The Notre Dame Law and Economics (NDL&E) Program will host its inaugural symposium: Housing: Law & Policy on Friday, September 17, 2010. The symposium, which will run from 2-5 p.m. in Eck Hall of Law, Room 1140, features two prominent scholars, each of whom will present a working paper on cutting-edge issues in housing law and housing policy.
Professor Carter Snead will speak at the “Judicial Seminar on Emerging Issues in Neuroscience” that is being held at Harvard Law School on September 20. His talk will discuss the ways in which information about neuroscience is currently entering the courts and what we can expect in the future.
This fall Notre Dame Law School is launching a new interdisciplinary initiative, the Notre Dame Law and Economics (NDL&E) Program. NDL&E is dedicated to encouraging interdisciplinary research, scholarship, and collaboration on legal issues, particularly in the areas of law and economics, law and the social sciences, and law and business.
Captain Wendy Sue Kosek, a 2004 University of Notre Dame graduate and a 2007 graduate of the University of Notre Dame Law School, has been honored with The Rev. William Corby, C.S.C., Award for distinguished military service to her country.…
Professor Rick Garnett and Professor Cathy Kaveny will present at the “Saturday Scholar Series” on September 11, 2010.
“Religion and American Public Life: The 50th Anniversary of JFK’s Houston Speech on the Separation of Church and State”…
US Works With Sudan on Gitmo
Wall Street Journal
Mary Ellen O’Connell, a professor of international law at the University of Notre Dame, took another view. “Engaging with the Sudanese on this issue is more likely to have a positive impact than a negative one. The United States is in a difficult position to press Sudan on human rights violations, while holding Sudanese nationals at Gitmo,” she said. > Read Article
Judge in gay marriage case subject to speculation
The Associated Press (August 6, 2010)
Gerard Bradley, a law professor at the University of Notre Dame, published a Fox News column in the hours before Walker filed his opinion faulting the media for not forcing Walker to address his sexual orientation. > Read Article
Why Has Media Ignored Judge’s Possible Bias In California’s Gay Marriage Case?
FOXNews (Opinion: By: Gerard Bradley) August, 4, 2010
Any minute now we will hear the result of another lawsuit about same-sex marriage. This month a federal judge in Massachusetts threw out a Congressional law which defined marriage as the union of man and woman. > Read Article
Assoc. Dean Garnett to present Hesburgh Lecture on August 7, 2010 at St. Joseph Parish Koenig Center, Libertyville, IL. The lecture will explore the topic “The Right Questions about School Choice: Education, Religious Freedom, and the Common Good.”
S. David Worhatch ’79, an Executive Advisory Board Member for the Notre Dame Law School, was appointed to the LItigation Section of the Ohio State Bar Association. His appointment a one-year term which began on July 1. He was appointed to the position by Carmen V. Roberto, president of the Ohio State Bar Association.
Hentoff: Is Obama ‘in Love With Drones’?
Richmond Times Dispatch (Quotes: Mary Ellen O’Connell)
On Scott Simon’s always-illuminating Weekend Edition program on National Public Radio, Mary Ellen O’Connell, a research professor at the University of Notre Dame, said: "I am not at all against the use of technology that protects our soldiers, and I’m with the American public on that entirely. But I do think a lot about not only the legal but the moral ramifications of the drone, the ability to kill from thousands of miles away, not just a mile or two away. And what is that doing to us as a nation? > Read Article
Obama’s in love with drones
WorldNetDaily (Quotes: Mary Ellen O’Connell) July 27, 2010
On Scott Simon’s always-illuminating Weekend Edition program on National Public Radio, Mary Ellen O’Connell, a research professor at the University of Notre Dame said: "I am not at all against the use of technology that protects our soldiers, and I’m with the American public on that entirely. But I do think a lot about not only the legal but the moral ramifications of the drone, the ability to kill from thousands of miles away, not just a mile or two away. And what is that doing to us a nation?” > Read Article
USA Today published an opinion by Notre Dame Professor of Law Richard Garnett in an article “On religious liberty, what would Kagan do?” Here is an excerpt: …
It’s Not Dead, It’s Only Lame: John Boehner and the 20th Amendment
The Atlantic (blog) (Quotes: John Copeland Nagle) July 26, 2010
As constitutional scholar John Copeland Nagle of Notre Dame points out, many important laws have been passed by “lame duck” Congresses since 1933. The federal “superfund” law was passed in 1981 by a Democratic Congress that knew the new Republican Senate would block it. In 1994, Democrats lost control of both House and Senate; the old Congress promptly met and implemented the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade. > Read Posting
Conahan guilty plea expected today
Citizens Voice (Quotes: G. Robert Blakey) July 23, 2010
But Notre Dame law professor G. Robert Blakey, who wrote the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act under which Conahan was charged, said the rulings will have no effect because the honest services fraud charges against Conahan are based on the payment of bribes. “They fall within the definition of what the Supreme Court approved,” said Blakey, who drafted the RICO legislation while working as chief counsel to a U.S. Senate subcommittee in the 1970s. > Read Article
World Socialist Web Site (Quotes: Judy Fox) July 16, 2010
“We have created a de facto debtors prison system in the United States that is largely unconstitutional,” said Judith Fox, a law professor at Notre Dame Law School. “In some parts of the country, people are so fearful of arrest they are scrambling to pay money they might not even owe,” she concluded.
South Bend Tribune (By: Charles Rice) July 16, 2010
Common Council Bill 30-10 would amend the South Bend Human Rights Ordinance to forbid private employment discrimination on grounds of “sexual orientation” or “gender identity.” Charles E. Rice is professor emeritus at Notre Dame Law School.
In Defense of Professor Kenneth Howell
ministryValues.com (Quotes: John M. Finnis) July 16,2010
John M. Finnis, the Catholic thinker who is regarded as one of the most influential living legal philosophers in the world, often uses language of “complementarity,” “natural” or “unnatural,” “moral” or “immoral” when writing about sexual ethics, particularly about homosexual relations—a topic he has written on extensively… Furthermore, Finnis holds prestigious professorships at both Oxford and Notre Dame Law School, the two institutions where he divides his time during the academic year, and where he is—of course—a very respected scholar.
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.