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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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Prof. Gurulé: Guest columnist on Jurist.org

Jimmy Gurule Guest columnist Jimmy Gurulé of Notre Dame Law School says that Congress may have chosen to protect national security interests over the rights of criminal defendants in allowing a lower standard of constitutional protections under FISA. > See Jurist.org for full column.

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ND Expert: Obama administration 'compromise accommodation' inadequate

O. Carter Snead

President Barack Obama’s proposed adjustments to the new Health and Human Services rule requiring Catholic institutions, including the University of Notre Dame, to provide health care plans covering contraception, sterilization and abortifacient drugs continue to violate religious liberty, according to O. Carter Snead, professor of law at Notre Dame.

“Today’s ‘compromise accommodation’ is nothing of the sort,” Snead said. “The original uproar across the ideological spectrum was in reaction to the administration’s requirement that virtually all religious employers cover abortion-inducing drugs, contraceptives and sterilization in violation of their strongly held beliefs."

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Professor Mark McKenna Argues Major Trademark Case in Eleventh Circuit

Mark McKenna news Professor Mark P. McKenna argued before the United States Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit Feb. 2 in a landmark trademark infringement case. Professor McKenna appeared as an amicus curiae (“friend of the court”) in support of sports artist Daniel Moore, who has been locked in litigation with the University of Alabama regarding the sale of Moore’s paintings of Alabama football games and merchandise bearing reproductions of those paintings.

Prof. McKenna’s amicus brief is available here.

The New York Times article describing the case and quoting Professor McKenna is available here.

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Professor Snead Publishes Wall Street Journal Op-Ed on Komen Foundation and Planned Parenthood

carter snead news NDLS Professor Carter Snead co-authored an Op-Ed about Planned Parenthood and the Susan G. Komen Foundation that was published in the Wall Street Journal Feb. 6. Professor Snead is the future director of the Center for Ethics and Culture at the University of Notre Dame. His co-author, Robert P. George, is professor of jurisprudence and director of the James Madison Program at Princeton University. The full Op-Ed is available here

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3Ls Excel at National Immigration Law Moot Court Competition

raybould_shetter_news 3Ls Ryan Raybould and Caitlin Shetter recently competed in the Fifth Annual UC Davis Asylum and Refugee Law National Moot Court Competition. Ms. Shetter and Mr. Raybould made it to the finals and placed fifth out of 22 teams nationally, earning Notre Dame Law School a plaque and a Top 8 placement in Notre Dame’s first year participating in this moot court competition.

The team earned top marks from the judges and high praise for Notre Dame. > Read More

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Prof. Mark McKenna quoted in New York Times on Free Speech vs. Infringement in Suit on Alabama Artwork

Mark McKenna news Free Speech vs. Infringement in Suit on Alabama Artwork
New York Times
The case is of great interest to “artists all over the country whose free speech rights should not be subject to licensing arrangements by colleges and universities,” said Mark P. McKenna, a law professor at Notre Dame who was part of a group of professors that wrote a friend-of-the-court brief to the Appeals Court on Moore’s behalf.

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Prof. Mark McKenna quoted in Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on Kohler trademark suit

Mark McKenna news Kohler Co. steamed over Arizona firm’s name
Salon school makes change to avoid trademark suit
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

People have no hard and fast right to use their name on their business if someone else already has trademarked it, said Durst and two academic experts – Mark McKenna of the University of Notre Dame Law School and J. Thomas McCarthy, senior professor at the University of San Francisco.

McKenna, however, called Kohler Co.’s assertions “a pretty aggressive use of their trademark rights.” > Read Article

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Stephen Cribari Named Co-Director of NDLS London Summer Program

cribari_news Dean Nell Jessup Newton has announced the appointment of Professor Stephen J. Cribari as co-director (with Professor Geoffrey Bennett) of the NDLS London Summer Program.

Cribari teaches at the University of Minnesota Law School and was previously an NDLS Visiting Professor in London, where he taught a course in Law and Cultural Heritage to rave reviews. A published poet, playwright, screenwriter, and librettist, he is the Reporter for the Criminal Pattern Jury Instruction Committee of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit and a former Federal Public Defender who has twice argued before the U.S. Supreme Court. In Minnesota he teaches criminal procedure, law and archaeology, evidence, physical evidence/expert testimony, and criminal law.

In accepting the post, Professor Cribari said, “London is a rich and rare opportunity and I want to open the classroom into the cultural present as well as the cultural history of London.”

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Professor Rick Garnett Analyzes the Supreme Court’s Decision in Church-State Case

Rick Garnett ND Expert Professor Richard W. Garnett’s USA Today column analyzing the Supreme Court’s landmark church-state decision in Hosanna-Tabor Evangelical Lutheran Church and School v. EEOC was picked up by the Associated Press and subsequently reported by numerous news outlets, including the Christian Science Monitor, CNN, the Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, Salt Lake Tribune, U.S. News & World Report, and the Washington Post. Professor Garnett’s amicus brief in support of the church in this case can be accessed here.

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ND Expert: Murder pardons by Gov. Barbour “indefensible”

Jimmy Gurule A Mississippi judge has temporarily blocked 21 of more than 200 executive pardons given this week by outgoing Gov. Haley Barbour (R-Miss.) during his final days in office, and University of Notre Dame Professor of Law Jimmy Gurulé counts himself among many who are outraged that Barbour allowed murderers to be released.

“The fact that Gov. Barbour would pardon one convicted murderer absent extenuating circumstances is deeply disturbing,” says Gurulé, who, in his 23 years at Notre Dame, has taken two major leaves to serve as assistant U.S. Attorney General and Undersecretary of the U.S. Treasury Department for Enforcement. “Pardoning four convicted murderers is shocking, insulting to the surviving family members of the murder victims, and demonstrates a callous disregard for our criminal justice system and the rule of law. In my opinion, Gov. Barbour’s actions are indefensible.”

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