NDLA Honors Judge Kenneth Ripple with Fr. Michael McCafferty, C.S.C. Award


On Friday, November 14, 2014, the NDLA presented the Fr. Michael McCafferty Award to the Honorable Kenneth Ripple for his thirty-seven years of distinguished service to the University of Notre Dame as a faculty member of the Law School. The award was presented by Dean Nell Newton and NDLA Board President, Jared des Rosiers, at a dinner following the NDLA fall board meeting. This award is named for Fr. Michael McCafferty, who in his all-too-brief life established a universal reputation within Notre Dame Law School as a charismatic teacher, renowned scholar, beloved friend and spiritual mentor.

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A.J. Bellia Named First O’Toole Professor of Constitutional Law


The University of Notre Dame has appointed NDLS Professor A.J. Bellia to serve as the inaugural O’Toole Professor of Constitutional Law. This Endowed Chair is funded by a significant gift from Judge Thomas W. and Elaine S. O’Toole to support the study and teaching of constitutional law at Notre Dame Law School. Judge O’Toole, who obtained his B.A. from Notre Dame and his L.L.B. from the University of Arizona, long served with distinction on the Maricopa County Superior Court.

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Notre Dame Honors Professor Tidmarsh


The University honored NDLS Professor Jay Tidmarsh as a 2014 Featured Faculty during the third quarter of the North Carolina football game October 11. He was recognized during the second half of the game in an on-field ceremony at Notre Dame Stadium and invited to enjoy the third quarter from the Notre Dame sideline.

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Program on Constitutional Structure to Host Conference, "The Common Law in an Age of Regulation"

The Program on Constitutional Structure will host a conference, “The Common Law in an Age of Regulation” on February 6, 2015 at the Notre Dame London Law Centre. The world’s legal systems that claim the common law as their heritage operate today in an age of increasing statutory and administrative regulation.  The conference will gather scholars from the Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the United States to consider six papers that address the role of the common law in an age of regulation.  …

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In memoriam: James F. Smith, ’89 J.D.

Brigadier General James Smith passed away on September 29, 2014 from cancer complications at the age of 54. Jim was married to Jennifer O’Leary Smith, ’89 J.D. Upon his retirement from the Air Force, as a Brigadier General, Jim was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal by the President of the United States. Jim was a partner in the firm of Butler Pappas in Chicago. Please view the online obituary for more about Jim’s many accomplishments. Also view a beautiful tribute to Jim, as “A true Domer”, in an article in The Observer written by the daughter of one of Jim’s classmates.

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Notre Dame Law in D.C. Set for Spring Launch


Janet Laybold
Assistant Dean for Graduate and Strategic Initiatives

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.

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NDLS and CCHR welcome Eduardo Ferrer Mac-Gregor


Notre Dame Law School and the Center for Civil and Human Rights are pleased to welcome Judge Eduardo Ferrer Mac-Gregor, Judge of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, who will be visiting Notre Dame Law School from Monday, September 22 to Friday, October 3, 2014. As the Clynes Chair in Judicial Ethics, he will offer three seminars and a public lecture open to faculty and students.…

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Law School Welcomes Dean for a Day Timothy L. Dondanville


Dean Nell Jessup Newton is pleased to announce that Timothy L. Dondanville will become Dean of the University of Notre Dame Law School on September 9, 2014, and that he has agreed to serve in that important position until the close of business on September 9, 2014. During Dean Dondanville’s short – but surely memorable – deanship, Dean Newton will return to the faculty to concentrate on her research.

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Welcome Back (August 25, 2014)

Dear students,

On behalf of all faculty and staff: Welcome back to NDLS! As we start a new academic year, here is an update on new people, programs, and activities at the Law School.

Faculty News
First, although she is not new to us, Professor Veronica Root is assuming a new role as an associate professor. For the past two years, Professor Root was a visiting assistant professor, having left her practice at Gibson, Dunn, & Crutcher in Washington, D.C., to come to NDLS

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ND Expert: Illegal ransom payments principal source of ISIS funding

Jimmy Gurulé

Islamic State (ISIS) militants who beheaded American journalist James Foley in Syria this week reportedly had demanded $132.5 million in ransom for his release.

Collecting ransom payments is a principal source of funding for ISIS, according to terrorist financing expert Jimmy Gurulé, professor of law at the University of Notre Dame, who says making such a payment is a federal crime.

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ND Lawyer and ND Football Player Becomes Chairman of the Cotton Bowl Athletic Association

Dallas attorney, Daniel P. Novakov, ’72 BA, ’76 J.D., a Greenberg Traurig shareholder, is named chairman of the Cotton Bowl Athletic Association in the first season of the new college football playoff system. Novakov was part of the Notre Dame football team that played in the Cotton Bowl against the Longhorns in both 1970 and 1971. Read more (subscription required)

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Business Logic Holding Corp, Represented by Peter Skiko, ’92 J.D., Obtains a $61 Million Settlement in a Trade-secret and Breach of Contract Suit


The publicly reported settlement ranks as one of the largest reported settlements involving trade secret misappropriation in the nation. The lawsuit alleged the misappropriation of confidential information and trade secrets to the design and development of software to manage retirement plans. Read more

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