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Notre Dame Law Student to Present at the Sorbonne

Author: Kevin Allen

Martha Astor

Martha Astor’s passion for education guided her to law school.

Astor, 1L, spent the first phase of her career teaching pedagogy at Northern Arizona University, where she earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees. She also worked as an educational consultant on Indian reservations in Arizona, New Mexico, and several other states.…

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Disciplining For-Profit Prisons with Human Trafficking Laws

Author: Amanda Gray

An innovative use of human trafficking laws may help discipline the for-profit prison model, Notre Dame Law School Adjunct Professor Alexandra Levy told students Tuesday. Levy discussed using civil human-trafficking laws, specifically the 2000 Trafficking Victims Protection Act and its reauthorizations in 2003 and 2008, to punish facilities and people abusing their power for profit.

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Abortion Presentation Coincides with Gorsuch Hearings

Author: Kevin Allen

O. Carter Snead

It has become an annual tradition at Notre Dame Law School for O. Carter Snead, a professor of law and the William P. and Hazel B. White director of the Center for Ethics and Culture, to deliver a presentation on American abortion law and the U.S. Supreme Court.

On Wednesday, his one-hour overview of the jurisprudence of U.S. abortion law took on a particularly timely significance as it coincided with the Senate confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch.…

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Father Mike Show Sets Attendance Record

Author: Kevin Allen

One of Notre Dame Law School’s most popular traditions – the Father Mike Show – set a new attendance record Tuesday night.

A crowd packed into Legends of Notre Dame for the annual evening of music and comedy that spotlights the Law School’s talent and raises money for scholarships. Tuesday’s show sold 120 more tickets than any previous Father Mike Show.…

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Former Students Remember Tom Singer

Author: Dean Nell Jessup Newton

By Nell Jessup Newton, Joseph A. Matson Dean and Professor of Law

I am very sorry to report that Tom Singer, a superb trial lawyer, colleague, and instructor in Notre Dame’s trial advocacy program, died Saturday, March 4.

Tom was a South Bend attorney and proud of it. A 1952 graduate of South Bend Central High School, he began his career with the South Bend law firm of Crumpacker, May, Beamer, Levy & Searer. Later, he formed a partnership with Alexander Lysohir and finished his career serving as Of Counsel to the firm of Nickle & Piasecki of South Bend until he retired in 2012.…

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Big Crowd Watches 67th Annual Moot Court Showcase Argument

Author: Kevin Allen

A standing-room-only crowd packed into the Patrick F. McCartan Courtroom recently at Notre Dame Law School for the 67th Annual Moot Court Showcase Argument.
 
Two teams of advocates argued a fictitious U.S. Supreme Court case that focused on two questions. The first question was whether a court, in determining the reasonableness of a use of force by an officer during an arrest, should consider only the fact and circumstances at the moment of the use of force or should also consider the relevant facts and circumstances leading up to the moment of the use of force. The second question was whether individuals, including those with no formal affiliation to the press, have a First Amendment right to record police officers acting in public.

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Escaping Persecution and Facing Other Abuse

Author: Kevin Allen

Immigrating to the United States isn’t easy for anyone, but it can be particularly difficult for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people, a Chicago-based attorney said last while speaking to a group at Notre Dame Law School.

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Should Corporate Criminal Liability Even Exist?

Author: Amanda Gray

Should corporations face criminal punishment? Experts disagree.

John Hasnas, professor of business at Georgetown University, argued against corporate criminal liability in a debate Wednesday with Jimmy Gurulé, professor of law at Notre Dame Law School, who argued in favor of the practice.

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Expert on Prisoners’ Rights Talks about Mass Incarceration

Author: Kevin Allen

The United States incarcerates more people – and a larger portion of its population – than any other country in the world, Alan Mills, executive director of the Uptown People’s Law Center in Chicago, pointed out to an audience Tuesday at Notre Dame Law School.

“We lock up a huge number of people – something that no other country has tried to do in the history of the world,” Mills said.…

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NDLS Alum: Obama’s Legacy and Trump’s Challenge of Guantanamo Bay

Author: Denise Wager

Former Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama both called for the closure of the Guantanamo Bay detention facility during their administrations, saying the costs of keeping the facility open outweighed the benefits, Paul Lewis, ’80, ’83 J.D., told students and faculty Wednesday at Notre Dame Law School. He said he hoped President Donald Trump would agree.

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NDLS to Host Data Security Conference

Author: Kayah St Gerard

An NDLS Data Security Conference on Friday will focus on the legal and ethical issues in data security. The conference is cosponsored by the John J. Reilly Center and the Notre Dame Office of Digital Learning.

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NDLS LL.M. Students Win Regional Moot Court Competition and Advance to International Finals

Author: Denise Wager

Four Notre Dame Law School students from the LL.M. program in International Human Rights Law recently won the Americas regional round of the Price Media Law Moot Court Competition.

The team of Martins Birgelis (Latvia), Rachana Chhin (United States), Ruth Cormican (Ireland), and Jodi-Ann Quarrie (Jamaica) competed at Cardozo School of Law against several teams from across the Western Hemisphere on Jan. 25-29. They will move on to the final international round in April at Oxford University.…

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