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3L Veronica Canton serves as president of Hispanic National Bar Association’s student group

Author: Amanda Gray

The Law Students Division of the Hispanic National Bar Association has new leadership with ties to Notre Dame Law School.

Notre Dame Law 3L Veronica Canton was sworn in as national president of the organization’s law student division in early September, and she now leads the group that has given her and other Hispanic law students many resources, she said.

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London Director Michael Addo explains why law students should study abroad

Author: Kevin Allen

Eight students who spent all or part of the 2016-17 academic year in London helped Addo make his point. Several called their time in London their “best semester of law school” while talking about interning with members of Parliament, soaking up London’s culture, and traveling to The Hague and other European landmarks.

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It’s National IT Professionals Day – get to know the people who keep ND Law School online

Author: Amanda Gray

National IT Professionals Day falls on the third Tuesday of every September – that’s Tuesday, Sept. 19, this year. The dedicated Information Technology staff at the Law School keeps computers whirring, projectors lit, and video connections crisp at our main campus, while also connecting classrooms, students, faculty, and staff to people all over the world.

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Norm Matteoni, ’63 J.D., describes Lakota Sioux’s legal struggle in Black Hills

Author: Kevin Allen

Normmatteoniweb Norm Matteoni, ’63 J.D., presents “The Black Hills Are Not for Sale” on Sept. 7 in Biolchini Hall of Law. // Photo by Alicia Sachau, Notre Dame Law School.

For hundreds of years, the Black Hills – an isolated mountain range that rises amid the prairies of South Dakota – have been the spiritual home of the Lakota Sioux. And since the 1860s, the tribe’s members have been fighting the U.S. government over control of the land.…

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Dean Newton's fall 2017 welcome letter to students

Author: Dean Nell Jessup Newton

Dear students,

Welcome back 2Ls and 3Ls, and special welcome to the 1L class. Here is a brief overview of the new people, programs, and opportunities you will be encountering this year.

First, your fellow students and faculty have been working hard to line up some outstanding speakers this year, and more will be coming on line as the year progresses. First, on September 29 the Career Development Office will be bringing you Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers

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From boxing to earning a dual degree, SBA President Athena Aherrera does it all

Author: Denise Wager

When Athena Aherrera immigrated to the United States from the Philippines seven years ago, she had to adjust to a new country and culture.

She embraced the challenge, adapted quickly, and has been running full speed ever since – something she attributes to the support of her family, friends, school, and wider community.

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Notre Dame Law 3L Kelly Anderson spends summer with Coast Guard JAG

Author: Amanda Gray

Not every legal internship comes with the opportunity to see a helicopter up close and personal, but that’s what Kelly Anderson saw this summer in Washington, D.C.

Anderson, 3L, found herself touring a Coast Guard Sector, a Coast Guard Air Station, the Library of Congress, the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Capitol, and DEA Headquarters at Quantico during her summer internship with the U.S. Coast Guard Office of the Judge Advocate General, known as CGJAG.

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Corey Hemmerich, 2L: mother, law student, and extreme commuter

Author: Kevin Allen

When Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg spoke at the University of Notre Dame in September 2016, one of the many points she touched upon was how she balanced being a mother at the same time she was in law school.

Ginsburg told the audience in Purcell Pavilion that caring for her young daughter, Jane, gave her “a sense of proportion” as a law student.

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Associate Dean Randy Kozel develops a theory of precedent in new book

Author: Kevin Allen

In the American legal system, it’s a generally accepted view that judges should not disrupt the decisions of their predecessors unless they have a compelling reason to do so. The principle is known by the Latin phrase stare decisis – “to stand by things decided.” The goal is to preserve the law’s core without permanently entrenching every judicial mistake.

The key question is: When should judges break from precedent? After all, even Supreme Court justices disagree about the role of precedent in particular cases.

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David Pruitt joins ND Law School as Clinical Law Center director

Author: Amanda Gray

David Pruitt is the new program director for the Notre Dame Clinical Law Center.

Pruitt brings almost two decades of experience as a practicing attorney to the position. Most recently, he was a partner in the litigation department at Barnes & Thornburg in South Bend. He concentrated on commercial and intellectual property litigation and represented clients in state and federal courts throughout the country.

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