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Prof. Garnett on Pleasant Grove City v. Summum: “Roberts Court clarifies free-speech rules on government expression”

Rick Garnett fall08 news The Supreme Court’s 9-0 decision today (Feb. 25, 2009) in Pleasant Grove City v. Summum states that the government, when speaking on behalf of itself, is allowed to control its own message, and is not necessarily required to invite private speakers to join the conversation. “The Free Speech Clause, in other words, prevents the government from regulating or discriminating against private expression; it does not regulate the content of the government’s own speech,” explains Notre Dame Professor of Law Richard Garnett.

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Prof. Garnett Presents at Villanova Conference

Rick Garnett fall08 news Notre Dame Professor of Law Richard Garnett participates in Villanova University School of Law’s third annual John F. Scarpa Conference on Law, Politics, and Culture today, Feb. 19. The conference title is “Liberty of Conscience and Religious Equality.”

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Prof. Nicole Garnett Wins Paul M. Bator Award

Nicole Garnett news The Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies will present the prestigious Paul M. Bator Award to Notre Dame Professor of Law Nicole Garnett. The award recognizes a young academic—under the age of 40— who has demonstrated excellence in legal scholarship, a commitment to teaching, a concern for students, and who has made a significant public impact.

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Garnett Statement on Obama Faith-based Initiative

Rick Garnett fall08 news According to Notre Dame Professor of Law Richard Garnett, President Obama’s decision to continue allowing faith-based agencies to receive public funds for their social-welfare services is welcome and correct. Garnett praised the President for rejecting the argument of some of his supporters that this policy violates the Constitution’s religious-freedom guarantees. Writes Garnett:

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Speaker to Discuss Rumsfeld and War Crimes

Wolfgang Kaleck, a German human rights lawyer, will discuss the cases he has filed in German and French courts against former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld and other Bush administration officials for their roles in the torture of prisoners at Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo Bay. His presentation, “The Case for War Crimes Prosecution of Donald Rumsfeld et al.,” is Tuesday, Feb. 10 at noon in room 1130.…

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Pro Bono in Appalachia

Six 2L and 3L students will engage in pro bono work in Appalachia over spring break, March 8-14. The Law School’s Pro Bono at Notre Dame Program organized the trip in conjunction with the Appalachia Seminar of the Notre Dame Center for Social Concerns.

Law students will work with the Appalachian Research and Defense Fund of Kentucky (AppalReD)—the umbrella legal services organization for Eastern Kentucky—to implement a pilot program of legal assistance to pro se litigants in various Eastern Kentucky counties. Students will travel to several counties where they will meet with AppalReD clients—under the direction of AppalReD attorneys—to provide legal information and to help clients prepare pleadings to file in Kentucky courts, primarily in family law cases.…

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Prof. Garnett on the American Model of Religious Liberty

University of Notre Dame Professor of Law Richard Garnett was recently in Rome as a guest of the Embassy of the United States of America to the Holy See. He joined other leading scholars as a presenter at a conference celebrating the 25th anniversary of formal diplomatic relations between the U.S. and the central government of the Catholic Church.

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Prof. O’Connell on Gaza Conflict

In an article titled, “The Pitfalls of International Law,” The Washington Independent reports on the Israel-Hamas conflict in Gaza and examines the trouble with enforcing international law in that situation. The article quotes Notre Dame Professor of Law Mary Ellen O’Connell:

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Merry Christmas, Happy New Year!

NDLS Classes Resume Jan. 12, 2009

The University of Notre Dame Law School will be closed Christmas Eve until Jan. 5, 2009, when faculty and staff return. Classes begin Monday, Jan. 12, in the new Eck Hall of Law—a three-story, 85,000-square-foot building that is on the site of the former campus post office. Eck Hall will be composed primarily of a new moot courtroom, classrooms and faculty offices.…

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NDExpert: ND Law School professor Snead praises Vatican bioethics document as "eminently reasonable"

carter snead news The 32-page document on bioethical issues issued last week by the Vatican reemphasized the Catholic Church’s moral opposition to in-vitro fertilization, human cloning and embryonic stem cell research. p. The document, whose title,“Dignitas Personae,”is Latin for"the dignity of a person,"was issued by the Vatican Congregation for the Doctrine of…

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ND Law School, Family Justice Center Partner to Protect Families

The Law School at the University of Notre Dame and the Family Justice Center of St. Joseph County are partnering to provide help to women seeking protective orders against their abusers. The program is the result of a $200,000 grant awarded by the United States Department of Justice—one of just 15 grants awarded nationwide last year through the Family Justice Center Initiative.…

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