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Law Students Thrive in Business Plan Competition

A group of Notre Dame law students put their lawyering skills to practice last week in the Gigot Center for Entrepreneurship’s 16th Annual McCloskey Business Plan Competition. Master of Science in Patent Law student Brittany Butler partnered with Rebecca Shute, ’16 ESTEEM, Kevin Schneider, ’16 M.S.A., Michael Schneider ’16 M.S.A. and Charissa Quinlan, ’18 Ph.D., formed the winning team — Cetrus Therapeutics — and together took home the grand prize of $25,000.…

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Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing Challenges Focus of Symposium

Notre Dame Law School in conjunction with the University of Leeds School of Law, University of Sussex School of Law and U.K. Arts & Humanities Research Council will host a one-day symposium, Emerging Challenges in Combating Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing. The event, which is the fourth in a series of talks on the subject, will be from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Friday, April 29, in Notre Dame’s Main Building.…

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Public Interest Students Awarded Summer Scholarships

Notre Dame’s Women’s Legal Forum and Public Interest Law Forum recently awarded 10 rising 2L and 3L students with summer scholarships to support their work in public interest law.

“We’re proud to be able to offer summer scholarships to well-deserving candidates,” said Kaitlin Abrams, 2015-16 president of WLF

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Notre Dame LL.M. Grads Lead in South Africa

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Twenty years since the birth of South Africa’s democracy, graduates of Notre Dame’s LL.M program in International Human Rights Law with the Center for Civil and Human Rights returned to Notre Dame to discuss their efforts to maintain and improve the country’s developing constitutionalism.…

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Saint Mary’s College President Mooney to Receive McCafferty Award

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The Notre Dame Law Association will present Saint Mary’s College President Carol Ann Mooney, ’77 J.D., with the Fr. Michael McCafferty Award at 6 p.m. Friday, April 22, at a reception and dinner in the Eck Commons.

Mooney will be recognized for her devotion and outstanding service to the University of Notre Dame. Throughout her 36 years of service in Catholic higher education, the NDLA

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Carlos Cisneros Vilchis Awarded Peter Lardy Fellowship

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Dean Nell Jessup Newton announced that 2L Carlos Cisneros Vilchis will receive the Peter Lardy Memorial Fellowship for the 2016-2017 academic year.

“This year’s award reflects that Carlos has earned his classmates’ and teachers’ highest respect and admiration,” Newton said. “Our Lardy Fellows represent the very best of NDLS

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NDLS Hosts Lecture on Religious Freedom

Notre Dame Law School’s Program on Church, State & Society will host a lecture, Religious Freedom at Home and Abroad: Finding a Better Way, at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 14 in the Notre Dame Hesburgh Center Auditorium.

The lecture will be presented by John Witte, Jr., Robert W. Woodruff professor of law, McDonald distinguished professor, and director of the Center for the Study of Law and Religion at Emory University. Witte will speak on religious freedom at home and abroad.…

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NDLS Students Compete in Law and Religion Moot Court Competition in Venice, Italy

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Four Notre Dame Law School students recently won an international law and religion moot court competition in Venice, Italy.

Sponsored by the Program on Church, State & Society and the Nanovic Institute for European Studies, eight Notre Dame Law students participated in the 2016 Fondazione Studium Generale Marcianum Moot Court Competition on Law and Religion. Notre Dame’s Moot Court Board team—consisting of second-year law students Matthew Ciulla, Christina Dines, Kyle Maury, and Christina Milanese—took first place. A team consisting of third-year law students John Foerster, Will Hodges, Christina Shakour, and Laura Wolk also competed.…

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South Africa Justice Mbuyiseli Madlanga Joins Notre Dame Law School as a Visiting Scholar

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Mbuyiseli Madlanga, LL.M. ’90, Justice of the Constitutional Court of South Africa will teach and participate in several events in April as the Judge James J. Clynes, Jr., Visiting Chair. Madlanga, will teach a course on the ethics of litigation within the judicial process and co-teach a course on comparative constitutional law. He will also participate in a lecture series organized in conjunction with the Center for Civil and Human Rights.…

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Claudia Tran, 2L, Ramps Up Alumni and Student Networking

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When the Notre Dame Law School Alumni Relations Office wanted to put a greater focus on connecting alumni with current students, Claudia Tran, 2L, stepped up to make it happen.

