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Alumni Spotlight: Jose Reyes Ferriz ’88

Jose Reyes Ferriz news Jose Reyes Ferriz, the mayor of Ciudad Juárez, Mexico and a 1988 graduate of Notre Dame Law School’s LL.M. program, recently spoke with National Public Radio about his fight against the rampant violence plaguing his city.

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Blind NDLS student featured in South Bend Tribune

Like several Notre Dame law students, Jim Lockwood ’11 is practicing his craft by working as a summer intern in a county prosecutor’s office. What’s different is that Lockwood’s service dog helps make his work possible.

The South Bend Tribune recently profiled Lockwood during a day at the Berrien County (Mich.) Prosecutor’s Office. You can read the article here:…

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Is there still a Catholic vote in the US?

Spero News (By: Vincent Rougeau) July 9, 2010
Vince Rougeau news Is there a unified Catholic voice in the American public square, and if so, what is it saying at the moment? As the United States celebrates Independence Day on 4th July, Professor Vincent Rougeau of the University of Notre Dame, describes the past and present tensions experienced by Catholic Americans as a result of the support and opposition encountered in various other religious and political voices. > Read Article

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`'Holy men' blaze curious trail across country

Helena Independent Record (Quotes: Lloyd Hitoshi Mayer)
mayer news In most states, including Ohio and Minnesota, religious groups do not have to file financial reports at all, says Helen Ng, a spokeswoman for the Charities Review Council, a nonprofit watchdog group. “It’s been a common tax scam for many years for a family, for example, to claim ’we’re a church,’” says Lloyd Hitoshi Mayer, an associate professor of law at the University of Notre Dame. “The church category, unfortunately, is one that can be abused.” > Read Article

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John J. Hurley ’81 - 24th president of Canisius College

John Hurley news On July 1, 2010, Notre Dame Law School alumnus John Hurley began his tenure as the first lay president of Canisius College in that institution’s 140-year history. He previously served as the college’s executive vice president and vice president for college relations.

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Student Spotlight: Wendy Tran ’12

Wendy Tran news Half of Notre Dame Law School’s first-year class—92 students—spent several days last semester exploring public interest lawyering around the country through the GALILEE program. An acronym for Group Alternative Live-In Legal Education, GALILEE introduces Notre Dame law students to the legal problems of the urban poor in ways impossible to learn in the classroom. One participating student, Wendy Tran, recorded her thoughts throughout her experience at various agencies in Los Angeles.

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Featured Faculty: Dan B. Kelly

Dan Kelly newsDaniel B. Kelly is a promising scholar in property law and law and economics and has taken great strides to assist in developing the University’s law-and-economics curriculum.

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Do drone attacks comply with international law?

Mary Ellen Oconnell news PolitiFact (Quotes: Mary Ellen O’Connell), July 1st, 2010
Mary Ellen O’Connell, a University of Notre Dame law professor, argues that “without a right to use military force on Pakistan’s territory, we not only violate that state’s rights under international law, we are violating the human rights of all victims, regardless of whether they are Taliban militants on a CIA hit list or bystanders. Some of the publicly acknowledged strikes in Pakistan have not been part of Pakistan’s own armed conflict hostilities with Taliban. I know of no justification in international law for those.” > Read Article

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Supreme Court extends rights of gun owners

Rick Garnett fall08 news Los Angeles Times (Quotes: Richard Garnett)
“This case is only the beginning of the debate. Gun ownership rights — like free-speech rights — are not absolute, and state and local governments retain the authority to enact reasonable gun-control laws,” said Rick Garnett, a law professor at the University of Notre Dame. > Read Article

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Supreme Court Strengthens 2nd Amendment

Rick Garnett fall08 news The Lipman Times (Quotes: Richard Garnett)
“This case is only the beginning of the debate. Gun ownership rights — like free-speech rights — are not absolute, and state and local governments retain the authority to enact reasonable gun-control laws,” said Rick Garnett, a law professor at the University of Notre Dame. > Read Article

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Prof. Bradley quoted in What Kind of Justice Would Kagan Be?

bradley news What Kind of Justice Would Kagan Be?
National Catholic Register
Less than a week before the Senate hearings begin on June 28, Judge Robert Bork, the former Yale constitutional scholar whose 1987 nomination to the Supreme Court was blocked by an alliance of liberal groups, Gerard Bradley, the Notre Dame law professor, and William Saunders of Americans United for Life, argued that Kagan’s activist judicial philosophy would have negative consequences for the nation.…

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States Must Honor Gun Rights, U.S. High Court Says

Rick Garnett fall08 news San Francisco Chronicle (Quotes: Richard Garnett)
“Given that other fundamental rights – the freedom of speech, the freedom of religion, and so on – limit both state and national governments, it would have been strange for the court to rule otherwise here,” said Rick Garnett, associate dean and constitutional law professor at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana. > Read Article

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Supreme Court Arizona ruling could shape immigration reform

Rick Garnett fall08 news Christian Science Monitor (Quotes: Richard Garnett)
“This does not necessarily mean, though, that the states and the national government cannot ever legislate on the same subject. They do all the time," says Richard Garnett, Professor of Law and Associate Dean at Notre Dame Law School. "The question will be, in this case (as with the more recent Arizona law) whether the Arizona law interferes in some way with the federal policy.” > Read Article

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Scholars of violence and religion to gather at Notre Dame

brinig news Scholars from around the globe will gather at the University of Notre Dame June 30 to July 4 (Wednesday to Sunday) for the meeting of the Colloquium on Violence and Religion (COV&R). The theme of the conference is “Transforming Violence: Cult, Culture, and Acculturation.” More than 150 scholars from 14 countries are expected to attend.

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Prof. Brinig presents at Colloquium on Violence and Religion

brinig news Margaret Brinig, Fritz Duda Family Chair in Law and associate dean for faculty research, will present a paper at Notre Dame’s Colloquium on Violence and Religion during a special keynote session. The presentation runs from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. in McKenna Hall Auditorium on Notre Dame’s campus.

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