Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades celebrated the Red Mass in the Basilica on Monday October 10. The Red Mass is an annual Mass for those of all faiths working in law and politics and is open to the public.
Sean O’Brien, assistant director of the NDLS Center for Civil and Human Rights, moderated a panel discussion on the history and significance of civil rights memorials October 11 at Indiana University South Bend’s Civil Rights Heritage Center, 1040 W. Washington St.
On the panel were NDLS Professor Douglass Cassel; the chair of Notre Dame’s Department of American Studies, Prof. Erika Doss; Notre Dame Professor of Spanish Carlos Jerez-Farrán; and the director of the Civil Rights Heritage Center at the Natatorium, IUSB Assistant Professor of Sociology Kevin Lamarr James.
Obama’s lawyers bid to regulate religious hiring
The department “is going against what almost every court has decided … it has taken an outlier position,” said Richard Garnett, a law professor at the University of Notre Dame and a senior fellow at the Center for the Study of Law & Religion at Emory University.
An airstrike carried out by the CIA and U.S. Joint Special Operations Command that killed radical Islamist cleric Anwar al-Awlaki today in Yemen was illegal, according to University of Notre Dame international law expert Mary Ellen O’Connell, one of the world’s leading experts on targeted killing.
As the U.S. Supreme Court opens its October 2011 term, there is intense focus on several high-profile cases and questions the justices are likely to tackle later, including those involving affirmative action, health-care reform and immigration policy. However, according to Notre Dame Law School Professor Rick Garnett, the court is already set to hear, during this first week of the new term, one of the most important church-state cases in decades (Hosanna-Tabor Evangelical Lutheran Church and School v. EEOC).
“The case involves the ‘ministerial exception’ to employment-discrimination laws,” Garnett says. “This exception prevents courts from second-guessing employment decisions made by religious employers regarding ‘ministerial’ employees. Although the Supreme Court has never squarely addressed this exception, it is a crucial doctrine for protecting religious freedom and the separation of church and state.”
Professor Mary Ellen O’Connell’s legal and policy analysis of the recent use of drones to kill Americans Anwar al-Awlaki and Samir Khan in Yemen has been reported by numerous news outlets, including ABC, Reuters, MSNBC, the Inter Press Service, Huffington Post, Reuters, Financial Times, NPR’s Talk of the Nation, and others. Her original CNN article on this topic can be accessed here.
NDLS alum Jessica Brock (B.A. ’05, J.D. ’10, LLM ’11), Professor Paolo Carozza, and His Eminence Cardinal Roger Mahony, Archbishop Emeritus of Los Angeles, will speak on the DREAM Act October 6 at 12:45 p.m. in Eck Hall of Law Room 1140.
The DREAM Act has been brought before Congress numerous times over the past ten years.It was most recently defeated in the Senate in December 2010, and it is presently in committee in the House and Senate for consideration again this year.
Following an introduction by Professor Carozza, Ms. Brock will outline the content of the proposed DREAM Act and comment on its relationship to Catholic social teaching. Cardinal Mahony will provide reflections on the presentation and there will be an open discussion with Cardinal Mahony about the DREAM Act and Catholic social teaching.
Al-Awlaki Killing In Yemen Raises Constitutional Questions
That doesn’t excuse his killing, said Mary Ellen O’Connell, a Notre Dame scholar who studies targeted killings. “Derogation from the fundamental right to life is permissible only in battle zones or to save a human life immediately,” said O’Connell.
Killing of American in Yemen raises legal questions
Reuters (also published on MSNBC, ABC News, Reuters India, China Post, Malaysia Star, Chicago Tribune and four other publications)
“The fact that (al-Awlaki) was a dual U.S.-Yemeni citizen means that he had extra protections under the U.S. constitution than he would not have had if he was just a Yemeni citizen,” said Mary Ellen O’Connell, an international law professor at the University of Notre Dame’s law school. “So the president has done something in my view that is highly questionable under our own Constitution.”
