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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

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

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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SBA Focuses Law Students on Their Mental Health

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

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

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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ND Law Students Help Asylum Seekers Find Refuge

Esli, a 16-year-old from El Salvador, and his mother Emely, won the right to asylum in the United States, with the help of two Notre Dame Law Students.

Stephanie Torres and Christina Shakour, both 3Ls, helped provide Esli and his mother with free legal assistance through their work in Notre Dame Law School’s National Immigrant Justice Center Externship program.…

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Visiting Scholar Graeme Dinwoodie Connects with Students During NDLS Visit

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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