muñoz, Tocqueville Associate Professor of Religion & Public Life in the Department of Political Science and Concurrent Associate Professor of Law, has been named a co-recipient of the Hubert Morken Award for his book, God and the Founders: Madison, Washington, and Jefferson (Cambridge University Press 2009).
Meghan E. Sweeney, J.D. Candidate ’11, has been named a “2011 Distinguished Legal Writing Award” winner by the Board of Directors of the Burton Awards for Legal Achievement.
NDLS players made their presence known in The Bookstore Basketball Tournament, which wrapped up Sunday May 1.
Alpha Fall, LL.M., ‘02, died April 21, 2011 in Brussels. Mr. Fall was a gentle soul, a generous friend, and a true giant in the protection of human rights in Africa. He founded the Institute for Human Rights and Development in Africa (IHRDA) – a first of its kind regional human rights organization focusing on advocacy before the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights.
Derek Muller, Sean Seymour, Joseph A. Tomain, and Eric Jensen accept teaching posts.
Professor James H. Seckinger was in São Paulo, Brazil, March 23-25 as part of the first Foundation for International Arbitration Advocacy Mini-Course ever to be offered in South America.