U.S. drone killing of American al-Awlaki prompts legal, moral debate
CNN (also published on CNN International and in 57 other publications)
But Mary Ellen O’Connell, an expert on international law at the University of Notre Dame, said the key question concerned not citizenship but location. "The real concern is where is this person?’ she said. “He is not in an armed conflict zone, not in a battle zone.”
Using Drones Outside Combat Zones
University of Notre Dame international law professor Mary Ellen O’Connell released a statement calling the strike an illegal mission.
Obama under fire over targeted killing of cleric
Australian Broadcasting Company
Mary Ellen O’Connell, an international law professor, questioned whether the targeted killing was legal.
Awlaki’s killing sparks propaganda battle
Mary Ellen O’Connell, an internationally recognized expert on targeted killings at the University of Notre Dame, was similarly categorical.
Obama Admin Anti-Conscience Mandate Threatens Health Care
A recent rule issued by the Obama administration threatens our nation’s healthcare by attacking the consciences of our nation’s healthcare providers….O. Carter Snead is professor of law at University of Notre Dame Law School.
Was Killing al-Qaida’s YouTube Preacher Illegal?
Dunlap’s friend Mary Ellen O’Connell disagrees. And her credentials are just as impressive: she’s the vice chairman of the prestigious American Society of International Law, as well as a professor at the University of Notre Dame. Her argument doesn’t rely on Awlaki’s American citizenship.
Professor criticizes execution
Rick Garnett, professor of law and associate dean at the Notre Dame Law School, said the execution highlighted the American courts’ inability to properly handle new evidence in cases after a conviction has been reached.
“The publicity [Davis’] case received had the useful effect of reminding us that it is very difficult for any criminal justice system — even one that has as many safeguards as ours does — to deal with evidence that is discovered, or that changes, after a person is convicted and sentenced,” Garnett said. > Read Article
"Most important" religious freedom case
“People think separation of church and state means President Obama can’t say, ‘God bless America’ or ministers can’t talk about politics. But historically that is not what it is all about,” said Richard W. Garnett, a professor at Notre Dame Law School.
The Perfect Constitutional Question for Republican Candidates
“Would you as President propose to Congress appropriate legislation pursuant to the Fourteenth Amendment to protect human life in all stages and conditions?”…. Gerard V. Bradley is professor of law at Notre Dame Law School.
Professor Judith Fox presented Indiana judges with an update on mortgage foreclosure law at the Annual Meeting of the Judicial Conference of Indiana in French Lick, Indiana, September 21.
On September 14, she presented “Debt Collection and Mortgage Foreclosure” at the annual Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum law update conference in Indianapolis.
Thirteen NDLS students, spouses, and children broke their Ramadan fast this year with an Iftar dinner provided by Dean Nell Newton.
Fox News Partners With Google After Years Of Attacks
Media Matters for America
Christianity Today reported that “corporations often exclude faith-based groups from their philanthropic programs or restrict who can qualify, said Lloyd Mayer, a professor at Notre Dame Law School” because they want to avoid any potentially polarizing causes.
South Bend plans open bids for sale of Family Dollar
“They want anything that comes in there to contribute to the city’s pre-existing vision of economic development,” said John Nagle, Notre Dame law professor.
Loyal ND alum Regis Philbin, ‘ 53, singled out the NDLS facilities and the Patrick F. McCartan Courtroom for special praise September 19.
Recounting how it felt to return to South Bend for the September 17 Michigan State game, Regis told the “Live! With Regis and Kelly” show audience that “It is so beautiful these days at Notre Dame. The buildings, everything looks great. And this Law School is absolutely sensational. They have courtrooms inside the school — it is just gorgeous. I don’t want to be melodramatic, but: I feel like I’m going into heaven.”
Regis’s NDLS story begins at about 15:45 in this video clip.