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Scholars Gather for Constitutional Structure Roundtable at NDLS

The second annual roundtable conference of the NDLS Program on Constitutional Structure took place March 23.

mason-mcaward news Organized by Professor Jennifer Mason McAward, the theme of this year’s program is “The Reconstruction Amendments and Constitutional Structure.” This Conference brought together leading scholars of Constitutional Law in the United States, including Notre Dame faculty members, to discuss their important work on the Reconstruction Amendments to the Constitution of the United States—a topic of enduring importance in the U.S. federal system.

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Professor Gurulé Travels To Bahrain to Support Pretrial Detention Reforms

gurule_bahrain1 Professor Jimmy Gurulé spent the NDLS Spring Break in Bahrain to assess the country’s pretrial detention policies and procedures. (Photo: Federal District Court Judge Nanette Laughrey, Jimmy Gurulé, and a Bahrani prosecutor)

The trip was funded by the State Department and American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative to support Bahrain’s newly adopted zero tolerance policy toward “torture, inhuman treatment and degrading detention” of political prisoners, which includes detaining them without judicial process. An independent commission found that police tortured and used excessive force against civilians arrested during protests that followed successful uprisings in Egypt and Tunisia last year.

gurule_bahrain2 During the trip Professor Gurulé toured the country’s major prison and visited with Bahraini’s Attorney General, Minister of Justice, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, and senior members of the Ministry of the Interior, as well as human rights lawyers and political prisoners. (Photo: Judge Laughrey, Paul Simonett (the ABA representative assigned to the Middle East), Jimmy Gurulé, and the AG)

He will now evaluate current legislation and procedures that allow for judicial monitoring of detainees and make recommendations on how the legislation and procedures should be improved or amended. He will also make recommendations on the establishment and operations of a Special Prosecution Unit to investigate and prosecute allegations of government-sponsored torture.

“I am confident,” he says, “that the legal reforms being implemented in Bahrain will strengthen the rule of law in that country and serve as a model for strengthening the rule of law in other countries throughout the Gulf region.”

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Prof. Mayer quoted in the news on political expenditures for corporations

mayer news “It’s a smell test,” says Lloyd Hitoshi Mayer, a Notre Dame professor who specializes in election and tax law. Donor corporations’ lawyers “could take the position that unless an ad is express advocacy, it’s not across the line for tax purposes.”
Could Corporations Take Tax Breaks on Political ‘Dark Money’?, ProPublica, March 19, 2012
Are Corporations Claiming Tax Breaks for Super PAC Donations?, The Atlantic Wire, March 19, 2012

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John Ashcroft to deliver keynote for Journal of Law, Ethics and Public Policy Symposium

jlepp_ph_version_poster Former Attorney General John Ashcroft will deliver the keynote address at the annual Symposium hosted by the Law School’s Journal of Law, Ethics and Public Policy March 26.

The two-hour panel discussion will begin promptly at 9:30 a.m. in Room 3130. The panel will be moderated by Professor Lisa Casey A light reception will follow in the atrium. Panelist include: John Ratcliffe, Glen Schleyer, Professor Wulf Kaal, and Dr. William Bradford.

The one-hour key-note address will then take place at 12:30 p.m. in the Patrick F. McCartan Courtroom. A light reception will follow in the atrium.

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Program for Law and Human Development Presents Lecture by UN Deputy High Commissioner for Refugees

aleinikoff_news The Program on Law and Human Development presented its inaugural Annual Lecture Monday March 19 at 5:15 p.m. in the Patrick F. McCartan Courtroom. This year’s guest speaker was T. Alexander Aleinikoff, a distinguished scholar of immigration and refugee law, former dean of Georgetown Law School, and currently the United Nations Deputy High Commissioner for Refugees.

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2L AAJ Trial Team is Las Vegas Bound for National Competition

ajj_team_story An NDLS American Association of Justice (AAJ) Trial Team was victorious at the AAJ Student Trial Advocacy Regional Competition held in Louisville, Ky., March 1-4. The team will now go on to compete in the AAJ Student Trial Advocacy National Competition held in Las Vegas and sponsored by the American Association for Justice. The Regional Champion team was comprised of John Burke, Nicole Cabezas, Mauri Miller and Brian Salvi. The Regional Runner-up team was comprised of Liz Farrington, Charles Galvin, Lauren Quigley and Jihan Williams.

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Intellectual Property Law Symposium on Emerging Issues in IP

emerging_issues_in_intellectual_property_symposium_web The Notre Dame Intellectual Property Law Society presented a symposium on March 2.

The program featured opening remarks by Dean Nell Jessup Newton and presentations on “Clean Tech Intellectual Property” by Eric Lane of McKenna, Long, & Aldridge; “The Rise of Contingent Fee Representation in Patent Litigation” by Professor David Schwartz of Chicago-Kent College of Law; “Post-Grant Review at the USPTO” by Barry Irwin of Kirkland & Ellis; and a panel discussion moderated by Prof. Jodi Clifford on “The Leahy-Smith America Invents Act in Practice.”

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62nd Moot Court Showcase

showcase2012_group_story The Hon. Emilio M. Garza (U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit), the Hon. Raymond M. Kethledge (U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit), and the Hon. Martha A. Vazquez (U.S. District Court of New Mexico) will preside over the 62nd Annual NDLS Moot Court Showcase at 4 p.m. March 1 in the Patrick F. McCartan Courtroom.

The case, Tuckerman v. Betterly Hills County School District and Bliss, presents two questions:

(1) What standard should the Court apply when deciding whether a school district has the authority to discipline students for internet speech?

(2) May a court issue an adverse inference for spoliation of evidence where the spoliating party acted negligently and without any bad faith?

More information about the case, the advocates, and the judges is available here.

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Sean O’Brien Among ND Internationalists on Human Rights Panel

staff sean o'brien news The Law School’s Sean O’Brien joined a panel discussion February 23 on the Snite Museum of Art Exhibit DIGNITY and its implications for international human rights. Three other panelists representing a cross-section of Notre Dame’s international institutes and centers also shared their perspectives on the University’s current and potential role in supporting international human rights.

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NDLS Mock Trial Team Wins Regional Championship at National Black Law Student Association Annual Convention

blsa_mock_trial_team_web Notre Dame’s BLSA Mock Trial Team were crowned regional champions February 18 and now will be advancing to the nationals in Washington, D.C.

Representing NDLS at the 2012 Thurgood Marshall Mock Trial Competition at the NBLSA annual convention in Columbus, Ohio, were 3Ls Alvin Adjei, Steven Baugh, Colin Diamond, and Topher Regan.

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