Professor Snead and Notre Dame’s Center for Ethics and Culture Hosted Discussions for the Synod on the Family

David Bender, chairman of the CEC advisory board, left, with Cardinal Timothy Dolan and Carter Snead at the Synod on the Family

The three-week-long Synod on the Family, which formally closed with a Mass Sunday (Oct. 25) in Rome, brought 270 cardinals, archbishops and priests from around the world for what may have been the most significant and consequential such church gathering since the Second Vatican Council half a century ago.

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Edging Out a Patent with Notre Dame Law Students

When Jeff Ballard, president of Design Align Landscape Edging in South Bend, knew he had developed a product for the commercial landscaping industry, he wanted to see what legal recourses he had to protect his intellectual property and ultimately bring it to market.

He turned to the South Bend Chamber of Commerce Small Business Advisory Group who recommended that he seek a patent for the product, which he calls a “Gap Lock” connector. However, he was not prepared to spend the thousands of dollars or the significant investment it would take to obtain a patent.…

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Marijuana Policy: Who Should Decide?

When most people frame the debate about regulating marijuana for recreational or medical use, they only consider two options: legalize the drug or ban it. But Robert Mikos, professor of law at Vanderbilt Law School, argued this week that there are actually a variety of options between the two extremes. At a Notre Dame Law School forum, he questioned evaluating the stigma and punishment doled out to low-level marijuana users and expanding the types of conditions permitted for medical use.…

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American justice: A U.S. lawyer in Colombia’s peace process


The article American justice: A U.S. lawyer in Colombia’s peace process in the Miami Herald, Oct. 2, 2015 on the Doug Cassel’s involvement in the Colombia’s peace process.
“Doug Cassel helped nail down a justice system for Colombia’s peace process
The legal innovation removes one of the last obstacles to ending 50-year civil conflict
A system that prizes truth over prison has its skeptics”

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What’s Wrong with Copying? NDLS LAMB Hosts a Conversation with Abraham Drassinower on Copyright Law

What's Wrong with Copying?

Some of the world’s leading copyright experts will meet on Friday, Oct. 2, 2015 to discuss Abraham Drassinower’s provocative new book, What’s Wrong with Copying? Drassinower is the Legal, Ethical, and Cultural Implications of Technological Innovation Chair at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law. The discussion is being hosted by Notre Dame Law School’s Law and Market Behavior research program (LAMB).

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The NDLS Community Remembers Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Patrick Crooks, ’63 J.D.


Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice N. Patrick Crooks, ’63 J.D., passed away on Monday, Sept. 21, 2015. He was 77 years old. Justice Crooks served in the Wisconsin judiciary for 39 years, first on the trial court and then on the Wisconsin Supreme Court, to which he was elected in 1996 and re-elected in 2006. Only a week before his death, he announced that he planned to retire on July 31, 2016.

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Professor Judith L. Fox Appointed to Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s Consumer Advisory Board


The U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) recently announced the appointment of Notre Dame Law School Professor Judith L. Fox to its Consumer Advisory Board. After being nominated by Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller, Fox was appointed to the board along with 11 other external experts, industry representatives, consumers, community leaders and advocates.

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ND Law Professor Cassel Helps Craft Colombia Peace Accord


The agreements announced in Havana today between the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) could bring to an end that country’s 51-year war. The parties have now committed to an immediate, bilateral cease fire and to sign a final peace agreement within six months; the FARC have committed to disarm within 60 days thereafter, and both sides have agreed to provisions on justice for war crimes. The announcement also comes as particularly happy news to Douglass Cassel, professor of law and adviser to the University of Notre Dame’s Center for Civil and Human Rights (CCHR), who had played a crucial role in the peace talks.

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Washington Supreme Court Justice Mary Yu, ’93 J.D., Shares Key Insights with Students


Growing up in Chicago’s Bridgeport neighborhood, an area historically inhabited by working class Irish immigrants, Mary Yu, ’93 J.D., wasn’t afforded the opportunity of seeing many people who looked like her in positions of power or significant influence, she told Notre Dame Law students this week. The daughter of a Mexican farm worker and Chinese factory employee, Yu was born at a time when minorities and women were completely devoid on high court judge rosters.

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