The NDLS faculty’s Shaffer Fellows Committee has concluded its deliberations and selected three 2014 Shaffer Fellows, Dean Nell Jessup Newton announced March 19.
Professor Kelly has authored a new article, Toward Economic Analysis of the Uniform Probate Code. Insights from economics and the economic analysis of law may be useful in analyzing succession law, including intestacy and wills as well as nonprobate transfers such as trusts. After surveying prior works that have examined succession from a functional perspective, I explore the possibility of utilizing tools like (i) transaction costs, (ii) the ex ante/ex post distinction, and (iii) rules versus standards, to illuminate the design of the Uniform Probate Code. Specifically, I investigate how these tools, which legal scholars have employed widely in other contexts, may be relevant
in understanding events like the nonprobate revolution and issues like “dead hand” control; analyzing UPC provisions pertaining to the harmless error rule, reformation, and ademption by extinction; and evaluating law reforms such as proposals to abolish attestation or prevent the disinheritance of children.
Shortly after taking the phone call from Associate Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr., Megan Dillhoff became the second NDLS graduate to accept a Supreme Court judicial clerkship for the October 2014 Supreme Court term. Earlier this term, G. Ryan Snyder accepted his clerkship offer from Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr.
Associate Justice Clarence Thomas of the United States Supreme Court visited Notre Dame Law School the week of February 3, 2014, serving as the James J. Clynes Visiting Chair in Judicial Ethics. Over the course of the week, Justice Thomas co-taught with Professor Richard W. Garnett an intensive seminar on “Religious Freedom and the Establishment Clause.”
Professor Mary Ellen O’Connell will deliver the 2014 Hersch Lauterpacht Memorial Lecture at the University of Cambridge’s Lauterpacht Centre for International Law in Cambridge, England.
Members of the NDLS community and the U.S. Attorney’s Office joined family and friends to support 3L Jason O’Brien at his U.S. Navy ensign commissioning ceremony in the Patrick F. McCartan Courtroom last November.
Professor Martijn Cremers has co-authored a new research article, Thirty Years of Shareholder Rights and Firm Valuation, that introduces the concept of a new hand-collected dataset that tracked restrictions on shareholder rights at approximately 1,000 firms from 1978-1989. In conjunction with 1990-2006 IRRC data, the authors tracked firms’ shareholder rights over thirty years. Most governance changes occurred during the 1980s. The data found a robustly negative association between restrictions on shareholder rights (using the G-Index as a proxy) and Tobin’s Q. The negative association only appears after the judicial approval of antitakeover defenses in the 1985 landmark Delaware Supreme Court decision of Moran v. Household. This decision was an unanticipated, exogenous shock that increased the importance of shareholder rights.
It is with a heavy heart that the Law School announces the death of Bob Wilczek, J.D. ’68, who passed away on January 8, his 70th birthday.
The U.S. Senate has voted 70-29 to confirm Elizabeth A. Wolford to serve on the U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York.
Designed to prepare students for practice in a wide variety of intellectual property-related fields, the program includes basic and advanced courses in patent, copyright, trademark and unfair competition as well as courses in related fields such as design, cyberlaw, and antitrust.
On December 8-9, 2013, the Notre Dame Research Program on Law and Market Behavior held a roundtable conference on the book “The Law and Economics of Intellectual Property in the Digital Age: The Limits of Analysis”…
NDLS Dean Nell Jessup Newton has announced that new student exchange agreements have been reached with Peking University Law School and Tsinghua University School of Law.
William O. McLean, associate dean emeritus of the University of the Notre Dame Law School, died Nov. 19 (Tuesday). He was 91.
A native of Greenville, Ill., McLean was a 1957 graduate in school administration from the University of New Mexico and held master degrees in international affairs and education from George Washington University and Notre Dame, respectively. He also was a graduate of the U.S. Naval War College.
It is with a sad heart that the Law School announces the recent death of Associate Dean Emeritus William O. McLean.
Dahlia Lithwick, a senior editor at Slate, will be speaking on “How Have Women Changed the U.S. Supreme Court?” on Thursday November 21, 2013, from 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. in Room 1130.
Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr. has invited NDLS alum G. Ryan Snyder (JD ’12) to join his chambers as a judicial clerk for the October 2014 Supreme Court term. Ryan is the third NDLS grad to be named a Supreme Court judicial clerk in the past decade.
The Notre Dame Law School community has learned that Judge Willie Lipscomb Jr. died unexpectedly while winterizing his boat at his Detroit home on November 6.
Georgina Vargas Vera, a 2012 graduate of Notre Dame Law School’s LL.M. degree program in international human rights law, received the National Youth Award of 2013 for Human Rights.
D.C. Circuit Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh gave the keynote address for the 2013 Notre Dame Law Review Symposium November 1 in the Patrick F. McCartan Courtroom. The presentation was sponsored by the Notre Dame Law Review, the Notre Dame Program on Constitutional Structure, and the Clynes Chair in Judicial Ethics.