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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Land, Energy, and Environmental Law

By Professor John Nagle

The Law School’s program of study in Land, Energy, and Environmental Law enables students to study and experience how the law governs the natural world of which we are a part. It features courses, guest speakers, externships, and other opportunities to consider topics ranging from the redevelopment of vacant houses in the local community of South Bend to the effects of China’s energy production on climate change.…

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Meet Anthony Kroese, 2L

Originally from Buffalo, N.Y., Anthony Kroese earned his bachelor of arts in political science from Canisius College in 2014. As a fellow for the Admissions Office, Kroese will be present at many Admitted Student Weekend events this weekend.

I asked Kroese to reflect on his experiences at NDLS.

Why did you chose NDLS

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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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Meet 2016 Thomas L. Shaffer Public Interest Fellow Ashlyn Anderson-Keelin, 3L

Originally from Owensboro, Ky., Anderson-Keelin earned her bachelor of arts in English literature and political science from Georgetown College in 2012. Anderson-Keelin was recently selected as one of the 2016 Thomas L. Shaffer Public Interest Fellows. After graduation she will work with Catholic Charities Legal Network of the Archdiocese of Washington to facilitate the expansion of legal services into Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties in Maryland where nearly 10 percent of their populations live below the poverty line.

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A year in London (and beyond!)

Carlene Miller, 2L

I decided to apply to Notre Dame Law – and ultimately accepted my admission offer – because of the Notre Dame Law in London program. I had spent two of my undergraduate summers in London, and I had never anticipated that I would be able to return to the city that I love during law school. The Notre Dame London Law Centre affords a completely unique and valuable experience that other law schools simply do not provide.…

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Notre Dame Alumni Reconnect at San Diego Sports and Business Panel


The Notre Dame Lawyers Club of San Diego hosted a sports and business panel discussion at PETCO Park earlier this month that proved to be a great success.

“It was fitting that the sports and business panel was at Petco Park because the event was a homerun,” said Juan Castañeda, founder of Castañeda Trial Attorneys. Castañeda serves on the leadership team of the Notre Dame Lawyers Club of San Diego.…

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Notre Dame Law School Names Two 2016 Bank of America Foundation Community Sustainability Fellows

Notre Dame Law School and the Bank of America Foundation have named Christina Jones and Nicholas Bedenk this year’s Bank of America Foundation Community Sustainability Fellows. The Bank of America Foundation Community Sustainability Fellowship places NDLS graduates in agencies or private nonprofits for a two-year term.

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Housing: Will you live on or off campus?

For many college towns and communities finding housing can be a real struggle. Not South Bend. With approximately 85 percent of Notre Dame’s undergraduate population living on campus for all four years, Notre Dame’s graduate and professional students find that finding a nice, affordable place in our community is a breeze! The Notre Dame community provides students with ample housing options – both on

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The Top 10 Things You Need to Know About Admitted Student Weekends

With our first admitted student weekend just around the corner, we are busy preparing to welcome many of you to campus.

If you are already registered, we look forward to seeing you! If you have not registered yet, we hope this top 10 list will help you see how beneficial this program can be in making your decision on where to attend law school.…

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From “Briefing a Case?” To Successful Career

Audra Passinault, ’15 J.D.

Beginning law school can be intimidating. I did not come to Notre Dame Law School from a family of lawyers or with any prior law-related work experience. My undergraduate degree was in gender studies and I had never seen a casebook. On the first day of class, I was sure I was in over my head as I sat listening to other students talk about briefing cases, working in law firms, and something called a Bluebook. I was petrified that I did not have the skills necessary to succeed.…

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You Can Create Your Own Public Interest Dream Job at Notre Dame Law School

Katelynn McBride

Program Director, Public Interest & Chicago Initiatives

The law can be an incredible tool for change and Notre Dame students know it. In fact, Notre Dame students often make the choice to come here because they want to be “a different kind of lawyer.”
The problem is that it can be a challenge for a job seeker find an open job posting that would allow them to do what they always dreamed of doing – particularly for those interested in public-interest and pubic-service law. At Notre Dame, our students can do just that.…

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