“Claudia’s leadership and dedication to this program resulted in networking events occurring in 19 cities over the Christmas break,” said Tammye Raster, law alumni program manager for NDLS

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SBA Focuses Law Students on Their Mental Health

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Notre Dame Law School students last week participated in morning yoga, pet therapy, and a seminar focused on the power of positive thinking. According to Notre Dame’s Student Bar Association, the events are part of a larger weeklong initiative that aims to educate students about the mental health challenges particular to law students.…

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NDLS Hosts Roundtable on Patent Law

NDLS will host a Junior Patent Roundtable on Friday, April 1, with senior scholars discussing with junior scholars several of their research pieces in the field of patent law. The roundtable will include four sessions, each devoted to one research paper with commentary and discussion to follow.

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NDLS Prepares for the Annual Father Mike Variety Show

Notre Dame students, faculty and administrators are gearing up for a night of fun to honor the memory of Rev. Michael Dillon McCafferty at the annual Father Mike Variety Show.

Father McCafferty was the assistant dean of Notre Dame Law School when he died at the age of 40 in 1987 of lymphatic cancer.

The show, organized by the Law School’s Student Bar Association, takes place on Wednesday, March 23, at Legends of Notre Dame Restaurant and Alehouse. As one of the largest Law School fundraisers, in the form of an auction and talent show, proceeds generated by ticket sales and auction items will be allocated toward scholarships. Tickets will be available in the Commons from Monday – Thursday from 12:30pm to 1:30pm for cash only, and in the SBA

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NDLS Hispanic Law Student Association Presents JoAnn Chávez with Graciela Olivarez Award

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Notre Dame Law School’s Hispanic Law Student Association recently announced JoAnn Chávez, ’86 B.A., ’90 J.D., as this year’s recipient of the Graciela Olivarez Award. HLSA presented Chávez with the award March 18, at a dinner at the Main Building.

For 20 years the Graciela Olivarez Award has been presented to Hispanic lawyers and judges whose work embodies the spirit of Graciela Olivarez, the first woman and first Hispanic to graduate from Notre Dame Law School. Olivarez was a lawyer who spent her career advocating for civil rights and for the poor. She served as the chair of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund, and was one of the first two women on its board. In 1977, President Jimmy Carter appointed her the director of the Community Services Administration. She thus became the highest-ranking Hispanic woman in the Carter administration.…

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Ena Kaur, 2L, Receives Peggy Browning Fellowship

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The Peggy Browning Fund recently awarded second-year law student, Ena Kaur, a 10-week summer fellowship to support Kaur’s summer work with the International Brotherhood of Teamsters in Washington, D.C.

“It is a great honor to win this highly competitive award,” Kaur said. “The Peggy Browning Fellowship will help me stand out in the labor law field and demonstrate my commitment to workers’ rights. It will allow me to join a network of labor lawyers who, like myself, are all dedicated to empowering workers.”…

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Jim Aviles, ’82, and Milena de Goes Establish LL.M. Fellowship for Brasilian Students with $1 Million Gift to Notre Dame Law School

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On Friday, March 11, Notre Dame President Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., proudly announced a $1 million gift from 1982 alumnus Jim Aviles and Milena de Goes. The gift will support Brasilian students seeking an LL.M. degree from the Law School. Law School Dean Nell Jessup Newton offered thanks to Aviles and Goes noting “this beautiful gift strengthens our LL.M. program and allows us, in the Notre Dame tradition, to form lawyers who will be a part of the authentic development of the rule of law in Brasil. We could not be more thrilled.”…

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A Judicial Perspective: Q&A with Randall T. Shepard, Former Indiana Supreme Court Justice

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Randall T. Shepard, Indiana’s longest-serving Supreme Court Chief Justice, recently visited Notre Dame’s London Law Center to teach a course on judicial process. Shepard was invited to lead the half-semester, one-credit course as a Clynes Distinguished Visiting Jurist. The now-retired chief has had an extensive career that encompasses titles such as legal author, law professor, historic preservationist, and arts supporter.…

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NDLS Student Groups Host Panel on Immigration Law

Three immigration attorneys visited Notre Dame Law School recently for a panel discussion on various immigration issues and challenges. The panel included Aimee Heitz, Directing Attorney at Indiana Legal Services, Inc., Immigrants’ and Language Rights Center, Michael Durham, ’01 J.D., solo practitioner at Durham Immigration Law, and Rudy Monterrosa, ’01 J.D., solo practitioner at Monterrosa Law Group and adjunct professor of immigration law at NDLS

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Visiting Scholar Graeme Dinwoodie Connects with Students During NDLS Visit

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Graeme Dinwoodie, professor of Intellectual Property and Information Technology Law at the University of Oxford, recently spent the week at Notre Dame Law School as a visiting scholar. While on campus Dinwoodie was a guest lecturer in Professor Mark McKenna’s Trademarks and Unfair Competition class, and presented his research, Territoriality and Trademarks: Lessons from (and for?) the European Union, to faculty.…

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