A group of Notre Dame Law School ELS members drove to Flint, Mich., Feb. 13 to lend a hand in the water crisis there. The group worked at the Volunteer Recruitment Center putting together lead testing kits to be sent to homes.
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When Alisa Finelli, JD ’15, learned that she had won the national Pro Bono Award from the Super Lawyers rating service, she was grateful for the recognition the prize would bring to the Volunteer Lawyer Network, whose director, Mark J. Torma, ND ’97, had nominated her for the prize.
Nine students were awarded public interest summer scholarships from the Women’s Legal Forum, Asian Law Student’s Association, and the Environmental Law Society. Seven scholarships were funded by the Women’s Legal Forum with proceeds from the Fr. Mike Show Feb. 25. Two other scholarships are funded by the Asian Law Student’s Association and the Environmental Law Society. The scholarships will help fund the students’ public interest positions in various cities his summer.
The Law School’s AAJ national team advanced to the final four of the American Association of Justice National Student Trial Advocacy Competition in Pittsburgh this past weekend. In due course, Notre Dame’s Miguel Contreras, Erin Kauffman, Jonathan Mahoney and Adam Zamora defeated the national teams from Belmont, Syracuse, Washington, and Massachusetts before losing a split decision to George Mason. (Stetson University ultimately defeated George Mason to win the competition.)
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.
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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.
Mary Shepro, who will be a 3L this fall, has been named a 2014 Distinguished Bankruptcy Law Student by the 2014 Midwest Regional Bankruptcy Seminar.
Each year several third-year students on the NDLS Moot Court Board write briefs and conduct oral arguments in appointed cases before the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.
The Hispanic Law Student Association presented this year’s Graciela Olivarez Award to Luz Herrera.
Dean Nell Jessup Newton has announced that the Peter Lardy Memorial Fellowship for the 2014-2015 academic year has been awarded to 2L Christopher Stewart. Stewart’s name will now be added to the Lardy Fellowship plaque’s list of recipients, which includes 2013-2014 Fellow Armando Cordoves and extends back to the first recipient, John F. Ready, in 1976.
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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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.
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.
The highest bidder at the Fr. Mike Show, Dean Lapp has worked as an analyst for the intelligence branch of the State Department and as an advisor to Senator Rob Portman. Additionally, he has experience in the non-profit world, having spent time researching the role of mentoring in academic success. He has been published in the Financial Times for his views on metaphors in political speech and the relevance of Roman history to recent events.
In a night celebrating milestones, BLSA presented awards to the Hon. Bernard M. Jones, II (J.D. ’04), Professor Stephen F. Smith, Registrar Anne C. Hamilton, and BLSA President Adreanne Stephenson.
The winning team is comprised of students Brian Salvi, Shelia Prendergast, Michelle Pope, Kristian Weir, Brian Ellixson, Ted Koroshetz, Andrew Spica, and Bryan Pasciak.
The Notre Dame Hispanic Law Students Association’s award to Dean Moran commemorates the accomplishments of Graciela Olivarez, Notre Dame Law School’s first female and Latina graduate.
Throughout his visit, Justice Thomas was more than generous with his time. “All the students were really moved and touched by Justice Thomas’s generosity,” said Professor Nicole Stelle Garnett.
On April 21, 2013, 2L Beth Scarola will run the 2013 London Marathon on behalf of the International Justice Mission UK.
Justice Clarence Thomas will be visiting NDLS March 5-6 as the Judge James J. Clynes Jr. Visiting Chair. During this time Justice Thomas will be visiting several NDLS classes and speaking with students and faculty.
Congratulations to 3L Sarah Burch and 2L Matt O’Rourke, recent winners of the Region 7 American Bar Association Client Counseling Competition.
Kenan Rahmani, J.D. candidate 2015, traveled to Syrian warzone to help victims of the conflict. Rahmani was one of nine individuals sponsored by the Syrian American Council (SAC) to journey to the country over Christmas break to provide aid to the refugees.
The project offers law students an opportunity to team with pro bono attorneys in offering free legal assistance to local small businesses. Last year, eighteen 2Ls and 3Ls provided legal advice to six separate businesses.
His paper, On the Road Again: The D.C. Circuit Reinvigorates The Work-Product Doctrine in the United States v. Deloitte & Touche, won against numerous high-quality papers from students representing law schools throughout the United States.
On Friday, November 30, 2012, at 12:30 p.m., Mayor Pete Buttigieg will visit to talk about his life in public service as the Mayor of South Bend, Indiana.
Former U.S. Congressman, Thomas Allen, will serve as the keynote speaker at this symposium hosted by the Notre Dame Law Review. The Symposium will focus broadly on congressional gridlock, exploring various aspects of the issue from partisanship and civility to the utilization of the appropriations process to legislate.
During the week of October 8, 2012, California Supreme Court Associate Justice Carol A. Corrigan will serve as the Judge James J. Clynes, Jr. Visiting Chair in the Ethics of Litigation Within the Judicial Process. Justice Corrigan will teach Appellate Advocacy Training, will serve as a guest lecturer for a Criminal Law course, and will make a presentation to the Women’s Legal Forum.
The United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit will hold oral arguments at the University of Notre Dame Law School on Monday, October 1, 2012.