On Tuesday, November 6, 2012, four Notre Dame Law School graduates were elected to the U.S. Congress. Joe Donnelly, a 1981 graduate, was elected to the U.S. Senate. Peter Visclosky, a 1973 graduate, Peter King, a 1968 graduate, and Keith Rothfus, a 1990 graduate, were elected to the U.S. House of Representatives.
Former U.S. Congressman, Thomas Allen, will serve as the keynote speaker at this symposium hosted by the Notre Dame Law Review. The Symposium will focus broadly on congressional gridlock, exploring various aspects of the issue from partisanship and civility to the utilization of the appropriations process to legislate.
With her country at a crossroads, Reyam El-Molla is using the legal training she received through Notre Dame Law School’s Center for Civil and Human Rights and its LL.M. program in international human rights law to make a real difference at home.
During the week of October 8, 2012, California Supreme Court Associate Justice Carol A. Corrigan will serve as the Judge James J. Clynes, Jr. Visiting Chair in the Ethics of Litigation Within the Judicial Process. Justice Corrigan will teach Appellate Advocacy Training, will serve as a guest lecturer for a Criminal Law course, and will make a presentation to the Women’s Legal Forum.
On Friday, September 28, Notre Dame Law School was host to a summit to discuss the future of academic mobile technology. The “R U Thinking Mobile First” summit is an annual event bringing together the University’s top academic, technology, and communication talent.
Commissioner Scott O’Malia of the United States Commodity Futures Trading Commission visited Notre Dame Law School September 21 to address the Business Law Forum. He highlighted his concerns that in an effort to implement the Dodd-Frank Act of 2010 quickly, the CFTC is reaching beyond its authority in some instances.
The United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit will hold oral arguments at the University of Notre Dame Law School on Monday, October 1, 2012.
During his time with students, Justice Kennedy discussed the role of the U.S. Constitution in shaping the American identity and the Constitution’s role in serving as a model throughout the world. Justice Kennedy further noted the powerful influence of Britain’s constitutional tradition on the U.S. Constitution and its basic values.
The purpose of the Red Mass is to invoke God’s blessings on those responsible for the administration of justice as well as on all public officials. This annual mass is open to all faiths and encouraged for those working in law and politics.
A week prior to the beginning of this fall semester, NDLS’s common areas were already abuzz with students conferring and debating. In the hallways, seminar rooms, and classrooms, nationally known trial lawyers and judges were observing student pre-trial performances and asking penetrating questions.
Educating a Different Kind of Lawyer: Learn more about rising 2L Paul Kerridge journey to Notre Dame Law School.
What is war? The question is more than academic, says international law expert Mary Ellen O’Connell. Without a clear definition of war or armed conflict, governments can simply claim they are at war in order to justify actions — killings, arrests, detentions — that otherwise would be condemned and prohibited by international law.
O’Connell’s new edited volume, “What Is War? An Investigation in the Wake of 9/11,” just released by Martinus Nijhoff Publishers, “makes concrete the fact that armed conflict is legally defined as ‘war’ only when there is actual fighting by organized groups at a certain level of intensity on the battlefield,” O’Connell says.
There’s a lot of truth in the senator’s analysis of the lawsuit, according to Notre Dame Law School professor Joseph P. Bauer. “One of the unintended consequences of this lawsuit is that it may solidify Amazon’s market position,” he told MacNewsWorld. “That’s not what the antitrust laws were designed to achieve.”
Under the direction of Professor Avishalom Tor, ND LAMB will promote research across the various fields that study how the law and legal institutions shape and are shaped by the market behaviors of individuals and firms. The research agenda examines issues across a number of legal fields—from corporate governance, antitrust, and intellectual property, through property and contract, to market regulation more generally—and draws extensively on relevant extra-legal research in psychology, economics, business, and beyond.
A new Chicago externship program will debut in August 2012, Dean Nell Jessup Newton has announced.
By any measure, the Law School’s Intellectual Property and Entrepreneurship Clinic’s debut last spring was a resounding success. Among other things, all four of the Clinic’s first graduates went on to find good jobs practicing IP law.
“We’ve had very little guidance about the point at which a condition becomes coercive,” says Richard Garnett, associate dean of Notre Dame Law School. “I’m not sure we really have any more guidance now.”
Professor Judith Fox delivered a presentation on “Predatory lending: A Civil Rights Threat” to the 39th Annual Indiana Consortium of State and Local Human Rights Agencies June 21.
Whatever else its consequences, today’s Supreme Court’s decision upholding the Affordable Care Act won’t affect the issues raised in the lawsuit recently filed by several religious institutions against the federal government, according to O. Carter Snead, professor of law and William P. and Hazel B. White Director of the University of Notre Dame’s Center for Ethics and Culture.