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God. Country. Notre Dame.
Perhaps no man in recent memory has better embodied the motto inscribed over the door to the Sacred Heart Basilica than Professor Charles E. Rice. A devout Catholic, a Marine, a professor, and a coach, Professor Rice did it all, and always with an abounding sense of humor and purpose. It is therefore with a heavy heart that the Law School announces his passing on February 25, 2015.
NDLS grad Sean Seymore has been named a Chancellor Faculty Fellow by Vanderbilt University.
The appointment extends over two fiscal years and includes additional funding designed to support Professor Seymore’s innovative research into how patent law should evolve in response to scientific advances and how the intersection of law and science should influence the formulation of public policy.
International human rights law scholar Professor Douglass Cassel has been awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to do research in Mexico on the enforcement of Inter-American human rights law by Mexican courts. The project will begin in the spring semester of 2016.
After four rounds of competition, NDLS students Sarah Gallo and Patrick Duffey (with Jae Kim on the brief) were declared the winners of the National Religious Freedom Moot Court Competition February 7.
Professor Dan Kelly has been elected as one of the 26 new members to The American Law Institute. The American Law Institute is the leading independent organization in the United States producing scholarly work to clarify, modernize, and improve the law. The ALI…
The United States Supreme Court unanimously ruled Tuesday (Jan. 20) that an Arkansas prison’s beard ban violated a prisoner’s religious liberty.
According to Richard W. Garnett, professor of law and director of the Notre Dame Law School’s Program on Church, State and Society, the Court’s decision in the Holt v. Hobbs case “shows that religious freedom is a deeply rooted national commitment, not a partisan one. Even in a pluralistic society that is sharply divided on many questions, it should be and is possible to find ways to accommodate religious beliefs that the majority does not share.”
Richard Garnett, NDLS Professor and Director of the Program on Church, State & Society, has been appointed by the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights as one of 18 Indiana citizens to its Indiana Advisory Committee.
Andrea Pin (PhD, University of Turin, Italy) was a fall 2014 Notre Dame Kellogg Institute for International Studies visiting fellow. He is senior lecturer at the University of Padua, where he teaches constitutional law, comparative public law, and Islamic law. His interests include constitutionalism in Middle East as well as on comparative perspectives on religious liberty, constitutional interpretation, and federalism. While at Notre Dame, he was also a visiting professor of European Union law at the Notre Dame Law School.
Professor A.J. Bellia joined Justice Antonin Scalia on a panel discussing the role of history in the field of Federal Courts at the annual meeting of the American Association of Law Schools (“AALS”).
The panel, sponsored by the Federal Courts Section of the AALS, considered the extent to which courts should rely on history in deciding questions of federal judicial power.
NDLS Professors Patricia L. Bellia and Nicole Stelle Garnett have been awarded endowed professorships in recognition of their outstanding scholarship, Dean Nell Jessup Newton announced January 12.
December saw two Notre Dame Law School grads confirmed to the federal bench. Double Domer Jack Blakey, ’88 B.A., ’92 J.D., was confirmed to the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois by the U.S. Senate December 16. Earlier this month Jerry Pappert, ’88 J.D., was confirmed to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.
This spring Ron Dolin, one of the First 100 at Google and the co-founder of Stanford University’s Program for Legal Technology & Design, teamed up with Jason Boehmig, a 2012 magna cum laude NDLS grad and the president and CEO of the legal technology company Ironclad, Inc., to offer a unique and exciting course on Legal Technology and Informatics.
It is with a heavy heart that the Law School announces the death of Professor Emeritus Robert E. Rodes Jr., who passed away Tuesday morning, November 25, 2014.
The University of Notre Dame has appointed NDLS Professor A.J. Bellia to serve as the inaugural O’Toole Professor of Constitutional Law. This Endowed Chair is funded by a significant gift from Judge Thomas W. and Elaine S. O’Toole to support the study and teaching of constitutional law at Notre Dame Law School. Judge O’Toole, who obtained his B.A. from Notre Dame and his L.L.B. from the University of Arizona, long served with distinction on the Maricopa County Superior Court.
