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The Center for Ethics and Culture and Notre Dame Law School Announce New Fellowship

The Notre Dame Center for Ethics and Culture and Notre Dame Law School are pleased to announce the Polking Family Fellowship, a newly established program to recruit and provide funding for top law school candidates who have a demonstrated passion for the Catholic mission of the Law School and who share Notre Dame’s commitment to the inalienable dignity of every human life from conception to natural death.

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Law Professor Files Brief with Supreme Court for Families of Dead in 1983 Marine Barracks Bombing in Lebanon

Jimmy Gurulé, professor of law, with six other law professors who teach and publish in the field of national security law, has filed an amici curiae, or friends of the court brief, on behalf of the families of the 241 U.S. servicemen killed in the 1983 truck-bombing attack on a Marine barracks in Beirut.

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U.S. Supreme Court Justice Alito Visits Notre Dame Law School

U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Samuel A. Alito, Jr., recently spent a day at Notre Dame Law School. The day was capped by a discussion in the Patrick F. McCartan Courtroom moderated by Professor William Kelley, followed by a reception with students. Earlier in the day, Justice Alito met with a small group of students to discuss ways of integrating one’s personal and professional lives, and then had lunch with another small group of students and faculty.

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Two NDLS Grads Named First Bank of America Foundation Community Sustainability Fellows

Notre Dame Law School, in conjunction with the Bank of America Foundation, has named two 2015 NDLS graduates as the inaugural recipients of a newly announced public service fellowship. The Bank of America Foundation Community Sustainability Fellowship, which began this fall, places NDLS graduates in city agencies or private nonprofits for a two-year term.

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Galilee Program Shapes Students’ Views on Being a Different Kind of Lawyer

As many students make their way home for winter break – to binge-watch Netflix, small-talk with relatives and catch up on sleep – more than 150 of this year’s 200-strong class of first-year Notre Dame Law students will spend a week of their break exploring the inner workings of public-interest and public-service lawyering through the Galilee Program.

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Thomas Olohan, ’01 J.D. Receives Highest Honor from FBI

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FBI Supervisory Special Agent, Thomas Olohan, received the FBI’s highest honor of the Director’s Award for Excellence in 2015 due to his work in a sensitive human source operation run jointly with the Department of Defense. Additionally, Olohan was honored with an Anti-Defamation League 2015 SHIELD Award for his role in an investigation that resulted in the incarceration of a US-based individual. The SHIELD Award recognizes major success in the fight against hate crimes, terrorism, and the protection of civil rights.

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Donald W. Ward, ’54 J.D. Receives the 2015 Legendary Lawyer Award

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Donald Ward, partner at Ward & Ward in Indianapolis was named the 2015 Legendary Lawyer by the Indiana Bar Foundation. The annual Legendary Lawyer Award recognizes an attorney who demonstrates adherence to the highest principles and traditions of the legal profession throughout a career of 50 years or more. Ward has practiced for 60 years and currently practices with his son at Ward & Ward. Attorney Richard Eynon commented that, “Perhaps no other individual attorney has had a greater impact over the past 50 years in maintaining the integrity of the Appellate and Supreme courts, while putting aside self-interest for the best interests of Hoosiers’ justice, than Don.” Ward was humbled and honored by the award stating, “It is hard for me to believe that I can receive an award for doing the thing I have enjoyed doing for the past 60 years – going to the office and practicing law.” Read more.

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Thomas Ahearne, ’81 Finds Meaning in a Fight for Education Funding in the State of Washington

Thomas Ahearne, a graduate of Notre Dame and University of Chicago Law School, had risen at a powerful Seattle firm by working for business clients who took on insurance companies, often winning millions of dollars. Ahearne, upon the suggestion of a colleague, decided to put his litigation skills to work in fighting the state of Washington over education funding. Read more in the Boston Globe.

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Religious Liberty and the Free Society: Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Dignitatis Humanae

The Notre Dame Law Review will host its annual Symposium on Nov. 5-6, 2015 in the Patrick F. McCartan Courtroom at Notre Dame Law School. This year’s Symposium is titled Religious Liberty and the Free Society: Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Dignitatis Humanae. The event will celebrate and examine the 50th Anniversary of the Second Vatican Council’s Declaration on Religious Freedom and is part of the 2015-16 Notre Dame Forum.

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Professor William Kelley Appointed to Standing Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure

Chief Justice John G. Roberts has appointed William Kelley, associate professor of law, to the Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure (the “Standing Committee”). The Standing Committee coordinates the work of the Advisory Committees on the Federal Rules of Appellate, Bankruptcy, Civil, Criminal Procedure, and the Rules of Evidence. Kelley was appointed to a three-year term in September.

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The Honorable Michael Gotsch, Sr., '79, '87 JD Receives ISBA Outstanding Judge Award

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Judge Michael G. Gotsch Sr., who has served on the bench in the St. Joseph Circuit Court since 2004, was recently honored as the recipient of the Outstanding Judge Award from the Indiana State Bar Association’s (ISBA) Young Lawyers Section at the ISBA’s annual meeting. Over the years, Gotsch has been appointed to serve on numerous national and state committees and task forces. Additionally, Gotsch is an adjunct faculty member at Notre Dame Law School. Read the full news release.

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Supreme Court Could Improve on its Selection of Cases, Law Scholars Argue

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In the early 1980s, the Supreme Court decided some 150 cases a year, nearly twice the number it annually decides these days. Legal scholars and practitioners of law have criticized, lamented and even denounced this “docket shrinkage,” but while much attention has been paid to how the Supreme Court decides its cases, far less attention has been paid to the question of which cases the Court chooses to decide — and which cases it chooses not to.

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