The NDLS faculty’s Shaffer Fellows Committee has concluded its deliberations and selected three 2014 Shaffer Fellows, Dean Nell Jessup Newton announced March 19.
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Professor Kelly has authored a new article, Toward Economic Analysis of the Uniform Probate Code. Insights from economics and the economic analysis of law may be useful in analyzing succession law, including intestacy and wills as well as nonprobate transfers such as trusts. After surveying prior works that have examined succession from a functional perspective, I explore the possibility of utilizing tools like (i) transaction costs, (ii) the ex ante/ex post distinction, and (iii) rules versus standards, to illuminate the design of the Uniform Probate Code. Specifically, I investigate how these tools, which legal scholars have employed widely in other contexts, may be relevant
in understanding events like the nonprobate revolution and issues like “dead hand” control; analyzing UPC provisions pertaining to the harmless error rule, reformation, and ademption by extinction; and evaluating law reforms such as proposals to abolish attestation or prevent the disinheritance of children.
Shortly after taking the phone call from Associate Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr., Megan Dillhoff became the second NDLS graduate to accept a Supreme Court judicial clerkship for the October 2014 Supreme Court term. Earlier this term, G. Ryan Snyder accepted his clerkship offer from Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr.
Professor Mary Ellen O’Connell will deliver the 2014 Hersch Lauterpacht Memorial Lecture at the University of Cambridge’s Lauterpacht Centre for International Law in Cambridge, England.
Members of the NDLS community and the U.S. Attorney’s Office joined family and friends to support 3L Jason O’Brien at his U.S. Navy ensign commissioning ceremony in the Patrick F. McCartan Courtroom last November.
Professor Martijn Cremers has co-authored a new research article, Thirty Years of Shareholder Rights and Firm Valuation, that introduces the concept of a new hand-collected dataset that tracked restrictions on shareholder rights at approximately 1,000 firms from 1978-1989. In conjunction with 1990-2006 IRRC data, the authors tracked firms’ shareholder rights over thirty years. Most governance changes occurred during the 1980s. The data found a robustly negative association between restrictions on shareholder rights (using the G-Index as a proxy) and Tobin’s Q. The negative association only appears after the judicial approval of antitakeover defenses in the 1985 landmark Delaware Supreme Court decision of Moran v. Household. This decision was an unanticipated, exogenous shock that increased the importance of shareholder rights.
It is with a heavy heart that the Law School announces the death of Bob Wilczek, J.D. ’68, who passed away on January 8, his 70th birthday.
The U.S. Senate has voted 70-29 to confirm Elizabeth A. Wolford to serve on the U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York.
Designed to prepare students for practice in a wide variety of intellectual property-related fields, the program includes basic and advanced courses in patent, copyright, trademark and unfair competition as well as courses in related fields such as design, cyberlaw, and antitrust.
It is with a sad heart that the Law School announces the recent death of Associate Dean Emeritus William O. McLean.
Dahlia Lithwick, a senior editor at Slate, will be speaking on “How Have Women Changed the U.S. Supreme Court?” on Thursday November 21, 2013, from 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. in Room 1130.
Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr. has invited NDLS alum G. Ryan Snyder (JD ’12) to join his chambers as a judicial clerk for the October 2014 Supreme Court term. Ryan is the third NDLS grad to be named a Supreme Court judicial clerk in the past decade.
The Notre Dame Law School community has learned that Judge Willie Lipscomb Jr. died unexpectedly while winterizing his boat at his Detroit home on November 6.
D.C. Circuit Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh gave the keynote address for the 2013 Notre Dame Law Review Symposium November 1 in the Patrick F. McCartan Courtroom. The presentation was sponsored by the Notre Dame Law Review, the Notre Dame Program on Constitutional Structure, and the Clynes Chair in Judicial Ethics.
Chief Judge Alex Kozinski of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit visited the Law School October 15-16 to speak with students and faculty.
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has announced the appointment of Paul M. Lewis as special envoy for the closure of the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
Randall T. Shepard delivered a Clynes Chair Lecture on “The Future of Legal Education” to NDLS students and faculty September 25. Shepard is a former Indiana Supreme Court Chief Justice and the Chair of the ABA Task Force on the Future of Legal Education. This fall he was named Notre Dame Law School’s Judge James J. Clynes, Jr., Visiting Chair in the Ethics of Litigation Within the Judicial Process.
The Notre Dame Law Association has named Charles A. Weiss, the 2013 recipient of The Rev. Michael D. McCafferty, C.S.C., Award. The McCafferty award is presented by the association to a Notre Dame lawyer who has rendered distinguished service to the University.
The formal reception to showcasing the Notre Dame Law in Chicago program’s new headquarters is not scheduled until November 14, but the doors are already open at 224 South Michigan Avenue in the Loop.
Notre Dame Law School’s American Association of Justice (AAJ) 2013 National Champion Moot Court Trial Team was honored by the Melvin M. Belli Society at a reception and dinner in San Francisco this summer.
A reception and book signing event celebrating a new book about Rev. David T. Link’s prison ministry was held August 28 at the Eck Visitors Center on the Notre Dame Campus.
“The NDLS Loan Repayment Assistance Program (LRAP) made it possible for me to work in the public interest and I have had truly wonderful experiences,” says Krista (Yee) Cox (J.D. ’08). Krista recently felt the thrill of four voided loan promissory notes—all due to her work for an eligible non-profit organization after graduation. Funded entirely by generous alumni, the NDLS program currently supports the public-interest careers of more than 30 law graduates.
Stephen Astringer, who will be a 2L this fall, has been named a “Distinguished Law Student” by the 2013 Midwest Regional Bankruptcy Seminar.
Recent Notre Dame Law School graduates William Collins and Robert Ward are this year’s recipients of the ABA/BNA Award for Excellence in Intellectual Property Law.
Mary Ellen O’Connell, Robert and Marion Short Professor of Law and Research Professor of International Dispute Resolution at the University of Notre Dame’s Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, will testify today (May 22) before the House Judiciary Committee on “Protecting U.S. Citizens’ Constitutional Rights During the War on Terror.”
184 J.D. graduates, 15 LL.M. graduates, 3 J.S.D. graduates received degrees during the May 18, 2013, diploma ceremony on the lawn overlooking the Hesburgh Library’s reflecting pool.
DeSantis, one of three new Board members, is a litigation partner in the Washington, D.C., office of the law firm Kirkland & Ellis.