The University honored NDLS Professor Jay Tidmarsh as a 2014 Featured Faculty during the third quarter of the North Carolina football game October 11. He was recognized during the second half of the game in an on-field ceremony at Notre Dame Stadium and invited to enjoy the third quarter from the Notre Dame sideline.
Amy Coney Barrett has been named the Diane and M.O. Miller II Research Professor for a three-year term ending June 30, 2017.
Assistant Dean for Graduate and Strategic Initiatives
The Law School is launching a Notre Dame Law in D.C. externship program for Spring 2015 and Spring 2016, Dean Nell Jessup Newton has announced.
Janet Laybold, Assistant Dean for Graduate and Strategic Initiatives, will direct the program and teach its externship seminar. Dean Laybold will work closely with Professor Bob Jones, the Associate Dean for Experiential Programs who launched and continues to run the successful Notre Dame Law in Chicago program.
Notre Dame Law School’s Loan Repayment Assistance Program (LRAP) has now disbursed $1 million to NDLS graduates, according to Dean Nell Jessup Newton.
Brian Skaret, ’02 J.D., has been awarded the Attorney General’s Distinguished Service Award for the successful investigation and prosecution of the Barrio Azteca criminal organization earlier this year. This prestigious award is the second-highest conferred by the U.S. Attorney General.
Notre Dame Law School and the Center for Civil and Human Rights are pleased to welcome Judge Eduardo Ferrer Mac-Gregor, Judge of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, who will be visiting Notre Dame Law School from Monday, September 22 to Friday, October 3, 2014. As the Clynes Chair in Judicial Ethics, he will offer three seminars and a public lecture open to faculty and students.…
Dean Nell Jessup Newton is pleased to announce that Timothy L. Dondanville will become Dean of the University of Notre Dame Law School on September 9, 2014, and that he has agreed to serve in that important position until the close of business on September 9, 2014. During Dean Dondanville’s short – but surely memorable – deanship, Dean Newton will return to the faculty to concentrate on her research.
Islamic State (ISIS) militants who beheaded American journalist James Foley in Syria this week reportedly had demanded $132.5 million in ransom for his release.
Collecting ransom payments is a principal source of funding for ISIS, according to terrorist financing expert Jimmy Gurulé, professor of law at the University of Notre Dame, who says making such a payment is a federal crime.
Vinodh Jaichand ‘88 LL.M.,’96 J.S.D. began to study law because the South African thought it could be a tool for dismantling the system of apartheid. But after he arrived at the University of Notre Dame, he realized that the law may well be part of the problem.
In an important recent decision, U.S. v. Cannon (2014 WL 1633160), the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit relied heavily upon the work of Notre Dame Law School Professor Jennifer Mason McAward in interpreting the scope of Congress’s power to enforce the Thirteenth Amendment to the Constitution. Section Two of the Thirteenth Amendment empowers Congress to enforce the prohibition on slavery and involuntary servitude by addressing the “badges and incidents of slavery.” The court used Professor Mason McAward’s article, Defining the Badges and Incidents of Slavery (published in the University of Pennsylvania Journal of Constitutional Law), to understand the scope of that constitutional provision.
The Business on the Frontlines course began in 2008, and in 2010 was named one of Forbes Magazine’s ten most innovative business classes. Each class is comprised of students from the Mendoza College of Business, NDLS, and the Kroc Institute for Peace Studies.
Brian Murray ’11 J.D. and Jessica Howton ’11 J.D were the first two Public Interest Fellows at Notre Dame. Since 2011, nine Notre Dame Law graduates have served as Shaffer Fellows. Their experiences have taken them around the country and into a variety of legal areas.
An international interdisciplinary law and finance workshop co-sponsored by NDLS and spearheaded by NDLS Professor Colleen Baker will bring together legal academics, financial economists, policymakers, and legal practitioners at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago June 16-17.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Monday (June 2) released its Clean Power Plan, a long-awaited proposal that seeks to cut carbon emissions from existing power plants by 30 percent by 2030.
“These power plants account for about one-third of all such emissions within the U.S., and more importantly, they have historically escaped the brunt of regulation by the EPA, which generally focuses instead on newly constructed plants,” according to Bruce Huber, associate professor of law at the University of Notre Dame.